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  • Opinion: CarPlay for the rest of us: Pioneer demos Apple's interface in its NEX infotainment systems

    I just saw Apple CarPlay in its near-final form. A black minivan pulled up to my office, and black-clad representatives from Pioneer Electronics showed me the highly anticipated, supposedly seamless marriage of iPhone to car, as it will look in the company's NEX infotainment systems.

  • Opinion: GM announces pricing for its 4G LTE service, to debut in 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

    General Motors has talked up its 4G LTE plans for the past year. On Tuesday, we found out just what they will cost, as GM unveiled pricing and features for its OnStar services, including 4G.

  • Opinion: 2014 Audi S4 automates a suburban headache: Setting the garage-door opener

    Press two buttons, hold for 30 seconds, and squawk like a chicken. That's how clumsy and silly it feels to program most garage-door openers. When do you squawk? Which buttons? What's my name again?

  • Opinion: Mobile-payment revamp for Hong Kong

    Here in Hong Kong we're accustomed to ease-of-payment. The main driver of course is the Octopus card--the most convenient payment-method yet devised.

  • Opinion: On second thought, California Senate backs kill-switch bill

    We're a step closer to having kill-switch technology built into our smartphones by default, after the California State Senate approved a bill that would mandate the antitheft feature come preinstalled on phones sold in the Golden State.

  • Opinion: First BMW i3 electric vehicle in U.S. goes to professor in Boston

    Like all good aliens, the first shipment of BMW i3 electric vehicles landed in New Jersey, though at the shipping dock rather than Grover's Mill.

  • Opinion: You&Me is HowAboutWe's take on messaging for the modern couple'

    HowAboutWe is all about love: Making matches in the form of its main dating site and keeping the spark alive with its date-night concierge service for couples. Now the popular service is launching You&Me, a messaging app for iOS and Android designed to keep you close to your significant other.

  • Opinion: Electric vehicle drivers are younger and richer than the rest of us

    Admit it: EV drivers are easy to loathe. They glide silently by gas stations, where a gallon of regular currently exceeds $4 in places like the San Francisco Bay Area. They slide into their special charging spots at work or at the mall--assuming some insensitive jerk hasn't taken it (which is always a risk). They're saving the planet.

  • Opinion: Use Slice to monitor your shipments and track expenses

    My preferred method of shopping is online, and I know I'm not alone here. The ease of browsing, clicking a few buttons, and then having your purchase just magically show up at your doorstep a few days later is so much simpler than dealing with the crowds at your local chain retailer. But one problem I often have is that I lose track of what I purchased and when it's supposed to show up... which then leads to oh-so-fun mystery boxes and digging through my email archive. What's in this Ticketmaster envelope? What did I order from Amazon, again? How long did that Etsy seller from Japan say the shipment would take?

  • Opinion: Microsoft takes fight to Google's home turf with Office Online Apps

    Microsoft has adopted a new strategy for its Office productivity tools. Rather than holding Office hostage on Windows devices in an effort to attract customers, it will try and make the suite the default productivity choice no matter what platform or device people are using--including Chrome OS and Chromebooks.

  • Opinion: This is your car on Google Earth: The 2014 Audi Q5 TDI offers a bird's-eye view

    Using Google Earth in the 2014 Audi Q5 TDI makes navigating via your smartphone seem shockingly primitive (as well as distracting). You can zoom from seeing the entire globe to finding yourself on a map. You can pull up a view that is only 30 yards above your location. You can find an alleyway behind a house, the delivery door for a FedEx building, or even map out the parking spaces at a stadium.

  • Opinion: Breather bets $25 is a fair price for an hour of peace

    New York requires Herculean focus to accomplish even the smallest tasks. Honking cabs, construction, chatty coworkers, and the general inescapable din of life in Manhattan all conspire to prevent you from getting work done. Last week when I found myself in a cozy lounge in the heart of SoHo that I booked for an hour with an app called Breather, I had difficulty concentrating for a new reason: It was almost too quiet.

  • Opinion: You can drive, you just can't have any fun: Ford MyKey curbs teen drivers

    It's not every day you get to act like a teenager.

  • Opinion: Career Watch: Top perks for IT jobs

    There is such a thing as a free lunch. And free gym memberships too, if you're in the right tech field. Dice.com looked through its database of job postings to elicit these listings of the top perks being offered for a selection of IT job categories.

  • Opinion: As IDC Sees It, Tech's 'Third Platform' Disrupts Everyone

    What IDC deems the third platform of computing -- social, mobile, cloud and big data -- is transforming IT much faster than the first (mainframe) or second (client/server) platforms ever did. This has tremendous implications for the IT industry, yes, but also for anyone doing business in today's world.

  • Opinion: GM rolls out 4G LTE to most Buicks, bringing car connectivity to the 'burbs

    Buick rarely surfaces in the vanguard of automotive anything (and I'm saying this as a longtime fan of the older Rivieras). On Monday, however, General Motors announced that most of Buick's 2015 product line will come with 4G LTE connectivity. Specifically, the 2015 LaCrosse, Regal, Verano, and Encore models will come with this service.

  • Opinion: In the big data breach era, the safety of your personal data is ultimately out of your hands

    Each time there's a high-profile data breach, security experts exhort the same best practices: Create unique logins for every service you use, use complex passwords, vigilantly comb your credit card statements for anomalies. The advice is sound. Unfortunately, it obscures the fact that the safety of your personal information is ultimately in the hands of companies you share it with.

  • Opinion: PhoneTag Messenger targets the Snapchat crowd with cutesy messaging

    Right now, the undisputed king of offbeat mobile messaging apps is Snapchat, the quick-hit photo and video messenger service whose contents self-destruct. It's where the kids hang out, as Facebook seems to be too crowded and not private enough.

  • Opinion: How DevOps Can Accelerate the Cloud Application Lifecycle

    In the past, infrastructure deployment and application updates both slowed the development lifecycle. Now that cloud computing lets organizations provision resources in minutes, not months, it's time to alter the application lifecycle accordingly. DevOps can help -- but only if it extends beyond 'culture change' to actually achieve continuous deployment.

  • Opinion: Chaatz wants to be the messaging app the world actually needs

    WhatsApp. Viber. Line. Snapchat. Facebook Messenger. The over-the-top messaging market is already packed with apps that have carved out niches with sticker packs, disappearing images, and doodles: anything to stand out. Chaatz debuts today for iOS with a more serious mission: to connect the entire world with one platform.



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