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How Apple’s CarPlay could save the car stereo industry
Apr 16, 2014 - 10:04 PM - by ekim68
Car stereo salesmen and installers around the country are giddy with excitement because Apple’s CarPlay in-car infotainment system will have a big presence in the aftermarket car stereo industry. The Nikkei Asian Review reports that Alpine is making car stereo head units for between $500 – $700 that will run the iOS-like system Apple unveiled last month, and Macrumors added Clarion to the list of CarPlay supporters. Even Pioneer is getting into the game with support said to be coming to existing car stereo models in its NEX line ($700 – $1400) via firmware update, according to Twice. Given Apple’s wildly supportive fan base, its likely that a lot of aftermarket CarPlay units are about to fly off stereo shop shelves.
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Google hopes Project Ara will change the way you see smartphones
Apr 15, 2014 - 5:55 PM - by TechSocial
Google has every intention of making a smartphone with customizeable, swappable hardware modules into a tangible reality, but it has some kinks to work out first.

The company thoroughly laid out plans for its modular smartphone at the Project Ara Developers Conference in Mountain View today. Even for a company as big as Google, the idea of a phone with swappable components is a lofty goal—especially in a mobile industry with a well-established production chain. It'll be interesting to see if Google can actually disrupt that with this outlandish idea, but it certainly believes it can.

"The IKEA effect"

Project head Paul Eremenko began the conference by detailing Project Ara's main objectives, the most interesting of which is to help spark the "IKEA effect" among smartphone users by encouraging them to essentially make their own device. "Let the consumer make…changes over their own life and their own evolution," he said.

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The battle of the digital assistants: Windows Phone Cortana vs Google Now vs Siri
Apr 14, 2014 - 12:24 PM - by TechSocial
The personal computer has endured for more than 30 years. We understand it. It’s familiar. But digital assistants—the new breed of smartphone data butlers designed to make our lives simpler—have yet to climb out of their cribs.

This holds true for Cortana, the digital assistant built into Windows Phone 8.1, which Microsoft released as a developer preview on Monday. It’s packed with intuition, but it’s still a beta product, and it isn’t a miracle worker by any means.

The perfect digital assistant would anticpate our every need, retrieving answers from search engines, connecting us with our social networks, and tapping into maps and calendars to guide our travel and appointments. But no single digital assistant has yet figured out how to connect all these dots in an effective, intuitive way.

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How to protect yourself in Heartbleed's aftershocks
Apr 13, 2014 - 1:33 PM - by TechSocial
Businesses should not only know about Heartbleed, they should have already implemented Heartbleed fixes by now. If your bank, favorite online merchant, or software provider hasn't yet, close your accounts and find new ones. That's my first bit of advice on how users should handle Heartbleed.

Heartbleed really is that bad. Your user-ids, your passwords, your credit-card numbers, everything you place online is potentially in play for hackers. You can not fool around with this.

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Android 4.1.1 Devices are Vulnerable to Heartbleed
Apr 12, 2014 - 10:06 AM - by TechSocial
It's not just websites and routers that are vulnerable to the web-wide bug Heartbleed — certain Android models are at risk too.

As Google noted in its own Heartbleed disclosures on Wednesday, Android devices running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean are vulnerable to Heartbleed. Google said patching information is being distributed to its Android partners.

So how many phones are still running Android 4.1.1? That's difficult to determine. Although 34.4% of Android devices are running Android Jelly Bean, Google doesn't break out how what percentage of users are on its various versions — 4.1.1 and 4.1.2.

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