Last week, Ford vehicles gained the ability to voice control apps on a paired smartphone through AppLink, part of a 4.0 update to its SYNC mobile connectivity package. This week, we found ourselves once again behind the wheel of the 2011 Ford Fiesta, the first Ford vehicle to gain the AppLink software, so we decided to stretch its new digital legs with the Pandora Internet radio app, the first application to tout AppLink compatibility.
Apple is being sued for allegedly letting mobile apps on the iPhone and iPad send personal information to ad networks without the consent of users.
Jonathan Lalo, who filed the lawsuit on Thursday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., alleges that Apple's iPhones and iPads let ad networks track which applications people download, how often they're used, and for how long, according to a Bloomberg article published today.
Virtualization analyst Brian Madden asks an excellent question:
If VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) is so great, then why aren't you using it?It's a really good question, isn't it? Brian observes that however encouraged we are by the progress VDI has made, and however enthused we may be about extending the wins of server virtualization over into the desktop realm, we, personally, are not using desktop virtualization. You don't see analysts and developers doing so. And even the folks you meet from Citrix, Microsoft, Quest, VMware, and Wyse--the people selling VDI, for goodness' sake!--use traditional &… Read more
There had already been years of speculation before Apple's iPad finally made it on stage with Steve Jobs this year. Every Macworld Expo and Apple event for the past few years had always had a run-up with rumors of a new slate device that just might make its first appearance on stage. But it was always pushed out to the next Apple event.
When it was finally released, there were mixed reviews. Some wanted it to be a laptop, while others couldn't get enough of Apple's larger touch-screen device. But over the coming months, the iPad would … Read more
Software and services aren't the main attraction at CES 2011, but that doesn't mean there won't be plenty of innovation at the show for the coming year. Of course, we won't know exactly what that innovation will be until we get there, but you can bet we have some ideas about it. Most notably, we'll be seeing even more of a shift from the computer to mobile devices, with companies aiming to keep you connected and entertained on the go.
The cloud expands
Mobile devices are great for both business and pleasure. There's just … Read more
As someone who writes daily for iPhone Atlas, I look at a lot of apps. A lot of apps. I don't think a day goes by that I don't install a new one, if not two or three.
Needless to say, favorites emerge. Which apps made the cut this year? Though it was nearly impossible to whittle them down to just five, in the interests of brevity, I've done just that.
I'm not saying these are the best apps of the year; indeed, some date back to before 2010. They're simply the ones I use over and over, the ones I can't live without, and the ones that still manage to make my jaw hang open.Bluefire Reader My new favorite e-book reader is my new favorite for one simple reason: it lets you read books checked out from your "local" library--free of charge. As someone who continues to believe e-books are grossly overpriced, I'm elated to have this option. Find My iPhone Apple did the right thing this year, liberating this indispensable app from MobileMe and making it free. Use it to track, recover, or even remotely wipe your lost or stolen precious.… Read more
You know how the saying goes: all work and no play makes Android a dull boy. Or something to that effect. The point is that in addition to loading up your device with a selection of useful apps from our Android Starter Kit, we want you to have some good distractions for waiting rooms, commutes, and just general silliness. To that end, we've picked out five fun, free Android games to help you pass time.
Now, if you took a look at that list and asked yourself "but why-oh-why did Angry Birds did not make the cut?", … Read more
Links from Wednesday's episode of Loaded:
The FCC approves Net neutrality rules
eBay launches Gifts Nearby to help you shop offline
Microsoft wants to enable the Kinect to recognize finger gestures
The new FourSquare iPhone app lets you comment on your friends' location choices
The state of Oregon will now allow spell check on state exams
And that's all folks! Loaded is on hiatus through the end of the year. We will see you at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for new tech galore! Have happy and healthy holidays!
Ford said today that AppLink, its application that enables Sync users to control their smartphone via voice, will be compatible with Apple's iPhone. AppLink will also be a free download for Ford Fiesta owners.
The effort is just the latest from Ford to bring mobile connectivity into the car cabin. With iPhone compatibility, AppLink will work with the most of the big platforms, including Android and BlackBerry devices. Ford is aiming to create an app ecosystem for its cars and use voice control for popular smartphone software.
For tech lovers, there are few greater things on this earth than getting one's hands on a shiny, new gadget. Plenty of tech toys are drool-worthy, but an Android device certainly earns a spot near the top of the list when it comes to mobile gear--especially according to some data.
Naturally, we understand the overwhelming joy at unpacking that feature-packed smartphone for the very first time. You pop in the battery, fire it up, and--whoa--this thing does a lot. Where is a gadget-happy Android newbie to begin? As it turns out, we've got some ideas for you. Namely: … Read more