Facebook's Paper app is looking less and less like Facebook

With Paper, Facebook set out to prove that it could "think small," rebuilding itself from the ground up for mobile devices. This meant removing lots of clutter, and in some cases, leaving out certain features that some Facebook users might have considered essential. Today, Facebook is launching Paper 1.1, an update meant to add back a few of Facebook's most important features, while continuing...

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Here's what Apple's CarPlay will look like in your next car

It's been a long time in the making, but Apple's CarPlay is finally here. Well, almost. At the New York International Auto Show, Apple is showing off its CarPlay integration with a handful of its automotive partners. We got a chance to take a look at how the system will work in upcoming vehicles from Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, and Hyundai.

CarPlay is a lightweight version of iOS that's designed specifically for use in the car. Plug in your iPhone and you get quick access to the things you need the most while driving, namely navigation, music, phone calls, and text messages, in a familiar interface on your car's existing display. CarPlay also allows access to third-party apps that have been updated to support it. Right now, only a handful have been, but it is possible to listen to your Spotify playlists or podcasts through your car stereo.

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Apple CarPlay rumored to hit third-party stereo market this year

While Apple has worked directly with carmakers to integrate CarPlay into future vehicles, rumors suggest that Cupertino has its sights on the aftermarket audio scene as well. In what might end up being a decidedly un-Apple move, Japanese newspaper Nikkei reports that CarPlay may be on its way to cheaper, third-party infotainment systems.

Apple is reportedly working with Alpine Electronics to develop a device that will serve the same functions (like Siri control) as the bespoke CarPlay...


Apple's human interface boss departing company days after key testimony

Longtime Apple employee Greg Christie, who told the origin story of the iPhone in Apple's US court case against Samsung just last week and heads up its Human Interface team, is leaving the company. The news, which was reported earlier by 9to5Mac, has now been confirmed by The Financial Times. According to 9to5Mac, the departure stems from a "falling out" with Apple design chief Jony Ive, though in statement, Apple says the move was part of a...

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