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Volvo announces launch of new V90 Estate, its latest with Apple’s CarPlay

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Volvo is today announcing the launch of its latest vehicle, the V90 Estate, which also happens to be the company’s latest with support for Apple’s in-dash iPhone CarPlay feature.

The car is Volvo’s third for its premium 90 series and for that reason is being referred to as a sibling of the S90 sedan and XC90 SUV models that the company previously unveiled (and which also include support for CarPlay). In its press release, the company notes that means the new V90 Estate, like the XC90 and S90 before it, is “built on the company’s specially-designed and fully modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).”

“The modern premium estate is all about the intriguing combination of a luxurious experience with the functional origins of the estates silhouette. The sophisticated ambience of our new Volvo Interiors is combined with a great cargo space, providing the right kind of functionality – whether through connectivity or cargo and storage solutions,” said Thomas Ingenlath senior vice president for design at Volvo Cars.

The new V90 delivers cutting-edge Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive technology, the most advanced standard safety package on the market, with large animal detection and run-off road mitigation, and class-leading connectivity including smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay.

The vehicle has full support for Apple’s CarPlay on the V90 Estate’s in-dash system using a connected iPhone. Volvo says the in-dash system on the V90 Estate is the same as in the S90, which includes a 9-inch touchscreen display as pictured above. And here’s a look at the exterior on the V90 Estate:

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Volvo first announced support for CarPlay on its 2016 XC90 SUV last year that it later delivered to owners of the vehicle through a software update back in December. Here’s a look at the feature in action in the vehicle:

Earlier this year Apple for the first time offered up an official list of CarPlay partners by year and model via a new webpage, but it has yet to update it to note the new Volvo V90 Estate launching today.


Filed under: CarPlay Tagged: Apple, CarPlay, dash, iPhone, launch, pictures, press release, release, V90 estate, Volvo

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Jordan Kahn

February 18th

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Day One 2 upgrades the journaling experience for both Mac and iOS [Giveaway]

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The team at Bloom Built has today released the latest version of its journaling app Day One. Five since its original debut, with 40 free releases since then, Day One 2 sets the precedent for the direction of the new app. Albeit awkwardly titled, version 2 of Day One includes new overall features for both the iOS and Mac versions. Having been built from the ground up with data reliabilty and security in mind, Day One 2 lays the foundation for exciting new features to come in later versions.

General

Day One 2 comes with two major features for both the iOS and Mac: the ability to have multiple journals (up to ten with unique colors and names) and multiple photos (up to ten per journal entry). Allowing users to create multiple journals sets the stage for better journal organization. Each journal can be configured with a unique color, from a multitude of colors to select from. Multiple photos per journal entry ensures that each person can further capture their day or adventures all in one entry.

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Organization

Users can navigate through past journal entires in Day One 2 using the List, Photo, Map, and Calendar views. The Map view, new on iOS, shows users all their past entries nearby to their current location. This feature alone is something I’ll be excited to use whenever I travel. Being able to return to a location within a few years, and then read back on my previous thoughts will be quite interesting. On both platforms, but new to the Mac, the Photo view allows users to scroll through a visual layout of all their journal entries.

Adding on to that, Day One 2 provides a multitude of filters that gives users further methods to quickly find previous journal entries. All of these entries can be easily tagged, deleted, and reorganized in bulk.

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Day One Sync

Noting that it was “not the majority of user experience” but that they had “too many cases of data loss and duplication”, Day One 2 puts a heavy focus on syncing and data reliability. For users currently using the original Day One (now renamed to Day One Classic) their data is compatible with Day One 2 when used in conjunction with Day One Sync. Day One Sync is the only supported sync service in Day One 2. For users who still want other methods, they are able to back up and export data locally or to other shared cloud services like Dropbox. Bloom states that Day One Sync is fast, free, and security-wise is comparable to iCloud and Dropbox. Bloom’s most important security point here is that private-key encryption is to be expected in the next point release of Day One 2. For more info on Day One Sync, be sure to check out the official page available from Bloom.

With a roadmap laying out multiple other features (Audio Recording, an Activity Feed, and Night Mode amongst them), Day One 2 raises the bar for improving upon the journal writing experience.

Day One 2 is on sale at 50% off for the first week of its debut. For iOS it is currently on sale for $4.99 and is compatible with iPhones, iPads, and the Apple Watch. Day One 2 is also available for the Mac at the sale price of $19.99 and is compatible with El Capitan and higher. (If the links don’t work immediately, give it sometime as it propagates throughout the App Stores.)

The team at Bloom has also provided us with promo codes for 9to5Mac readers:

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Filed under: Apps, iOS, Mac Tagged: Bloom Built, Day One, Day One 2, Day One App, Day One Classic, Day One Sync, Dropbox, icloud, journal, launch, private-key encryption, promo codes, release

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Greg Barbosa

February 4th

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‘Steve Jobs’ film set to get digital, DVD, & Blu-ray release February 2

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Universal Pictures has announced it’s set to give ‘Steve Jobs’, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender, a release on digital services, Blu-ray, and DVD February 2.

Blu-ray and DVD bonuses include “Inside Jobs: The Making of Steve Jobs,” a documentary detailing the making of the film, as well as feature commentary by Danny Boyle, Aaron Sorkin, and editor Elliot Graham.

The film originally opened to mixed reviews from critics and was, according to reports, generally disliked by those close to Jobs. It eventually bombed nationwide following what were reportedly highest per-theatre earnings of the year on its limited opening weekend. Still, the film may earn its creators a Golden Globe award or two next month.

We’d expect the digital release to hit iTunes and other online video services, but for now Universal is only confirming there will be a “Digital HD UltraViolet” release alongside the Blu-ray and DVD on February 2.


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Blu-ray, bonus, Danny Boyle, Digital, Documentary, DVD, extras, iTunes, Michael Fassbender, release, Steve Jobs, Universal

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Jordan Kahn

December 16th

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Google’s new ‘Who’s Down’ app shows which of your friends are free to hang out

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Google has just quietly released a new app on the App Store called “Who’s Down”. As you might be able to tell from its name, the app will apparently — once there are people who are actually using it — let you see which of your friends are free to hang out. Currently, the app is invite-only, so the only things we know about its functionality are from the app’s App Store screenshots…

As you can see in the images below, the app’s main functionality seems to be a quick-to-access toggle switch, letting your friends know if you’re free. Sliding the switch makes you available for three hours, and lets you pick from a list of popular activities to say you’re down for (although it seems likely that one particular thing that people are commonly “down to” do will not be found on this list). The app lets you browse what your friends are down for, and you can start a chat from within the app.

Here’s a quick look:

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You can install the app for free right now on the App Store, but as I mentioned, it’s invite only for the time being. We’re trying to work our way in, and when we do, we’ll be back with more information. Of course, the app is also available for Android.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: Android, app, fall 2015, Google, iOS, release, update, whos down

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Stephen Hall

October 30th

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Google AdSense for iOS hits 3.0 w/ iPhone 6 & 6 Plus support, Material Design, more

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Google has this morning pushed an update to AdSense for iOS, bringing many features that other apps in the Mountain View company’s catalog received months ago. While it may not be the most popular app outside of publishing and creative circles, the AdSense app has today been updated with support for Native iPhone 6 and 6 Plus resolution, Material Design, and more.

Rounding out the update is support for Hindi and Malay, a new icon for the Home Screen, more metrics, and a today center widget. The last of these, in case you aren’t aware, is a new widget for the Today section of Notification Center. On it, you’ll find four metrics for quick access: Today so far, Page views, Clicks, and Page RPM. It also tells you when the widget was last updated.

While Google’s apps for iOS have always been known for being well-polished (and sometimes just generally better than their Android counterparts), they usually come at a much slower pace. AdSense 3.0 for Android with many of the same new features was released on Android four weeks ago, and you can read more about that update over at 9to5Google.

Here’s the full change log:

What’s New in Version 3.0

This time we’re bringing you:
– Support for Hindi and Malay;
– Native iPhone 6 and 6+ resolution;
– A today center widget;
– Our lovely new AdSense logo;
– More metrics!
– A little something we like to call Material Design.

Head over to the App Store to grab the latest version for free.

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Filed under: Apps Tagged: 3.0, AdSense, app, Google, material design, release, update

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Stephen Hall

September 14th

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iOS 8.4 reportedly accounts for 40% of all iOS usage just one week after release

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Using data by Mixpanel, Apple Music seems to be quickly driving adoption of Apple’s latest iteration of its operating system, iOS 8.4. The chart shows that, in just one week, iOS 8.4 usage now makes up more than 40% of all iOS device usage. This is a rather staggering rate of uptake for a point-release. Clearly, the interest and advertisement around Apple Music is having an effect on update rates. Obviously, this only tracks OS adoption and says nothing about how well Apple Music itself is being received.

The 40% mark for iOS 8.4 is an impressive achievement but it would likely be even higher if it wasn’t for the iOS 9 betas stealing some few million users away from the public release cycle. In terms of 9to5Mac’s traffic, iOS 9 is currently the third most popular version of iOS used by readers.

Apple Music is clearly the top driver for iOS 8.4 adoption however it is worth noting that Apple has dedicated significant engineering work to reducing the necessary available space requirements for iOS updates. This enables users to more quickly get on the latest version as they are less likely to need to reorganize apps and media on their devices to make room for the update.

Unfortunately, the data for iOS 8.4 is only available through third-party services like Mixpanel. Apple’s official statistics only report usage of major versions … currently pitting iOS 8 usage at 84%.

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Filed under: Apple Music, Apple Watch, General, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: adoption, Apple Music, fragmentation, iOS 8, iOS 8.4, iOS 9, release, software updates

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Benjamin Mayo

July 8th

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iOS 8.4 reportedly accounts for 40% of all iOS usage just one week after release

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Using data by Mixpanel, Apple Music seems to be quickly driving adoption of Apple’s latest iteration of its operating system, iOS 8.4. The chart shows that, in just one week, iOS 8.4 usage now makes up more than 40% of all iOS device usage. This is a rather staggering rate of uptake for a point-release. Clearly, the interest and advertisement around Apple Music is having an effect on update rates. Obviously, this only tracks OS adoption and says nothing about how well Apple Music itself is being received.

The 40% mark for iOS 8.4 is an impressive achievement but it would likely be even higher if it wasn’t for the iOS 9 betas stealing some few million users away from the public release cycle. In terms of 9to5Mac’s traffic, iOS 9 is currently the third most popular version of iOS used by readers.

Apple Music is clearly the top driver for iOS 8.4 adoption however it is worth noting that Apple has dedicated significant engineering work to reducing the necessary available space requirements for iOS updates. This enables users to more quickly get on the latest version as they are less likely to need to reorganize apps and media on their devices to make room for the update.

Unfortunately, the data for iOS 8.4 is only available through third-party services like Mixpanel. Apple’s official statistics only report usage of major versions … currently pitting iOS 8 usage at 84%.

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Filed under: Apple Music, Apple Watch, General, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: adoption, Apple Music, fragmentation, iOS 8, iOS 8.4, iOS 9, release, software updates

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Benjamin Mayo

July 8th

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Apple releases OS X 10.10.4 build 14E36b to public beta testers and developers

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Apple today has released a new beta of OS X 10.10.4 to both developers and public beta users. Last week, Apple released the fifth OS X 10.10.4 beta, as well as the first beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Today’s new OS X 10.10.4 beta carries the build number 14E36b and is available through the Mac App Store and Mac Developer Center.

As for a public release of OS X 10.10.4, which is said to fix the long-running WiFi issues that have plagued OS X recently, we might see it launch later this month alongside iOS 8.4 and Apple Music. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is expected to launch later this fall, although a public beta will launch next month, according to Apple.

Likely next week, we will see the second beta of iOS 8.4, if Apple follows its traditional schedule of releasing a new build every two weeks.


Filed under: Mac Tagged: beta, Mac, OS X 10.10.4, release, update

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Chance Miller

June 15th

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Ekko Player for iPhone will read the latest news headlines & stories to you

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Ekko Player for iOS is a neat app that will read news headlines and stories to you. In addition to reading the headlines and articles to you, the app also allows you to use you voice to navigate between stories, making it an excellent way to digest news while on-the-go.

Ekko aggregates news from a variety of sources, including CNN, ABC, BBC, Time, and more. To change the source, simply tap the icon in the lower right corner, then choose the ‘+/-” option, which will then allow you to view categories. Tapping on the headline of an article will prompt the app to begin reading the full story. The speed and accent of the voice used in the app are both adjustable to your liking, as well.

As far as voice commands go, the app allows you to say things such as “headlines” to have all of the titles read to you and “next” to move on to the next headline.

Ekko Player is free on the App Store and it’s an excellent way to consume news on-the-go. There are some bugs, though they are expected in the launch version of an app.

From the description of the app in the App Store:

ekko™ lets you use spoken commands to access news and web content on the go. It offers you the ability to take your eyes off the screen and listen to news and other web content spoken to you. This is voicecasting.

Once you’ve chosen the news you want, you won’t need the Internet to control and listen to voicecasts with spoken commands. You’ll enjoy listening to web content of your choice while doing activities without needing your eyes on a screen and your hands for control.

ekko offers more opportunities in more places for you to listen to the news you choose on the go.


Filed under: Apps, iOS Tagged: app, ekko, ekko player, iOS, release

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Chance Miller

May 1st

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VLC pushes new iOS & OS X apps as part of massive cross-platform release

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VideoLAN has today launched several updates to VLC across its apps on iOS, Android, OS X, and every other platform where the app is available, marking the first time that the company has pushed such a massive coordinated release.  The new versions (with the main app numbered 2.2.0), include several features across the various platforms, and VLC says it took more than a year of volunteer work to put them together…

Among many others, one of the headlining features in this version is that VLC now automatically detects vertical videos and rotates them accordingly on some platforms. The new version includes other new features like the ability to resume video playback from where it left off on the desktop, much improved support for UltraHD video codecs, new hardware acceleration on some platforms, and new compatibility with a “very large number” of unusual codecs. (After all, that’s what VLC is known for, right?)

On iOS, today’s release (individually numbered 2.4.1) marks the return of the app to the App Store after disappearing around the time iOS 8 was released. The most important thing to note here is that support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has been added, but the update also includes detection of external subtitles, support for streaming from Google Drive, media library search, UI and stability improvements, and the usual bug fixes among many other changes.

On Android, today’s release (individually numbered 1.1.0) is the first non-beta release for the platform. The update features a new aesthetic design that aligns with Google’s Material Design philosophy, a port of the app’s APIs to Android 5.0, gamepad controller support for navigation, support for pull to refresh, the ability to show videos as a list in portrait, and over 60 bug fixes.

A few platforms, including Android TV, Windows Phone, and Windows RT, are getting their very first public release today. The Android TV app is particularly notable—it’s very barebones in its current form, but surely development will continue.

VLC also took a moment today to announce that they’re working actively on version 3.0.0 for release “later this year.” “We’re working on many new features for VLC 3.0.0 to finish what we’ve started here,” Jean-Baptiste Kempf, president of VideoLAN said.

Here’s the changelog, encompassing most of the important new features:

So, what’s new in VLC 2.2.0, codename WeatherWax?

  • Fight the popular vertical video syndrome! VLC automatically detects rotated videos and rotates them using hardware acceleration (on compatible platforms)!
    This is supported for MP4/MOV, MKV and raw H264.
  • Resume playback where you left off. Supported on all the mobile versions of VLC for quite some time, it is now available on the desktop.
  • Vastly improved support for UltraHD video codecs like VP9 and H265, including encoding.
  • New hardware acceleration mechanism, GPU 0-copy decoding, faster and implementations for Linux, Android, and Raspberry Pi. (Other OSes will have it in 3.0.0)
  • Extensions: supported since a long time, we now feature an in-app downloader for the desktop, like Firefox
  • Subtitles downloading extension
  • Compatibility with a very large number of unusual codecs
  • Vastly improved compatibility for problematic files in Ogg, MP4, and WMV.
  • Support for Digital Cinema Package to play native movie theater formats.
  • Experimental support of Interactive Menus of BluRays: BD-J
  • On OS X, we’ve updated the interface for Yosemite compatibility.
  • On Android, we rewrote most of the UI to match Google Material Design.
  • This is the first public beta releases of Windows Phone, Window RT and Android TV.
  • It is also the first non-beta release on Android.

And here’s a list of the new versions and links to their respective stores:


Filed under: Apps, iOS Tagged: app, iOS, release, update, VLC

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Stephen Hall

February 27th

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