This week Apple introduced CarPlay, a system that lets you pair your iPhone with a vehicle featuring CarPlay support to make calls, listen to music, view maps, and access other data without touching your phone. You can just tap the screen or use voice commands.
But CNET notes CarPlay might be more than a way to merge your car and your phone. It also scans your personal data to “anticipate destinations based on recent trips via contacts, emails, or texts,” for instance.
In other words, just like Google Now, Apple CarPlay mines your data to try to answer questions before you even ask them.
Here’s a roundup of news from around the web.
- Apple’s CarPlay service is a bit Google Now-like, predict your needs
It’s a bit too early to say if these features will remain in the car or if one day they’ll be available to all iOS users. But Google isn’t the only company trying to save you the time of actually figuring out what you want and asking for it. [CNET]
- AMD AM1 platform brings “Kabini” to desktops
AMD’s Kabini chips have been primarily used for notebooks, but now AMD is bringing the technology to desktops with new Athlon and Sempron chips that will be paired with micro ATX and mini ITX boards from partners such as ASRock, Asus, BIOSTAR, ECS, Gigabyte, and MSI. The “Socketed Kabin” chips could show up in desktops and motherboards meant to fit the same niche as Intel’s Bay Trail-D processors. [AMD]
- Windows 8.1 Update 1 reportedly released to manufacturers in advance of April launch
Sources say Microsoft’s big spring update for Windows is coming in April… and right on schedule, manufacturers seem to have received the update. That means you’ll be able to pick up a new PC running the latest software sometime next month. [ZDNet]
- OnePlus has a working smartphone prototype
Sadly, that’s about all the company’s saying about its upcoming handset. We know it “fits in the hand like a glove,” so I guess we can assume it has five finger-holes… [OnePlus]
- LG G Pad 8.3 LTE coming to Verizon this week
Starting March 6th, you’ll be able to pick up an LG G Pad 8.3 Android tablet with 4G LTE for $100 with a new contract. The price goes up to $200 after March 10th. [PR Newswire]
- Which Windows tablets look best in direct sunlight?
There’s no shortage of inexpensive, portable, versatile Windows tablets these days. So let’s start nitpicking — which ones work best outdoors? [UMPC Portal
- This is the setup process for upcoming Windows Phone’s “Cortana” voice assistant feature
Cortona is expected to have a bit of Apple’s Siri and a bit of Google’s Now. Here’s what it looks like when you first run it. [Unleash The Phones]