Good Friday has arrived, and that means Easter can't be far behind. While the kids wait patiently for the Easter Bunny to hop onto the scene, we've assembled our own virtual Easter egg basket of news from the last 24 hours or so that you won't want to miss before heading into the holiday weekend...so let's dig in and kick things off, shall we?
The CarPlay invasion appears to be coming in full force later this year, now that both Alpine and Pioneer have confirmed aftermarket systems and Hyundai just announced Apple's technology will be built into 2015 Sonata models. Apple's CarPlay website was also just updated and now adds Beats Music as another supported app, so there's plenty to get excited about — but for now, you'll have to settle for a recap of what went down over the last 24 hours...
Google's $35 Chromecast has been hailed as a cost-saving alternative to Apple TV and Roku, but the device has thus far been starved of great content — a problem the Chrome OS dongle is attacking this week with three new services.
Google is coming up with all kinds of clever ways to enhance its $35 Chromecast, which plugs into any HDMI-equipped television and allows compatible apps to “cast” video, music, and now photos to the big screen. Billed as a “Chrome Experiment,” Photowall for Chromecast is Google’s latest iOS app, which allows mobile devices to throw pictures onto an HDTV and make them come alive as a unique interactive composite.
A site like MacLife.com would be remiss in not joining the celebration for Mac OS X, which is now officially an unruly teenager at the ripe young age of 13 this week. We remember well the excitement of first installing the OS, only to discover there was very little we could actually do with it prior to booting back into Mac OS 9, but in time that infant learned how to talk and walk and soon we spent all of our time there. Read on to find out more about the release of Cheetah 13 years ago!
A big week for stories about Apple competitors. There's a real rogues' gallery of names here from Google to Samsung from Microsoft to Amazon. And if you're a fan of the actor Christian Bale, then you're in for a treat. Meanwhile, it's not too early to start thinking about your summer vacation. All that and more beneath the fold.
Several months after Samsung's bungled entry into the world of smartwatches (and possibly months ahead of the appearance of Apple's so-called "iWatch), Google has announced its "Android Wear" system. Android Wear is designed to bring Google's mobile operating system to smart watches designed by other manufacturers, much in the way Android is designed for other manufacturers' smartphones.
Picked up a Google Chromecast but disappointed how few apps actually support it yet? Your worries are over, my friend, now that the latest Plex for iOS update has arrived and is ready to make that Chromecast sing.
We're still not completely sold on this whole Google Hangouts thing, but the search giant continues to make improvements, including a big update this week that brings the app in line with the rest of iOS 7.