Pandora plans to support ‘frenemy’ Apple’s CarPlay

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Pandora is coming to a CarPlay display near you.

CarPlay has a shortlist of app partners so far, including Spotify and iHeartRadio. One major music service that’s been missing is Pandora.

The iTunes Radio rival has been quiet about its CarPlay plans, until now.

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Apple Pay’s biggest hurdle to overcome is at checkout

A war for mobile wallet dominance is on the horizon. Apple Pay. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple Pay is off to an excellent start, according to Tim Cook and the rest of the company’s top brass. But a recent study found that the majority of users are having issues using the mobile payments service at checkout.

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Gamify your commute: Waze drops Easter eggs all over the road

Need to gamify your ride? Waze has you covered. Photo remix: Stephen Smith/Cult of Mac

Need to gamify your ride? Waze has you covered. Photo remix: Stephen Smith/Cult of Mac

Crowd-sourced navigation app Waze has got a neat little idea for this coming Easter: little eggs you can drive over while using the app for points (three per egg!) and bragging rights.

So, as you drive down the street, headed to the grocery or picking up the kids, you can maximize your route to get as many egg points as possible.

This fun little promotion is happening now (it started last week) and will last through April 5.

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NASA’s new Mars mission technology looks like a flying saucer

NASA is testing a saucer-like space craft that could bring heavy payloads to Mars. Photo illustration: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA is testing a saucer-like spacecraft that could bring heavy payloads to Mars. Photo illustration: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Flying saucers from Mars is the stuff of science fiction. But a flying saucer from Earth is part of the mission to get astronauts to the Martian surface.

NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory completed a successful spin test of a saucer-shaped experimental craft in front of a live web audience Tuesday. The saucer will next lift off by balloon from Hawaii, where from 120,000 feet it will be dropped to test a new kind of parachute and an inflatable Kevlar ring to add drag for a slower descent.

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Apple patent puts a twist on facial recognition unlocking

Photo: David Schiersner

You selfies may soon unlock (and lock) your iPhone. Photo: David Schiersner

Apple is looking to up its selfie game in a new patent awarded to the company by the United States Patent and Trademark Offices today. The new patent would allow iPhone and iPad users to unlock their devices by simply taking a selfie, rather than using Touch ID or a passcode.

Android phones have had facial unlocking features for year, and there have been iOS jailbreak hacks as well, but Apple’s patent comes with a twist – devices will also automatically lock when they don’t recognize your face.

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Apple is officially ready to accept your Watch app

It's time to submit your Apple Watch app. Photo: Leander Kahney

It’s time to submit your Apple Watch app. Photo: Leander Kahney

Apple today announced that all members of its Developer Program can now officially submit Watch apps to the App Store; potentially triggering a gold rush similar to that seen when devs were first able to create iPhone apps early on its lifecycle.

Developers are encouraged to submit their WatchKit app, icon, screenshots, and description for review by Apple’s testers.

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New York Times will bring one-sentence stories to Apple Watch

Photo: Apple

Do you want news on your wrist? Photo: Apple

What will the news of the future look like when we’re all busy staring at our tiny smartwatch screens instead of an iPhone or Mac? You’re not likely to scroll through long-form stories on your wrist, so The New York Times plans to roll out one-sentence news blasts to Apple Watch.

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iPad comes under fire from Surface 3 running full Windows 8.1

Photo: Microsoft

Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft’s early attempts to the tablet crown from Apple hasn’t really gone according to plan. All the Surfaces from the original to the Pro 2 were flops, but Microsoft seems to have hit its stride with the Surface Pro 3. Now it’s ready to take on the iPad with an even cheaper tablet.

Today, Microsoft unveiled its thinnest and lightest tablet ever, the Surface 3. At 1.37 pounds it’s just a little bit heavier than the iPad Air 2, but boasts a bigger screen and price tag that starts at $499.

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Chinese smartphone maker apologizes for likening Apple to Hitler

Yep, they went there. Photo:

Yep, they went there. Photo: Letv

A Chinese smartphone maker has apologized for an ad comparing Apple to mass-murdering Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler.

The ad depicted a cartoon Hitler performing the Nazi salute, with his red armband showing the Apple logo instead of a swastika.

Text on the advert read, “Under the arrogant regime of iOS domination that developers around the world love yet hate, we are always carefully asking, ‘is this kind of innovation okay?'” It went on to describe Apple as a “dusk empire,” suggesting that it’s on the wane as a company.

Check out the CEO’s grovelling apology below.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Blade Edge is a smartphone that doubles as a meat cleaver

Its built-in human blood sensor prevents Blade Edge from being used to hack up people. Photo: Samsung

Its built-in human blood sensor prevents Blade Edge from being used to hack up people. Photo: Samsung

You know when you’re away from the kitchen and you really need to chop up some meat, but all you have with you is your phone? We’ve all been there, which is why Samsung is launching Galaxy Blade Edge, a brand new smartphone that doubles as a meat cleaver.

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