Apple’s autonomous car now a self-driving shuttle bus for employees


Apple's Car
Possibly not coming any time soon.
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Apple’s eagerly anticipated “Project Titan” self-driving car project has reportedly developed into a self-driving shuttle bus — called Palo Alto Infinite Loop (PAIL) — designed to ferry its employees between buildings.

The project may serve as a test bed for Apple’s autonomous car research, although a customer-focused vehicle built by Apple is for now out of the question. Instead, Apple’s self-driving technology will likely eventually be used by other carmakers.

Today in Apple history: iPad takes to the skies with United Airlines


United Airlines iPad
If only they had known about the iPad Air...
Photo: United Airlines

23 Today in Apple historyAugust 23, 2011: iPad takes to the skies as United Airlines announces the largest roll-out yet of Apple’s tablets as a replacement for the weighty flight bags carried by pilots. The United Airlines scheme involves handing out 11,000 iPads to all United and Continental pilots.

Going paperless saves around 16 million sheets of paper each year, or the equivalent of more than 1,900 trees not cut down. The difference in weight between the 1.5 pound iPad and 40-pound flight bag also saves a cumulative 326,000 gallons of jet fuel per year!

New ads showcase what’s in store for next week’s Carpool Karaoke


Carpool Karaoke
Next week's episodes will feature Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Miley Cyrus, and others.
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To mark the release of two new episodes of Carpool Karaoke: The Series, Apple has released trailers showing what viewers can expect from next week’s installments. The episodes in question will pair Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Miley Cyrus and the rest of the Cyrus clan.

Check the ads out below.

How to unsubscribe from mailing lists with 3D Touch


unsubscribe with 3d touch
This method for canceling mail subscriptions doesn't even take one click.
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Mail app on iOS has a built-in unsubscribe feature that works great. Just a couple of clicks and Mail will attempt to remove you from unwanted future correspondence. But even that method is slow compared to the no-click unsubscribe method that we’ll share with you today.

How to use a USB hub to hook up multiple devices to your iPad


iPad usb hub
It's a mess, but it all works perfectly.
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You know how the Lightning cable that plugs into your iDevice has a USB plug on the other end? That’s because the Lightning port is a kind of fancy USB port itself. You already know that you can in plug a keyboard, or an audio interface, or a camera, using Apple’s Lightning to USB Camera Adapter. But did you know that you can plug in all of those at once? That’s right — by using a powered USB hub, you can hook up as many accessories as you like to your iPad at once. If you ever use your iPad to work at your desk, with a keyboard, then you can use this tip to build your own iPad docking station.

HomePod setup process leaked by latest iOS 11 beta


Apple's new HomePod smart speaker is ready to rock your house.
HomePod will launch in December, but supplies will be constrained.
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The latest iOS 11 beta just revealed what it will be like to set up a HomePod, Apple’s new smart speaker coming later this year.

Pairing HomePod with your iPhone will be quite similar to the AirPods setup routine, based on leaked screenshots of the process. If the leak is accurate, you’ll only be able to set up the speaker using an iPhone or iPad.

‘Leaked’ video shows alleged iPhone 8 with rear Touch ID


Touch ID
But don't freak out just yet!
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The debate over whether the iPhone 8 will come with Touch ID has just been reignited thanks to a new video that allegedly shows off some of the devices new features.

A video of an alleged iPhone with Touch ID in the back surfaced on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo today. Although details in the video are hard to make out, it appears to show someone testing the Touch ID sensor during the Q&A process.

Take a look:

Spark email app ensures you’ll never forget an important task


Spark productivity integrations
Spark now plays nicely with third-party productivity apps.
Photo: Readdle

Spark, one of the finest third-party email clients for Mac and iOS, just got a big update that will ensure you never forget another important task.

The app, developed by the terrific team at Readdle, now boasts seamless integrations for popular reminders apps like Todoist, Wunderlist, Things, and even Apple’s own Reminders app.