Like the other new iWork apps that were released in October, 2013, Keynote was built from the ground up for both iOS and Mac, with the iOS version seeing improvements, while the Mac version has lost some features to give both a level playing field. Due to a backlash of user … Read more
Editors' note: Be sure to catch the other stories in this package: on how Google's robo-cars mean the end of driving as we know it, on self-driving cars bristling with sensors, and on real-world experiments with platoons of connected cars.
Haunted by the nightmare of global traffic paralysis, Ford Motor executive chairman William Ford Jr. has a global dream.
Given current growth trends, the world's population is expected to reach 9 billion people by midcentury. That also means a quadrupling in the number of cars to 4 billion by 2050 -- and that, said Ford, is a recipe … Read more
Apple has picked up another mapping company, its third this year.
Apple confirmed the deal, saying it "buys smaller technology companies from time to time," but would not go into detail about the future of the service. Embark CEO David Hodge declined to comment.
In a spurt of perfect timing, I discovered Transit App almost immediately upon arrival in Chicago, where I was totally unfamiliar with the city's awesome public transportation system (make that systems, plural). In short order I was riding the CTA and Metra buses and trains all over the place with the ease and efficiency of a Chicago native.
OSHKOSH, Wis. -- It's not from a James Bond movie, it's not the Jetsons, and this isn't Disneyland. That really was a flying car soaring overhead as thousands looked on Wednesday evening.
Known as the Transition, it is Boston-based Terrafugia's real-life flying car. An airplane that can take off just minutes after being street legal, the Transition is a $279,000 experiment in bringing America's roads and skies together through a single machine.
The Transition was one of the headliners for the Wednesday evening performances at the giant EAA AirVenture air show here, where it … Read more
Apple's plans for Hopstop may be a mystery following its recent acquisition of the navigation service, though the iOS app is still alive and kicking.
Hopstop provides directions for buses, trains, taxis, bikes, and pedestrians around the world. It offers real-time transit maps and schedules across more than 600 cities.Apple bought the company more than a week ago with the possible intention of integrating Hopstop's technology into its own Maps app. Such a move would likely mean the end of Hopstop's dedicated mobile apps.
Apple has already pulled the plug on the Windows Phone version of Hopstop. … Read more
Apparently Locationary isn't the only location-based company Apple's bought up recently.
Apple confirmed the purchase late Friday afternoon, though did not go into detail about what it intends to do with the company.
"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," an Apple spokeswoman told CNET.
Transit directions are currently one of Apple's mapping weaknesses since the company rolled out its own … Read more
Six months after wireline telephone operators and trade groups asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to begin shutting down their aging switched networks, the agency responded late Friday, calling for further study.
In a public notice (PDF) issued by an agency task force created in December 2012, the FCC reiterated the importance of accelerating the transition from switched networks to native IP infrastructure. But rather than approving limited trials to test technical and regulatory obstacles to a full conversion, the agency instead raised more questions about the trials and called for more rounds of comments.
The task force also … Read more
In a press conference held today in New York's Times Square subway, the MTA announced that 36 train stations now can access wireless data. This newest update is the latest installment in the organization's project to bring wireless networking to the complete transit system. The actual wireless hardware, however, is supplied by Transit Wireless, a subsidiary of Broadcast Australia. … Read more