Apple CarPlay: Better than Bluetooth

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus takes a close look at AirPlay, which he says is better than Bluetooth for car connectivity.

The Great Internet Blocking Conspiracy – Mac Geek Gab 807

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Smiley with a tinfoil hat - Mac Geek Gab 807

Options for Apple TV Volume, Silencing CarPlay upon connect, LTE internet options, and managing the shared family calendar only scratch the surface of this episode’s content: the mailbag overflows with your tips and questions, and John and Dave do their level best to share, answer, entertain and inform! Press play to learn about all this and more; and learn five new things in the process!

To RAID or Not (to RAID)? – Mac Geek Gab 805

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Do you close your Terminal sessions correctly? Does iStat Menus work after you migrate? Are you getting Notes to launch as fast as possible? You’ll be able to answer “yes” to all three of these things after just the first few minutes of this week’s show. Stick around and learn about taming CarPlay, sharing Calendars, using a VPN with your Apple TV and much more. You’ll definitely hit your quota of learning at least five new things with John and Dave this week.

BMW No Longer Charges for Apple CarPlay

· Andrew Orr · News

BMW originally charged its customers a US$300 lifetime fee to use Apple’s CarPlay. Now the manufacturer has eliminated the fee.

Library App Libby Now Works With CarPlay

· Andrew Orr · News

Libby is an app that lets you read ebooks and listen to audiobooks from libraries, and it recently announced support for CarPlay.

BMW Owners Suffer ConnectedDrive Outage, Affects CarPlay

· Andrew Orr · Link

Ford CarPlay is here for 2016 models.

Some BMW owners have suffered a ConnectedDrive outage, and it affects CarPlay.

What seems to be happening is that because of the ConnectedDrive outage, cars are unable to confirm that users have paid for the CarPlay option in their vehicle. Because the car can’t make that authentication, BMW owners have no access to CarPlay, nor the other ConnectedDrive features.

BMW has purportedly acknowledged the ConnectedDrive outage to customers, but has yet to comment publicly or offer any sort of timetable on when the issue might be resolved.

Toyota Retrofits Older Vehicles for Apple CarPlay

· Andrew Orr · Link

Owners of Toyota’s Camry and Sienna vehicles will be able to add Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa as part of a retrofit.

Toyota says it will be notifying Camry and Sienna owners and “encouraging them to contact their dealer” about the retrofit; the installation will be done at dealerships. We reached out to Toyota to ask if the retrofit costs anything, and a spokesperson for the brand said there “may be a small service charge” and that dealers will be able to provide more information. Toyota doesn’t say how long it will actually take to complete the installation.

Touch Bar & The Terminal – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 748

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Touch Bar & The Terminal

Do you need an elbow connector? You might after listening to this episode! That, after all, is what Cool Stuff Found segments are all about: discovering stuff you didn’t know existed, and now you need! In addition to that, of course, your tips are shared and questions are answered, including some about iCloud Archives, CarPlay, and Watch Notifications. Hosts Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun guide you through all of this and more, just press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

BBC Sounds to Get CarPlay Support

· Charlotte Henry · News

The new BBC Sounds app

BBC Sounds will “soon” be getting CarPlay support, according to a senior executive. The app also recently had a record number of listeners.

Battery Usage, CarPlay, Notifications, and Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 746

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

CarPlay with finger on it

Wanna learn at least five new things about your Mac and iOS devices? This week’s Mac Geek Gab episode is sure to hit the mark. With topics ranging from Quick Look to Car Play to Robot Vacuums to APFS, there’s always something new to learn! Press play, download, and enjoy.

Mazda Extends Carplay Integration

· Charlotte Henry · News

Mazda has announced that is extending CarPlay availability in its vehicles – models from 2014 onwards will be able to have it installed.

Scout FM Introduces New Features, Like Compatibility with CarPlay

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Scout FM is a podcast radio service that streams a curated selection of podcasts and radio shows. Today the service is getting new features, including compatibility with Apple’s CarPlay. A cool new feature is called Commute Mode, which automatically finds shows for you that fit your commute time. Scout FM is a bit different than other podcast apps. You don’t subscribe and download podcasts. Instead it’s more similar to a traditional radio station. There are stations focused around categories like Daily News, Brain Food, and True Stories. You just pick a station and immediately start listening. App Store: Scout FM – Free

Scout FM Introduces New Features, Like Compatibility with CarPlay