Griffin’s New Premium Lightning Cables Now Available

Griffin Premium Lightning Cables reversable USBGriffin has announced that their new Premium Charge / Sync Cables with Lightning connector are now available. These cables have easy-connecting reversible USB that can be plugged in regardless of the orientation.

The Premium Charge/Sync Cable’s reversible USB connector works in any full-sized USB port regardless of how it’s plugged in, making it the easiest-to-connect USB plug ever.

Through brutal bend and environmental testing, the redesigned cable has proven that it’s built for a longer, more reliable life. The durable braided nylon cable jacket resists kinking and the anodized aluminum housing stabilizes and protects the Lightning connector from physical stresses.

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Griffin’s new Premium Lightning Cables are available in 5 feet ($29.99) or 10 feet ($39.99) in 3 sleek colors – silver, gold, and space gray – to perfectly coordinate with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Chevrolet Offers 14 Models with CarPlay and Android Auto

Chevrolet Android Auto and CarPlayChevrolet has announced that it will offer Android Auto and CarPlay compatibility in more models around the globe than any other automotive brand for the 2016 model year. There are a total of 14 Chevrolet models that will include both CarPlay and Android Auto – including the all-new 2016 Cruze.

The 2016 Cruze compact car will debut on June 24, 2015. It is Chevrolet’s best selling passenger car, with more than 3 million sold since launch. Cruze will have CarPlay and Android Auto.

Chevrolet’s seven-inch MyLink infotainment system gives owners a smart and simple way to access both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The eight-inch version of MyLink will be compatible only with Apple CarPlay at the beginning of the 2016 model year. Development and testing is not yet complete, but it’s possible Android Auto may be available on the eight-inch MyLink later in the 2015 model year.

Android Auto is built around Google Maps, Google Now, and the ability to talk to Google, as well as a growing audio and messaging app ecosystem that includes WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, Spotify, and podcast players. More details can be found at https://www.android.com/auto/.

Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone features users would most want to access while driving and puts them on the vehicle’s display in a smart, simple, manner. It allows drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen via Siri. Apple CarPlay supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third-party apps. More details can be found at https://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/.

Using either application is simple in a compatible 2016 Chevrolet. A “Projection” icon on the MyLink screen is visible when a phone is not connected. It changes to indicate either CarPlay or Android Auto (whichever is applicable) when a compatible phone is connected via USB. Android Auto requires a phone running the Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or above. Apple CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later.

The 7-inch MyLink Infotainment system will be available in the following 2016 model year Chevrolets: Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, Camaro Convertible, Silverado, and Silverado HD.

The 8-inch MyLink Infotainment system will be available in the following 2016 model year Chevrolets: Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Volt, Camaro, Camaro Convertible, Corvette, Corvette Convertible, Colorado, Silverado, Silverado HD, Tahoe, and Suburban.

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iOS Bug Causes Text Message Crashing

Apple LogoApple’s iOS is generally considered to be a world-class operating system for mobile devices. But some things slip thru even Apple’s meticulous fingers. It was recently discovered that a specific string of text, sent as a text message, will immediately cause the recipient’s iOS device to crash. The bug requires no action on the part of the person receiving the message. As soon as the text pops up in the form of a system notification, the device will immediately crash and reboot.

The flaw was originally discovered by some Reddit users. They noted that if a very specific combination of Arabic characters are strung together and then sent as a text message, the receiving device will automatically truncate the text with an ellipses (…) at the end when it’s displayed as a system notification. And there’s something about that particular character string that iOS really doesn’t like, resulting in a hard reset of the device.

Considering that it takes such an odd combination of circumstances to trigger this iOS bug, it’s doubtful that most people will be affected by it. Of course, some pranksters will surely make use of it while they can. Apple has already acknowledged the problem and has said it’ll be fixed in a future update.

In the meantime, if you do receive an errant message that triggers an annoying crash, after your device resets, go into the Messages app and delete the conversation. And then consider blocking the sender, at least until the next iOS update comes out.

The Humble Nindie Bundle Features Two Important Firsts

Humble Nindie BundleHumble Bundles are awesome because they give people a way to pick up some great games for a low price and, at the same time, allow them to support a charity. The current Humble Bundle is called the Humble Nindie Bundle and it features not one, but two, “firsts”.

The Humble Nindie Bundle is presented by Nintendo eShop. This Humble Bundle is named after Nintendo’s initiative to support independent developers. This is the first time that Nintendo has made its games available for sale through Humble Bundle. It is also the first time Humble Bundle has put console games up for sale.

The games in the Humble Nindie Bundle are for either the 3DS or Wii U (and some are for both). The three games offered in the “pay what you want” category are: Guacamelee! Woah Dave! And Mighty Switch Force!

Pay $10 or more and you can unlock two more games: Stealth Inc 2 and SteamWorld Dig. There is also a category of games that unlock if you pay more than the average of $9.20. Three of those games have been revealed: The Fall, OlliOlli and Moon Chronicles. More games will be revealed later.

The charity that will benefit from this Humble Bunde is Code.org It is a non-profit that is dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.

Vox Media Acquires Recode.net

Recode Logo The New York Times reported that Re/code is being acquired by Vox Media. It was an all-stock deal and the financial terms have not been disclosed. The deal would give Re/code access to a wider audience than it currently has.

Re/code was founded by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. Both of them will be joining Vox Media. Re/code is going to continue to publish news on recode.net. Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher wrote a note at Re/code that gives some further information. It starts with:

We are thrilled to announce that Re/code’s parent company, Revere Digital, is being wholly acquired by the highly respected digital-native media company Vox Media. This is the next big step in our mission to bring you quality tech journalism, because our work will now be amplified and enhanced by Vox Media’s deep and broad skill set.

The note goes on to say that Re/code will collaborate with Vox Media’s current successful tech news site, The Verge. It acknowledges that there will be occasional overlap, and states that Re/code is focused on the business of tech while The Verge is focused on covering tech from a lifestyle perspective.

The New York Times reported that Re/code had 44 full-time employees and three contract employees. Those employees were expected to join Vox. The New York Times says that Vox would not elaborate on potential staffing changes.

Biomethane Bus sets new Land Speed Record

Reading Buses logoWe don’t usually think of buses as being speedy things. And usually, we don’t actually want them to be going too fast. But a new type of bus, dubbed “Bus Hound” in England, has set a new land speed record for vehicles of its type. What’s even more surprising about this is that the bus is powered by biomethane made from cow manure.

While on a test track, Bus Hound reached a top speed of 76.785 miles per hour, earning it the accolade of fastest bus on Earth. Normally, these types of buses aren’t capable of exceeding 56 miles per hour. But Reading Buses, the company responsible for Bus Hound, made some adjustments to the vehicle in order to give it the 20+ extra mph needed to eclipse the previous record.

Bus Hound is painted with black and white spots, similar to the dairy cows that are responsible for most of the UK’s milk production. This paint scheme is also indicative of the bus’s biomethane system which is powered by fuel that’s created when special bacteria digest cow manure inside a bioreactor. The fuel is then compressed, liquefied, and stored in tanks on Bus Hound’s roof. Biomethane works in a combustion engine in a way similar to natural gas. The fuel is considered to be a green alternative to gasoline because it requires no extraction of fossil fuels from the ground and it also keeps the methane that would’ve happened naturally thru manure decay to enter the atmosphere.

No word yet as to just what Bus Hound smells like when it’s causing by at 56 miles per hour, however.

Gigaom.com Acquired by Knowingly Corp

Knowingly Corp logoKnowingly Corp, an internet startup that is based in Austin, has announced that it acquired a portion of the assets of Gigaom.com. Those assets include the website gigaom.com and the content library.

Gigaom was founded in 2006 by Om Malik as a technology blog. It grew to become one of the industry’s respected sources for tech-related news, events, and research. Knowingly was founded by Byron Reese in 2014. Knowingly offers a number of websites and services. One of them is Correctica, a tool that catches errors in documents and websites that spell checkers miss.

Knowingly plans to relaunch the Gigaom site on August 15, 2015.

GNC #1034 Plugging Ourselves In!

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