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Briefly: Keynote Remote discontinued, Honda cobbles iOS integration

updated 12:59 am EST, Fri January 24, 2014

Functionality of Keynote Remote melded into latest iOS, Mac Keynote updates

On the heels of updates to both the iOS and OS X updates for Keynote -- which restores a number of the features removed in the previous release's "rebuilding" effort -- buyers have noticed that Apple quietly removed the app "Keynote Remote" from sale. The program, originally priced at $1 and later made free when iOS 7 was released, created a direct Wi-Fi link with the Mac edition to allow an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to control the presentation remotely.

The functionality of the program has been rolled into the iOS version of Keynote, which costs $10 for those who have never bought it before but is free to those upgrading from the previous versions, or those purchasing a new iDevice. The old Keynote Remote app continues to work with the latest version of Keynote, but users see a warning that it has been discontinued. The incorporated version of the remote feature also has some additional capabilities, including being able to control a presentation running on another iOS device, and operating from an iPad natively for the first time.

Honda creates 'iOS in the Car' kludge with four HondaLink apps

For unknown reasons, Honda has not yet opted to include Apple's "iOS in the Car" technology into its 2014 models, but has achieved some level of similar functionality through the use of its own "HondaLink" apps, available now for the 2014 Civic and the forthcoming 2015 Fit. Through a combination of a multiple-adapter connector and four App Store apps, drivers can access navigation services, weather, location and vehicle information, a streaming music service and a launcher app for approved third-party apps.

The navigation app, which is a separate $60 purchase, is controlled by Nokia's Here service and offers turn-by-turn GPS. The system adapts the iOS UI into its own entertainment-system interface, making the system feel like a built-in system rather than an iPhone screen. The system does support Siri Eyes-Free mode.




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