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What appear to be official press photos of the HTC Bliss have leaked in advance of the smartphone's Sept. 20 launch. The Bliss, which may launch as the Rhyme, is said to be designed specifically to appeal to young women. The Rhyme will be the first to feature the latest version of HTC's Android UI, HTC Sense 3.5. Although the new name suggests that Beats Audio will be included, the specs that leaked earlier this week do not.
New details of HTC's Bliss and Runnymede Android smartphones have been leaked. This is my next has posted full specifications for the Android-based smartphones as they will appear in European markets.
HTC dropped a strong clue as to the release timing of the Bliss with an invite it sent to members of the media. The notice points to a September 20 gathering in New York City. Little is mentioned as to the contents, but a request to "come celebrate in style" and the use of the Bliss' expected seafoam green and possible purple colors.
The upcoming HTC Sense 3.5 interface has now been shown off in a five-minute video from the same source that broke the news on the software. XDA China took a detailed look at the Android OS customization. There are many differences compared to the previous version, including new animations, lock screens and other enhancements.
After revealing the first live photos of the HTC Bliss yesterday, XDA.cn has now looked deeper into its HTC Sense 3.5 overlay. As such, the site created screenshots of what is believed to be the final interface. Unlike HTC Sense 3.0 that required dual-core chips for it to work, Sense 3.5 doesn't have such a stringent requirement.
The first live images of the upcoming HTC Bliss have shown up online thanks to Chinese site XDA.cn. The handset is said to be aimed at young women, and sport a lightly colored exterior, the latter of which the live image confirms. Other colors will be offered as well
HTC on Friday posted an open invitation to the public for a special event on September 1. The London gathering would give fans and the media alike a chance to "see what's next." No clues were given as to what the device roster would be.
HTC's unannounced Bliss handset has surfaced in yet another leak ahead of the its formal unveiling. The latest images, though a bit fuzzy, appear to show a hardware design similar to a rendering that surfaced several weeks ago. The image, which was allegedly taken in the wild and posted by Pocketnow, also matches the greenish color scheme that is expected to be aimed at female buyers.
Corroborating earlier rumors, a leaked rendering is claimed to show HTC's unannounced Bliss handset. The image, which was posted by Pocketnow, appears to provide a glimpse at the device paired with its docking cradle, one of many color-matched accessories that are expected to be launched alongside the greenish smartphone. The Android-based device is said to be targeted for young women.
HTC's rumored Bliss phone for women may have been spotted for the first time. Now nicknamed the Glamor, it would have the soft, rounded look and feminine colors hinted at before, albeit without the green. Shots from PocketNow showed few details but did confirm they were Android devices using HTC Sense.
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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6