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Pioneer's AVH-4100NEX CarPlay head unit now shipping for $700

Dumb car stereos are about to truly get smart as the automotive solutions from Apple (and Google) hit the market.

The long wait for the first aftermarket head units that run CarPlay — and Android Auto — is finally over. Pioneer is shipping its entry-level AVH-4100NEX unit for around $700.

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Star Blazers and the transformative power of anime

Every so often something comes along that changes your life and stays with you forever. For Charlie Jane Anders and me, it was Star Blazers.

Charlie Jane Anders' love letter to Star Blazers is one of my favorite pieces on the Internet this week. I encourage everyone to read it.

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Here's a transcript of Tim Cook's surprise Mad Money call

Apple CEO Tim Cook surprised Mad Money anchor Jim Cramer on the air Thursday with a sweet tenth anniversary wish for the show, which turned into a lively seven-minute conversation about ResearchKit, Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch. Below is a transcript of their conversation.

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'Titan' Apple Car project reportedly based in Sunnyvale

Apple is reportedly working on their "Titan" electric car project in facility in Sunnyvale, California.

Apple has had a presence in Sunnyvale for some time, renting out 215,000 square feet of office space there in 2012. For the last year or so, however, a number of auto-related renovations have been made to the campus, possibly pointing to Apple's 'Titan' project.

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Sprint is offering to reimburse all fees for customers to ditch current carriers

Sprint is now offering anyone who switches from their current wireless carrier to its service full reimbursement of both their termination fees and any remaining phone payments.

This is just the latest effort from Sprint to get new customers. The company says that it will pay off any remaining fees and costs from former carriers "no matter what is owed."

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Microsoft is reportedly working on bringing Cortana to iPhone and iPad

Microsoft is looking to bring its personal assistant to the iPhone and iPad as a standalone app.

Part of project "Einstein", which Microsoft Research managing director Eric Horvitz is involved with, the company is working on advancing Cortana to improve on its personal assistant offering, prior to rolling out on other platforms.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook on Mad Money: Apple Pay, ResearchKit, and a touch of Apple Watch

Following up on the announcements of the new MacBook and launch details for the Apple Watch, Apple CEO Tim Cook called in to Jim Cramer's Mad Money show on CNBC.

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USB-C is a standard, and that means standard battery packs and displays for MacBooks!

One of the benefits of Apple including USB-C on the new MacBook is that it's a standard connector. Since USB-C is also how the new MacBook will charge, that means any battery extender made for USB — as long as it's within the proper power range — will work just fine.

The same holds true for external monitors. USB-C supports DisplayPort 1.2, which means — once the right cables are available — you should be able to output up to 4K video.

Since video adapters will likely sport additional USB and power inputs, or perhaps some future display will include those things built-in the way Apple's current Thunderbolt display does, those who want to plug in at home or at work should have a lot of options.

All we have to do is wait for everything to ship.

Soon, please.

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theScore eSports brings competitive gaming coverage to your iPhone

There's no doubt that eSports are blowing up in a big way, and now you have a way to keep up with the action on your iPhone.

TheScore has just launched a dedicated eSports app for iOS lets you keep up with the events and competitions around your favorite games with breaking news, live score coverage, and more.

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New MacBook Air, MacBook Pro get the tear down treatment

The team at iFixit has gotten their hands on the updated MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, announced by Apple on Monday at their "Spring Forward" event.

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