2020 Toyota Prius Gets Standard Apple Carplay, More Safety Features

2020 Toyota Prius gets standard Apple CarPlay, more safety features

The Toyota Prius will enter the 2020 model year with more standard technology features, including one that owners have spent years clamoring for. The hybrid's powertrain and styling remain unchanged. Car buyers increasingly seek smartphone connectivity, and the Prius finally delivers by offering standard Apple CarPlay regardless of trim level. It's the latest Toyota model to gain the software after Toyota had long resisted it due to safety and privacy concerns. Amazon Alexa compatibility is also part of the package, but motorists waiting for Android Auto will need to show a little bit more patience. The hybrid segment's poster child also gains standard Toyota Safety Connect. Previously available only on the top-spec Limited trim, Safety Connect bundles emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance, and automatic collision notification. There's no stolen battery locator yet. Toyota noted it's giving buyers a free three-year subscription to the Safety Connect service, but they'll need to pay for it after their Prius turns four. Safety Connect normally costs $80 a year or $8 a month. Toyota hasn't made any mechanical modifications to the Prius. The standard model carries on with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain consisting of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and two electric motors that draw power from a lithium-ion battery pack. All-wheel drive models gain an additional motor mounted over the rear axle, and a nickel-metal hybride battery that's better suited to extremely cold temperatures than the lithium-ion unit. The 2020 Toyota Prius will join the plug-in Prius Prime in showrooms nationwide in the coming weeks. Pricing information hasn't been revealed yet, but expect a small dollar increase to offset the additional equipment.

Apple Will Be Bringing The Homepod To Japan On August 23

Apple Will Be Bringing The HomePod To Japan On August 23

Apple’s rollout of the HomePod has been a bit slow, where unlike its iPhones and iPads and Mac computers, the availability of the HomePod is still very much limited to a handful of countries. However, the company has been slowly expanding its availability and come 23rd of August, it seems that the HomePod will finally be making its way to Japan.

Pre-orders for the HomePod are now live where they are priced at 32,800 yen, which after conversion roughly puts it at around the same price as back in the US, where the HomePod is priced at $299. It is unclear why Apple is taking so long to make the HomePod available around the world, but it could be due to Siri where Apple probably needs to get it right for each country and for the varying accents and languages spoken.

2020 Toyota Supra Owners May Have To Pay For Apple Carplay One Day - Autoblog

2020 Toyota Supra owners may have to pay for Apple CarPlay one day - Autoblog

We got news that the 2020 Toyota Supra was officially arriving in dealerships the other day, which is a good thing. Now, we're hearing about some strangeness going on with the car's Apple CarPlay availability. Motor1 asked Toyota what the deal is when it comes to paying for Apple CarPlay on the Supra. The only reason that's a question in the first place is because the Supra uses a BMW infotainment system. Of course, the BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra have far more than that in common, but you can read all about that elsewhere. BMW recently introduced a subscription service to charge its customers for using CarPlay on a yearly basis. Anyone wanting to use CarPlay is forced to pay $80 per year after the 12-month free trial. Just recently, BMW added the option of paying a $300 fee for 20 years of CarPlay use. That's way cheaper if you plan on keeping the car, but you'll need to own it for more than four years for that plan to make sense. Toyota doesn't charge its customers for use of Apple CarPlay in the few models that offer it, which introduces a bit of a conundrum for the Supra. Instead of Toyota adopting its own policy for its own car, the company is going to offer a hybrid plan to Supra buyers. Motor1 learned that Supra owners will receive four years of Apple CarPlay for free as a "trial period." After that, Toyota doesn't have a straight answer for us. A spokesperson said that "specifics regarding future subscription fees will be available at a later date."  We'll interpret that as meaning you'll have to pay for it one day, but we don't know what to charge yet. It's rather unfortunate to see this bad policy from BMW potentially rubbing off on the Toyota. Every other manufacturer that offers Apple CarPlay makes it free to use for life if the feature is equipped in the car. It's a fantastic option for folks who like the idea of having a phone-like interface on their car's infotainment screen, and it ends up being favored over many in-house designed systems. Supra owners will need to opt for either the Premium or Launch Edition trims to get CarPlay functionality to begin with, as it's only available on the upgraded 8.8-inch screen. The base 6.5-inch screen will not support CarPlay usage. 

Apple Tv Will Support Xbox One And Ps4 Controllers

Apple TV Will Support Xbox One And PS4 Controllers


Apple will soon improve the gaming experience on the Apple TV set-top box significantly. The company announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2019 today that an upcoming firmware update for the set-top box will bring support for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers to the Apple TV.

It’s no surprise that Apple has waited all this time to bring controller support to its set-top box. This would have always made sense regardless of when Apple had done it. The company is doing it now as its new Apple Arcade game subscription service is due to arrive soon. This service will offer more than 100 new and exclusive curated games which will be playable across Mac, iPad, iPhone, and the Apple TV.

2020 Toyota Prius Prime Adds Fifth Seat And Apple Carplay

2020 Toyota Prius Prime adds fifth seat and Apple CarPlay

For 2020, Toyota is giving the Prius Prime an extremely modest update, highlighted by the addition of a fifth seat – the previous version only had belts for four occupants. Toyota also switched up the naming architecture of the trim levels to better align with the branding of other cars such as the Corolla and Camry. The mild changes are reflected by slight increases in starting prices.

The Prius Prime's main draw, its 54 mpg combined fuel numbers and 25 miles or estimated electric range, remain exactly the same for the 2020 model year, but Toyota made slight alterations to update the model. Most notably, the rear seat has been changed from a two-seat configuration to accommodate a third middle seat. The old model features an arm rest and cup holders between two seats.

Toyota Rewarding 2018 Camry And Sienna Owners With Apple Carplay And Amazon Alexa

Toyota rewarding 2018 Camry and Sienna owners with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa

A car infotainment system's ability to utilize Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa has become a major commodity in recent years, as customers continue to blend and connect various aspects of their 'smart' lives. Until now, none of Toyota's 2018-and-earlier products were compatible with smartphone integrations, but that's changing. Toyota announced a surprise upgrade for the 2018 Camry and Sienna, a retrofitting to include CarPlay and Alexa capabilities.

Toyota was pretty late to the game in introducing Apple CarPlay to its vehicles. Toyota launched the integration with the 2019 Avalon, and now offers the feature standard on most of its 2020 vehicles. That it took so long for the Japanese company to include the technology irked some customers, and now Toyota is trying to make good.

Apple Music For Android Could Soon Get Chromecast Support

Apple Music For Android Could Soon Get Chromecast Support

While music streaming services such as Spotify can be streamed directly through certain speakers, the same cannot be said for Apple Music. Instead, if users wanted to stream Apple Music through their speaker systems, they’d have to stream it over Bluetooth or connect a device to it.

Unfortunately those are some of the “costs” associated with Apple Music, but the good news is that if you’re an Android user with an Apple Music subscription, you might be in luck because according to 9to5Google, they have discovered within the APK teardown of the app that it looks like Apple could be working towards introducing Chromecast support for the app.

Apple Music Has Been Installed On 40 Million Android Devices

Apple Music Has Been Installed On 40 Million Android Devices

We know that some of you might have cringed a little when Apple announced that they would be launching Apple Music on Android. This is because of the divide between iOS and Android users, where it is very rare to see Apple bring its services to competing platforms. However, it’s not surprising as we imagine that Apple will probably want to attract as many customers as possible.

In fact, it seems that Apple’s decision to launch Apple Music on Android is paying off. According to the latest figures from Sensor Tower, it seems that Apple Music has been installed on 40 million Android devices to date. It also seems to be on a rise because about 2 years ago, Apple Music on Android was on the decline but for whatever reason, it has picked up again in popularity, but we can’t be sure why.

Apple Tv Gets Playstation Vue's Multi-picture Mode

Apple TV Gets PlayStation Vue's Multi-Picture Mode


PlayStation Vue, Sony’s live TV streaming service, isn’t just available on the company’s gaming consoles as the name might have you believe. It’s available on a wide variety of platforms including the Apple TV. The Apple TV is now getting a feature which has been available on the PS4 app for PlayStation Vue: multi-picture mode.

Sony is rolling out the multi-picture feature for PlayStation Vue on the Apple TV starting today. It will roll out the feature to the set-top box by way of an update for the app. The multi-picture mode allowed users to have three channels running on the screen at the same time. Sony is going to improve it further for the Apple TV by supporting four channels at the same time instead of three on the PlayStation 4.

Apple Music Support For Android Tablets Now Exits Beta

Apple Music Support For Android Tablets Now Exits Beta

Designing apps for tablets is not as easy as you might think. Tablets have a larger display which means that you can’t just scale up an app for smartphones and stuff it into a tablet. However due to the way we interact with our tablets, you can’t design a UI that you would normally use on a laptop or desktop computer either.

Now Apple has been working on an Android tablet UI for its Apple Music service for a while now, and the good news is that it is finally out of beta. This means that if you did not participate in the beta before that, you should be able to look forward to the new UI in the latest update to the Apple Music app.

Apple Chutney Helps You Get Through Cold Winter In Niigata

Apple chutney helps you get through cold winter in Niigata

Gentle popping and sizzling sounds greet the ears in the 150-year-old traditional-style house, where visitors are enveloped by the warmth coming from a wood stove. The ceiling rises 10 meters high above the grand shiny-black pillars and beams.

Satoyama Jujo is a hot-spring hotel that opened in 2014 in Minami-Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, a renowned production area of rice. The hotel, which also welcomes a constant stream of foreign guests, has a restaurant called Sanaburi, whose popular dishes feature vegetables and edible wild plants.