Bought a couch? Need a truck? Try Truxx

Matt Steecker , ithacajournal.com | @MSteecker

Buying large merchandise at a store is never a pleasant experience, especially for those who don’t have a vehicle with plenty of cargo space.

Now a Syracuse man, partnered with two Broome County entrepreneurs, have fledgling company ready to solve the problem.

The story of Truxx, a truck-sharing delivery app  — think U-Haul meets Uber  — began when its now-CEO Carlos Suarez bought a 40-inch TV from a Target in Syracuse about two years ago.

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Pogue’s Basics: Have your iPhone announce your calls

David Pogue

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Open Settings > Phone >Announce Calls. Here, you get to choose whenthe phone announces the caller’s name when it rings: Always, Never, Headphones Only, or Headphones & Car.

The point of Headphones is privacy — it means, “Don’t announce the caller’s name at times when anyone nearby can hear; announce it only when I’m listening in private.”

And the point of “Headphones & Car” is a safety thing. When you’re driving, you don’t want to take your eyes off the road to see who’s calling.

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Apple Sued for Choosing Not to ‘Lock-Out’ iPhones Behind the Wheel to Prevent Texting and Driving – Mac Rumors

California resident Julio Ceja is seeking a class action lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of placing profit before consumer safety by choosing not to implement a lock-out mechanism that would disable an iPhone’s functionality when being used behind the wheel by an engaged driver. 

Ceja demands that Apple halt the sale of all iPhones in California until a lock-out mechanism is implemented. He also demands that Apple release a software update that adds a lock-out mechanism to all iPhones already in the hands of consumers. He is not seeking further damages beyond legal fees and costs. 

The complaint, filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, asserts that Apple’s willful decision not to implement a lock-out mechanism on iPhones, chiefly to prevent texting and driving, constitutes “unfair business acts and practices” under California’s Unfair Competition Law. A jury trial has been demanded. 

Read more:  http://www.macrumors.com/2017/01/18/california-iphone-distracted-driving-lawsuit/

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All NYC subway stations will have cell service by January 9th–engadget.com

Jon Fingas@jonfingas

01.06.17 in Transportation

When officials recently vowed that all New York City underground subway stations would have cellular coverage sometime in early 2017, they weren’t joking. Governor Cuomo has revealed that all active stations will have service from AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon on January 9th. That’s on top of WiFi, which went live just before 2016 came to a close. The only exceptions are four stations that are either in mid-renovation or about to go through renovations, but they’ll have live service as soon as the makeovers are finished.

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Hiya: Filter Spam Calls — Katie Floyd

Recently I’ve been receiving more and more spam phone calls. With iOS 10 Apple allowed developers to create extensions that would interface with the Phone.app and allow incoming calls to be checked against a database of suspected spammers.

Out of desperation, I’ve tried a few of these Apps claiming to screen or block suspected spam callers as they’ve popped up in the App store. Thus far the only one I’ve found that has worked somewhat reliably is Hiya. (Glenn Fleishman writing for Macworld has a more extensive review)

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2016 Smartphone Comparison Guide–newatlas.com

A dozen iOS 10 feature gems that Apple forgot to mention–David Pogue

David Pogue

Last month, when Apple (AAPL) released iOS 10, the latest system software for the iPhone/iPad, it made a big deal out of the major features, like a redesigned Music app and contextual predictions in Autocorrect.

But Apple’s engineer elves worked for a year to overhaul iOS 10, and they’ve planted lots of hidden gems. In today’s video, all in one 12-minute lesson, I’m happy to present a dozen of the best iOS 10 features that Apple forgot to mention.

(In this crash course, I didn’t say anything about the new Messages app. That one gets a whole lesson unto itself!)

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  One tip on using the “Home” button is worth the read:

Eliminate the click

You can get an extra efficiency when it comes to waking up your phone by eliminating the requirement to click the Home button.

Instead, you can just touch your finger to it. That wakes the phone and unlocks it in a single motion.

To find this feature, open Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Home Button. Turn on “Rest finger to open.”

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