Hey guys it’s Dave from Computing forever.com
it’s Tuesday March 4th 2014, time now to talk about the latest tech stories. First up it’s
absurdly ridiculous news, Last Thursday, the California appeals court declared that it
is now legal for drivers to read digital maps on their smartphones while driving. This is
in spite of that fact that state law restricts use of phones while driving. What the hell?
The justification is that a man named Steven Spriggs was issued a $165 ticket for using
a map on his iPhone because he was trying to find an alternative route to avoid roadworks.
Because of what sounds like a bit of a legal loop hole, drivers are now permitted to look
at their phones while driving as long they’re not talking on them, which is insane because
looking at your phone has got to be significantly more dangerous then holding it to your ear. The stupidity of the law makers becomes more
apparent when you consider that now people will surf the web, use Facebook and send text
messages like they always have and now avoid fines by telling the police officer that they
were using maps, right before they got pulled over and he has no way of proving them wrong.
Let’s hope this doesn’t lead to any unfortunate accidents. Moving on, and keeping on the car theme, Apple
have unveiled CarPlay, which it calls, “The best iPhone Experience on four wheels”. It’s
designed to provide improved connectivity between the driver’s car and phone. It will
be available on select cars in 2014 and is a smarter and safer way to use for iPhone
in the car. It takes all the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and places
them into your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive
messages and listen to music, while staying focused on the road. These are some of the manufactures currently
supporting carplay and later these ones will also join in. Next up, Cortana is coming to Windows Phone!
you know Cortana, the artificially intelligent character from Halo. This will be Microsoft’s
answer to Siri and will not only take over from their exiting Bing Voice Search but will
have its own personality and interact with you just like Siri. It’s due to arrive in
Windows Phone 8.1 and although this seems like just a clever marketing trick, it might
seriously entice people to buy a Windows Phone, especially if Microsoft can integrate her
into a full Xbox, Windows desktop and mobile experience. if for nothing else, it should
prove popular with a generation of teenage boys who now have the opportunity to develop
that unhealthy relationship with a hot fictional CGI character they’ve always wanted. And finally Guys I’ll leave you with today’s
tech question: Who is your cable television provider?