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April 15, 2014—Two manufacturers are in a dash to add the first aftermarket multimedia systems that are compatible with Apple’s CarPlay.
April 10, 2014—Dropbox, which is a digital file-storage cloud service, launched a mobile application for Apple iOS and Google Android mobile devices that allows you to share videos and images without storage limitations.
April 17, 2014—Consumers who want to automatically disable their smartphone when it’s stolen or lost will have such an option in 2015.
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