George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the U.S.A., Dies at 94

Statement from Family of President George H.W. Bush (per @Acosta):

For Immediate Release November 30, 2018

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
ON THE DEATH OF HIS FATHER, PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH

DALLAS, TEXAS -“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died. George H. W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”

1992 U.S. Presidential Election was the first one I was aware of. Being raised in Conservative and Republican community, I was rooting for President George Herbert Walker Bush for his re-election bid; even though I had zero clues about U.S. politics.

I still respect and admire him even though over the years I learned about what I disagrees with the 41st U.S. President’s political view and policies.

As a footnote, President George H.W. Bush also lives in music as his likeness graced the cover of “Rust In Peace” as well as his voice in “Foreclosure of a Dream”; Megadeth’s 1990 seminal record and 1992 song off “Countdown to Extinction”.

Apple CarPlay® and Android™ Auto on Mazda3

I received an email on Monday, November 19, 2018 from our local Mazda Dealer that Apple CarPlay® and Android™ Auto available as a dealer-installed update.

One short phone call later, the installation as scheduled for Wednesday, November 21, 2018. As mentioned in the email, the dealer pricing was $399.95 plus tax. I assumed that the pricing includes the $199 for the parts and software, and the labor cost.

I dropped off my 2014 Mazda3 early in the morning and was given a loaner 2018 Mazda3. I was hoping that the loaner Mazda3 would have CarPlay installed, but it did not. I was told that November 21, 2018 was the first day the dealer starts providing the upgrade.

Around 3:00 pm, I received a notification that my car was ready. I left for the dealer to pickup my car. After signing the paperwork and making the payment for the installation, I finally got into my Mazda3.

I connected my iPhone to the newly upgraded 2.1-amp USB port and turned the car on. There it is, Apple CarPlay in my Mazda3.

One thing I noticed is that I also have the latest version of Mazda Infotainment system. According to Mazda, the latest version  available for the OS was version 59; my Mazda3 had OS version 55.

After the CarPlay installation, the car now has OS version 70.

I only had Apple CarPlay in my Mazda3 for 2 days. The $399.95 + tax seems a bit high according tony colleagues. To me it is a worthy upgrade.

Mazda models compatible with Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto upgrade:

  • 2014-2018 Mazda3
  • 2016-2018 Mazda6
  • 2016-2019 Mazda MX-5
  • 2017-2019 Mazda MX-5 RF
  • 2016-2019 Mazda CX-3
  • 2016-2018 Mazda CX-5
  • 2016-2018 Mazda CX-9

The retrofit includes installing new software and 2.1-amp USB ports.