Why Choosing a New Smartphone Will Get Even More Complicated in the Future

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-+*Choosing what your next smartphone will be today is already a complicated buying decision, but one that will get even more complex in the years to come thanks to increasing convergence with the mobile space. When I buy a smartphone today, it’s a highly personal experience, but one that’s far more intricate than just an […]

Audi Introduces the Future of Vehicle Owner’s Manuals

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-+*Augmented reality apps, where the camera and a smartphone are used to overlay important information on top of real images, is a concept that has been around for awhile. Audi, never missing an opportunity to promote the advancement of technology, has unveiled their app that is designed to replace the owner’s manual in their vehicles. […]

Ford C-Max Hybrid MPG Rating Updated, Ford Pays Owners Up to $550

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-+*Ford received a lot of flack about the MPG rating of the 2013 C-Max Hybrid. During a press conference earlier today, Raj Nair (VP of Global) announced that the Ford C-Max Hybrid will now contain a fuel economy label showing a revised MPG rating of 43MPG. As compensation for people who purchased or leased a […]

Hyperloop Plans Offer Promise of Fast, Futuristic Travel

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-+*At long last, Elon Musk has released the information regarding his proposed high-speed transport system called Hyperloop. This system, outlined on Tesla’s website and available as a PDF download, explains exactly how travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles can be done in approximately 35 minutes without utilizing air travel. Unlike many of Musk’s innovations, […]

Stuck in Traffic? Let your Elected Officials Know with I’m Stuck!

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-+*Everyone hates being stuck in traffic. Whether it is a traffic jam caused by an accident or road construction, or a lousy train that stopped in the middle of a crossing, we do not like to wait. Building America’s Future has created an app called I’m Stuck, and that promises an easy to way report traffic […]

Tesla Earnings Electrify the Industry (TSLA)

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-+*Yesterday Tesla announced their quarterly earnings to shareholders, and the results were quite good. The market was expecting the company to post a loss in revenue, but Tesla turned around and announced nearly a $0.20/share profit instead. Stocks unsurprisingly surged in after-hours trading following the announcement. In the quarter, Tesla produced 5,150 Model S all-electric […]

Gorilla Glass Helps BMW i8 Deliver a Quiet Ride

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-+*Corning had earlier announced that its chemically strengthened smartphone glass will soon find its way into the automotive sector and now we’re learning that the BMW i8 may become the first car to use Gorilla Glass. Gorilla Glass will help automakers like BMW reduce their car’s weight, which could lead to a savings in fuel […]

Using Siri in a MyFord Touch-equipped Vehicle

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-+*Apple made news recently at their annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) by announcing that their Siri Eyes Free system was to be expanding to because a full Siri in the Car experience. Notably absent from this announcement and current Siri Eyes Free support is Ford. Even though there is not official Siri support built into […]

Test Driving the MyFord Mobile App

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-+*Owners of Ford plug-in electric or gas-electric vehicle have access to a mobile phone app called MyFord Mobile. It allows the user to keep tabs on their Ford Focus Electric, Ford Fusion Energi or Ford C-Max Energi. Utilizing an always-on data connection in the vehicle the vehicle transmits important information to the phone, and the […]

2013 Ford Explorer Sport Review (Video)

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-+*Does having a family mean that a fan of horsepower and performance has to give up their sports car? Ford doesn’t think so. This week, we review the very big, and very fast, 2013 Ford Explorer Sport; a vehicle that attempts to do everything the more expensive Porsche and Mercedes-Benz SUVs can do, but not […]

2013 Ford C-Max Energi Review (Video)

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-+*The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi is an interesting vehicle for a variety of reasons. It is a European-inspired family hatchback geared to achieving maximum fuel economy. When looking at the vehicle, it is obvious why it exists: to look straight into the eyes of the dominating Toyota Prius V and say, “Bring it on!” After […]

Watch Adaptive Cruise Control in Action

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-+*Many new vehicles have an option for Adaptive Cruise Control, Radar Guided Cruise Control or some other name. No matter the name, this smart cruise control feature offers a safer driving experience and can help drivers keep their sanity while stuck behind a car that can’t maintain the speed limit. These systems provide two services to the […]

2013 Lincoln MKZ 2.0 EcoBoost AWD Review (Video)

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-+*In the pantheon of new vehicle prices, the “as tested” price of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ that Ford provided for review is not really that expensive at $45,550. The MKZ is supposed to be the car the reboots the floundering Lincoln brand. It is designed to target luxury buyers who may not be interested in […]

2014 Ford Fiesta ST Review (US-Spec)

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-+*For the 2014 model year the Ford Fiesta brings several big improvements to the vehicle technologically, bringing it in line with other Ford vehicles. There is also, for the first time, a version that carries the “Sport Technologies” badge, meaning that it has to be a performer. I recently had the privilege of being able […]

iOS 7 Beta Spills Apple iCar Connectivity Details

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-+*New details about how Apple plans to connect the iPhone running iOS 7 to the car, the first step in an iCar, emerged as part of the iOS 7 beta 3 this week, and a new patent points to Apple’s plans to provide guidance to car manufacturers when it comes to the user experience. A […]

Garmin’s HUD Accessory Helps Drivers Keep Eyes On the Road With GPS Navigation

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-+*Garmin is introducing an after-market heads-up display, or HUD, accessory that could project your next turn-by-turn direction onto your windshield. The aim of the accessory is so that users who use GPS navigation systems, particularly those manufactured or with software from Garmin or its Navigon subsidiary, could be more focused on driving and less distracted […]

Ford Talks Connected Cars, the Cloud and Data Security

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-+*During the Ford Trends conference, Jim Buczkowski, Henry Ford Technical Fellow and director of Electrical and Electronics Systems, discussed the future of connected automobiles and storing data in the cloud. As part of the Evos concept, the vehicle will learn driving habits, routes, and even music preferences. In the current age of governments and companies […]

iOS 7’s Siri in the Car May Drive Hard Buying Choice for Tech Drivers

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-+*While consumers may welcome the familiarity of having their favorite smartphone operating system in their new vehicle, particularly with Apple’s iOS 7 Siri in the Car announcement recently at WWDC, the answer isn’t so simple. Though General Motors hasn’t outlined its plans for iOS 7 in the car, the auto-manufacturer was on Apple’s short list […]