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 |  Jul 26 2014, 10:00 AM

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After a good decade and a half in-vehicle infotainment is still something of a mess. Practically every automaker has taken its own approach to implementing advanced connectivity technology. And just like freshly fallen snowflakes no two solutions are alike.

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What is Apple CarPlay?

Tech Tuesday #5: iOS in your car

 |  May 27 2014, 11:41 AM

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Apple is about to release its answer to in-car infotainment systems, allowing in-car screens to be powered by iPhones. Continue Reading…

 |  Mar 03 2014, 3:36 PM


Hot on the heels of the Apple CarPlay announcement is this video from Volvo, which officially announces the Swedish automakers integration with the system and shows off what the infotainment interface looks like in action.

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 |  Mar 03 2014, 8:23 AM

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Why can’t your car’s infotainment system work like your iPhone? The days of asking that question will end tomorrow.

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 |  Feb 17 2014, 10:01 AM


Just how serious is Apple about getting into the automotive industry? Its head of mergers and acquisitions met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk last spring.

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 |  Oct 03 2013, 5:38 PM


The BMW M Laptimer app is now available for download from the Apple App Store.

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 |  Sep 23 2013, 2:32 PM


The 2014 Rogue, Versa Note and Leaf will be the first vehicles from the Japanese automaker to receive iTunes Radio, where Nissan will enjoy exclusive advertising rights through 2013.

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 |  Jun 10 2013, 7:27 PM


This year’s Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) debuted the newest version of the tech giant’s mobile operating system, iOS 7, which will add more integration with vehicles.

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 |  Jun 09 2013, 5:44 PM


BMW has released an all-new M Power app for owners that uses the car’s sensors to provide accurate and informative feedback.

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 |  May 06 2013, 4:32 PM


A free parking app is now available for the Apple iPhone to help users find where they parked their vehicle.

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 |  May 02 2013, 7:32 PM


Apple is currently hard at work developing the next iteration of its mobile operating system, iOS 7, which will have better and tighter integration with vehicle’s factory in-car electronics.

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 |  May 02 2013, 2:32 PM


Land Rover has released an iPhone and iPad app for its all-new Range Rover that allows consumers to explore the new SUV through an eight-stage interactive journey from four synced camera angles.

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 |  Mar 21 2013, 6:15 PM


Lodging official complaints about your car just got easier.  

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 |  Jan 30 2013, 1:02 PM

Elaborating on an earlier announcement, Honda just confirmed today that three of its 2013 models will come with Apple’s Siri voice recognition technology.

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 |  Dec 11 2012, 5:45 PM

The plight of Apple’s new Maps app continues to get worse and worse, as the Australian police are warning drivers to be careful when using it as a source for navigation.

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 |  Sep 16 2012, 12:30 PM

Nissan and Infiniti dealerships are turning to a new app called RPM Mobile to make lease returns quicker, easier, and more convenient for their customers.

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 |  Sep 15 2012, 11:01 AM

For years now, owners of Apple’s mobile devices have had to invest money into accessories that incorporate the tech giant’s proprietary 30-pin connector. From docks to in-car connectivity, owners assumed their first investment would also be their last.

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 |  Sep 13 2012, 7:31 AM

The annual Apple iPhone announcement has come and gone, and the Cupertino-based tech giant has confirmed that its newest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6, will not only ship with the new iPhone 5 but will be available to all compatible devices next week on September 19th.

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 |  Aug 05 2012, 12:01 PM

Back in March of this year, news leaked out that Apple China was looking for an automotive engineer, making many of us wonder what the tech giant had up its sleeves.

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 |  Jul 25 2012, 5:15 PM

Adding convenience and confidence to the used car buying experience, today Carfax announced a mobile app for Android users.

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 |  Jun 15 2012, 12:01 PM

We’ve seen some pretty silly car sound apps in our time, but oh boy… this one might have just taken the top spot on our list.

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 |  Jun 11 2012, 3:45 PM

Apple, the technology guru, is teaming up with major automotive manufacturers to bring its Siri voice-recognition personal assistant system to a long list of cars. 

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 |  Apr 21 2012, 6:02 PM

Run-of-the-mill Jaguar XJ not good enough for you? Not even the $111,000 Supersport version? Better dig deep into your pockets for the XJ Ultimate Edition.

Last year Range Rover introduced its Autobiography Ultimate Edition which became the most expensive Land Rover made. Even though official pricing hasn’t been announced, we expect the XJ Ultimate Edition to follow a similar path, possibly boasting a price tag upwards of $175,000.

Despite the Land Rover boasting such an exorbitant price tag, it quickly sold out and clearly the success has allowed the British automaker to do the same with its XJ model. Among the car’s luxury features, there are two separate, fully-reclining seats in the rear along with aluminum folding tables and space to serve your favorite champagne.

Embedded behind the seats are built-in Apple iPads, similar to what was in the Range Rover Ultimate, to provide entertainment. If Apple’s tablet isn’t good enough, passengers can also watch entertainment on the TVs in the headrests. Since the XJ Ultimate Edition is clearly intended for transporting passengers, the suspension has been modified to give a more comfortable, softer ride. Engine choices will, however, be the same as the standard XJ model.

GALLERY: Jaguar XJ Ultimate Edition


 |  Apr 02 2012, 7:02 PM

Someone finally released a true automotive enthusiast iPhone case. id America created a brushed aluminum case in the style of an engine head gasket that is a must-have for any car guy.

A suede lining also prevents your phone from being scratched by the rugged-looking shell. The case is Available in six different colors: aluminum silver, titanium gray, modern bronze, vintage gold, jet black, and rally blue – all for $29.95. Each case also comes with front and black clear screen protective film, a squeegee to help you apply it, and a microfiber cleaning cloth.

Check out a video review of the id America Gasket iPhone case after the break.

[Source: id America via CNet]

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