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Ford has been circling the drains in quality rankings by customers in recent years, mainly due to issues with its MyFord Touch in-car infotainment system. The touchscreen-based interface has drawn the ire of many drivers and automobile reviewers alike, and the auto manufacturer has done much of the past few years to address lingering performance and usability issues. Drivers have experienced frequent system reboots, frozen screens, and poorly-responding haptic controls — not something that driver wants to experience while the vehicle is in motion. Ford has rolled out a slew of updates to address... Read more...
Satellite radio is about to become an even more integrated experience in new Ford vehicles. The automaker has announced plans to become the first in the industry to launch MySMX and SiriusXM On Demand alongside satellite radio in vehicles. For the first time ever, subscribers will be able to control SiriusXM Internet Radio programming and listen to SiriusXM's personalized commercial-free music channels using their vehicle's in-dash radio. It's essentially an extension of what has been possible before for subscribers, tying in some nice interplay with smartphones. Ford drivers will be the first... Read more...
BitTorrent remains alive and well while many of its P2P competitors have bit the dust in recent years, but the company is not sitting around simply hoping it can avoid the same fate; instead, BitTorrent is evolving, working hard on new products and technologies including Live Streaming, sharing large files directly to Facebook friends, and most recently, a tool that enables users to synchronize files between their computers via “secure, distributed technology.” “Sync”, as the new service will be called, sounds a lot like the sort of sync capabilities offered by cloud storage... Read more...
In-car entertainment and information is finally getting with the program. Ford has just announced performance upgrades and new features for MyFord Touch beginning with 2013 models, but perhaps more importantly, no-charge upgrade will be available to existing owners. The new system will feature simpler graphics that are easier to use and that's exactly what Ford plans to deliver with a broad set of performance upgrades to the system – launching first on the new 2013 Ford Escape, Flex, and Taurus. Available early next year – and also offered at no charge to existing MyFord Touch owners... Read more...
Car maker Ford has been increasing its tech cred for some time now by adding to its SYNC in-car connectivity innovations. From hands-free calling to navigation to in-car WiFi to music streaming, Ford is building a compelling suite of services into its vehicles. Now, lovable open source hardware and software maker Bug Labs is partnering with Ford to create the OpenXC platform. Announced today at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, OpenXC is an in-car research platform that both parties hope will entice the open source community to do what it does best: fiddle, tinker, discuss, and innovate. According... Read more...
We have no idea how to say "awesome" in Russian, Japanese or French, but your SYNC system probably will in due time. It's a little like The Matrix, but with your car in place of Neo. Ford has just announced that their SYNC system will expand its vocabulary from three to 19 languages, with the new tongues to be available first in Europe in 2012 with introduction in the Ford Focus. What's crazy about this is that SYNC is a voice-controlled system. That means that SYNC will have to understand and report in 19 languages -- that definitely wasn't easy to code. With the additional 16 vernaculars, Ford... Read more...
If there's one automotive company that's really making a play to integrate with those on the cutting-edge of tech, it's Ford. The company made a big stand when they announced that Microsoft's SYNC system would be behind their in-car NAV and entertainment options, and that has been rapidly branching out ever since. This week, the SYNC AppLink is making its debut. It's an industry-first software application that gives SYNC users hands-free voice control of their smartphone apps, and it's available now for Ford Fiesta owners. Pandora internet radio, Stitcher news radio and OpenBeak are the first SYNC-enabled... Read more...
Now this...this is progress! With some of the legacy automakers lagging behind in quite a few areas, Ford is hoping to turn the tables by using a commonplace technology in order to better equip their SYNC vehicles. The idea? To install Wi-Fi access points in their assembly lines in order to beam updates, maps and up-to-date firmwares to vehicles as they roll down the line. This move obviously makes assembling the vehicle quicker, but more importantly, it assures consumers that their vehicle will arrive with the most up-to-date version of the SYNC software. Having to manually install these updates... Read more...
This is the piece that we have been waiting for: true Google Maps integration with vehicles. We thought it would take quite a bit longer than this for it to finally happen, but somehow Ford has enabled it to work using their existing SYNC Traffic, Directions & Information (TDI) app. The reason this is exciting is twofold; one, factory navigation systems are usually not as fantastic as a Google Maps system, and two, it's a lot easier to pull up directions in Google Maps than to plug something in a vehicle. By allowing Google Maps to be sent to a factory navigation system, it's like installing... Read more...
The Jetsons made us confident that we would one day talk to our vehicles, and while we expected to be flying around in spaceships by this point, talking to cars will work as a concession. Ford has enabled drivers to speak to their automobiles for awhile now through Microsoft's SYNC system, but to this point, all of the chatter was simply controlling the car's internal systems. What if you could speak to your car, and have the car control something else? It's a crazy thought, but it's happening on every 2011 Ford with SYNC.It will start with the 2011 Fiesta, which will be the first vehicle equipped... Read more...
SugarSync announced a new version of its SugarSync file synchronization software that is designed for the Apple iPad. This iPad app provides instant remote access to all of your data including photos, music, and other files. All files are backed up to the SugarSync cloud and instantly available from any SugarSync app—whether that be on your Mac, PC, smartphone, iPad, or other compatible device. SugarSync Brings Your Data to the iPad All Your Files, Photos and Music Available Instantly at Your Fingertips, Plus Stream Music from Your Desktop SAN MATEO, Calif.--SugarSync Inc., makers of the award-winning... Read more...
Let's see: we enjoy cars, and we enjoy Wi-Fi. So what's stopping us from enjoying them both at the same time? Just a small piece of hardware and a cell tower. We've already witnessed General Motors partner up with Autonet Mobile to bring more hotspots into its vehicle lineup, and as any true rival would, Ford is today pressing back with a similar announcement of its own.Forecasted number suggest that by 2016, 62 million global consumers will have Internet in their cars, and it's rollouts like this that'll help that become a reality. Ford Motor Company will soon be fully introducing the second generation... Read more...
Google Sync has enabled many users to synchronize their Gmail Contacts and Google Calendar with their iPhone, Windows Mobile, and S60 devices. Although many people are pleased with Google Sync, there's one thing that has been missing until now: support for Gmail. Today, Google added Gmail support to Google Sync. As a result of this new feature, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Windows Mobile device users will now be able to enjoy push email. With an over-the-air, always-on connection, you'll know your inbox is up to date, no matter where you are or what you're doing. Because Sync works with your phone's... Read more...
At initial glance, you’re probably wondering why an SD to CF adapter is cool. Well, until recently, cameras and other devices that accepted SD had this cool little card called the Eye-Fi that brought Wi-Fi capabilities to the device. Now, thanks to Synchrotech’s new adapter, CF users can get in on the fun too. Best of all, it’ll only cost you $28 (before taxes, shipping, and any other random fees).   This adapter accepts the following media types: Eye-Fi Wi-Fi SD Cards SD SDHC MultiMediaCard MMC +Plus   With this adapter, you’ll get the best of both worlds: You can have Wi-Fi, yet still... Read more...
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