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For Better Or Worse, Aston Martin Develops Luxury Concept Phone
For Better Or Worse, Aston Martin Develops Luxury Concept Phone

Aston Martin has been busy lately, showing off its new 2012 Virage and reminding us about the impending return of the Lagonda line at the Geneva Motor Show. Now, the company has scooted to another gathering in another Swiss city: the annual watch and jewelry show known as BaselWorld. There Aston...Read More»

Field sobriety test
Four Senators Push Takedown Of Apps That Show DUI Checkpoints, One Provider Complies

Four U.S. Senators have come out swinging against smartphone apps that reveal DUI checkpoints, allowing potentially intoxicated motorists to find alternate ways to the next whiskey bar. The Senators sent letters to Apple, Google, and Research In Motion asking the companies to remove offending apps...Read More»

Waze updated to include road hazard voice alerts
Wary Of Winter Weather? Waze Adds Voice Alerts For Driving Hazards

We've spilled a good bit of ink on Waze, the smartphone app that makes commuting more comfortable (and occasionally, entertaining). Using elements like crowdsourced mapping and real-world prizes, Waze has built a following of more than 2,000,000 users, but the company isn't resting on its laurels...Read More»

Detroit's Cobo Hall
Just Launched: Snazzy Mobile Site For 2011 Detroit Auto Show

The 2011 Detroit Auto Show is just around the corner, and this time around, event organizers have made it even easier for attendees to keep up on the action. Gone are the days of schlepping around guides and maps; for owners of smartphones and tablets, Detroit has launched a mobile site that...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Promo: Get A New 2011 Volkswagen Jetta For Just $5,995 (That's Not A Misprint)

Shopping clubs like Groupon and Living Social are all the rage these days, and newcomer Gilt.com is clearly hoping to capitalize on the group-discount shopping mentality. Less than two weeks before the Christmas holiday, Gilt has announced a partnership with Volkswagen to offer nine brand new 2011...Read More»

Screencap from DriveSafe.ly
DriveSafe.ly Is A Top Five App, But Could Sharia Law Kill It?

One of the web's biggest tech and social media blogs has just announced its five finalists for Best Mobile App of the Year, and we're happy to report that one of the five is meant to minimize distracted driving. The blog in question? Mashable, and the app is DriveSafe.ly. Like PhoneGuard and...Read More»

Waze.com website
Waze Whizzes To 2,000,000 Users: Is This The Future Of Social?

Regular readers of SocialCarNews are probably familiar with Waze -- a free app that, among other things, works like a crowdsourced satnav, offering traffic info via updates from other Waze users. Over its nearly two-year history, Waze has developed a small but dedicated following of users on...Read More»

PhoneGuard app
Video: PhoneGuard App Is Expensive, Intrusive, And Possibly, A Very Hot Commodity

A couple of weeks ago, SocialCarNews told you about a new app called SafeCell. Using the accelerometer features available on most smartphones, SafeCell automatically disables phone calls, texts, and web access when it detects the phone (and thus, the driver who owns it) traveling faster than ten...Read More»

SafeCell
Today In Apps: SafeCell Promises Prizes To Help Combat Distracted Driving

By now, everyone should be pretty clear on the dangers of distracted driving -- specifically, the danger of using a mobile phone behind the wheel. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is working with automakers to combat the problem, but the car companies can't do it alone. Now, a new app called...Read More»

myChevrolet App
GM Finally Releases The myChevrolet And OnStar MyLink Applications

We have been awaiting the arrival of smartphone applications from General Motors OnStar division for quite some time now. Today OnStar and General Motors released the much-hyped applications into the Apple iTunes App Store and the Android Market. The applications have three main areas...Read More»

Navigon MobileNavigator for Android
Navigon Launches MobileNavigator For Android

One of Android's key selling points when combating the iPhone is the free turn by turn navigation provided by Google. The iPhone does not currently offer a free turn by turn navigation application. Yesterday, Navigon launched its MobileNavigator application for Android. You can purchase the...Read More»

Screencap of Toyota's Shopping Tool App
Toyota's Updated App Simplifies Shopping

As we learned last week, car shopping isn't always fun -- but thanks to a slew of web-enabled devices, it's easier than it once was. If you own a smartphone or a tablet computer, you can cruise the lots and school yourself all at the same time. Now, Toyota's updated Shopping Tool App aims to make...Read More»

Lexus Enform iPhone App
Lexus Launches Enform iPhone App -- Blackberry And Android Not Left In The Cold

Lexus was no where near the first to the telematics game. But just as with its cars, it is in the pursuit of perfection for its Enform telematics service. Today Lexus announced a new iPhone app that helps users get the most out of Enform. Many competing companies have telematics offerings in...Read More»

Vlingo InCar beta
Vlingo InCar Lets Android Users Text, Talk Completely Hands-Free

We all know how dangerous--and illegal--texting while driving can be. We also know that if we don't respond to that message within the next five minutes, the world will end. OK, so it won't end, but it's important. That's where Vlingo InCar comes in. The Vlingo InCar beta app for Android allows...Read More»

Weeels app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm
Weeels App Arranges Backseat Hookups Between Total Strangers

Over the past couple of years, we've seen a number of apps aimed at commuters and ride-sharers -- apps like Zimride, Car2gether, and the simple, straightforward Taxi. Now, another has joined the fray: the Weeels app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Palm. What separates Weeels from its...Read More»

OnStar engineer demonstrates OnStar MyLink for mobile phone applications.
OnStar Rumors Are True: Upgrades Bring The Service Into The 21st Century

Last week, we reported not once, but twice about rumored upgrades to General Motors' popular OnStar service. Now, they're no longer rumors: the upgrades are coming, and they're coming soon. Well, probably. Most of today's news from GM centers around stuff we've already mentioned -- stuff which is...Read More»

NADAGuides mobile site
Attention Car Shoppers: Get Vehicle Values To Go (If You're Lucky) On NADAguides.com

In days of old, research-minded car buyers would toddle into showrooms armed with brochures and Blue Books and printouts of web pages. But for today's savvy shopper, it's all about the smartphone. There are lots mobile apps to help buyers determine the value of trade-ins and purchase models --...Read More»

Leah Watkins-Hall
Getting Social With Jaguar Land Rover's Leah Watkins-Hall

A couple of weeks ago, we kicked off a new feature called "Getting Social", where big guns in the auto industry share their thoughts about what's next in marketing, communications, and social media. Today, we interview Leah Watkins-Hall, Manager of Corporate Brand & Interactive Communications...Read More»

Trapster screencap
Barely Legal: Trapster's New Features Make Vacations A Breeze & Help You Skirt The Fuzz

We've given a fair amount of coverage to the Trapster app -- and for good reason. At heart, it's a crowdsourced radar detector, which has enraged law enforcement officials and simultaneously made it a fave of drivers who chafe at the thought of going 20 in a school zone. But recent updates to...Read More»

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