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Yikes: Facebook, Twitter Come To The 2011 BMW 1-Series
Yikes: Facebook, Twitter Come To The 2011 BMW 1-Series

Early last month, our colleagues at AllCarTech wrote about BMW's Future Lab and its ConnectedDrive telematics system (which reminds us a bit of GM's upgraded OnStar, with a bit of Pandora thrown in for fun). Now, the automaker has tweaked its Connected app for the iPhone to include social...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»

Avego ride-sharing app
Hey, Seattle: Commutes Go Quicker With Avego's Ride-Sharing App

When folks think of Seattle, they tend to think of a green city -- one that's pedestrian- and bike-friendly, with lots of opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities. And Seattle is all those things, but it's also known for its traffic. In fact, last year, the city ranked as one of the worst...Read More»

The Mo Show
The Mo Show Brings Apps To The Big Screen (TV, That Is)

It was bound to happen. Given the hundreds of thousands of apps available for iPhones, iPads, Androids, Blackberrys, and other mobile devices, it was only a matter of time before someone dedicated a TV series to reviewing them. And thus: The Mo Show. We admit, it's a terrible name. (If Mo Gaffney...Read More»

2012 Ford Mustang equipped with SYNC AppLink
2012 Ford Mustang Owners Next In Line For SYNC AppLink

A couple of weeks ago, we told you that 2011 Ford Fiesta owners would be the first folks to get their hands on Ford's snazzy new SYNC AppLink. That seemed like a smart move, given the Fiesta's target market of young, wired urbanites. Now, Ford has announced that AppLink will next appear on...the...Read More»

Volkswagen's 2011 Dakar Rally app for iPhone
Dakar Is Almost Here -- Get Your Free Rally App From VW Now!

If you're a rally fan and you've got an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, here's something you ought to download pronto: the 2011 Dakar Rally app from Volkswagen. It's a great way to keep up with the race from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Arica, Chile and back again -- and best of all, it's free. The...Read More»

Screencap from Isle of Tune
SocialCarNews Has A Belated Holiday Gift For You -- Five, In Fact

We should've had our act together by the time Hanukkah rolled around. Now, Christmas has come and gone, and still, we've given you nothing -- well, unless you count all the news and games and apps and videos and other useful stuff we throw your way most weekdays. But apart from that: nothing. We'll...Read More»

TomTom 1.6 for iPhone
TomTom Adds Crowdsourced Maps -- But Is It Too Little, Too Late?

July 11, 2008 is a date that will live in infamy for many manufacturers. That's the day that Apple launched its acclaimed App Store, and with it, a slew of mobile applications chock-full of productivity, entertainment, and social networking features. Since then, the market for apps has exploded...Read More»

Screenshot from Mercedes-Benz 'Classic' app
Vintage Car Fans, Take Note: Mercedes-Benz Launches 'Classic' App

Mercedes-Benz has launched a number of apps over the past year or so -- most of them pretty mediocre (Mbrace being the notable exception). Given that iffy record, we were dubious about the company's new "Classic" app, but when we put it through its paces, we found enough to interest hardcore...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»

OK Go
2010 Los Angeles Auto Show: OK Go Uses Range Rover Evoque For Awesomely Wacky Project

The Range Rover Evoque has added another name to its growing roster of celebrity endorsers: first there was Posh, then Juliette Lewis, and now, the hip, funny, thoroughly entertaining indie band OK Go. And in typical OK Go fashion, the band is (a) repurposing existing technology for their own...Read More»

SEMA mobile
SEMA Goes Mobile With eGuide

Upon arriving at the show today we immediately walked past this large sign promoting SEMA's new mobile eGuide site. Instead of building applications for different smartphone platforms, SEMA decided to build a mobile site that would work on most smartphones, regardless of the operating system. The...Read More»

Screencap of Klutch22
Klutch22 Launches A Kinder, Gentler Social Network For Drivers

A few weeks ago, we told you about Bump, a new social network that allows people to communicate with one another via their license plates. While Bump seemed to have some nifty applications -- like allowing users to tell a complete stranger that his car alarm keeps going off -- it also struck us as...Read More»

Facebook mobile app for Android
Study Says One In Five Likes To Facebook And Drive

The last time we heard from the Royal Automobile Club, they were extolling the virtues of traveling by car, even if it meant sitting in traffic. Today, they've come out with news that's apt to be much less divisive and far more disturbing: according to a recent RAC survey, 21% of drivers in the...Read More»

Volkswagen's Luca de Meo shows Music-Streaming-Services
Breaking: Volkswagen Study Shows Young People Use Facebook

Volkswagen and MTV Networks have just wrapped up a study about young people, driving, and technology. The study reveals that 14-to-29 year-olds (a demographic dubbed "digital natives") spend a significant chunk of their time on social networks like Facebook and that they would "like to see...Read More»

Splash page for Bump.com
Like That Driver In The Next Lane? Now You Can Stalk Her/Him With Bump.com

So there you are, puttering along, minding your own business, when some hottie rolls up beside you, gives a long, lingering glance, then zips down the road. Finding that gal or guy used to mean posting a "Missed Connections" ad in your local paper, which seemed sad and desperate and potentially...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»

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