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How To Win Two 2012 Toyota Camrys During The Super Bowl: Video
How To Win Two 2012 Toyota Camrys During The Super Bowl: Video

Toyota is giving you the chance to win not one, but two 2012 Toyota Camrys this week. It's part of a promotion called "The Camry Effect", which involves a new ad campaign, the Shazam smartphone app, and Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast. Sound confusing? That's because is. Let us break it down for you...Read More»

Cellcontrol
Cellcontrol: A Smarter Solution For Distracted Drivers

We've seen a lot of tools meant to curb distracted driving, but they've all had their share of flaws. A new system called Cellcontrol looks better than most -- in part because of its unique, clever design. Like DriveSafe.ly, PhoneGuard, and SafeCell, Cellcontrol relies an app, which works on most...Read More»

Distracted driving
6 Ways To End Distracted Driving

If you've kept up with coverage of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, you know that auto technology is undergoing some dramatic changes. True, flying cars and plasma drives are still a bit further down the road, but the way we interact with our vehicles today is...Read More»

Chevrolet Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile
3 More Things We Need Before Cars Are Fully Connected To The Web

Yesterday, Robert Acker wrote an article for Mashable about the five things that automakers must do in order to make web-connected cars attractive to mainstream consumers. Acker's comments are insightful -- we wouldn't expect anything less from the GM of from Aha Radio -- but we have a few more...Read More»

Texting in traffic (by Flickr user Mo Riza)
New Study Offers More Proof That Gen Y Just Isn't That Into Cars

We've said it before, and now we can say it again: Generation Y doesn't care much for cars. The latest proof comes from research firm Gartner, in a new study to be released next month. We first noticed the Millennial/motor vehicle mismatch in Japan, which should've given us an inkling of what was...Read More»

State Farm's In-Drive telematics system
State Farm Launches OnStar Competitor: In-Drive [UPDATED]

It's no secret that car shoppers are smitten with technology, and nothing is hotter right now than the mix of navigation and concierge services known generally as "telematics". GM has made a bundle with OnStar, and now State Farm has partnered with Hughes Telematics to grab its own slice of the pie...Read More»

Texting while driving
Ford Is First To Support Cell Phone Ban. Will Sync Sales Soar?

Yesterday, Ford announced its support of a federal law banning the use of handheld cell phones by drivers. It's the first automaker to do so, and as a result, it's received praise from advocacy groups. But the clever move also offers Ford some advantages in showrooms, too. Background The "Safe...Read More»

2012 Ford Mustang equipped with SYNC AppLink
Ford's SYNC AppLink Expanded To Ten Vehicles For 2012

Regardless of the NHTSA’s views, the use of smartphones in vehicles is a rising trend. A recent J.D. Power and Associates survey on emerging technologies showed that 86 percent of smartphone owners admit to using them in their vehicles. As an automaker, Ford has to walk a fine line between...Read More»

Gas pump
Murphy USA Offers Gas Discounts On Foursquare (But Customers Seem Confused)

Gas prices in the U.S. hit the $4 mark earlier this week, and Murphy USA is hoping to ease the burden on drivers by offering discounts on Foursquare. Judging from comments on Facebook and Twitter, though, we're not so sure that customers are pleased. The offer was announced yesterday on Murphy's...Read More»

TheCarConnection mobile app
TheCarConnection iPhone App Hits Version 2.0

If you are an avid SocialCarNews reader, then you no doubt do your research before buying a new car. If you aren't already using our sister site TheCarConnection, now's the time--now that there's an updated mobile version live on the Web. Late last night the Apple mothership approved version 2.0 of...Read More»

Google Maps for Android, 5.3
Google Maps Adds Location History Dashboard -- And A Special Feature Just For Stalkers

If you own an Android smartphone -- as an increasing number of you do -- you might've linked your Google Maps account to Google Latitude. Doing so allows data-hungry types to track their check-ins and travel history, and to see at a glance how much time they've spent at home, at work, and...Read More»

CPT002 concept phone from Aston Martin and Mobiado
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»

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
2012 Mini Lineup Getting Mog Streaming For Songs On Demand

MINI vehicles will likely be the first on the market with audio systems capable of playing specific songs or albums on demand. The music-streaming service, called Mog, allows access to about ten million songs, and it's inking deals to expand into cars (with factory audio compatibility) and into...Read More»

2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe
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»

AutoTones app
Want Your Car To Sound Like A SuperCar? There's An App For That

Ever wished your Chevrolet Cavalier sounded like a supercar? Of course you have, and now it can. Like everything else in the world, there's an app for that. Created by Black Frog Industries, the AutoTones app is an engine sound simulator for your iPhone. The app is easy enough to use: choose the...Read More»

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Trapster Gets Hacked: 10 Million User Accounts Compromised

Trapster is a free application for smartphones that helps share and find nearby speed traps. Today users are receiving an email informing them to change their logins as soon as possible due to a security breach. While details have not yet been released on how the breach occurred or how much data...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»