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2012 Ford Mustang Owners Next In Line For 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»

Toyota Entune Multimedia System
Video: Toyota Creates Entune To Take On Ford's SYNC

As automakers try to play catch-up to Ford's SYNC system, Ford has announced that its SYNC system has been installed in 3,000,000 Ford vehicles. To combat this Toyota announced today that it is launching Entune. Entune is Toyota's new infotainment and multimedia system. It will interface with...Read More»

Audi R8 V10
SCN's Top Stories Of 2010: Kevin Rose And Audi's R8 V10, Subaru's Mediocrity, And Lexus

This has been a banner year for social media. As 2010 draws to a close, we take a look back on some of the more memorable moments. Ford has revealed the new 2011 Explorer to the world via social media, while other car companies have just started venturing into the deep waters of viral marketing...Read More»

Aston Martin 'Explore' iphone App
Ogle The Aston Martin You Can't Afford On Your iPhone

While we all want an Aston Martin, most of us can't afford one. Luckily for us, Aston Martin has just introduced the new Aston Martin 'Explore' iPhone app. The content in the app includes everything from "life content," to sounds from the current line-up being driven hard around the track...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»

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»

Sue Morales From The Buick Enclave Engineering Team
Video: GM Offers Owner's Manual Tutorials On YouTube

The owner's manual is quickly becoming old school, what with the reading and the paper, it's just so dated. Now we have things like smartphone applications, OnStar, YouTube and so much more. GM is still including owner's manuals with each and every car, but they want to enhance the ownership...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»

Cadillac WiFi demonstrated in a CTS sedan
Europe Vs. America: Which Will Win The Battle For In-Car Wifi?

In the 1967 film The Graduate, Mr. McGuire pulls young Benjamin Braddock aside and offers him one word of advice about the future: "Plastics". In the upcoming remake (starring Jennifer Aniston as hot-to-trot housewife Mrs. Robinson), "plastics" could just as easily be replaced with "mobile wifi"...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»

Screencap from Mavizon website
Mavizon Taps The Power Of Your Smartphone To Make A Smart Car

Several months ago, we talked about the Chevy Volt app, which allows Volt owners to unlock their vehicle, check battery levels, and more, all from their smartphones. Then, GM rolled out something similar to OnStar subscribers. That technology is pretty cool, but obviously it's restricted to...Read More»

Homer Simpson on TomTom
TomTom Posts Major Profit Loss: Is The End Near?

Earlier today, TomTom posted a major drop in profit for the third quarter of 2010. How major? About 37%. That may not be the deathknell for the Dutch telematics company, but TomTom clearly needs to revamp its strategy if it wants to avoid the corporate coffin down the line. Part of TomTom's problem...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»

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»

Mercedes-Benz's Mbrace for the iPhone
Mercedes-Benz's New Mbrace System Offers Primo Concierge And Roadside Services

Pretend you're on a road trip. You've taken the family shopping, maybe indulged the younger ones (or your spouse) with a few hours of miniature golf, and now, you're ready for some You Time. Sushi and a day spa sound great, but you're on unfamiliar turf: to whom should you turn for advice? If...Read More»

Garminfone from T-Mobile
Garmin Recalls 1.3 Million GPS Units, Pushes Further Into Smartphone Market

If you're a Garmin fan, the company has good news and bad news. On the bad front, the company has recalled 1.3 million of its popular GPS units because they constitute a potential fire hazard. Technically, the devices themselves aren't at fault, just the batteries from an unnamed third-party...Read More»

MyFord Touch
Satellite Radio Turning Profits—But Is It Living On Borrowed Time?

Satellite radio is just one of many entertainment options in our cars, but it's one that's proven surprisingly popular. And somehow, during a recession, and at a time when all sorts of alternatives are hitting the market, satellite radio is flourishing. For the third quarter in a row—and after...Read More»

Speck Toughskin for TomTom
Need A Mechanic Now? TomTom And Localeze Team Up To Offer More Options

One of the biggest guns in satnav has just inked a deal with one of the largest repositories of local listings to make your life behind the wheel a little bit easier. TomTom and Localeze announced the arrangement yesterday, and the combined service is expected to launch in 2011. By now, everyone...Read More»

Chevrolet Showroom App
Chevrolet Showroom App Now Available For iPhone, iPad And iPod touch

Automakers and accessory companies have been all over promoting their brands via the Apple iPhone and its new iPod touch and iPad siblings, and some--particularly GM--have even found ways to entice potential customers and enhance the new car shopping experience. In fact, the Chevrolet brand is...Read More»

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