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Google Puts Geolocation Front And Center For Searchers
Google Puts Geolocation Front And Center For Searchers

Pundits have said it for years, but the chorus has grown louder in recent months: geolocation is the biggest trend since social networking. If you own a smartphone you probably already use geolocation on a daily basis through apps like Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter. Now, Google has put it front...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 from AutoNOMOS Labs self-driving taxi
Video: Yes, You Can Finally Drive Your Car With An iPad. Well, Almost.

Last week, Google shared its new self-driving cars with the world, and Android acolytes said that it was good. Now Apple fanboys have cause to celebrate -- in their cool, minimalist way, of course -- thanks to some very enterprising folks from AutoNOMOS Labs at Freie University in Berlin. They've...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»

Paris
Today at High Gear Media: Paris Show, Ford F-150 and Texting

Today's the day: we're prepped, penned and all charged up for the rollercoaster that is the 2010 Paris Auto Show. [MotorAuthority] Some of the embargoes seem to have leaked already, anyway. [AllExoticCars] A big part of the Paris show will include electric and green car reveals from some surprising...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Today at High Gear Media: Fireball Run, Big SUVs and Theft

It begins today: High Gear Media is running the 2010 Fireball Run Adventurally! We'll talk about it a lot over the next 10 days until @raywert covers his ears and goes, "La la la la I don't hear you." [MotorAuthority] Cool thing: for the Fireball Run, we've turned a Chevy Camaro SS into a mobile...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKX
5 Reasons Bluetooth Streaming is a Passing Fad

Bluetooth streaming is a passing fad, and we're here to tell you why. The solution to in-car audio seems brilliant, at first. Your Bluetooth-equipped car is already connecting your device for phone calls. Why can't it also connect the music player so you don't have to fiddle with a jumble of wires...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
2011 Honda Odyssey: Just Like At The Drive-In?

As the summer fades, so do your chances of making it out to some of our nation's great drive-in theaters. But crawl into the backseat of an increasing number of minivans and crossover vehicles—like the 2011 Honda Odyssey—and you can find a pretty awesome movie experience, anywhere you...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKX
Today at High Gear Media: Lincoln MKX, Oprah, and CT 200h

We've seen the 2011 Lincoln MKX, we've driven the 2011 Lincoln MKX. You, sir, are no Lincoln MKX. You might want to start with a stovepipe hat. [MotorAuthority] Oprah could be giving away dozens of Chevrolet Traverse crossovers as we speak, as she kicks off a long broadcast-TV farewell...Read More»

iPod cable
Why Do I Have to Pay Another $40 For A Car iPod Cable?

Now that you've laid out $20,000, or $30,000--or even $100,000--for your new vehicle,you may be asking a touchy question of your salesperson: "Why the heck do I have to pay $40 more for a proprietary cable, just to run my iPod?" Not surprisingly, it's pretty much the fault of Apple and its...Read More»

2011 Ford Flex
Today at High Gear Media: Big Discounts, 3G and Darth Vader

If you bought one of these five cars in July, you got a better deal than usual. What's at the root of it all? Model changeover. [TheCarConnection] Five safe cars for families: it sounds like a great way to research before hitting showrooms this weekend. [FamilyCarGuide] In-car 3G audio sounds...Read More»

MyLincoln Touch - 2011 Lincoln MKX
In-Car 3G Audio Could Cost You--But How Much?

The future of in-car audio will revolve around plug-and-play portables--that's the take of many automakers like Ford and Kia, where voice-controlled audio and mobile-phone links are being knitted into current and future cars while old-school features like CD changes are being pruned from valuable...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey EX
Today at High Gear Media: Honda Odyssey! Subaru Forester WRX?

What's to know about the 2011 Honda Odyssey? The lightning bolt works--and so does the interior. [TheCarConnection] Subaru's gone nuts with the WRX STI, but will it be certifiable enough to apply the same formula to the Forester? [MotorAuthority] The Hyundai Sonata is set to get a wagon companion...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Aveo Hatchback
Today at High Gear Media: MKZ Hybrid, Chevy Aveo, and Paris

Think you know everything about the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid? Well...what flower's displayed on its green-o-meter? Our first drive knows. [GreenCarReports] We're headed to the 2010 Paris Auto Show in two weeks, but here's a petit hors d'oeuvre in the form of the 2012 Chevrolet Aveo...Read More»

MyLincoln Touch - 2011 Lincoln MKX
iTunes Tagging Comes to HD Radio in the 2011 Lincoln MKX

Back in the days of the Walkman, we longed for a single device that would hold all our music, slip easily into our cars, integrated with their audio systems--all without scratching like compact discs, or getting lost in an annoying way in the clutter of jewel cases and console storage. (Secretly...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKX
We're Calling It: The In-Dash CD Player Dies in 2015

One of the innovation milestones of the computer age, and one of the most potent symbols of Generation X--the compact disc--is on the way out of cars. In what's likely to be the first stage of a drawn-out phase-out, Ford will stop selling CD changers for its vehicles at the end of the 2011 model...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
Today at High Gear Media: Hackers in Cars, Kia Optima, and Leaf

We've driven the 2011 Kia Optima enough for a very Quick Drive. First Drive? We'll save that for a future date. [MotorAuthority] Could your WiFi-connected car be vulnerable to hackers? And could you hire them to hotwire the Coke Zero machine? Just a thought. [TheCarConnection] Smart's Fortwo is...Read More»

Search engines
Fewer People Using Search Engines: What Does It Mean For Automakers And Dealers?

Last week, Nielsen released search engine stats for July 2010. And while there weren't many surprises in the rankings -- at 64.2% market share, Google remains the 800-pound gorilla -- there was some shocking data to be found: over the past year, the number of searches conducted by folks in the U.S...Read More»

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