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Volvo turns all its cars into mobile hotspots (with a catch)

Volvo turns all its cars into mobile hotspots (with a catch)

Volvo is making 3G connectivity standard across its cars, with the company's Sensus Connect infotainment system now standard on all US models, functioning as a WiFi hotspot, remote control gateway, and more. All 2015 Volvo cars will include web music streaming support, including Pandora, TuneIn, and Rdio, as well as Yelp POI reviews, Glimpse location-sharing, and live weather updates, served through an AT&T connection.

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Uber API adds car-on-demand to Starbucks, OpenTable, more

Uber API adds car-on-demand to Starbucks, OpenTable, more

Transportation disrupter Uber has released its own API, announcing an initial eleven partners that will embed car-on-demand functionality, including Starbucks, TripAdvisor, and more. Third-party apps will be able to integrate Uber's service in whatever way makes most sense to them, such as offering rides to venues, figuring out how to transfer from airports to hotels, or even tracking where you've been for avid life-loggers.

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Omate X: a premium-looking companion smartwatch

Omate X: a premium-looking companion smartwatch

The arrival of Android Wear and its devices might have turned the world's attention towards the new generation of smartwatches, but pioneers in that field still have a thing or two to say about the matter. In time for its first anniversary, Omate, creator of the TrueSmart watch, is launching the Omate X, a smartwatch that is designed to be worn all the time.

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Sharp redefines “edge-to-edge” smartphone display

Sharp redefines “edge-to-edge” smartphone display

This week the folks at Sharp have let loose images and hands-on with their new "Aquos Crystal" phone. This device runs Android and will be sent up by carriers with VoLTE, but the most important feature is the most obvious: a near bezel-less front panel. When we first heard the term "edge-to-edge display", this is what we were thinking.

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SmartThings Review: Living in the Smart Home

SmartThings Review: Living in the Smart Home

Prepare to hear a lot more about SmartThings. Kickstarter success turned Samsung acquisition, the smart home startup isn't the only DIY approach to home automation and security out there, but it may well end up being one of the best funded. SmartThings' mantra is one of openness, aiming to work with as many third-party components as possible rather than lock users into a closed platform. Admirable, but it could easily add up to confusion; I've been living the SmartThings life for the past six months to see whether it works.

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Here’s a Smart EV drag-racing a Mustang and a Boxster

Here’s a Smart EV drag-racing a Mustang and a Boxster

In a drag race challenge between a Smart EV, a Ford Mustang, Audi A5, and Porsche Boxster, which car do you think might win? If you guessed the diminutive Smart, then we hope you didn't put any money on that bet; unsurprisingly, the city car is thoroughly trounced, which you'd think would be an odd sales strategy for Smart itself to use. However, Smart has in mind a different type of drag race.

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Peq smart home aims to take on SmartThings

Peq smart home aims to take on SmartThings

Another day, another smart home system, with Peq believed to be Best Buy's attempt to jump on the home automation bandwagon. Peq - pronounced "peek" - follows in the footsteps of similar systems like SmartThings, Revolv, and Staples Connect, with a central hub that wirelessly connects to various cameras, door and window sensors, thermostats, and more.

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The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

Speaking to your car's dashboard has been hailed by many as the answer to driver distraction, but most systems are flawed, respond poorly, and motorists don't really care about their features, research indicates. Automotive survey heavyweight J.D. Power went digging through reported vehicle quality, and found that lackluster infotainment - substandard voice control systems in particular - was a frequent complaint.

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