Smart, maker of the tiny Fortwo cars, has a new model up its sleeve, and to tease its existence, the manufacturer has released a long promotional video for just the opposite: a giant Smart Car that towers amongst its road-bound brethren, offering such perks as "Eco Empathy" and the ability to drive everywhere backwards.
There’s no denying the idea that FreedomPop is a mobile device carrier out there aiming to shake the industry up a bit. While we’ve not gotten extensive hands-on experience with their data network and cannot therefor tell you how big and reliable their coverage area actually is, there is something to say for having what they suggest is the "world’s lowest mobile pricing plan."
It’s not difficult to see the reasons why the smartphone manufacturers of the world still play second fiddle to the mobile carriers they work with. He who controls the spice, controls the universe, after all. Both Windows Phone 8.1 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 prove the notion that though the manufacturers create the phones and developers create the software, it’s the carriers that continue to hold the most power.
If you have ever wished your car would unlock the doors when you walk up to it and lock the doors when you walk away, Viper has a slick product you will like. The product is called the Viper Smartkey and it works with your smartphone to turn your keyless entry system into an automated affair. Using this system, you won't have to press a button on the door of your car or fish for a key fob to lock or unlock doors.
The same crew that brought you Tesla for Glass, aka GlassTesla, are now pushing a system for Tesla vehicles called Smartcar. This system would create a learning environment for the vehicle to know you for your daily activities, moving and changing in response. This system is part of a self-made crowd-funding venture with subscription model from the start.
Some drivers don’t realize that they can get a wealth of information about their car from the OBDII port that is hidden under the steering wheel on most modern cars. One of the challenges is to get that information about your vehicle and driving in an easy to understand way that helps you drive greener and more efficiently. Drivers can also get information on problems with their car that might require a mechanic from the OBDII port.
Automatic, the iPhone-connected car telemetry dongle, has announced a new IFTTT channel that can integrate a vehicle into the Internet-of-Things, including automatically logging journeys, sending notifications when you're about to get to work, or even controlling a smart home. The new "If This Then That" channel can be sparked by several different triggers, including ignition status and location, and then used to fire off other IFTTT-integrated services like Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, SmartThings, and more.
Back in August, we mentioned that smartphone and tablet maker Samsung had proposed installing kill switches on its smartphones and other gadgets by default. These kill switches would render the smartphone useless if it was stolen. The idea sounds good enough in theory, but the top wireless carriers have rejected the idea.
FiftyThree, the company behind iOS apps Paper and Book, has created a carpenter-style stylus for use with Paper. Aptly and simply dubbed "Pencil," the stylus lets you erase with the top end just as you would with a normal pencil. It also lets you blend marks on your iPad with your finger, and it can tell your iPad the difference between your palm resting on the display and the Pencil itself.