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2016 Volvo XC90 first-drive – Scandinavia on wheels

2016 Volvo XC90 first-drive – Scandinavia on wheels

Nordic noir has invaded our television and our bookshelves, and now Volvo wants to do the same for luxury SUVs with the all-new 2016 XC90. As many companies, automotive and otherwise have discovered, throwing money at a problem isn’t necessarily the best way to fix it. Nonetheless, it helps to have deep pockets when you’re tasked with completely reinventing your line-up, and Volvo has spent over $11bn since it was sold to Geely in 2010 and began to rebuild its range from the ground up. Now, we’re getting a taste of what that money bought, and like moody Scandinavian detectives, it turns out to be complicated.

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Fiat CEO says Apple to continue its ‘intervention in the car’

Fiat CEO says Apple to continue its ‘intervention in the car’

A new report from Reuters on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne's recent trip to California has provided evidence that Apple has serious plans for technologies related to automobiles. It seems the purpose of Marchionne's visit was to experience the intersection of Silicon Valley technology and the car industry. The FCA CEO was treated to a ride in Google's self-driving car and met with Tesla founder Elon Musk, as well as sitting down and talking to Apple's Tim Cook.

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Porsche adding Apple CarPlay to its future models

Porsche adding Apple CarPlay to its future models

Shortly after Apple CEO Tim Cook boasted that all of the world's major car makers had committed to offering CarPlay, the company's infotainment system, Germany's luxury sports car manufacturer Porsche is also confirmed to be supporting the iOS-based platform in its future models. While a formal announcement from either Apple or Porsche was never made, the automaker was quietly added to the list of supporting companies on the CarPlay website sometime back in March.

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Apple CarPlay lands in Russia and four more locations

Apple CarPlay lands in Russia and four more locations

Apple has been rolling out CarPlay in force for several months now after having announced nine new partners in the automotive world that bake the service into their vehicles from the factory last summer. This week Apple has announced that CarPlay is now available in five new regions, including Russia. Anyone who has ever watched some of the crazy dashcam videos of Russian drivers knows that they need all the help they can get to combat distraction while driving.

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Android Auto hits the road as Pioneer upgrade options

Android Auto hits the road as Pioneer upgrade options

Android Auto might be a tough thing to find on the dashboard of most modern cars, but the first aftermarket upgrades are finally hitting shelves. Pioneer has the first replacement head-units supporting Android Auto (and, for that matter, Apple's CarPlay), with sales beginning in the US, UK, and Australia. Compatible with Android 5.0 devices, the system takes the regular Android interface and reworks it for use while driving, pushing services like Google Maps and Google Now to the fore with bigger buttons and speech recognition.

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Apple cracks 700m iPhone sales

Apple cracks 700m iPhone sales

Apple has sold its 700 millionth iPhone, CEO Tim Cook confirmed during today's press launch for the Apple Watch, making it the top selling smartphone in the world. The new stats came as Cook & Co. built up to detailing pricing and availability for its much-discussed smartwatch, with the Apple chief exec pointing out that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus together have 99-percent customer satisfaction among users. Meanwhile, a number of Apple services are expanding.

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Android Auto exists because we’re not very responsible

Android Auto exists because we’re not very responsible

Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay are exciting, emerging tech that will make your car’s on-board system a bit more familiar (and likely more useful, too). With a simplified, blown-up version of features you might find on your phone, either platform promise to bring you closer to your drive and further from unnecessary small-screen activities. Though handy, we’re still curious what led both to your car. Was it pure opportunity, or were there other, altruistic motives at stake?

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Apple Titan self-driving electric car rumors gain traction

Apple Titan self-driving electric car rumors gain traction

Apple's auto ambitions are shaping up to be far more broad than simply dominating the dashboard with maps and multimedia, with multiple sources tipping an autonomous, electric car project underway dubbed "Titan". The Tesla-challenging car would be a cocked-snook not only to the traditional auto industry, it's suggested, but key rivals like Google which are themselves working on self-driving technologies. Reports that Apple had raided top automakers for engineers and R&D specialists broke late last week, for what at the time was speculated as a more advanced version of CarPlay. Now, however, the scope of the rumor-worthy skunkworks seems to be far greater.

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Apple auto-maker raids tipped for secret car scheme

Apple auto-maker raids tipped for secret car scheme

Apple has raided the ranks of automotive experts for a secretive skunkworks investigating future car technologies, sources claim, though whispers of an "Apple Car" are still far from confirmed. The recruitment drive to staff the newly-established research group includes some high-profile wins, too, with the former head of Mercedes-Benz's Silicon Valley R&D team joining Apple's efforts, along with auto designers and even engineers working on vehicle dynamics. It's enough to reignite speculation among car experts that Apple is indeed planning its own entrance into the four-wheel space.

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