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Windows in the Car to put Cortana in the dashboard

Windows in the Car to put Cortana in the dashboard

Apple has CarPlay, Google has the Android Open Automotive Alliance, and now Microsoft has Windows in the Car, its own take on piping smartphone content from your Windows Phone directly to the dashboard. Quietly demonstrated at Build 2014 this past week, in concept form at least, Windows in the Car pares back the standard Windows Phone interface to suit center console touchscreens and safer use while on the move thanks to features like Cortana.

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Mazda 6 sedans being recalled due to spider infestation, again

Mazda 6 sedans being recalled due to spider infestation, again

If you feel a sense of Deja vu, then don’t worry too much about it. The company is the same, the car model is the same and the problem is also the same. In 2011, Mazda recalled almost 52,000 Mazda 6 sedans because they were infested with yellow sac spiders. This year the number of cars to be recalled is 42,000 (US only); and this is despite Mazda putting covers on vent lines to keep the spiders at bay.

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Expect an irate call if you try to hack your Tesla Model S

Expect an irate call if you try to hack your Tesla Model S

Once upon a time it was a rite of passage for car lovers to get under the hood and tinker with the mechanics; in the modern world of EVs, that's been upgraded to hacking access to the computer systems, as one Tesla Model S owner discovered. Some investigation of a mysterious port turned out to be a hidden ethernet link into the Model S' internal communications system, as well as a shortcut to getting an irate call from Tesla itself warning owners not to fiddle lest they be accused of "industrial espionage".

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Automatic for Android smart driving assistant released

Automatic for Android smart driving assistant released

Automatic for Android has been released, finally bringing the Smart Driving Assistant to Google's platform having previously been an iOS exclusive since launch last year. Connecting wirelessly to Automatic's Link Bluetooth dongle, which plugs into the OBD-II port in a car's dashboard, the new Android app shows live gas consumption figures, gives better driving hints, and deciphers the "engine warning" lamp with actual information on what might be wrong.

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GM faces NHTSA skewering as blame-game hearing begins

GM faces NHTSA skewering as blame-game hearing begins

GM will apologize but not explain why it took more than ten years to address the ignition key issue that has forced the recall of 2.6m cars, as CEO Mary Barra along with representation from the NHTSA testify today. Acting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Friedman is expected to lay the blame at General Motors' feet, according to pre-submitted testimony, despite reports that the government agency itself opted not to formally investigate the car flaw all the way back in 2007.

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Subaru concept hints at Tribeca replacement with plug-in diesel hybrid

Subaru concept hints at Tribeca replacement with plug-in diesel hybrid

A new rumor is going around that suggests Subaru is set to unveil a new plug-in hybrid SUV that will be very unique in the auto industry. There are plenty of hybrids out there, but a plug-in hybrid with diesel power is not common. Subaru has already shown off the interesting Viziv 2 concept car at the Geneva Motor Show this year that was previously suggested to be a next generation Forester.

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Tesla Model S revealed to be easily hackable

Tesla Model S revealed to be easily hackable

Cars and hacking, at least the digital kind, aren't two things you usually associate with each other, but the rise of smart cars might make that a source of headaches and nightmares in the near future. And the Tesla Model S, being one of the first of that generation, might also become one of the first poster boys for that inevitable problem.

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