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California passes Freedom to Communicate bill making voice activated texting legal

California passes Freedom to Communicate bill making voice activated texting legal

There are more than a few car infotainment systems on the market today as well as a number of smart phone applications that allow users to dictate text messages using their voice. The voice dictated texts can be sent just as any other typed out text. There has been a huge push around the country for cities and states the place bans on texting and driving.

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Ford SYNC takes a European roadtrip with B-Max

Ford SYNC takes a European roadtrip with B-Max

Ford's SYNC system is one of the best uses of in-car technology out there that's included by a manufacturer - but since its inception in 2007 it's been relegated to North America. The company aims to end that sad state of affairs next week at the Geneva Motor Show, when it introduces SYNC to European customers in the new 2013 B-Max crossover. he optional add-on will be added to other models afterwards. Currently the company hasn't said when the B-Max will hit the road, or how long after that it'll take to expand  the current line-up with the SYNC option.

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Ford Sync Destinations app connect allows connectivity to Sync on the go

Ford Sync Destinations app connect allows connectivity to Sync on the go

Ford has announced a cool new feature for Sync called Sync Destinations. Destinations uses the connectivity from your smartphone to provide services like turn-by-turn driving directions, destination downloads, and traffic details. Sync Destinations is compatible with Sync AppLink as well.

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Ford working on a better Segway

Ford working on a better Segway

Ford has announced plans for a new Silicon Valley R&D center to come up with a better alternative to the Segway or other "personal mobility experience" concepts, as well as integrating mobile tech better with its SYNC in-car infotainment system. The San Francisco lab, set to open later this year, will look at "a holistic approach to personal transportation" as well as how the car can be transformed into a sensor, sharing information such as when windshield wipers are turned on to track hyper-local weather and other trends. Meanwhile, Ford has also begun distributing its open-source collaboration with Bug Labs, announced last year.

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HP Play Gets Public Beta, The iTunes For The TouchPad

HP Play Gets Public Beta, The iTunes For The TouchPad

The HP TouchPad went on sale last week and thanks to its smooth WebOS 3.0, fans can somewhat overlook the cheapish hardware. Plus, recent talks of possible WebOS licensing bolsters faith in the future of the platform. For now, the company is playing catch-up with its ecosystem and has just introduced a public beta of its HP Play music syncing app.

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Ford adds Sync AppLink to ten new vehicles

Ford adds Sync AppLink to ten new vehicles

One of the coolest features for tech fans on many new Ford vehicles is Sync. The hands free technology in Sync allows you to control your compatible phone with your voice and to control some of the car systems using your voice. On some cars, you can adjust the temperature and radio station using your voice. One of the coolest things about Sync is that vehicles that are AppLink compatible get even more connectivity between the drivers smartphone and the vehicle.

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Only 50% Of iPhone Users Backup To iTunes

Only 50% Of iPhone Users Backup To iTunes

Apple's iCloud announcement from WWDC 2011 sounds promising, freeing iPhone and iPad users from ever having to physically connect their iOS devices to their computers for backing up to iTunes. With the iCloud-powered iOS 5, backups will be automatically synced to the cloud. And thank goodness, now that we know from an insider tip that only 50 percent of iPhone users ever backup their data to iTunes. The iCloud will surely save a lot of data loss headaches.

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Ford Sync in 3M vehicles on the road today

Ford Sync in 3M vehicles on the road today

Ford has been putting Sync in some of its vehicles for a few years now. At first glance, the system might just seem like a Bluetooth hands free communications set up for driving. Sync is much more than that though offering full voice control over many aspects of the vehicle entertainment and ventilation systems. The system also has apps and Ford is constantly expanding the system.

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Ford SYNC Destinations app remotely programs your PND

Ford SYNC Destinations app remotely programs your PND

Ford has pushed out their new SYNC Destinations mobile app today, allowing iPhone, iPad or Android device users to hook up to the TDI systems in their Ford vehicles and get Predictive Traffic advice for route mapping. Hooking up with the device's address book, as well as allowing up to 25 saved locations, the app lets you search for turn-by-turn directions and have them ready and waiting when you actually get into the car.

Ford's predictive systems take into account real-time speed, accident and incident information for all highways, interstates, arterials and city streets in 126 metropolitan areas across North America, and then use that to pick what the system reckons is the best route for your journey. So far, so good, but it then throws in local school schedules, sports games and concerts as well.

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Ford unveils mobile app dev kit for Sync compatibility

Ford unveils mobile app dev kit for Sync compatibility

One of the coolest and most useful options that can be had on most Ford vehicles is Sync. The Sync system offers hands free integration with mobile phones and other controls of the car like the entertainment systems and the AC system among others using Bluetooth and the driver's voice.

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Ford adds alternatives to texting while driving to Sync system in new cars

Ford adds alternatives to texting while driving to Sync system in new cars

With states all across the country seeking to pass bans on texting and driving and many states already having bans in effect Ford is adding new features to Sync to give drivers alternatives to texting. The new features include a Do Not Disturb button, Bluetooth MAP support, and improved Blackberry support.

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Ford SYNC AppLink adds in-car voice control to Android & BlackBerry apps [Video]

Ford SYNC AppLink adds in-car voice control to Android & BlackBerry apps [Video]

Ford have been gradually squeezing more functionality into their SYNC in-car computing platform, and now they've joined up the dots between the Nuance speech-recognition system added earlier this year and the smartphones Ford drivers are carrying.  The new Ford SYNC AppLink - which will be first available on the 2011 model year Fiesta - will hook up to Android and BlackBerry handsets and allow for voice-control of applications updated for compliance with the company's new APIs.  Initially, that will include Pandora, a Twitter app and a streaming radio app.

Video demos after the cut

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