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Microsoft And Toyota Bringing The Cloud To Cars

Microsoft And Toyota Bringing The Cloud To Cars

Microsoft and Toyota jointly announced today their partnership to invest 1 billion yen (about $12 million) to bring telematics to your next-generation Toyota vehicle by harnessing the Windows Azure cloud platform. And in case you're unfamiliar, telematics is the fusing of telecomunnications and information technologies in vehicles.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: April 6th, 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: April 6th, 2011

Welcome to the SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up with your host, Chris Burns! I think I'll take over the Daily Show someday. It'll be horrible! Before that happens, let's talk about everything that's happened before we woke up here in the West. Let us begin with a big fat review written by yours truly that was actually published last night, but perhaps beyond a lot of people's bedtimes: T-Mobile Nokia C7 Astound - it's the same as the rest of the world, but different. Then hit the advice books with Chris Davies as he admits: "for a gadget reviewer, I'm rubbish at advice."

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Investigation Clears Toyota Electronics, Still Blames Mechanical and Driver Error

Investigation Clears Toyota Electronics, Still Blames Mechanical and Driver Error

The saga of the "runaway Toyotas" last year that was the cause of several injuries and deaths, 11 million recalled vehicles and a circus show of Toyota bashing now has some "sort of" new developments. After a year's worth of investigation, the authorities have pretty much gone full circle to conclude once again that Toyota's electronics are not to blame. Yes, it was just the floor mats and sticky pedals all along. Oh, and maybe driver error.

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Toyota Entune Puts the Mobile in Mobile Applications

Toyota Entune Puts the Mobile in Mobile Applications

Applications are moving away from just the smartphone, or even the feature phone. As they become a very part of people's lives, they need to be incorporated into more than just the phone. That's why car companies are putting them into their vehicles, and the way that we use our cars is changing faster and faster. Toyota wants to put themselves at the forefront of that movement, and the company is unveiling their take on the mobile application -- making it mobile. Toyota's Entune is a new way for people to use applications with their car, all while focusing on the safety that's so necessary.

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Toyota and Fujita Health University Testing Robot to Aide Stroke Patients

Toyota and Fujita Health University Testing Robot to Aide Stroke Patients

Toyota, which primarily sees its name planted on vehicles all over the world, is making a hard push for robotics. The company is trying to make the future technology part of its core business, and with that, they're developing new robots to help in all sorts of different ways. Working in conjunction with the Fujita Health University in Japan, Toyota is currently testing out a new robot which they say, will help stroke victims.

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Butt-powered sensors in under 3 years promise Toyota & Panasonic

Butt-powered sensors in under 3 years promise Toyota & Panasonic

Toyota, Panasonic and a consortium of twenty other Japanese companies are hoping to take advantage of your shuffling buttocks, with plans to create and commercialize [sub required] movement and heat powered components to reduce wiring in cars.  The project - led by an NTT Data lab - believes the new technology could cut down on kilometer of power wiring to the average 150 sensors in a luxury car, though it also has applications in pacemakers and boilers.

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Toyota Prius Getting Optional Speaker System for Under the Hood in Japan

Toyota Prius Getting Optional Speaker System for Under the Hood in Japan

Apparently, there were one too many complaints about how quiet the Prius is, over in Japan. Citing the safety of pedestrians, it looks like Toyota is getting ready to implement a new speaker system that they will install under the front hood, which will project a sound loud enough to mimic that of a "normal" car's engine, and therefore letting folks know that the sneaky vehicle is approaching behind them.

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