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Mazda to roll out smartphone control update for all new MZD Connect rides

Mazda to roll out smartphone control update for all new MZD Connect rides

Mazda has announced that an optional update is coming to all new vehicles that are fitted with the MZD Connect multimedia system. The update will allow iPhone users to take advantage of Apple CarPlay integration. That means improved support for making calls, sending messages, and listening to Apple Music.

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iOS 12 CarPlay is getting Google Maps and Waze

iOS 12 CarPlay is getting Google Maps and Waze

If the iPhone's CarPlay had one infuriating limitation, it's been Apple's lock-down on third-party apps, but some of the most frequently-requested are finally making an appearance. Announced at the WWDC 2018 keynote today, the good news is that apps like Google Maps and Waze are coming to the dashboard.

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Pioneer NEX receivers first with wireless Android Auto, CarPlay

Pioneer NEX receivers first with wireless Android Auto, CarPlay

Connecting smartphones to car dashboards isn't exactly new. Having those dashboards support Google's Android Auto or Apple's CarPlay, or both, is just a bit newer. But doing all of that without getting tangled in USB cords is definitely fresh off the press. That's exactly what Pioneer is delivering with its three new 2018 in-dash NEX receivers, promising the convenience of wirelessly connecting your Android phone or iPhone to your car. It can even control your home from a distance too!

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: 5 things you should know

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: 5 things you should know

For a car that's so important to Toyota, the Corolla has been oddly low-key, but the 2019 Corolla Hatchback isn't going to fly under the radar. First of the new, TNGA-based twelfth generation of cars, it's more efficient than ever, packs more tech, and promises to be more affordable than rivals. Read on for five things you need to know.

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Wireless CarPlay Review: 2018 BMW 640i GT cuts the cord

Wireless CarPlay Review: 2018 BMW 640i GT cuts the cord

Android Auto Wireless may now be arriving on select phones and head-units, but iPhone owners wanting wireless CarPlay don't have to wait - it's available now. While there's plenty to like about the 2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo, not least its 3.0-liter, 335 horsepower engine, I had one particular spec in mind for testing. With iPhone X supporting wireless charging, and CarPlay wireless available in a growing number of vehicles, is it worth spending more on the option if you're buying a new car?

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Android Auto Wireless reminded me of Google’s big Pixel mistake

Android Auto Wireless reminded me of Google’s big Pixel mistake

Google enabling Android Auto Wireless is great news, but Pixel phones' lagging behind iPhone in one key area does put the brakes on how useful the update is. Putting down your smartphone while you're behind the wheel is safety advice all of us would do well to remember. I just wish I could put my Pixel 2 XL down on a wireless charger when I do.

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Toyota turned the 2019 Corolla from tech-dud to gadget-central

Toyota turned the 2019 Corolla from tech-dud to gadget-central

The 2019 Corolla Hatchback may have a slick new design and use the automaker's clever new TNGA platform, but it's what's going on in the cabin which really suggests Toyota is finally serious about the dashboard. Set to make its official debut at the New York International Auto Show 2018 next week, the 2.0-liter hatch couldn't quite wait for that and so Toyota spilled the details today.

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WhatsApp on CarPlay update puts chat in your dash

WhatsApp on CarPlay update puts chat in your dash

Apple's CarPlay has added support for WhatsApp, allowing for voice control of the popular instant messaging service while driving. The latest update to WhatsApp quietly added CarPlay compatibility this week, making the messaging app one of a short list of third-party applications and services that Apple has allowed into its walled garden of features deemed safe enough for the road.

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Toyota CarPlay support arrives in 2019 Avalon

Toyota CarPlay support arrives in 2019 Avalon

Toyota has finally embraced Apple CarPlay, announcing that the 2019 Toyota Avalon will feature the smartphone-powered infotainment system as standard. The car, unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 today, features the automaker's newest Entune 3.0 infotainment platform, including the Toyota Connected Services. However, for iPhone owners what'll be most exciting is covering up Entune altogether.

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TIDAL gets Apple CarPlay support: here are your other options

TIDAL gets Apple CarPlay support: here are your other options

High-quality audio streaming service TIDAL has just added support for Apple CarPlay, giving subscribers the option of streaming their favorite music directly through Apple's automotive platform. It's a welcomed addition to the list of apps that support CarPlay, though it's not your only audio streaming option for the platform.

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Alpine iLX-107 CarPlay review: Siri goes wireless

Alpine iLX-107 CarPlay review: Siri goes wireless

CarPlay isn’t new. Introduced in 2014, it was Apple’s first foray into the automotive space. It might be the precursor to Titan, or a standalone product meant as a stopgap for the time we’re in, where Apple’s own automated vehicle platform is still just a beta project. Either way, it’s here. It’s a tangible, working product. And for the first time, you don’t need to wire your iPhone to the car to experience it. To test that, we took the Alpine iLX-107 for a spin. Literally.

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2018 Honda Gold Wing: Now even your bike has CarPlay

2018 Honda Gold Wing: Now even your bike has CarPlay

People who love big touring bikes love Honda's Gold Wing, and now the automaker believes it has the new model which will help break out of just existing fans. The 2018 Honda Gold Wing and Gold Wing Tour were revealed this week, completely redesigned for greater agility on the road, more comfortable long-distance riding, and lashings of new technology.

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