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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Here's Another Reason Why Google Maps Wins Over Apple Maps [Opinion]

I could probably name tens of reasons why you should be using Google Maps over Apple Maps for your navigational needs. That list of reasons sometimes shrinks when Apple adds new features to its Maps app. But they are always catching up to Google Maps in my opinion.

And just recently, Google added another killer feature to Maps which distanced itself further from Apple Maps. The new feature is offline navigation.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Get The Best Black Friday Deals For Connected Car Products On Amazon

You don't always have to fall in line for hours at a store to get the best Black Friday deals anymore. Competitive holiday pricing can be found right from the comfort of your couch at online retailers like Amazon.

Now, Amazon has a dedicated page for 'Connected Car' accessories which includes deep discounts which last till Black Friday. Check it out by clicking here.

Amazon also has its annual Black Friday Deals Week going on. New products go on sale every hour till Black Friday. Check those deals out here.

Kia's First Android Auto And Apple CarPlay Vehicle Is The 2016 Optima

The 2016 Optima is Kia's first car to come equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The two softwares give drivers the best and safest way to use their smartphone in the vehicle.

Both, Android Auto and CarPlay, have slowly rolled out to car manufacturers in the last few months. Kia's integration includes a large 8-inch touchscreen and various other features. Details are below...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Give Yourself The Apple CarPlay Treatment This Holiday Season With The Pioneer AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120)

If you've been waiting to get on the Apple CarPlay bandwagon, you've waited long enough. It's time you took the leap and came to the bright side.

The least expensive option to bring CarPlay to the car you already own is via the Pioneer AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120). And the lowest prices this holiday season can be found on Amazon.

Here are the latest prices and affiliate links to purchase from Amazon...

Most listings offer Amazon Prime Free Two-Day Shipping. Sales Tax may be added in certain states.

The AppRadio 4 offers a multitude of features in addition to CarPlay. You should read my full review of the device by clicking this link.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Automaker Hopping - Autonomous Car Expert Goes From Mercedes To Apple To VW

Car experts are the hottest commodity these days. We've heard multiple news stories about these experts being poached by companies in the recent past. Apple has been notorious for doing so to build-up its Project Titan team.

This time, Apple has lost a piece of its puzzle. After working for the Cupertino company for a year, autonomous car expert Johann Jungwirth, has been snatched up by troubled automaker Volkswagen.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Microsoft To Take On Apple's Project Titan By Collaborating With Volvo

The autonomous car space just added another potential competitor. Along with Google and Tesla, Apple's biggest competition for its upcoming Project Titan could be Microsoft.

Swedish automaker Volvo, announced in a press release that it is partnering with Microsoft to develop the next generation automotive. Check out these concept images and videos which give a fair idea on what to expect from the collaboration in the coming years...

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Why The Apple Watch Is The Best Thing To Happen To CarPlay [Opinion]

Let me say this right off the bat... if you use Apple CarPlay in your car, go get an Apple Watch for an even better CarPlay experience.

Allow me to explain in depth what I mean. I am really excited to get this out, because what I've found over the last couple of weeks since getting an Apple Watch is awesome!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Ford Begins Strategizing For The Arrival Of The Apple Car

Seems like Ford is gearing up for competition from tech giants like Apple and Google in the car business. The company has recently restructured management to plan ahead on how to work with tech companies for a healthy coexistence.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

First Generation Pioneer AppRadio Cable Available For $15 [Deals]

The first generation Pioneer AppRadio (SPH-DA01/SPH-DA02) may be a few years old but a lot of people still use the device. A common problem with the head unit is damage to the iPhone cable.

Whether it is fraying or damage to the 30-pin connector, a taped up cable can be a sight for sore eyes. Getting a replacement through Pioneer is quite expensive (sometimes almost $100).

Finding a cable on sites like eBay is not always easy. But here's where you can get the cable for a limited time...

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Google Self-Driving Car Gets Pulled Over By Cop, Check Out What Happens Next...

Driverless cars will be upon us before we know it.

Companies like Google have been putting their autonomous car to the test on public roads for quite few months now. If you drive around Mountain View, Calif., don't be surprised to see one of these funny looking vehicles crawling around the neighborhoods.

But 'crawling' became a problem for one of the vehicles recently when it got pulled over by a cop for driving too slow. When the cop showed up at the driver-side window, there was no driver to ticket. So what happened?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Apple Updates CarPlay Site With Subtly Different Pictures And Info

I'm not sure how long ago these changes were made, but Apple has added some updated pictures to its CarPlay site. The new pictures are slightly different from the preexisting ones but the changes are included to show new features in CarPlay.

There's also some new info available. Take a look at these before and after pictures...

Friday, November 6, 2015

New Interface Update Breaks Waze For Pioneer AppRadio Mode Users

I've been inundated with tweets and emails from AppRadio users complaining about the latest Waze app update. The app was updated on October 18 for iOS users with a redesigned interface. What the app description doesn't mention is that the update has made the app unusable in AppRadio Mode.

Here's what's going on...

Thursday, November 5, 2015

YouTube Comes To CarPlay Via VOX Music Player [Screenshots]

For those of you who've wondered whether YouTube would ever be available in CarPlay, here is the answer... Yes, YouTube has finally arrived in CarPlay, but not in the way you are probably thinking.

VOX Music Player became one of the latest third-party apps to add CarPlay support few days back. And the latest update to the app, version 1.1.1, has added YouTube as a content source. Read along for more details and screenshots...

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Pioneer Updates AppRadioLIVE App With Dash Radio Support

Pioneer Electronics has released an update for its AppRadioLIVE app for iOS today. The new version 1.3.0 has added support for Dash Radio, a music streaming app that is also CarPlay compatible. AppRadioLIVE also gives you access to Rdio Free.

AppRadioLIVE is the main compatible app for Pioneer's latest AppRadio One, which allows AppRadio Mode with select head units using a single cable instead of clunky adapters.

Here are the details of the latest update and some screenshots...

Keep Track Of The Latest Third-Party Apps In Android Auto The Right Way [How To]

Over the last few weeks there have been plenty of new third-party apps added to Android Auto for use in your car while driving. Android Auto, like CarPlay, allows you to use smartphone apps in a compatible car or aftermarket head unit. Dedicated in-car interfaces (for most apps) ensures safety and undistracted driving.

But how to you keep up with which apps are added to Android Auto or CarPlay. Well, CarPlay is a little difficult as Apple doesn't include an "Apps for CarPlay" section in iTunes. Google, on the other hand, has an "Apps for Android Auto" section in the Google Play Store.

The list cannot be accessed directly from Google Play though. This is how to get to that app list from your Android smartphone.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

8 New Messaging, Podcast, News, And Music Apps Added To Android Auto

If you've been trying to keep up with third-party app additions to CarPlay and Android Auto over the last few weeks, it's been hectic. While CarPlay added quite a few apps, all were of the music/audio streaming variety. Android Auto, on the other hand, has added apps for messaging, podcasting, news, and music.

Apps added to Android Auto include DoggCatcher Podcast Player, 7digital Music Store, MDPlayer, OverDrive, Radio Paradise, OnChatt, KSL News, and Nextplus. Here is a roundup...

Monday, November 2, 2015

Two More Local Radio Stations Added To CarPlay - 94.9 The Vibe & NASH FM 93.1

A total of three local radio stations have been added to CarPlay in the last few days. Following 1700 The Champ, which I wrote about moments ago, two other stations join the list - 94.9 The Vibe & NASH FM 93.1.

Here are some additional details and CarPlay screenshots.

KBGG 1700 The Champ - Another Local Radio Station Arrives On CarPlay

For the longest time CarPlay users have complained about not being able to listen to terrestrial radio stations while using the in-car software. There is a workaround for it these days, however. But there's a big catch. Your favorite local radio station needs to have an iOS app that's CarPlay-compatible.

If KBGG 1700 The Champ, a local AM radio station out of Des Moines, Iowa, is one of your favorite stations for news, talk shows and sports, fire up CarPlay and get set. CarPlay screenshots below.