Archive for April, 2010

iPhone Most Popular Camera On Flickr, Can Cars Learn Something?

It’s no surprise that the iPhone is the most popular camera used to take pictures hosted on Flickr.  It’s probably the single most popular consumer device that has a camera, the quality has improved, and it’s connectivity as a phone allows it to upload directly to Flickr (rather than meaning to upload all those pictures […]

inTELEMATICStoday.com LinkedIn Group

inTELEMATICStoday.com has launched our LinkedIn group.  Join in for the latest news and conversations in the world of automotive telematics.  inTELEMATICStoday.com is going strong and now we can interact on the largest business networking social media site in existence.  Check in regularly for news and discussions from around the telematics, wireless, automotive industries and much […]

Attenzione Prostitute – Hilarious Road Sign

A little chuckle to end your week… A road sign only the Italians could bring us.  Something might be lost in translation, but I doubt it. via [jalopnik]

Ford Announces AppLink

Today, Ford announced AppLink, the in-car application that will reside on the Sync system and enable developers to take advantage of voice and hard-button controls to interact with applications on Android and Blackberry smartphones. We’ve already covered the Sync Apps and APIs extensively so click through to the original post to read more. You can […]

Driver Distraction Series Earns Pulitzer Prize

If you haven’t been keeping up with Matt Richtel’s New York Times series of articles on driver distraction now would probably be a good time to start.  The Pulitzer Prize committee (it’s a committee, right?) has awarded a Pulitzer Prize to: Matt Richtel and members of The New York Times Staff for incisive work, in print […]

iPhone OS 4.0 Has Automotive Implications

The recent release of the iPhone OS 4.0 included at least a few new features that will benefit the automotive industry. Multitasking has gotten the headlines and rightfully so.  It is a powerful addition and something that has been significantly lacking from the iPhone arsenal (much like copy and paste was lacking for so long). […]

Eric Schmidt Says, “Mobile Is The Future”

Google’s Eric Schmidt has been on the campaign trail for mobile technology for I don’t know how long.  His talk at Atmosphere (Google’s come-to-cloud-computing conference) was about mobile and the future of technology. He didn’t talk about it’s impact on automotive, but we will. “We understand that the new rule is mobile first,” Schmidt said. […]

RIM Buys QNX

Great writeup from Roger Lanctot of Strategy Analytics on the recent RIM purchase of QNX. It’s a big move towards automotive from one of the leaders in smartphones (even if it is still more business oriented). While QNX’s partnership with Alcatel-Lucent promises to target the complete spectrum of in-vehicle connectivity, a partnership with RIM opens […]

Pearl Mobile DTV Is A Big Deal For Mobile TV

Belo Corp., Cox Media Group, E.W. Scripps Co., Fox, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television Inc., ION Television, Media General Inc., Meredith Corp., NBC, Post-Newsweek Stations Inc. and Raycom Media today announced plans to form a standalone joint venture to develop a new national mobile content service. I don’t have much news other than what is in […]

A Brief History of Location Finding Technology

Mashable is running this great infographic / timeline of the history of technologies used to find location.  From smoke signals to the modern day smartphone we’ve come a long way.  Check out the graphic below (click to enlarge). via [mashable]

Rear-Seat Entertainment Sales to Double by 2015

iSuppli is forecasting that by 2015 worldwide sales of rear-seat entertainment systems will almost double their 2009 level (of 3.1 million units) reaching 5.6million units (with the US accounting for ~50%). With the oncoming proliferation of apps and advanced connected applications the RSE market is a huge opportunity.  I’ve already spent some time talking about […]

Making Foursquare Work for Business. Could Dealerships Learn Something?

Mashable.com has 5 ways brands are using Foursquare to boost their business. The article talks about how the Wynn Las Vegas, City of Chicago, Lucky Magazine, Tasti D-Lite, and Starbucks are using Foursquare to increase customer engagement, loyalty and satisfaction within the check-in and badges framework of the location based application. Maybe this type of […]

App Downloads Will Near 6Billion in 2010

ABI Research reports they expect just under 6 billion mobile application downloads in 2010 (more than double 2009 volume).  To be clear, this is a forecast of downloads, not the total number of applications that will be available.  The iPhone is expected to continue leading the charge (> 3Billion downloads) by a large margin with […]

Product Spotlight: Continental AutoLinQ

AutoLinQ is Continental’s Connected Services Platform for the car.  Based on the Google Android OS the system will allow users to create and download applications directly to the in-vehicle system. Continental’s ‘Always On’ concept is built around allowing the user to interact with the vehicle through various ‘views': Mobile View The user’s view from their […]

Where Do Kids Fit Into Telematics Strategies?

Where do kids fall into the world of in-car apps? In the April 2010 edition of Fast Company Anya Kamenetz talks about how technology is impacting childhood creativity and the way kids learn.  It’s a great read and you should definitely click through the link at the bottom, but first I want to talk about […]

inTELEMATICStoday.com Weekly Round-Up

In the grand American tradition of not working to hard on Friday inTELEMATICStoday.com brings you the weekly roundup. We know sometimes it can be difficult to click all those buttons to read the site every day of the week so not only do we offer you the option of having each weeks articles delivered directly to your […]

Ford Sync Has The Lead, Will It Hold On To It?

It’s a new foundation for the ultimate mobile device. The automobile will never be the same. As the mobile web (i.e. sites specifically designed to be viewed on mobile devices) is being replaced by mobile apps and sites that are dual purpose (i.e. the standard site can be viewed reliably in a mobile browser) Google […]

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