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Apple shows 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' mode on the future iOS 11 featured on iPhone and iPad

In previous reports, Nissan came up with a lifesaving solution that will address the pressing issue of distracted driving in the form of Signal Shield Concept: The vehicle's arm rest compartment will be converted into a Faraday cage-like area where you can place your mobile device and when the lid is closed, the system will immediately set up a silent zone that will block all the phone's incoming and outgoing cellular activities, Bluetooth and even Wi-fi connections. It is really a cool safety concept coming from the Japanese automaker, and now Apple will also contribute to that cause and is now planning to release a safety feature geared towards drivers.

Have you ever gotten the urge to check your text messages, Facebook notifications and Instagram while driving? Apple wants you to stop the dangerous habit with a new feature called "Do Not Disturb While Driving." DNDWD feature was revealed at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference and will be launched as part of iOS 11 for the iPad and iPhone this coming fall. The feature will be activated when the cellular phone will notice that the user is in a vehicle, and is not using Apple CarPlay at that time, and will block any incoming notifications.

Furthermore, it can even send automatic text message replies that will indicate that the phone's owner is currently driving. DNDWD utilizes information about Bluetooth connectivity and adjacent Wifi networks to know if the phone is in a moving vehicle, according to Endgadget. The feature will also be immediately allowed to function when the mobile device is situated in a running car, although passengers or the person behind the wheel with no regard for safety can manually override the feature. IOS will provide the feature with no payment required, and it will be available this fall for the iPhone 5s to the newest iPhone.

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Nissan introduces self-healing iPhone case

Nissan recently revealed the Scratch Shield iPhone, the brand’s latest iPhone kit. The kit is actually a self-healing iPhone case which utilizes the brand’s very own self-healing paint finish. This particular paint technology is the first of its kind and while first developed in 2005, it had already been used on different Infiniti and Nissan models. By being applied to an iPhone case, this pioneering technology will mark the first time that it’s used on a smartphone, a product that is bound to experience a number of scratches due to daily use.

Thus, iPhone users are more than guaranteed that their phone will look its best for a longer period of time. In order to design the Scratch Shield iPhone, Nissan made use of different advances related to automotive engineering. The result is a paint coat that is long-lasting and durable as well as a case that is tight and can fit closely an iPhone.

This Scratch Shield was developed by the brand working in partnership with Advanced Softmaterials Inc., and the University of Tokyo. The paint finish, as mentioned previously, was created to be used for automobiles and aside from a number of Infiniti models, was made available for the Nissan X-Trail, Nissan 370Z, and Nissan Murano.

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Land Rover Explore Outdoor Smartphone is perfect for the toughest off-road adventures

Land Rover is most known for making vehicles capable of going off road. Though we don’t always see it crossing rivers or climbing mountains, people have gone to the farthest places on the planet with the luxury SUV. Now, for those of you who love extreme adventures, Land Rover has something in store for you, but it isn’t a car this time.

Instead, the company decided they would make a smartphone. And this is more than just your typical licensed product as the Land Rover Explore Outdoor Smartphone has several features that are perfect for your off-road lifestyle.

One of the features it boasts would be the 4,000 milliamp-hour battery that lets it run for as long as two days, and there’s an optional Adventure pack that makes it last even longer, with the additional 3,600 mAh of battery power. It also has a GPS antenna for more accuracy and reliability. It features a dual SIM as well, just in case of an emergency.

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Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 smartphone has lenses from Leica, priced at $1,500

It isn’t the first time that luxury automakers have collaborated with a smartphone company. In fact, we have seen a lot of them from way back, and we all know that these phones are very pricey. Porsche Design now has introduced another smartphone, the Mate 10, just after introducing the Huawei-based phone that we know as the Mate 9, which had a 1,395 euro ($1,500) price tag. This time, the automaker promises that the new model, which acts like a second instalment for the Mate 9, will be different than any other phone - they always say that though.

The new smartphone not only has an appealing design, but also has an impressive performance. That does make it sound similar to a supercar rather than a smartphone. All sides of the phone’s exterior are covered in a tough, sleek glass casing that is finished in what they call a “Diamond Black” hue. Similar to the Mate 9, the front bit gets a 3D curved glass design too, featuring what seems like a borderless or infinity FullView smudge-proof screen.

Inside, it has been equipped with a built-in dedicated AI processor, with as much as 6GB RAM and 256GB ROM. Among the whole Huawei Mate 10 series, it probably has the largest memory cortex. There is also a self-adjusting 12 megapixel RGB camera, as well as a 20 megapixel monochrome camera lens. Both of these were developed by Leica Camera optics expert along with a Pro mode photography feature.

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It is not often that automakers come up with mobile phones, but it is also not the first time we have heard about it. Oftentimes, it is the luxury automakers that make these kinds of products. For instance, Porsche has partnered with Huawei for the Mate 9 smartphone, and the company sold it for $1,645 (€1,395). After that, it is now Lamborghini that has returned in the smartphone game.

Lamborghini’s smartphone, the Tonino Lamborghini Alpha-One, is at the pricey end of the spectrum just like its cars. By looking at the phone, it clearly looks like a Lamborghini phone with the branding and the design. It has a leather finish, with a Renaissance-style design that comes with the same features as any other smartphone nowadays. But the company is asking for $2,450 for the Android based phone. Crazy, huh? That is three times more expensive than an iPhone 7 and is priced just like a laptop.

The Tonino Lamborghini Alpha-One has a standard 5.5-inch WQHD display with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and Android Nougat. As for the storage, it has as much as 64 GB with an additional expandable storage up to 128GB. It also features 4GB of RAM. Like any other smartphone nowadays, the camera is a vital tool - it comes with a 20-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera. Other features include a dual SIM card support, a fingerprint detector, and the 3,250mAh battery. These features are also what we get from other smartphones.

Read the entire article This Tonino Lamborghini Alpha-One smartphone may not be worth your cash

Faraday Future, California based company, usually pops up when the topic is about technology and electric vehicles. Though the company currently isn’t doing very well in terms of its production facility, they continue to stick to their mission, hoping that one day, things will turn out well for them. For those of you who aren’t updated, they had to shut down their Nevada factory earlier this year due to lack of funds. But now, FF is making some news and things seem quite promising.

One of the patents from Faraday Future that caught our attention is called “System and Method For Operating Vehicle Using Mobile Device”. Basically, if you lose the key to your car, this technology will let you use your smartphone to open it, by sending a code to the car to open the door, without having to be connected to the Internet. Sounds cool enough?

By looking at the patent that is in partnership with this, you might find it a little disturbing that the sketch looks almost like the Chevy Volt concept. But we promise that this isn’t a reinvention of the Chevy concept, and was taken from a Faraday Future patent application.

Read the entire article Faraday Future’s new patent is on controlling EVs using mobile devices

Getting connected while on the move has become more of a necessity nowadays. This is why carmakers have been installing infotainment systems into their vehicles. But since these systems are sometimes not enough, drivers have turned to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, both offering easy-to-use interface compatible with many vehicle systems.

More than 200 new vehicle models from over 50 brands are now supporting Android Auto. However, Android Auto users have found that this tech is not compatible with older vehicles. In addition, it seemed not possible for vehicles without any infotainment systems to employ Android Auto.

But what if Android Auto can be brought straight onto a smartphone? This would be a great idea as this would make possible for a car without a compatible infotainment system to use Android Auto. Now, Google has noticed this possibility and worked to create an updated version of Android Auto that enables it to be employed directly through a smartphone app, without integrating it into a car’s infotainment system.

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Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci. These are a few of the famous Italian artists known for their wonderful works of art. Here comes Mito, from Turin, Italy, but Mito is no person. Mito is Alfa Romeo’s three-door supermini. Itself a work of art -- like its 8C, 4C and Guilia siblings -- the Alfa Romeo recently became involved in an art project in which it was the artist. All it needed was an empty warehouse, large white canvass and, of course, colorful powder and paint.

Then came the moment of truth, as captured in video by new high-quality dual camera feature of the new iPhone 7 Plus, which is now fully water-resistant. Its dual rear cameras don’t only take notably better photos -- especially in low light – but also could stitch together two images for unique effects like 2x optical zoom. A future software upgrade would add a cool in-camera bokeh effect that could blur the background while still focusing on the foreground. In addition, the battery of the new Alfa Romeo Mito

Using its spirited agility and superb driving dynamics, the Alfa Romeo Mito, ran and swished over the colored powder and paint and splash them over the white canvass – employing its distinct D.N.A driving system in the process. Alfa Romeo’s unique D.N.A system is a driving mode selector that could adapt the Mito’s performance to suit the driving style and road conditions.

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The new ABT Sportline mobile case will protect your mobile phones in a very elegant and robust fashion. Its objective is to protect your mobile phone in all possible scenarios. The Bavarian car tuner’s case is made of high-quality carbon and has been developed for the iPhone 6 and 6s.

It can be bought at www.abt-shop.de for €89.90 incl. VAT. Many users of mobile phones cases often grumble about damaged smartphones. You won’t have to ever worry about that with the new ABT Sportsline case.

This is possible thanks to its thin walls of .4mm which also makes this case extremely light (11g) making it the thinnest and lightest case for iPhone 6/6s without being weak at any portion. Even with its thinness and lightness, this case will protect your smartphone at all times, this is ensured by its high quality material composed of high tech fibers.

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People’s attentions were almost focused on Apple last week, when the tech giant unveiled its Apple Watch and iPhone 6. Ford, however, won’t let itself be out of the picture. During Apple’s Web cast, Ford used its main Twitter account and the hashtag "#wegotthat2" to jokingly note that its offerings already has the features of Apple’s newest products.

For instance, Ford compared the iPhone's new curved glass front to the windshield of a car, even saying that “objects appear in 3D!" When Apple boasted of the iPhone’s longer battery life, Ford twitted "That's cool. Our batteries power an entire car."

Now that the phone will come with two larger sizes, Ford shared a picture of a MyFord Touch screen and noted its size of 8 inches. Ford only noted that it offered mobile-payment capability long before the iPhone.

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Verizon says it is planning to launch a new smartphone app – called Verizon Auto Share – that would enable rental car customers to unlock a vehicle. Verizon says the app could make promotional offers like in-car Wi-Fi and fuel-purchase options.

It would also include Delphi’s in-vehicle telematics device. According to Verizon Enterprise Solutions, the new app will be rolled out late this year. Mark Bartolomeo, Verizon’s chief of connected solutions, remarked in a statement that car-sharing services, traditional rental agencies and corporate fleets would find the app very useful.

He disclosed that industry experts have noted that “car usership” as well as peer-to-peer sharing done through a mobile app is increasingly replacing car ownership as a main part of the connected life style, especially among young ones.

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GM has just announced that the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe and Sedan models will be compatible with Powermat as well as other in-phone wireless charging technology. For those who don’t know how this technology works, it is quite simple: Powermant enables the phone to sit on a rubberized pad and have its battery recharged by means of an electromagnetic field.

GM says that the Powermat can be used for the majority of the smartphones that have wireless charging wither embedded or as an option. As you can see from the photos and video, the wireless charging feature is located inside the storage bin behind the center instrument panel faceplate.

This means that the driver can be focused on the wheel and just use the Bluetooth technology to pair his phone to the vehicle.

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Vehicles and smartwatches do match, the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show has proved. During the CES 2014, BMW became the first carmaker in the world to present vehicle functions on Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch as part of a research application. The new Samsung Galaxy Gear is a wristwatch that displays information from a linked smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear with BMW i Remote App functions feature similar attributes to the BMW i Remote App that keeps drivers connected with their BMW i3 at all times and provides them with the assistance they need even when they outside the car. The Samsung Galaxy Gear with BMW i Remote App functions could provide information on the battery charge and available range of the premium electric vehicle.

It could also provide information on any departure times that have been inputted. It also could show whether the BMW i3’s windows, doors and sunroof are closed and could enable users to send a navigation destination to the vehicle or adjust the on-board climate to get ready for a cruise. These can be done through spoken commands via  Samsung’s speech recognition assistant, S Voice.

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General Motors is now offering a $50 map app for iPhones that could be played on the dashboard touchscreen of a Chevrolet Spark. Timothy Nixon, chief technology officer of General Motors' OnStar service, remarked that historically, they had dashboard navigation systems, which could cost a driver around $1,500 or more.

Nixon quipped that such nav systems would not be able to “cut it anymore,” noting that the game has changed and “always-connected devices” have raised the bar.

Nixon’s view is just a restatement of the fact that carmakers’ expensive profitable in-car navigation systems are threatened are threatened by the increasing use of smartphone app to find their way on the road. The main reason for this is that while embedded nav systems run from $500 to over $2,000, many map apps come free of charge.

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Apple Inc.’s move to make its iOS mobile operating system accessible on vehicle screens could result to a tension between the company and carmakers, according to analysts. Technically, once installed, iOS would control most if not all connected-vehicle features like navigation. This runs counter to what carmaker’s want, as they look to control the overall experience with their own operating systems while keeping up with the latest connected-vehicle technologies.

Thilo Koslowski, a vehicle communications technology analyst at research firm Gartner Inc., told Automotive News that Apple’s control of the connectivity features could pose some issues to carmakers as they target to use connected vehicles to define their brands and products.

He remarked that attracting partners like Apple and at the same time hanging onto overall customer experience will be “an interesting balancing act” in the auto industry. He remarked that if carmakers give overall customer experience away to “somebody like Apple,” there would not be much left for the auto industry to succeed in the connected-vehicle space.

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Siri, Apple’s popular intelligent personal assistant, will be installed into a number of 2013 models of Japanese carmaker Honda. In a statement, American Honda said that Siri will be offered as a dealer-installed option for the 2013 Honda Accord and Acura RDX and ILX.

The carmaker said that once the Siri is installed, Honda vehicle owners that have a compatible iPhone running on iOS 6 can direct their intelligent personal assistant to perform a number of specific tasks, allowing them to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

Siri's "Eyes Free" mode limits driver distraction by keeping the iPhone's screen from lighting up. Vehicles installed with Siri will enable drivers to make calls, dictate text messages as well as look up directions either via Bluetooth or by plugging their iPhone into a USB cable in the car. Honda's Siri version will connect via Bluetooth and use the onboard microphone and speakers for communication.

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TomTom has released an update to its Speed Cameras app for iPhone, providing drivers a free 12-month subscription to the Speed Camera service. The Speed Cameras app boasts of new features like the audible and visual speed camera that drivers would receive when the app is running in the background or when the screen is off.

TomTom has also enhanced the average speed check support, helping drivers to stay below the speed limit, even when leaving a tunnel.

The Speed Cameras app for iPhone warns drivers of fixed and mobile cameras on the way, thereby helping them to remain safe and avoid fines.

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With the rising demand for in-vehicle Siri capabilities, Apple Inc. announced on June 11, 2012 that it is coordinating with Audi AG, BMW AG, Chrysler Group, General Motors Co., Honda Motor Co., Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota Motor Corp. to include the popular voice-command software in their vehicles.

Apple is developing an in-vehicle feature called Eyes Free that will allow drivers to make phone calls and send text messages, as well as play music, get directions and use other Siri functions by speaking. Among the eight car manufacturers that are already working with Apple, Honda and GM have confirmed plans to include Siri in their vehicles.

Apple introduced Siri, a voice-command software, in 2011 on the iPhone 4S. Its popularity and practicality have compelled those from the driving community to have the program available in their vehicles. The clamor for Siri-fitted vehicles has been also growing as consumers become more frustrated with the ineffective factory-installed voice recognition systems installed in their units.

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TomTom has rolled out the TomTom Speed Camera app for iPhone, which allows drivers to access fixed and mobile speed camera alerts. The app is run by the biggest driving community in Europe with its 1.6 million drivers in 15 nations. It boosts safety by communicating information to users regarding speed limits during their trip.

Accordingly, the users can prevent costly speeding fines as well as points on their driving license in some countries. The TomTom Speed Camera app provides users with the right to utilize the company's premium Speed Camera service in a standalone app. This app has a new easy-to-use dedicated user interface.

It provides drivers with information on their speed, the type of camera ahead, the remaining distance to reach it and the speed limit. A color-coded warning system effectively and immediately alerts users if they have to slow down. TomTom's Vice President Mobile Gerry Hinds explained that the Speed Camera service can be "of real benefit," as it assists individuals to remain focused since they know where the next camera will be.

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All the current BMW and MINI models will soon get the AUPEO! Personal Radio iPhone app. After the launch of the Pandora and MOG music services for the US product lineup in 2011, the BMW and MINI Connected Apps options will give European customers the chance to take pleasure in their own personal music service. AUPEO! is an internet radio service that’s customizable.

It uses a recommender system so that the music would match the individual taste of the customers. With the AUPEO!, customers would be able to get access to personalized radio taken from a database of nearly one million tracks. As soon as a genre or artist is entered by the user, tracks are recommended by an algorithm developed by the Fraunhofer Institute to match their personal taste. The Mood Tuner function chooses tracks depending on the mood.

The users may also select from over 150 channels that were pre-compiled by AUPEO!’s music managers. Examples are “80s Best” or “Rock Classics”. If you want this AUPEO! app for your Apple iPhone, just go to iTunes App Store at itunes.com/appstore to download it free of charge. All the current BMW models that have this Apps option can use it. All the MINI models with the MINI Connected option may also use it too.

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