Posted by Dale Buss on March 3, 2014 06:43 PM
The day when cars become iPhones with bigger buttons may be upon us. Apple revealed its automotive infotainment platform, CarPlay, at the Geneva International Motor Show this week, and soon it'll roll out in cars from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo and work with the iPhone 5, 5S or 5C.
Apple has been talking about bringing iOS into the car for several months, and what it came up with is CarPlay. It mirrors the iPhone screen in a driver-friendly format, filling the center-console touch screen of participating vehicles with large buttons in an iPhone look for crucial functions such as text messaging, phone calls, maps and music.
Drivers can summon Siri for an eyes-free control experience, an intuitive feature that will surely threaten existing in-car voice-control software. Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 26, 2014 04:49 PM
With the European auto market showing signs of life after a five-year recession, and mobile-connectivity technology coming to dominate automobile design worldwide, there are hundreds of car brand executives flocking to Geneva and Barcelona this week.
At this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, increasing news about the latest in automotive technology is being made alongside myriad announcements about smartphone advances and news from the "internet of things." It's similar to how the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas each January has emerged as a crucial venue for advancements in automotive digital technology.
The Geneva Motor Show kicks off next week at a time when it appears European auto sales finally may have bottomed out. Combined with the fact that many of the advances they show won't be available for a year or a few years anyway, the Geneva show is a more important platform for car brands than it has been in some years.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 25, 2014 06:42 PM
If there's any news worth reading about out of Mobile World Congress this week, it's that BlackBerry is essentially rising from the dead.
After falling from what was once the highest point on the smartphone mountain, the Canadian mobile brand looks to be making a comeback with new products, services and partnerships. But a big part of BlackBerry's comeback strategy isn't looking to the future—it's pulling from the past.
Along with lower-priced devices aimed at emerging markets in Asia, the brand “plans to offer a retro-styled device with a keyboard” and trackpad, the Wall Street Journal reports. It may seem antiquated, but the phone also has built-in Menu, Back, Send, and End buttons—all requests of longtime customers looking for that "classic" BlackBerry feel.
"We are definitely here to compete and make up some lost ground," BlackBerry CEO John Chen said, the Journal reports. Chen continues to be excited about the challenge BlackBerry has ahead of it: “This is like the third shift, sitting there, by myself…and trying to figure out where the problem is,” he said. "It could be devastating—you could be wrong. You could be working on a problem in circles and looking at the wrong places. But it could be really cool too.”Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 25, 2014 09:23 AM
LinkedIn launches China site despite risk of censorship.
Taco Bell rolls out breakfast nationwide.
Facebook drops unpopular email service.
Avaya hopes payoff from Olympics is just beginning.
Bitcoin plunges as major exchange goes dark.
BlackBerry launches sub-$200 phone aimed at Asia that is manufactured by Foxconn.
Conde Nast's Self magazine launches frozen foods line.
Einstein Noah sees CEO resign.
Ford readies smaller Focus engine in fuel-efficiency drive.
JCPenney plans to break new marketing campaign during Oscars.
JPMorgan Chase cuts thousands more jobs.
Jack Daniel's enlists Frank Sinatra.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 24, 2014 12:52 PM
Auto brands are sure to make lots of news in the connected-car space at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, but the biggest news in the field already seems to be out: Ford is ditching Microsoft for BlackBerry's QNX in Sync, its in-car infotainment system.
According to Bloomberg, Ford is going to base the next-generation Sync system on the QNX software that BlackBerry acquired when it bought QNX Software Systems in 2010. Using QNX will be less expensive than licensing Microsoft technology and will improve the flexibility and speed of the next Sync system, the publication said.
Sure, BlackBerry, the parent company and brand, are troubled in the cutthroat mobile technology industry, but QNX remains vital in the exploding auto-mobility business. For instance, at the Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm and QNX are demonstrating a Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG that has been modified to showcase the latest features of Qualcomm's Snapdragon connectivity system.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 24, 2014 09:14 AM
Mobile World Congress gets underway in Barcelona, as Nokia unveils its first Android phone, Samsung drops Android for its new smartwatch, Mozilla promises to deliver a $25 smartphone and Sony tries to crack smartphone market.
Honda appoints first woman to its board and starts making Fit cars in Mexico.
Barnes & Noble sees conditional acquisition offer.
Apple and Samsung fail to settle US patent case.
Best Buy and JCPenney will be reporting earnings this week, hoping to show signs of turnaround.
Brahma finds unique way to merge soccer and beer in Brazil.
Budweiser launches special-edition World Cup bottle.
CNN pulls the plug on Piers Morgan primetime show.
Ford reportedly swaps Microsoft for BlackBerry in Sync.
Glanbia may be trying to acquire Muscle Milk parent CytoSport.
Jaguar Land Rover presses dealers for customer data.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 19, 2014 11:53 AM
T-Mobile once seemed like just another struggling wireless carrier, but in the last year, CEO John Legere has fully injected his bare-fisted, ready-to-rumble personality into the brand and its marketing efforts, a tactic that hasn't quite warmed the competition but has brought on new subscribers.
After skewering AT&T at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the brand's latest target is BlackBerry. As if the lowly mobile carrier didn't have it hard enough already, last week T-Mobile sent an email to some of its customers that use BlackBerry devices to try and convince them to switch to the iPhone, the Wall Street Journal reports.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 13, 2014 09:27 AM
Comcast acquires Time Warner Cable in mammoth deal as it eyes Netflix turf.
Apple says it doesn't procure blood metal and talks about launching updated TV set-top box.
Walmart sees pitchman Mike Rowe come to defense of retailer on social media.
GM recalls 600,000 older vehicles to replace ignition switches.
Avon nears bribery settlement.
Cisco sees growth hit by sagging tech demand.
Fiat taps Sean "Diddy" Combs to tout 500 line worldwide.
Ford reveals GPS privacy practices.
Intuit sees Super Bowl ad pay off.
Kind sues Clif Bar in nutrition bar packaging dust-up.
Lexus keeps crown in J.D. Power reliability survey.Continue reading...