Smartphones Apps are coming to manage your vehicles too. Came across this article by Antuan Goodwin on CNET reviews blog which I found really cool and worth repeating here…
The MyFord Mobile app allows you to monitor and control the vehicle’s charging status from a compatible smartphone.
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MyFord Mobile app
When outside of the car, you can continue to monitor and interact with the Focus Electric via the MyFord Mobile app. This smartphone app (available foriPhone,Android, and BlackBerry devices at launch) allows you to view the vehicle’s current battery-charging state, percentage of capacity, and estimated range based on your own personal driving style. You can schedule charging for later, instruct the system to immediately charge, and receive notifications if the car isn’t charging when it’s supposed to be or is unplugged unexpectedly. Integration with a system called Microsoft Value Charging supplies the MyFord Mobile app with power rates for the owner’s ZIP code and allows the app to schedule the Focus Electric to charge when the rates are at their lowest. Using this system, Ford claims that the Focus Electric only costs about $2 to $3 per full charge, or about 4 cents per mile.
The Focus Electric can also be located on a MapQuest app that also displays the location of nearby charging stations. A trip-planning function allows you to input multiple destinations and know, based on the driver’s style, if the trip can be completed at the current battery level. These destinations and the locations of charging stations found on the map can be pushed to the Focus Electric for turn-by-turn navigation wirelessly via Microsoft Sync and an in-car wireless modem (powered by AT&T). The Ford includes five years of data connectivity in the price of the Focus Electric, but don’t go thinking that you’ll be streaming Pandora on Ford’s dime — the connection is a low-speed, non-3G connection that only handles telematics.
Additionally, the MyFord Mobile app allows you to remotely lock and unlock doors, start the climate control system to preheat or cool the cabin using power from the grid, and track driver-specific achievements for goals such as reaching a specific range on a charge, driving so many “oil-free” miles, or regenerating a specific amount of energy with the brakes. Those achievements can then be shared via integration with Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail. Non-smartphone users can access all of these features through a Web portal. I’m told that the MyFord Mobile app and Web site will continue to be expanded upon with new features and will eventually be tweaked to work with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) like the upcoming Ford Fusion Energi and Ford C-Max Energi.
With an interior made from recycled plastic, an app that helps maximize range, and a zero-emissions power train, the Focus Electric is green with a capital “E.”
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Ford claims that the Focus Electric is a green car even before it finishes rolling off of the assembly line thanks to an interior made completely of environmentally responsible materials and fabric manufactured using 100 percent recycled bottles and plastics. Even the vehicle charging station uses 60 percent recycled materials.
Speaking of the charging station, owners of the Focus Electric who want to have a 240-volt smart charger installed in their garage can simply plunk down $1,499 to order one through their local Best Buy retailer. In-home installation will be handled by the Geek Squad and the whole thing is modular enough that it can be easily moved to a new home in the event that the owner moves.
Production of the Focus Electric began in December 2011 and the vehicle is already being used in a few fleets around the U.S. Expect to see the Focus models showing up at your local dealer sans tailpipe sometime in the first half of 2012 if you live in the California, New York, or New Jersey markets. By the end of 2012, the Focus Electric will be available in 19 markets across the U.S. starting at $39,200 before destination charges or tax rebates.”
Amazing hope there’s an App for my truck soon too.
Thought Apple wasn’t changing its marketing strategy when Amazon released its tablet? Think again look what Todd Wasserman from Mashable has been hearing.
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A month after Apple delivered its new iPad, rumors are heating up about a new iteration of the tablet designed to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
The latest rumor to make the rounds is that Apple is planning to produce 6 million smaller iPads for sale some time in the third quarter. The report, from Chinese portal NetEase, was translated by Kotaku.
The NetEase report is based on “Taiwan media reports” and is said to be based on orders that Apple is placing to factories in the region, notably Honhai Precision (Foxconn) and Pegatron.
The report comes after The Korea Times wrote last month that Samsung was supplying Apple with “new PLS-based LCD technology for smaller iPads.” An unnamed Samsung official also told the publication that Apple was “planning to release a smaller iPad, probably with a 7.86-inch screen,” later this year. The current iPad has a 9.7-inch screen.
Despite the latest reports, though, there are reasons for skepticism. First, rumors of a smaller version of the iPad have circulated since Apple’s initial introduction of the product in early 2010 and have not come to pass. Second, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was famously skeptical of 7-inch tablets, calling such devices “tweeners” that are too big to compete with smartphones and too small to vie with the iPad. Finally, Apple would likely cannibalize sales of its pricier iPads if it released a smaller, cheaper model.
Since Windows 8-based tablets set to hit the market later this year will be more in the price range of the current iPads, the real competition for Apple on the low end will be from Amazon’s Kindle Fire. However, Apple’s first-quarter results revealed that Amazon’s entry had a minimal impact on iPad sales.”
Let the Tablet wars begin!
For its first time looks like Samsung probably has over taken Nokia in Phone Handset Sales reported Jun Yang in Seoul on Bloomberg today reprinted below…
Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), Asia’s largest electronics maker, probably overtook Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) as the top handset seller for the first time, helped by the popularity of the Galaxy smartphones, according to analyst estimates.
The South Korean company may have shipped about 92 million mobile phones, including basic types, in the first quarter, according to the median of five estimates in a Bloomberg News survey. Nokia sold 83 million units, with 12 million smartphones and 71 million low-end models, during the three-month period, the Espoo, Finland-based company said yesterday.
Samsung Probably Overtook Nokia in Phone Sales
A Samsung Nexus smartphone on display at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
A Samsung Nexus smartphone on display at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
The gap could end Nokia’s 14-year reign in the global mobile-phone market. While Samsung has been benefitting from the popularity of Galaxy phones running Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android operating system, Nokia has been losing market share as consumers choose the iPhone from Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Android devices over products using its Symbian software.
“Samsung is displacing Nokia fast,” Lee Sun Tae, a Seoul-based analyst at NH Investment & Securities Co., said by phone.“Nokia, with no competitiveness in smartphones, will keep losing ground.”
James Chung, a Seoul-based spokesman for Samsung, declined to comment on the numbers, citing company policy not to disclose handset shipment figures. Doug Dawson, a spokesman for Nokia, also declined to comment on the analysts’ estimates.
Samsung, based in Suwon, South Korea, last week reported first-quarter operating profit that exceeded estimates.
Nokia is allying with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) to adopt the U.S. company’s mobile-phone operating system, instead of joining Samsung, HTC Corp. (2498) and other companies in using Android, to recover market share.
Nokia reported an operating loss for its mobile-phone division yesterday, while forecasting earnings won’t recover this quarter as emerging market handset sales slumped and margins on smartphones shrank.
Nokia declined as much as 7.8 percent to 3.01 euros in Helsinki, the lowest intraday price since April 1997, and traded down 7.5 percent as of 12:33 p.m. local time. The stock slumped 14 percent yesterday.
“Nokia is slower than expected in responding to the smartphone market, whereas Samsung is doing better with models like the Galaxy Note,” said Kim Young Chan, a Seoul-based analyst at Shinhan Investment Corp. “The net result is Samsung edging out Nokia faster than expected.”
Samsung fell 2.9 percent to 1,273,000 won at the close of trading in Seoul. The stock has climbed 20 percent this year, outperforming the benchmark Kospi index’s 8.8 percent advance. Nokia has declined 20 percent in the period.
Kim said he had forecast Samsung’s overall handset shipments would surpass Nokia’s from the second half this year.
Samsung probably sold 44 million smartphones in the first quarter, more than tripling from a year earlier, Matt Evans, a Seoul-based analyst at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, said in an April 2 report.
Samsung, which plans to introduce a successor to the Galaxy S II by June, is still facing competition from Apple.
“The S III is going to come just before the iPhone 5 launches,” Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Gartner Inc. said.“Although Samsung seems to be doing no wrong in the Android camp, I think with the Galaxy S III it is going to struggle to get the same success as the S II had.”
Well, I’m still anxious to see that Galaxy S III when it comes out this summer!