All items tagged with "BMW"

Michael Bay Bails Plus The Best And Worst Tech Of CES 2014 On The CultCast

Michael Bay Bails Plus The Best And Worst Tech Of CES 2014 On The CultCast

This time on The CultCast: we’re live from Las Vegas and ready to report the best and worst tech from the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show! We’ll call out some of our favorite Apple accessories too, and some will surprise you. Plus, did you hear about the Michael Bay meltdown at the Samsung keynote? Well we were in the room when things got weird… let us regale you with the whole story.

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Michael Bay Bails Plus The Best And Worst Tech Of CES 2014 On The CultCast
Michael Bay Bails Plus The Best And Worst Tech Of CES 2014 On The CultCast

BMWs, Minis Get Glympse One-Touch Location-Broadcast Feature

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Glympse is a clever — and potentially lifesaving — feature that we’d love to see in more smartphone-connected cars.

It started out as a free app that can broadcast the user’s location to selected contacts, Facebook friends or Twitter followers. But it’s become a valuable tool for drivers of smartphone-connected Fords and Merecedes-Benzes, allowing them to broadcast their location without taking their hands off the steering wheel.

Now BMW and Mini have partnered with Glympse, raising the marque total to four.

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BMW Wants To Copy Apple And Put A Genius Bar In Every Dealership

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Apple’s retail operations were mocked by everyone on the planet when the first Apple Store was opened. But now that the Apple Store is the most profitable retail store in the world, everyone wants to copy what Apple’s doing.

Thanks to some inspiration from the Apple Store, BMW has decided that starting in 2014 they will require all dealers to hire young tech-savvy employees to handle questions from customers about the vehicles on the showroom floor. They’ll even be equipped with iPads and be called Geniuses.

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Stitcher Radio For iOS Gets Topic Search Feature, Performance Improvements

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Stitcher Radio for iOS has today been updated to add a nifty new “Topic Search” feature that helps listeners discover trending topics across more than 15,000 shows. The update also brings better episode management, improved Voiceover mode, performance improvements, and more.

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Hyundai’s Upcoming Vehicles Will Integrate Siri Eyes Free Technology [CES 2013]

Siri-Eyes-Free

Hyundai is set to showcase a number of new vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, and the company has announced that they’ll all include Siri Eyes Free technology. The feature allows iPhone owners to perform a whole host of tasks using the intelligent assistant — such as taking calls or creating Reminders — without taking their hands off the wheel.

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GM Announces New Chevy Lineup Will Be First To Feature ‘Eyes Free’ Siri Integration

GM Announces New Chevy Lineup Will Be First To Feature ‘Eyes Free’ Siri Integration

GM finally makes it safe to use Siri at the wheel.

General Motors has announced that its upcoming Chevrolets will be the world’s first cars to offer “Eyes Free” Siri integration, allowing drivers to use the voice control capabilities of their iPhone without taking their hands off the wheel. The feature will be integrated into GM’s MyLink infotainment system.

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BMW: Apple Made White Cars Cool

BMW: Apple Made White Cars Cool

If it weren’t for Apple, this car would probably look awful to you.

Steve Jobs never got the chance to build the car of his dreams, but he has still had a huge affect on the car industry. Why? Because he made white cool. Before Apple began making white computers and accessories, white was a color only associated with boring products like refrigerators — and nobody dreamed of owning a white car. Now it’s the most popular car color in America.

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Check Out This Cool Demo of BMW Apps and iDrive [Video]

Car manufacturers are finally developing better ways to hook your iPhone into your car.

Check out this video demo showing how BMW is integrating the iPhone into car entertainment systems.

Patched in through BMW’s iDrive system, the iPhone can can be used to play music, web radio, or send updates and messages to Facebook and Twitter.

“This suite of technologies allows smartphone features — the things people really love on their smartphone — to be integrated in a safe, easy-to-use way in your BMW,” says BMW Technology Group senior engineer Rob Passaro in the video.

“The great thing about this is, as Apple updates new features on its iPod, we get it automatically. You don’t have to go to the dealership to get these functions in your car as soon as they are available.”

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Check Out This Cool Demo of BMW Apps and iDrive [Video]