Archives For August 2012

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Taking security to an entirely new level…

Ever dreamed of driving on the ocean floor? Well your dream of safari could actually be a reality. Making its big debut this week on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, the Volkswagen Beetle “Shark Cage” will be cruising the ocean floor — and as a viewer you can go along for the ride!

This Beetle model is quite remarkable; it is only a quarter-inch off of the diameters of the Beetle Turbo and is powered by Thrusters, making for an easy and safe travel as the drivers encounter sharks and other underwater creatures.

It would be interesting if we tracked this beetle using the Viper SmartStart GPS, I’m sure it will be traveling to the remotest of places — reaching the depths of the ocean, certainly somewhere your everyday jeep can’t reach.

What’s the coolest thing about the underwater gizmo?

The wireframe Beetle-shaped cage has thrusters, which we’d like installed on our land car right now! (The cage-car is apparently also just a quarter-inch off the dimensions of a Beetle Turbo.)

You can read more about the wiry ride here at AutoBlog.

This video’s got teeth! Check out complete footage of the wiry under-water beast below here:

The 2011 Audi S8.
Credit: Wikipedia.

Did you know that every 40 seconds a car is stolen in the U.S., according to FBI statistics? Well if you didn’t, I’m sure you’re glad you have a Viper security system now.

(And if you don’t, shame on you!!!!)

Sadly for many car owners, thieves seem to have a taste for luxury. With the top three cars on the most stolen luxury cars list being: The Chrysler 300 in third — of 31,287 made 143 were stolen in 2009 — and in second place, the BMW M5 — with two stolen out of 264 units created in 2009. Topping the list in the No. 1 spot is the Audi S8: With only 227 produced, 2 were stolen, making the theft rate 8.81 per one thousand units manufactured, according to the most recent FBI data.

I’m sure many of you are considering downsizing to that modest, mid-sized Toyota Camry, but unfortunately that won’t do you any good either. As most Viper fans no doubt know, the Camry takes the cake for the most stolen car in America.

No matter how you slice it, whether you drive the nicest car on the block, or the most reliable, you will want the assurance that no one will dare to come close.

You want to know who else made the “Luxury Car Top 10,” don’t you?

Well, rounding out the list are:

4. Nissan Infiniti M35/M45

5. General Motors Cadillac STS

6. Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

7. Chrysler Sebring Convertible

8. Chrysler Sebring

9. Audi A8

10. Volvo V70

Check out the full list with more detail and some cool photos here at CNBC.com.

Hey SmartStart fans, did you get the chance to play this cool new feature that rolled out with the Viper SmartStart 3.0 upgrade?

It’s called SmartSchedule, and the way we’re tagging it is that it’s “part weatherman, part mind reader.”

Whether it’s freezing cold or burning up outside, you’ve gotta love the convenience of having your car comfortable and ready for you — before the second that you leave for work.

That’s right, the SmartSchedule feature could be the difference between continually having your car start every morning while you are still enjoying your first cup of coffee, and making a trip outside in your slippers to get your vehicle running.

Like a personal assistant, SmartSchedule will alert you when it is a certain temperature outside and it’s nearing your time to hit the road — giving you the option to start your vehicle via your smartphone.

Users can just import all of their personal scheduling information and data into the app — and your car will now sense when the temperature hits the level at which you know you want to remote start your car.

In the app, users can find the SmartSchedule feature under “More” on the menu tab at the bottom of the main screen.

Click on “SmartSchedule” and users will be prompted to enter a time that they normally leave for work and on what days — along with a set temperature that marks the level where the user would want to remote start their vehicle.

Curious to see how SmartSchedule works?! Check out this video below that we shot for CES last year:

The iPhone 4S, the most recent generation of the iPhone.
Credit: Wikipedia.

As the iPhone 4 approaches its first birthday, Apple fans around the world are biting their nails awaiting the release of the iPhone 5.

With much speculation surrounding the release date of the newest phone, most reports project that it will be Sept. 12 of this year, right in line with several other Apple product releases.

Of course, actual confirmation of the September deadline by Apple is still pending.

Until that date, all of you Apple lovers can dream of all the new features the iPhone 5 will offer — possibly an improved Siri who just may be willing to tell you a bedtime story, or have the wry wit to play along with your jokes.

Web pics of a finished iPhone 5 were leaked, which were reportedly smuggled out of a Foxconn factory.

Apple’s third quarter numbers have taken off, a sign that the release is indeed imminent, and Bloomberg has reported that the company placed a mega-order for some $1.15 billion in parts.

Check out a full report on the impending iPhone 5 release from Examiner.com here.

Warning: Content is shiny.

You may want to put your sunglasses on before you feast your eyes on THIS reflective chrome Camaro SS. Taking on a mirror-like façade, the driver of this vehicle will no longer have to beat the heat with a reflective window cover placed in their window.

Sporting a look similar to that of a car you would see in a Transformers movie, this Camaro is wrapped in painted vinyl that gives it that aluminum look.

Clearly a new standard of being flashy has been set for Camaro owners around the world, that standard or matte finish just won’t cut it anymore!

You could just picture Dorothy’s tin man driving this car — he’d be a perfect fit.

This hot viral video on YouTube blew up, and has already netted almost half a million hits.

Check out the hot, high-definition video of the walk-around here: