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The iPhone 5.Credit: Wikipedia.

The iPhone 5.
Credit: Wikipedia.

Apple continues to sell a ton of iPhones but they fell short of some analysts’ expectations for the holiday season.

So some people are anxious to see what new features the company will offer in the next generation of its smartphone.

By now you may have heard that there may be a fingerprint scanner built into the home button. Not only could this serve to provide better security for the device itself, it could lead to other functions.

Watch the video below for the discussion.

And in the intro they also make mention of a plastic Nano version of the phone as well.

Read more about the apparently upcoming fancy fingerprint phone from The Huffington Post here.

 

Siri on the iPhone 4S.Credit: Wikipedia.

Siri on the iPhone 4S.
Credit: Wikipedia.

This is pretty cool news for Apple and Honda fans.

The latter’s 2013 vehicles will provide support for Siri Eyes Free.

Engadget reports that it will be a dealer-installed feature for the Accord, and the Acura RDX and ILX.

According to the carmaker this will enhance hands-free functionality while reducing driver distraction. Let’s hope Siri’s listening ability continues to improve.

It’s one thing for Siri to misunderstand you when you’re sitting at your desk or couch and quite another when you’re behind the wheel of a moving car.

Now if you wanted to start your car with Siri, that’s another matter. (For that, you’d probably want to look up this Viper SmartStart thing …)

Read more about Siri Eyes Free from Engadget here.

SmartStartFeaturesSmartStartGPSViper SmartStart Now Integrated With Siri Voice Control!

Viper SmartStart can now make your life even easier — you can launch the Viper SmartStart app by saying “SmartStart.”

You can define a specific command that’s executed when it launches.

With a single word you can start, lock or unlock your car. And you now have in-app controls over SMS and email notifications.

Note: you must have a iPhone 4S or iPhone 5  with the iOS6.

Come check it out at our booth at CES: 1514 North Hall!

google_mapsThe victory for Google is official.

You can now get the Google Maps app for your iPhone for free on iTunes.

According to a recent story on the update from CE Outlook:

“Apple launched its own Maps this fall, but reviewers found it riddled with wrong directions and omissions of key destinations such as bridges and airports.

The poor reception to Apple Maps, caused Apple CEO Tim Cook to offer a public apology.”

Anyone who’s tried has noticed Apple’s map software wasn’t sufficiently Apple — which has Apple making nice with Google once again.

For now at least …

SmartStartFeaturesSmartStartGPSCars incorporating smartphone technology into their infotainment systems are getting to be de rigueur.

It’s turning into a race to see who can be the fastest to turn an automobile into a phone on wheels.

GM recently announced that it would be integrating its MyLink system with Apple’s Siri.

(Gee, that sounds familiar — who was the first one to let you start your car with Siri, again? Make sure to check out that video again really fast, c’mon, you know that you want to …)

Perhaps that’s a faster way to get hands-free for automakers. Look for it in 2013 Spark and Sonic models.

What you’ll be able to do with voice commands in those vehicles should be impressive.

That is, as long as Siri cooperates …

What over connected car features and hot voice command controls can you think of for the cars of tomorrow? Feel free to sound off and let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section on this post.

Read the full story from AutoNet here.