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The 2013 Chevrolet Spark.
Credit: Wikipedia.

Who needs CD players in cars anymore?!

Probably not the younger people likely to buy GM’s new Chevrolet Spark LT.

Connect your “source unit” — that is, your smartphone — to Chevy’s MyLink and control the system via a 7-inch touchscreen. Below the screen, there are only four buttons for power, home and volume up and down — and there are also just three knobs for the simple climate control system. There is no CD player (in fact, General Motors is apparently betting that you won’t even notice that it’s gone, because the Spark’s target audience already carries their tunes around on their smartphones).

When it’s powered down, the Spark’s dashboard is surprisingly simple. One CNET reviewer said, “Turn the key and you’ll find, as I did, that this is a case of less being more.”

Utilize Bluetooth for hands-free calling or to stream audio and of course you can use applicable phone apps. In addition, you can purchase BringGo for navigation. The future is now for in-car infotainment.

Read more about the Chevrolet Spark LT from CNET here.

California Legalizes Hands-Free Texting While Driving

Speaking of hands-free calling, this news didn’t make major headlines when it was announced a little while ago, but it represents significant legislation for consumers and automakers, as well as smartphone manufacturers.

California is following in the footsteps of Idaho and making it legal to text while driving, provided drivers use voice-operated technology for hands-free texting and email. Of course, this still doesn’t address the issue of distracted driving.

People don’t have to use their hands to text but studies have shown that distraction remains the problem.

Read more about the new bill from NBCNews.com here.

Everyone is still talking iPhone 5 but frankly we’re more excited about the new iPad Mini.

We can see car audio shops already getting ready to devise a way to integrate it into the dash. One analyst says that the Mini will have a superior design to the regular iPad with a still-healthy 7.85-inch screen — and even “feel better” in consumers’ hands.

It’s possible that the device will be available for sale sooner than we thought — think weeks, not months.

(Gasp … omg!!!!)

When the new iPad Mini product eventually launches, it could be a sales beast. On Oct. 7, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has placed more than 10 million iPad Mini orders for Q4 of this year.

“Apple did not skimp on the aesthetics of the much-anticipated iPad Mini,” Brian White, an analyst at Topeka Capital Markets, recently said in a research note obtained by All Things Digital. “In fact, we believe the iPad Mini could outshine the new iPad in terms of how the device feels in a consumer’s hands.”

For full coverage on the hype around the iPad Mini roll-out, read more from CNET below:

iPad Mini Design to Top Apple’s Earlier Tablets, Analyst Says

Check out a leaked HD video of an iPad Mini below here: