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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 …

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Think those reminders to teens about not texting and driving are working?

Well, probably not.

Asia’s largest automaker (Toyota) and the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute found in a new study that teens are 26 times more likely to send texts while driving than their parents expect.

A whopping 69 percent of teens regularly drive with their peers and no adults. About 54 percent said they use a handheld mobile phone while driving.

All this tends to point to more unsafe behavior behind the wheel.

On the flip side of this story though is the anecdote about a teen who drove his Mustang off a cliff and survived, thanks to his iPhone. He wasn’t talking or texting but after the accident occurred, his father was able to locate him by tracking down his phone through AT&T.

The car was totaled and he had to have brain surgery but apparently he will be all right.

Check out the Automotive News story on the teen texting report on here and see the Mustang and the surviving teen story from Jalopnik here.

Pandora and others like it look like they’ll be toast once Apple launches its music streaming service — which will be a part of iTunes.

The proverbial 800-pound tech gorilla is in negotiations with record labels to make this happen. They are betting on the fact that with consumers being plugged in all the time, they will start to move away from owning music files to simply playing them off the Web.

Similar to the streaming stations you already love like iheartradio, Pandora, and Spotify, Apple would provide an experience where users can listen to music based on artist, favorite song, genre, or other information. Apple hopes to bend the rules when it comes to the regulations its competitors must abide by.

What does this mean for you? You can listen to more songs by your favorite artists in an hour than with any other streaming site.

Already excited for this potential service? Well, you better hope you are equipped with an Apple product — the service is said to be focused on the mobile platform — which includes the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. This means all you Android users and Microsoft lovers will be left in the dust.

While most of this is still rumor, hopefully we will see the release of this service when the next generation iPod is released.

For more details check out full coverage from Gottabemobile.com here:

Apple Readying iTunes Music Streaming Service to Challenge Pandora

The iPhone 4S.
Credit: Wikipedia.

The future of mobile technology could very well end up being contained in your car. The only problem is, are you not shopping for a new car anytime soon? Do you still want some of that same mobile technology in your current car?

Well, if you’re in that particular situation you may be especially excited about this new innovation!

Intraphex, formerly Directus, is launching a car kit that will allow you to mirror your iPhone apps on a vehicle’s video screen. The company has developed proprietary technology separate from that in MirrorLink for its S.I.D. (Smartphone Integration Device). Kids can just plug in their iPhones and play the games from their phone on the screen in the back of the car!

“Mom can send videos to the back seat and you are not limited to specific apps. For every app, you see the same interface on the scree,” Intraphex CTO Don Zaeny told CE Outlook.

Sounds cool, huh!

It should retail for $499 and will include the interface, wiring harness and HDMI cable. It will not, however, allow you to control the apps via your car’s touchscreen.

So if you’re not looking to purchase a brand new car for the mobile technology — you may want to consider one of these car device Mirrors!

Click below to read more about the app mirror from CE Outlook:

Car Device Mirrors All Apps