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New Toyota Prius Finally Offers Apple CarPlay

New Toyota Prius Finally Offers Apple CarPlay

It’s taken a while for Toyota to finally come around to adding Apple CarPlay smartphone integration to its cars, but now it’s finally here. In its announcement of the new, 2020 Prius hybrid, Toyota says the model will be offered with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility on every trim level — though Android users […]

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New Supra Comes With Four Years of Free Apple CarPlay

New Supra Comes With Four Years of Free Apple CarPlay

Though it’s now all caught up, Toyota was once behind the curve when it came to providing Apple CarPlay functionality to its vehicles, so new Supra buyers may be pleased to learn the car’s iPhone compatibility feature will be free for four years. You may also be inclined to ask: “But wait a minute, don’t […]

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What is the MyBuick App?

What is the MyBuick App?

These days, you can control a lot of things from your phone. Thanks to Buick, that also includes your car. The MyBuick App is available for Buick drivers with compatible Apple or Android devices. It’s designed to make your life as a Buick owner that much easier. Here are some of the top features of […]

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Upgrade your Lexus with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa

Upgrade your Lexus with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa

Looking to upgrade your Lexus? Now, you can enjoy the convenience of Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility right from your infotainment system — just bring your vehicle to a service department at a Lexus dealership. Check Out: New Lexus inventory Compatibility Not all Lexus models are compatible with the update. Your vehicle probably qualifies […]

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Big Update Coming Soon for Apple CarPlay

Big Update Coming Soon for Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay, which allows drivers to easily integrate and access smartphone functions in their cars, is about to get a major upgrade. Apple announced earlier this month that updates for this technology will be included in the fall rollout for the company’s iOS 13 operating system. Here’s a look at some of the biggest changes […]

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Mitsubishi Named ‘Telematics OEM of the Year’ for Road Assist+ App

Mitsubishi Named ‘Telematics OEM of the Year’ for Road Assist+ App

At the most recent TU-Automotive Detroit, Mitsubishi Motors won the “Telematics OEM of the Year” award. Mitsubishi received this honor because of their impressive Road Assist+ smartphone application. Check Out More Mitsubishi Technology: Super All Wheel Control TU-Automotive Detroit is the largest automotive technology exhibition and conference in the world. Here, the impressive award of […]

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Best Mobile Racing Games to Play on Your Phone

Best Mobile Racing Games to Play on Your Phone

If you love playing video games, it’s a good idea to have one on your phone that you can play whenever you have spare time. There are a ton of junk games out there that aren’t worth the space on your phone, so if you’re going to download mobile racing games to play, make sure they’re […]

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Parents Of Teen Drivers In Texas Might Have Final Say Over Driver License Approval

Parents Of Teen Drivers In Texas Might Have Final Say Over Driver License Approval

Teen drivers first learn the rules of the road as well as the correct way (sometimes incorrect way) to drive from their parents. Now, if a new law gets approved, parents of teen drivers in Texas may have final say on whether or not their teens become officially licensed drivers. Learn More: About the 2019 […]

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7 Fun Apps to Download Before Embarking on Your Summer Road Trip

7 Fun Apps to Download Before Embarking on Your Summer Road Trip

As helpful as navigation apps are when you’re driving to new destinations, they aren’t the only ones worth downloading to your smartphone. Here are seven apps to take the stress out of planning a summer road trip, and to make the actual journey more fun. Shopper’s Dilemma Discover whether leasing or buying is right for you […]

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Lyft Introduces In-App 911 Panic Button to Enhance Safety

Lyft Introduces In-App 911 Panic Button to Enhance Safety

Recently, we addressed the negative underbelly of rideshare services. Despite their convenience, the industry could definitely add some extra levels of security to ensure that rideshare users are safer. Lyft is doing just that. It recently announced that it’s adding some new safety features to its app.  New safety features The first of these changes is […]

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History of the Car Phone

History of the Car Phone

It’s hard to think of life before cell phones. The communication options they provide, as well as entertainment and navigation, are key to our modern lives. Before phones could live in our pockets, however, inventors developed car phones to ride along with us in vehicles. The beginning – 1910 According to the team at Wired, […]

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Digital Key Lets Drivers Unlock, Start 2020 Hyundai Sonata Via Smartphone

Digital Key Lets Drivers Unlock, Start 2020 Hyundai Sonata Via Smartphone

Hyundai recently unveiled new technology that allows drivers to unlock vehicles with their smartphones. The first car to employ the automaker’s Digital Key system is the 2020 Sonata, introduced earlier this month at the New York International Auto Show. To use Digital Key, a vehicle owner first need to download it as an app on […]

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Toyota Offers Apple CarPlay & Amazon Alexa Retrofits on 2018 Camry & Sienna

Toyota Offers Apple CarPlay & Amazon Alexa Retrofits on 2018 Camry & Sienna

Toyota vehicles have a strange relationship with connectivity technologies. While the automaker was one of the latest to offer Apple CarPlay support, it was the first to offer Amazon Alexa, and now Toyota has announced both technologies will be available for retrofitting on the 2018 Camry midsize sedan and the 2018 Sienna minivan. In January, […]

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Apple Pencils Are Interfering With Certain Key Fobs

Apple Pencils Are Interfering  With Certain Key Fobs

If you own a second-generation Apple Pencil, you might have trouble with your vehicle’s key fob. According to The Drive, certain users of this version of the Apple Pencil have reported that their key fobs don’t work when they try to use it while their Apple Pencil is charging via their iPad Pro nearby. Affordable […]

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Smartdogs are Here to Smack Down Your Smartphone

Smartdogs are Here to Smack Down Your Smartphone

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and GEICO is raising awareness the way it does best — with a cute advertisement. Legendary Performance: Mazda announces return of the rotary engine Meet the Smartdogs GEICO Insurance has teamed up with The Martin Agency to create a memorable spot, in which four furry enforcers snatch smartphones right […]

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One-Third of Passengers Use Lyft to Get to Medical Appointments

One-Third of Passengers Use Lyft to Get to Medical Appointments

Many people use rideshare services for commuting and hopping around town. But some use rideshares to get to non-emergency medical appointments. According to Lyft’s annual Economic Impact Report, approximately one-third of Lyft passengers claim they’ve used the service for transportation to doctors’ appointments. Per the report, exactly 29 percent of riders claimed they use it […]

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A Few Reasons to Not Charge Your Smartphone in the Car

A Few Reasons to Not Charge Your Smartphone in the Car

New Year’s is a great time to forge better habits and get rid of some not-so-great ones. Charging your smartphone in the car might be one of the habits you might want to ditch in 2019. We get it — you’re busy and need to stay in touch with family, friends, and coworkers during the […]

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Mazda Offers Retrofits for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

Mazda Offers Retrofits for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

Despite the many good qualities of Mazda’s MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system, some consumers have a big problem with it: it doesn’t include Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™. Mazda rectified that starting with the 2018 Mazda6. However, those driving older-model-year Mazdas just had to look on with envy. Speaking of Envy: Which Mazda crossover is best […]