IFA 2013 – Ford adds Spotify, Tom Tom and others to its in-car AppLink system

Ford has one upped the ante in the way cars are integrating consumer technology by revealing a host of new apps for its AppLink system at IFA. AppLink (which essentially connects a smartphone to Ford's SYNC connected dashboard system) now…

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Ashley NorrisIFA 2013 – Ford adds Spotify, Tom Tom and others to its in-car AppLink system

Turn left at the Temple: How SatNavs work in places without street names

Interesting point from an employee of NavTeq, the satnav makers, at mobile location conference MoMoLo last night. He was explaining how navigation companies make maps and directions in countries where streets don't have names. The answer? They do just what…

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Anna LeachTurn left at the Temple: How SatNavs work in places without street names

Geneva Motor Show: Ford unveil an all-electric Focus – their first zero-emissions car

Ford have reinvented their classic Focus car this year for the Geneva Motor Fest by whipping out the internal combustion engine and replacing it with a battery. Their new Focus Electric is run completely on electricity and has no…

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Anna LeachGeneva Motor Show: Ford unveil an all-electric Focus – their first zero-emissions car

Is it a handbag..? no – it's a car! Citroen DS3 gets an Orla Kiely makeover

You may be more used to seeing those little acorn and stem designs from Orla Kiely on pencils and laptop bags, but Citroen have just gone and pasted them all over a car. A car which you, dear reader,…

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Anna LeachIs it a handbag..? no – it's a car! Citroen DS3 gets an Orla Kiely makeover

#CES: Yes, the car is now on the internet – HARMAN announcement

Your trusty family car could soon be just as wired up to the internet as your laptop or mobile as manufacturers seek to get internet connections into cars. It's a hotly tipped area in tech this year. I'm expecting…

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Anna Leach#CES: Yes, the car is now on the internet – HARMAN announcement

Pictures & Video of Mini's first scooter: E Concept is a zippy all-electric treat

Mini has made its scooter debut at the Paris Motor Show 2010. with the e-concept range. Clearly aimed at young urbanites, the new range of electric scooters even boasts space on the handlebars to accommodate a smartphone, such as…

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Anna LeachPictures & Video of Mini's first scooter: E Concept is a zippy all-electric treat

It's a Fashion Buggy! Pictures of the Lacoste Citroen concept car

Fashion brand Lacoste – known for minimalist preppy sports-inspired fashion and their alligator logo – have collaborated with Citroen to make a car. It's a real fashion buggy. What with it being a concept car, it doesn't actually exist as…

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Anna LeachIt's a Fashion Buggy! Pictures of the Lacoste Citroen concept car

Breathalyzer Gadget that disables cars goes mandatory in New York

Drivers convicted of Drinking Under the influence in New York will now be forcibly fitted with a new gadget. The Ignition Interlock is like the opposite of pimping your car: it's a car lock combined with a breathalyzer. Clamping over…

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Anna LeachBreathalyzer Gadget that disables cars goes mandatory in New York

The danger of using mobile maps abroad: why GPS is free but downloading maps isn't

While the electronic maps function on mobile phones is one of their big selling points, they can be expensive beasts to run abroad. Some testing by Garmin on an HTC phone on an O2 pay as you go contract showed…

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Anna LeachThe danger of using mobile maps abroad: why GPS is free but downloading maps isn't

Q&A on WhipCar: the site that lets you rent a car from your neighbours

Yes WhipCar is another online car rental service, but with a slight twist. This time you're not just renting a car from a company with a car pool – you're renting it from your neighbours. Yes, that's right. From John…

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Anna LeachQ&A on WhipCar: the site that lets you rent a car from your neighbours

TomTom GO I-90 now with voice-activated radio

Having cornered the market in car navigation, TomTom have made their new GO I-90 device more multi-purpose by moving into in-car entertainment or infotainment as they like to call it.

The word 'infotainment' makes me think of the dreary educational computer games my parents used to foist upon me, but, TomTom's infotainment features are altogether more useful. Including a voice-activated radio, it also links up to your mobile to allow you to use your phone hands-free.

These features are combined with the classic TomTom features: pre-installed map of Western Europe; TomTom Map Share technology – so drivers get daily map changes from the TomTom community; TomTom Safety Alerts, including safety cameras; and an Help-Me! emergency menu – local information to get help quickly.

It is compatible with most phones and also has a USB connection for MP3-players and iPods.

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Anna LeachTomTom GO I-90 now with voice-activated radio