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Car apps: Ford's Sync AppLink marries car to phone, but the relationship's complicated

The Ford Fiesta we test drive here isn't a fancy car, but it does have Sync AppLink, which is a way to safely use compatible smartphone apps when driving.

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CarPlay for the rest of us: Pioneer demos Apple's interface in its NEX infotainment systems

You won’t have to buy a new car to get Apple’s CarPlay interface for your iPhone. Pioneer will be one of the first aftermarket manufacturers to offer it in an installable system for older cars.

Pioneer builds Apple's CarPlay into its NEX Infotainment system

You don't need a new car to get Apple CarPlay. Pioneer's NEX infotainment systems will offer it as an upgrade in the early summer. We got an early look.

2015 Audi A3 is a mobile 4G LTE hotspot

The 2015 Audi A3 is the first car available with 4G LTE; we take it for a test drive.

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Gear We Love: A car mount and charger that fit in your pocket

When using your iPhone in the car, you need a reliable mount and way to charge your device. Check out this tiny car kit for your travels.

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Watch Apple's CarPlay in action, as Mercedes-Benz takes us for a spin

Apple's CarPlay is bobbing up everywhere, it seems, though it's not quite final yet. Watch this video of a prototype, demonstrated at the Mercedes-Benz R&D facility in Sunnyvale.

Get an early look at Apple's CarPlay in action

Learn how CarPlay will help you control music, interact with Siri, make phone calls or more, as we see a prototype in action in a 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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Automatic looks to fuel you with data for driving more efficiently

We go for a test drive with a $100 gadget that plugs into a computer socket on your car and sends data about your driving habits to your iPhone or Android device.

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Monitoring your car's fuel efficiency with Automatic

Plug this $100 gadget into a computer socket on your car, and it can send data about your driving habits to your iPhone or Android device. We take Automatic for a test drive to see if it gets us from Point A to Point B more efficiently.

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Reading List: What's that song?

Apple may bundle song-identification features into iOS 8, Steve Jobs's death was an 'opportunity' for Samsung, and more on CarPlay.

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CarPlay keeps coming: Pioneer's NEX systems will get it via upgrade

Grab your iPhone and your older car! Pioneer joins Alpine in announcing CarPlay for its installable systems, which, unlike Alpine's, are already shipping (but the upgrade is pending).

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Your old beater could get a bite of Apple CarPlay action soon, via Alpine aftermarket unit

Alpine Electronics is reportedly working with Apple to develop an installable upgrade that includes CarPlay, the iOS-based infotainment system for cars.

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Expo Notes: After securing devices with EverDock, Fuz Designs turns to cars

The accessory maker had a crowdfunded hit with its universal docking station; now it wants to make a version for your car.

Podcast: Cooking with gas!

Chris Breen and Serenity Caldwell return to discuss the news of the week including Tim Cook telling climate deniers to shove off, Apple TV hobby no more, and CarPlay and you.

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The real impact of CarPlay: It's the software, dummy

Apple's CarPlay initiative has met with a mixed reception, but Dan Moren thinks they're overlooking the most important aspect: upgradeability.

What could Apple and Tesla have in common?

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Over on Monday Note, Jean-Louis Gassée speculates that the recent Apple/Tesla meetings have more to do with battery needs and business opportunities than an acquisition.

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CarPlay: Apple's in-car iOS dashboard gets real, launching this year

The first cars with Apple infotainment systems are coming later this year.

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California court rules it's OK for drivers to check mobile maps

The appeals court went by a strict interpretation of the statute under which the driver was charged

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Report: Apple talking to Tesla

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The Cupertino company is said to be in high-level discussions with electric-car maker. About what? Acquisition? Partnership? Friendly chat?

Ford enlists MIT, Stanford to to drive automated cars

The car maker announced Wednesday that it hopes that researchers at MIT can come up with advanced algorithms to help the vehicle learn to predict where other vehicles and pedestrians could be in the future.

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Best of CES Awards: We name the hottest gear in Las Vegas

We've spent the past week in Las Vegas looking at the products unveiled at the annual Consumer Electronics Show. These 10 stand out from the crowd.

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