Apple’s New Trackpad Might Be The Solution To The Touchscreen Problem

I took the advice of a former colleague this weekend and endured the hoards at an Apple Store to check out one of the most mundane things imaginable: a trackpad. I pressed down and it clicked, as expected. But it didn’t actually “click,” it just felt that way. First thought: Neat! Second thought: I wonder if this… » 3/24/15 7:35pm Tuesday 7:35pm

Things Car Makers Would Say If They Wanted To Be More Like Apple

So, Apple just had their big event thing where they showed off their incredible ability to remove ports from laptops and make some $10,000 wrist walkie-talkies. Apple puts on a good show, and automakers probably paid attention. Which might mean we'll start hearing car companies start saying stuff like this. » 3/10/15 7:30pm 3/10/15 7:30pm

​Why You Won't Be Able To Buy An Apple Car

Apple probably isn't getting into the car business. At least not in the way we know it today. It's getting into the mobility business, where you dial up a ride on your smartphone, Uber-style, get to where you're going and move on with your life. No monthly payments, no insurance, no maintenance and repairs. That's… » 2/25/15 12:02pm 2/25/15 12:02pm

Why Is Chevrolet Sending Their Dealers To Disney?

Many of you who have gone car shopping have encountered some interesting characters on the sales-floor. But for the past four years Chevrolet has been taking advice from Mickey Mouse and Goofy in order to make your car-buying experience more pleasant. I guess it really is a small world after all. » 2/19/15 7:25pm 2/19/15 7:25pm

Apple Has Not Registered An Autonomous Car In California

There's been, to use the technical mathematical term, a crapload of speculation recently that Apple is developing a self-driving car. Almost all of this is stemming from one lousy picture of a sensor-and-camera-laden minivan. Never mind that the van is rigged for mapping, or any "facts" like that — Apple isn't… » 2/17/15 2:05pm 2/17/15 2:05pm

Please, Apple--Anyone--Fix My Shitty "Smart" Car 

The last time I was in a nice new car, the in-car display tried to take us to an incorrect address 40 miles away. It took fifteen minutes to enter a new address. It tried to make a call accidentally. The state of the "smart" car is horrendous—like, bad infomercial horrendous—and it's time for someone to fix it. » 2/15/15 11:00am 2/15/15 11:00am

Apple Really Is Working on a Car, Claims Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has hundreds of people working on a top secret project: an electric minivan. The massive undertaking, codenamed "Titan", is expected to last years, and it's entirely possible that Apple will abandon it. But if it doesn't, Steve Jobs's iCar dream will finally come true. » 2/13/15 6:42pm 2/13/15 6:42pm

​Hyundai Is Making The Infotainment System We've Been Asking For

Automakers are starting to get it. We don't want to deal with clunky interfaces and shoddy graphics. If we want to listen to our music and get directions, we want a dumb screen to connect to our smart phone. That's what Hyundai will be offering next year, and it'll be less expensive to boot.
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This Tweak Puts CarPlay On Your iPhone Without An External Screen

The CarPlay interface is undoubtedly better for using while driving than the regular 'ole screen. But unless you've got a shiny new car (or one of the expensive aftermarket dashes), chances are you don't have anything to pair your iPhone with. But this tweak gives you an idea of what CarPlay would look like running on… » 12/06/14 10:14pm 12/06/14 10:14pm

A Sneak Peek at 2015's Smartest Smart Cars

Here's the driver's dream: A vehicle that sends us where we want to go, plays the music we want to hear, and allows us to communicate (within reason) with the outside world, all with minimal distraction. It's the vision of the connected car, and it's a promise many automakers hope to deliver for 2015. » 11/25/14 12:24pm 11/25/14 12:24pm