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Slacker Radio Now Compatible with Ford SYNC

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Slacker Radio, purveyor of internet jams, is now playing nice with Ford SYNC. As of this writing, you can download version 4.1.22 via BlackBerry App World to update your device. Slacker.com should be updated soon to allow for the download there as well. Once you’ve updated, bugs from prior versions will have been squashed and you’ll be able to blast music via Slacker on your BlackBerry and control it via In-Car Command and Control by Voice Using SYNC AppLink. Check out the press release below to see the compatible vehicles.
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Ford Announces MyFord Mobile App to Monitor Electric Charge and More

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Ford has announced a new smartphone app that’s available to BlackBerry users and will likely complement the unannounced Ford Focus Electric. The app has a wide range of features but is mainly going to be used to monitor the car’s charge. Other features include the ability to find your car via GPS, remotely unlock/lock the doors, and download performance and system data about your vehicle. Features of the MyFord Mobile app include:
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Ford Sync AppLink Coming Factory-Installed to Mustang Series

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The 2012 Ford Mustang is the next vehicle in line for the SYNC AppLink system that connects your smartphone to your var via voice control. Also featured in the upcoming Mustang will be AppLink integrated with Ford’s optional Voice-Activated Navigation System.

A few weeks ago, Ford announced AppLink as a download exclusively for 2011 Ford Fiesta owners, and it looks like they’ll be rolling it out for more models as the years move on. Currently, AppLink supports popular mobile apps such as Pandora, Stitcher and OpenBeak.

Ford Announces AppLink to Give Drivers Voice Controlled Apps

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Ford has announced that AppLink, a new sync solution for smartphones, will be available as a free download beginning with 2011 Ford Fiesta owners. Ford has also announced that AppLink is compatible with all major smartphones and allows you to interact with popular apps such as Pandora, Stitcher and OpenBeak. Currently, only Ford Fiesta 2011 owners will have access to AppLink, but it will surely roll out in more vehicles soon after. To get the AppLink update added to your account, head over to syncmyride.com.

RIM Working with Ford to Integrate BlackBerry Devices and Ford Sync

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Ford Sync is a factory-installed, in-car communications and entertainment system developed by Ford and Microsoft. It is based on the Microsoft Auto platform. The technology is currently being updated with some features that directly involve Research in Motion. Ford Sync has a text message readback feature that allows customers to hear text messages without having to take their eyes off the road. In addition to this service, Ford is has integrated the latest Bluetooth Message Access Profile (MAP) into SYNC for all MyFord Touch-equipped vehicles. The MAP standard outlines a set of features and procedures used to exchange email, SMS, and MMS messages between devices. With MAP technology, even more phones will work with SYNC to read aloud incoming texts.

In addition, Research In Motion is already working with Ford to implement MAP on BlackBerry smartphones and enable SYNC audible text messaging capability across their product line, in an effort to foster industry-wide adoption.

Recently, we reported about the Ford Fiesta’s ability to read tweets in-car and this seems to be part of a wider initiative to integrate cars and BlackBerrys.

Ford Fiesta 2011 to Launch with SYNC AppLink for BlackBerry

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Ford will be launching their Fiesta 2011 line with a new in-car infotainment system called SYNC AppLink. The software will allow for hands-free voice control over BlackBerry and Android apps including Pandora, Stitcher and the Twitter app OpenBeak.

While tweeting from your car might seem dangerous, there is some potential to use Twitter in a way that would make driving safer. For example, we previously wrote about a group in Venezuela that use Twitter to warn others about potholes and traffic conditions. It would be interesting to see a driver using Twitter in their car for a similar purpose.

SYNC is coming to BlackBerry first, which is also something we’re not used to seeing. Perhaps the acquisition of QNX might have some interesting implications here.