What started out as a satellite music network is now opening the door for telematics. Ford Motor Co. is extending its Sirius offerings to include the Sirius Travel Link navigation system. It gives drivers up-to-the-minute information on current gas prices, traffic, coast-to-coast weather conditions, sports scores and movie listings. That information is coupled with Ford's navigation system, which was developed by Xanavi.
As more functions like point of interest data and huge MP3 playlists make their way into the vehicle, Ford is also simplifying access with voice control. Its Sync system, developed with help from Microsoft, will soon be offered on nearly all Ford vehicles. It is on track to reach 1 million sales in early 2009.
Ford Motor Co. is extending its Sirius offerings to include the Sirius Travel Link navigation system.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
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