Ford: Turning your car into Wi-Fi hotspots

Today, the Dearborn, Michigan-based auto company announced that they will be releasing the second generation of its Sync in-car connectivity system which can turn the vehicle into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The first generation of the Sync is currently offered on 13 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles which supports Apple’s iPod and Microsoft’s Zune. It also allows Bluetooth-capable phones to sync with the car’s system.

The second generation of the Sync in-car connectivity system takes it a notch higher by offering internet connectivity via Wi-Fi to those who are within the vehicle. Passengers or the driver will have to insert their USB mobile broadband modem into a USB port.  Standard WPA2 security protocols will require users to enter a random password, and will have to specifically allow a device to connect. This is to ensure that unauthorized users (say, your neighbor in that supermarket parking lot) to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi.

No word yet as to the exact date of the release of the 2nd gen Sync. Ford also did not say how many models in 2010 will come with the new technology.


HD Radio now iPhone and iPod Touch

Credit: RadioShack

Some people might be complaining of the lack of radio capability of the iPhone and the iPod touch, but the competition such as the Zune HD is banking on this, having one advantage over the king of MP3 players.

However, with the iPod Touch and iPhone’s amazing flexibility with regards to third-party accessories, fans of the Apple player can now sit back and enjoy what it couldn’t do before.

The Gigaware In-Line Remote with HD Radio brings makes it possible for users of the iPhone and iPod Touch to access their favorite radio stations, allowing for crystal-clear music minus the subscription fees. The In-Line Remote can be connected via the iPhone or the iPod Touch’s dock connector and it replicates the click wheel of the iPod for easy music control.

This accessory also displays track info such as title and artist on the iPod screen and the iTunes Tagging allows users to “tag” the songs you hear on the radio so that you can easily purchase it iTunes.

The Gigaware In-Line Remote with HD Radio is available in the market for $80.

Take that HD Zune! 😉


Microsoft axes classic Zune

Credit: Microsoft

You can now say goodbye to Microsoft’s classic Zune devices as they will only be available until supplies last, creating more room for their up and coming Zune HD.

WinSuperSite’s Paul Thurott reports that the Zune folks at Microsoft have stopped manufacturing Zune 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 80GB and 120GB models. Those who want to buy (if there are still those who DO want to buy) may still be able to find some in retail stores and Microsoft’s Online Store, but once they run out, it’ll be for good.

The Zune HD will be available in the market starting September 15, with its 16GB model priced at $219 and the 32GB at $290.

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