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5Renault Zoe EV gets an iPad app, with Android to follow

Every now and then, there are moments when a certain reporter concludes he should've studied a bit harder during his four years of high school French. This is certainly one of them. French automaker Renault figures it can improve both sales and exposure of its Zoe electric vehicle by appealing to the hyper-connected set by releasing an app specifically for users of Apple's iPad tablet computers, with an Android app soon to follow. Renault is promising "an astonishingly life-like virtual environm

10Volkswagen develops customer magazine for iPad

Here's a shocker for our loyal readers – Volkswagen has just released a special app just for the iPad. Sarcasm aside, the German automaker has released a new consumer magazine for the tablet called the Digital Automotive Space, or DAS. The company plans to publish content on its products via the digital magazine quarterly, and it will be available in five languages. VW says the app will feature plenty of tricks that will be unavailable anywhere else, including unique 360-degree images, vid

15Skobbler first totally free turn-by-turn navigation app for iPhone

Skobbler has introduced a completely free, turn-by-turn navigation app for the iPhone, with one new and unusual detail: you help play the role of cartographer. Sort of like Linux for thoroughfares, you download the Skobbler app and then use CloudMade, a community-sourced mapping to add "hyperlocal" detail to the map, which Skrobbler then updates on its servers. The more information gets added by community mappers, the more detailed and up-to-date the instructions are available to the nav-app's u

3Burnouts on the Go: Streetfire releases iPhone app

Because you need one more app on your iPhone and then you... um, win? StreetFire introduces its StreetVid app for instant access to all the two- and four-wheeled hoonage you can stand, plus its weekly shows and caption contests. If the soon-to-come iPhone 4G really does video, it'll be even easier for you to "upload yourself doing something stupid." Not the kind of thing that will make you any more productive, but it will put more smoking rubber in your pocket, and that's why we're all really he

38Ford goes open source, gets students to develop phone apps for Sync

Before we get into the nitty and/or gritty of what Ford is up to with their pending Sync app store, we should share with you a few facts FoMoCo shared with us. In 2010 fully 28 percent of the driving population will be between the ages of 16 and 31. These folks, known as Millenials (though us altecachers still prefer "Generation Y") love their smart phones and social networks the way the Baby Boomers loved the Beatles and Generation X loved moping around and bad tribal tattoos.

27Which iPhone navigation app should you buy? This'll help

The season of hitting the roads to places you don't really want to go, so that you can give gifts you didn't really want to buy and eat food you don't really like has begun. Naturally, a lot more people on the road means a lot more folks getting lost. Fear not, you invincible iPhone-equipped holiday travelers: Appcast has ranked the created a list of navigation apps taking into account 31 different features and metrics.

16CES 2009: SYNC could one day add app development like iPhone

Ford's head of electronics told Autoblog today that the future of SYNC is already in the works, including the possibility of one day opening up the platform to the developer community.

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