Ford Announces First Apps Compatible with AppLink for SYNC 3

Ford LogoFord was the first to bring voice control to in-vehicle apps when AppLink launched for the first generation of SYNC in 2010. The voice control, of course, makes it safer for drivers to select apps while they are driving. Now, Ford is announcing the first smartphone apps to be compatible with AppLink for SYNC 3.

The integration of voice control to in-vehicle apps has been improved with SYNC 3, delivering an experience that is faster, more responsive, and user friendly. AppLink discovers compatible apps on your smartphone and projects their information, including unique graphics and branding on the touch screen display in your vehicle. There are three apps that Ford is highlighting that are compatible with AppLink.

The first one is Spotify, which delivers over 30 million songs at the touch of a button and the sound of your voice. In Ford and Lincoln models equipped with SYNC 3, users can control the Spotify App running on their Apple or Android smartphones from the driver’s seat using voice control. Using Ford AppLink, Spotify Premium, and Free subscribers can choose their playlists synced across any device, toggle shuffle, save tracks to their music collection, and much more, all hands-free. Users also have access to playlist, album artwork, and track information in rich full color display on the SYNC 3 touch screen.

Pandora is also being highlighted. With Pandora on SYNC 3, great music discovery is effortless and personalized. Pandora’s team of over 30 music analysts examines 400 attributes in each song to find the perfect track for you and your journey. Customize your stations even further by thumbing up and thumbing down directly from the dashboard of your Ford vehicle.

The third app being highlighted is Glympse, the pioneer in time-based, temporary location sharing. Users can simply share their current location and estimated time of arrival. Using SYNC 3’s touchscreen interface, drivers can easily send, add time or expire an existing Glympse, and receive a push notification when a sent Glympse has been viewed, which keeps the driver’s eyes on the road.

The all-new SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system debuts this summer in North America on the 2016 Ford Escape and Fiesta. Pandora, Spotify, and Glympse are among the first apps to take advantage of the new capabilities of SYNC 3; additional AppLink-enabled apps will continue to roll out as SYNC 3 becomes available this summer.

GNC #1040 ISP Throttling Again?

I hope you have had a chance to review my special content I created for you while I was on travel. Four Drone videos and the Interview with race car drive and Godaddy sponsored Danica Patrick. Plus all the news of the day.

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DJI Phantom III Drone Flight 3-4

In this video I fly my DJI Phantom III drone at my family homestead. I am just learning to fly the drone and having fun doing so. I narrate the flight.

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DJI Phantom Flight – High Speed – Non Narrated

In this video I fly my DJI Phantom III drone as far our as 800 feet at 400 feet high. This video has no narration.

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DJI Phantom III Flight 5 in a Barn

In this video I fly my DJI Phantom III drone at my family homestead and fly inside a barn.. I do not recommend this for anyone on their 5th flight as I had a couple of close calls. I narrate the flight.

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DJI Phantom III Flight 6 – Old Homestead

In this video I fly my DJI Phantom III drone at my grandparents homestead. This is a short flight as I forgot to turn on the recorder on the initial portion of the flight.

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Todd Cochrane Interviews Danica Patrick

I was invited as a special guest by my sponsor GoDaddy to the Gatorade 400 held at the Michigan International Speedway. While there I was scheduled to do a 10 minute interview with Danica Patrick, sadly the heavy rains precluded a more formal stand up interview but she was gracious enough to do the interview with the two of us in a SUV next to her motor coach. The interview was recorded on my iPhone and I think it came out better than the 5 grand of video gear I had hauled to Michigan. I missed the most important question on whether she would consider doing a Podcast down the road. But I hope you enjoy the short interview and thank you to all that submitted questions.

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GNC #1039 Podcast Hall of Fame

I want to thank the Ohana for their part in me being inducted into the Podcast Hall of Fame. I am very humbled to be able to accept on behalf of the Ohana and my team at RawVoice

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Power Support Anti-Glare Film Set for iPhone 6 Plus Review

Overall, I’m pretty happy with my iPhone 6 Plus. But one problem I keep having to deal with is screen glare, especially in sunlight. The problem is compounded by my visual impairment and it makes the phone almost unusable outdoors. After doing some online research, I decided to pick up a Power Support Anti-Glare set at my local Apple Store.

Power Support anti-glare set for iPhone 6 Plus

 

Power Support anti-glare set

The set is pretty straight forward. It comes with a set of instructions along with two adhesive anti-glare films and one adhesive dust remover. For good measure, I removed my iPhone from its protective case (the instructions don’t specifically recommend doing this) and polished the screen using some Juce screen cleaner. Next, I used the included dust removal adhesive strip by applying one half of the strip at a time until the entire front of the phone was covered.

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Power Support dust remover

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VEX Robotics Ant by HEXBUG

Hexbug LogoMy children love their Hexbug Nanos and I doubt a few days go past without the distinctive buzz and rattle of the bugs banging round their habitats. It’s amazing what a fairly simple machine can get up to and the entertainment it brings. Their motion is surprisingly realistic too.

Older children and grown-ups will enjoy Hexbug’s more advanced robots, in particular the Vex Robotics Ant, a remote controlled robot with an autonomous mode. In the latter function, the Ant will use its bump sensors on the head and tail to veer away from obstacles and generally scurry about, scaring household pets.

Hexbug Ant

 

The Ant has over 60 programming variations that can be adjusted using switches on the robot so it’s quick and easy to see the changes in behaviour without having to learn any programming. Assembly is required with 150 snap together pieces but that’s half the fun!

The Hexbug range has moved into fingerboards too, with the Tony Hawk Circuit Board. That’s their pun, not mine. This set comes with a power axle and remote control to drive the board round the skate park.

Tony Hawk Circuit Board

Available from major toy retailers everywhere, the Vex Robotics Ant has an RRP of GB£49.99 and the Tony Hawk Circuit Board comes in at GB£14.99. Definitely good gifts for Fathers Day – if my wee ones are reading, I’d like an Ant please.