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  • Blog Post: Ford unveils fledgling developer network for SYNC

    Really enjoyed the Ford’s Keynote at CES today. Too much to talk  about, really.  A couple of very quick notes: It was fun to see Ford briefly mention the American Journey 2.0 project that I (and others at Microsoft ) have been working with them and the University of Michigan on.   ...
  • Blog Post: S+S Example #1: Ford Work Solutions

    Computers and software can do lots of interesting things, and more every day. While I love websites -- I don't want to be completely constrained to them. For example, i like having things like Zune , my smartphone , Windows Live Writer , etc. as part of my life even though (actually, because) the experiences...
  • Blog Post: Filling the Boomer Gap in Automotive, post-SYNC what comes next?

    Ed Wallace has a great article in Business Week about the impact of mass demographics on the auto industry -- fun to read, and insightful. Years ago, I remember walking through Ford WHQ and seeing a distinct focus on Gen Y . Gen X isn't big enough to offset the void the boomers will leave. The auto industry...
  • Blog Post: High quality music streaming over the Internet to your car stereo

    You may have heard that Ford SYNC (based on Microsoft's Windows Automotive ) will play music from your mp3 player, or even from a USB drive, as the video here shows. Turns out you can also stream music from either a phone or a laptop via a mobile phone Internet connection and Bluetooth using the A2DP...
  • Blog Post: A Guide to the BillG Keynote at CES

    Bill Gates gave the opening keynote at CES the other day. You can see a video of it here. I didn't think the press and blog coverage that I saw this morning did a very good job exposing the ton of cool stuff he covered, so I whipped together this guide to give you a feeling for what he did cover and...
  • Blog Post: Ford SYNC - Beyond cool, it sells cars, too!

    Regular readers of this blog know that I've been excited about Ford's SYNC for quite a while now. For those that don't know, SYNC is Ford's implementation of Windows Automotive inside their vehicles to provide hands free access to media and phone. For a great, quick demonstration of SYNC reading/sending...
  • Blog Post: I'm so excited about Ford SYNC (aka Windows Automotive)!

    I can't wait to get my new Ford with SYNC! See a review here . Pricing is just $395. Learn more about SYNC here here . In one way or another, I've been involved in this domain for the last 7 years. In fact, I moved from Seattle to join Ford back in 2000 mostly because I was excited about the potential...
  • Blog Post: Toyota's Car OS vs. Ford's Sync (Microsoft Windows Automotive), Part 2

    Welcome back for Part 2! I didn't expect this to be a series when I wrote the original post , but two things happened recently that might (I hope :-) ) make a second post interesting. First, Reuters picked up a story from the Nikkei business daily headlined "Toyota plans standards for in-car software...
  • Blog Post: Toyota's Car OS vs. Ford's Sync (Microsoft Windows Automotive)

    Ok -- let me come clean right up front: the headline here is slightly misleading because Toyota's Car OS and Ford's Sync are not really directly comparable. For one thing, Toyota's Car OS does not appear to exist yet -- though it reportedly is under development. They also have a somewhat different (but...
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