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Forget Xzibit. Pimp out your bangin’-hot Prius with the automotive industry’s first integrated and mirrored smartphone-car system from Toyota.

26 Oct

Called this one too. It’s coming. And fast. The next step for Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc. after your cpu, phone, tablet, and TV/living room?

Your ride.

If you’re looking to get your smartphone more in-sync with your car, you may want to consider a new Toyota with the Touch Life “infotainment” system. Given a compatible smartphone / app combo, it can mirror the phones display on its 7-inch touchscreen for access to navigation, music or social networking services. Nokia owners can connect their Symbian Belle devices by way of MirrorLink, developed by the Car Connectivity Consortium, in its first deployment by the automotive industry.

Apple iPhone and iPod faithful will have to install Application Launcher in order to sync up with the infotainment system. If driving distractions are a concern, steering wheel controls play nice with the tech as well — its not quite SYNC Applink, but well take it. Toyota promises features and smartphones will continue to be added, but for a current list of compatible cars, devices and apps, check the press release on the website below.

via Toyota introduces Touch Life smartphone mirroring system, your Prius and iPhone can become one — Engadget.

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The best iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android tablet, Kindle Fire stylus out there: by Griffin #teechy

10 Oct

http://www.amazon.com/Griffin-Technology-Stylus-iPhone-touchscreens/dp/B0041D0K1Q

At $10.82 with free Prime or Super-Saver shipping from Amazon, this is the best stylus for capacitive touchscreen products (a stylus that conducts the current from your body onto the tablet’s screen in order to make the tablet think that your finger is touching the screen, when your stylus actually is instead) . Thinking about using Noteshelf, PenUltimate, or any other note-taking app? Or just want to draw? Use this.

Pros:

  • CHEAP! I bought mine at $20+ when it first came out, and it’s still worth it!
  • Very soft stylus tip allows easy, smooth writing and drawing on capacitive touchscreens. Your handwriting will actually look like your handwriting. Those <$5 styluses on Amazon don’t glide as easily as Griffin’s does, leaving your handwriting looking elementary, but leaving your drawings looking normal. (Good for drawing, not writing if you buy the non-Griffin stylus)
  • Super-light. But feels like a sturdy, durable pen/pencil.
  • High-sensitivity, omni-directional point won’t scratch or smudge your touchscreen
  • Great for right- and left-handed writers
  • Use with any app for greater comfort and control

Cons:

  • I wish I had bought it at $10 instead of +$20
  • The cheap <$5 ones on Amazon aren’t nearly as good, but tend to come in bundles with other styluses, allowing easy replacement should you lose one.

Griffin Technology Stylus for iPad, iPod touch, iPhone and other touchscreens

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