Are you a tech geek? Breaking news: It’s 2013 and we’re all geeks these days! From smartphones to advanced safety features in your Ford vehicle, we’re living deep in a technology-based world.
The 2013 International CES in Las Vegas from January 8-11 is where Ford is showing off cool new apps for SYNC® AppLink™, which is available on the 2013 C-MAX, E-Series, Expedition, Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, F-150 and Super Duty®.
One of the coolest new apps is BeCouply, a cutting-edge, location-based app with a dating theme. You can ask it something like, “What are good date ideas nearby?” and it might respond, “Have brunch” or “Go bowling.” In turn, you ask, “Where can we go bowling?” and it will inform you of local bowling options. You can also connect with other couple friends on-the-go. BeCouply won the Ford Sync AppLink Developer Challenge at last year’s TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in San Francisco, and the developers were invited to created this AppLink-enabled beta version.
Glympse pioneered real-time location sharing. It’s the first location-sharing app for AppLink, and it allows you to share where you are directly from your vehicle by way of voice commands. You simply push the SYNC voice button and say, “Send Glympse.” It will alert others to where you are through email, a mobile number, Facebook, or Twitter.
Aha by HARMAN™ is another new service for SYNC AppLink. It gives you access to more than 30,000 audio stations. Voice commands connect you to radio stations, news, weather entertainment, audio books and Facebook and Twitter feeds. And did we mention much more? New stations are constantly added.
SYNC-enabled vehicles can use the Rhapsody on-demand music service app for listening to all the music you want. Again, voice commands are at the heart of the experience (as are steering wheel buttons), so you never have to take your eyes off the road. This is the first full automotive integration for Rhapsody.
Another exciting app is Kaliki Audio Newsstand. You will be able to get magazine and newspaper content; it curates top news stories from major newspapers and magazines and then offers an audio version for on-demand playback in the vehicle. When the app launches, you say the name of the periodical, then it will automatically start playing the list of available stories from that source.
So as you can see, it’s time for all of us to embrace our inner-techo geek, because it’s a good time to be a geek! Ford Social even has a Tech Geek badge, which you can download here. Geeks, unite!