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Two freshly published Apple patents might make your next visit to the mall a bit less stressful. "Automatic Identification of Vehicle Location" and "Vehicle Location In Weak Signal Scenarios" -- which were both filed in early 2013 and became public today -- describe systems that can point you to y...

August 21st 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Finding parking in any big city can often be a big, bonafide pain in the arse. One company with an eye towards remedying the problem is MonkeyParking, an Italian-based startup that runs out of San Francisco. The premise of MonkeyParking is rather simple: Whenever a driver is about to leave a park...

June 24th 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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Anyone who's ever driven in San Francisco knows that parking in the city can be a nightmare -- garages are often expensive and street spaces are almost impossible to find, especially during peak hours. Several parking apps have cropped up to resolve that issue, a few by allowing folks to auction o...

June 23rd 2014 at 4:51pm 0 Comments
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Getting a parking ticket sucks, but paying for it shouldn't have to be. That's what the folks at Boston's Terrible Labs think anyway -- they built an app called TicketZen to take the trouble out of giving the state your money, and we took at peek at TechCrunch Disrupt NY today. Here's the gist of...

May 5th 2014 at 9:20pm 0 Comments
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BMW was keen to show off some ConnectedDrive technology at CES in its new i3, so it trucked us -- well, i640'd -- out to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a demo. We had a brief look at the BMW i Remote app installed on a Samsung Galaxy Gear, where the car's battery state, range, lock status and other...

January 9th 2014 at 6:34pm 0 Comments
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Most of us know the stress that comes with parking your wheels pretty much anywhere in the city; if you're like us, you vow to hide out in the countryside and never return after each white-knuckled experience. But those are empty words more often than not, and we foolishly come back for more. Park...

August 8th 2013 at 7:57pm 0 Comments
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Parking in Paris is a nightmare. No, it's worse -- it's bad enough to keep you awake at night, worrying that your precious machine will be scratched up or simply missing the next morning. Nokia, at least, is trying to make things a little easier with an upcoming service it's just calling Nokia Par...

September 28th 2012 at 8:21pm 0 Comments
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Let's face it, whether you're down at the laundromat or feeding the meter on a busy street, you can never find enough quarters when you need'em. Know what effectively sidesteps that lack of foresight? NFC, that's what. And that tap-to-pay convenience is ready to roll out for folks in Oakland, CA c...

May 19th 2012 at 1:21am 0 Comments