Ford is starting to step on the gas in opening up its Sync in-car platform to application developers.

On Tuesday, it announced Sync AppLink, a software program that will allow drivers to access and control apps on their Android and BlackBerry smartphones through voice commands and vehicle controls. Pandora internet radio, Stitcher radio and Twitter client OpenBeak will be the first Sync-enabled apps, available later this year. Read more

The fascia face-off between HD and satellite radio in-car audio in the US is no longer a two-horse(power) race.

Unusual as it may sound – and these systems sound very good – Sony has released a new range of receivers for the dashboard that leverage the popularity of the iPhone and iPods and give a turbo-boost to its competitor Apple in this market. Read more

Technology is usually seen as empowering, allowing us to do more with less, whether it’s money, time or effort. But we tend to forget the restrictive side of technology. This week two great examples have emerged.

The first is a setting for Google email, which is called Mail Goggles, and stops you emailing people late at night on specific days by setting you some arithmetic questions. You can configure it for any time or day of the week, but the defaults are Friday and Saturday between 10pm and 4am, so it’s clearly aimed at social drinkers. Get one of the 5 questions wrong or fail to complete in the time allowed, and it says: “Water and bed for you.” Ouch. Read more