Sync 3 Now Supports Apple CarPlay

Ford now supports SYNC 3 with software updates to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ for model-year 2016 and 2017 vehicles.

Customers can now update by downloading the software to a USB drive, visiting a dealership or with an over-the-air Wi-Fi connection. This is Ford’s first software update via Wi-Fi. It offers a convenient and automated alternative to existing upgrade methods

Customers with model-year 2016 Ford vehicles can update to the new SYNC 3 version 2.2 to gain this support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

“Our SYNC 3 software platform was designed to be easy to update so we can get our customers the latest and greatest features, functionally and security enhancements,” said Don Butler, executive director, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services. “With over-the-air updates, we can deliver new features to customers in the background while they continue using their vehicles.”

Android Auto

Compatible with Android™ devices 5.0 and higher, Android Auto brings the Android experience into the vehicle safely and easily. It offers Google Maps, Google Play Music, phone, messaging and third-party apps projected on the car’s built-in display and available via voice controls. With a simplified interface, large touch targets, Google voice search and easy-to-use voice controls, Android Auto is designed to minimize distraction while on the road.

Android, Android Auto, Google Maps and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 and later models running iOS 7.1 or higher. Apple CarPlay gives iPhone users an intuitive way to make phone calls, use voice-guided navigation, listen to music, and send and receive messages. The convenience allows the driver to stay focused on the road. Users can control Apple CarPlay through the in-vehicle display or via Siri voice control. Apple CarPlay support requires a USB hub upgrade available through Ford dealers.

SYNC 3 currently supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on all model-year 2017 Ford cars including the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion and Mustang, SUVs including the Escape, Explorer and Expedition, F-Series trucks and Ford’s electrified vehicles.

Receiving updates over Wi-Fi

Ford has had SYNC upgrades since 2009, but this is the first time the company is offering an update via Wi-Fi. In Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles with Automatic System Updates turned on within SYNC 3, the system will periodically connect to a customer’s designated Wi-Fi network to check for updates. If an update is available, the system automatically downloads the update in the background over a period of time without any customer interaction. And SYNC 3 is designed to perform the update as long as Wi-Fi is connected prior to the vehicle turning off, therefore there is no need to keep the vehicle running for the update to take place.

Read Through Several Video Game Reviews To Pick The Best One

Are you afraid of getting your kid into the wrong influence of video games? Are you thinking of buying a new game and don’t want to waste your time and money on the wrong one? Video game reviews will help you to understand the pros and cons of them, before buying for yourself or allowing your kids to play on it.

Video games are electronic games that can produce visual feedback on screen and monitors with the help of the user interface. They are available for all types of gamers, from middle-aged parents to teenagers, to the kids in your home. The different genres of games, like shooting, educational, role play games, etc. can give a different experience to the gamers.

Video games with extra violence, sexual part or abusive languages can be a bad influence on the gamer. It is always important to select the one with appropriate contents and that is beneficial for you. If the gamer is your kid, then it is your responsibility to give them a good one.

At this point in time, there are many types of video games, both good and bad available at the market. To choose the right one, it is better to look out for the reviews and ratings they have got. First of all, you should decide on the game you want to download or buy and then search for the reviews on the internet.

There are ratings given by the Entertainment Software Rating Board for a video game, which can be less accurate at times. But for initial researches they can give you the knowledge, whether the game is good for children, or whether they have violence or abusive languages in them, etc.

Different rating codes are: E for everyone; T for teen (age 13+); M for mature (age 17+); RP for rating pending; AO for adults only (age 18+); EC for early childhood (age 3+). These letters can be found on the box of the video game and a brief description of the contents can be found at the back side.

Once you have selected the game of your favourite genre according to the rating, then it is the best time to read real-time reviews on it. As the rating may sometimes fool you a bit, these reviews from those who have already experienced the game can give you an exact idea of the video game.

These reviews help you to decide whether it is appropriate for your younger ones or whether it is the right one for you as well. Some websites may also include expert gamer reviews; commenting about the technical facts like graphics quality, lags, etc. of the game.

At times, you will also come across reviewers who give good or bad ratings for fun or for their own benefits. So it is always advisable to do your own researches and ask your gaming friends for suggestions.

Three Reasons You Should Consider An ATV

People who enjoy an active lifestyle need a vehicle that matches that lifestyle. If you spend a significant amount of your time outdoors, owning an ATV will further expand the activities you can participate in. Every year, nearly 200,000 of them are sold across the United States. They are purchased by police departments, parks, families, utility companies, fishermen, and hunters, to name a few. Here are three reasons why you should consider one of these vehicles.

1. Cover More Ground, More Quickly

Everybody likes to get places faster. If it is a choice between the freeway and back roads, people take the freeway. If there is a shortcut, it gets used. An ATV is your way of getting places outdoors quicker. With the ability to handle off-road terrain, quads allow their riders to go cover ground that cars can’t, at a pace much faster than walking. Due to their tight turning radius, they can also navigate obstacles such as boulders and trees that would normally block passage to any other motorized vehicle. This is why they remain popular with rural police departments, park rangers, and search and rescue workers.

2. Increase The Scope Of Your Activities

Along with covering rough terrain more quickly, quads also open up the wilderness for different uses. They allow campers to travel to more remote locations that otherwise might have been inaccessible. Hunters can cover larger swaths of ground and scout new areas. Fisherman can access remote lakes and rivers with the knowledge that the ATV provides a way to transport their catch home. Quads also open these types of outdoor activities up to those who may not have been able to participate in the past. People with physical disabilities can cover rough ground they wouldn’t be able to handle on foot. Outdoor enthusiasts in their later years can also benefit from their off-road prowess.

3. Fun Factor

Quads are not only useful and versatile as discussed above, but they are also fun for all ages. Manufacturers offer a wide range of vehicles that allow people of any age or skill level to operate them. Not only that, but a recent study by York University in Nova Scotia found that riding an ATV is both physically and mentally beneficial. Due to the muscle control needed to steer a quad on uneven terrain, a one to two-hour ride is equivalent to an hour of lifting weights in the gym. Researchers also noted that riders felt a great reduction in stress following rides, as well as an enhanced quality of life.

In conclusion, if you spend a lot of time outdoors or want to start doing so, you should consider purchasing an ATV. They allow riders to cover difficult terrain in a faster and more effective manner. This opens up areas of wilderness for use that were previously inaccessible. Finally, riding quads is good for you, both physically and mentally.

A Guide to Tuning Your Car

Electronic tuning of diesel engines has been known for almost a decade. Before that there are limited scopes to enhance the performance tuning. With the introduction of electronic engine management, this has changed. It was possible for tuners now to build on the excess air that the diesel ingests through the air filters to squirt more fuel that what is normally done. After this, around late 1990s, computer controlled engines were manufactured that gave tuners much greater scope to improve engine efficiency.

Why Tune your Car?

For enthusiastic drivers, it is quite attractive to extract extra performance from their vehicles. Diesel tuning aims to improve the engine efficiency and enhance normal driving conditions by around ten to fifteen per cent. With the cost of fuel going up with each passing day, there is a more need of making your car economical by boosting its performance and with improved engine torque.

Things to Remember before you Tune

There is a number of cheap tuning software available online. But, not all of them are good and your car might not be ready for a remap. Here are some of the important points to consider before you have your diesel tuned –

Before you think about tuning, always check the health of your car. Check its engine, tyres, suspension and more. In case you have any engine problems, ensure that you get it sorted before you think about tuning.

Always research about tuning so that you know exactly what you will be getting as many of these processes are irreversible.

It is best to talk to tuning companies and judge them based on their answers. Compare their offers and then check their websites for customer feedback so that you can be sure that you are picking the right one.

You should eliminate any service provider making questionable claims and also those that appear unreliable.

It is best to look for service providers that provide great after-sales service.

Also, look for providers that offer insurance as it will help you in case anything goes wrong during the tuning process.

It is important to see your tuner face to face by taking your car to them and you can ask them appropriate questions regarding the performance of your car.

Which Type of Tuning is the Best?

Diesel electronic tuning involves the modification of the electronic instructions that is sent to the different engine components. Chipping and tuning software rewrites changes the software written to the ECU using carefully developed modified programs that changes the engine management instructions. You can also opt for plug and play packages that intercept the standard ECU signals by placing a small box of electronics between the ECU and the key engine components. The effectiveness of these will vary depending on the cost and the kind of software that is being used.

Jump In! How Creating Content Is Like Swimming

I just dropped my daughter off for swim practice at 6:45am! She is starting high school and has never done competitive swimming before, but she signed up for the swim team in order to meet some people and get some great physical activity.

Honestly, I am incredibly proud of her for doing this. She is way outside her comfort zone and is learning lots of new things every day. She’s not going to win her first meet, but she is getting SO MUCH out of this experience already.

I see a lot of similarities here when it comes to creating content for your business.

Jump In

She told me that the pool is pretty cold when you first jump in. Especially at 7:00 in the morning!

I used to be the type of person who could stand at the edge of the pool (or on the first step) for a LONG time. Maybe never even getting in.

We host a lot of pool parties – in fact we have one coming up this weekend – and it’s interesting to watch different people handle it. Some will just strip down to their suit and dive right in. Others will stick their toe in the water first, or dangle their feet in. A lot of women will slide in gracefully, careful not to get their hair wet. Of course, there are always the people who hang out by the food table, drink in hand. They didn’t even bring their suit and have no intension of going in the water.

I think this is a perfect metaphor for many things in our lives. The things we want to do but find ourselves hesitating to step in.

When it comes to creating content, the hardest part is jumping in. The beginning can be new, scary and uncomfortable. A lot of people stand on the edge for a LONG time, like I used to do at the pool. They can see what they want to create, they imagine the platform they want to have, but they haven’t created a single piece of content.

It’s easy to stand on the edge for a long time and look into the water. You want to go swimming. But the hardest part is getting in the water!

I’ve learned, both with content creation and with swimming, to just count to 3 and lean in. There is a point where you can’t go back. Your weight is far enough over the water that you’re going to end up wet. Whether it’s graceful or not, well, that’s another matter. But you can’t undo it.

How can you create a point of no return when it comes to your content? Hit record. Have others watch and count down with you. (By the pool, I always have my kids count down.) Have some support to count with you and cheer you on, even if you belly flop into the water initially!

Keep Moving

The girls on the swim team have each other to motivate them. You certainly don’t want to be the only one outside the water when everyone else jumps in!

They often start out with goose bumps trying to hide their chattering while they listen to the coach. But once they get going, and do their 150 meter warm-up, the water actually feels really nice!

That’s the second part of the content creation journey. Even if your first video or article isn’t perfect, it’s important to keep going! The more you do it, the better you’ll get. Your results will improve. Your platform will grow.