Microsoft and Volkswagen team up for in-car file storage

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volkswagen and microsoft logosThe House that Gates Built has teamed up with the Volkswagen Group to develop the next generation of automotive information and entertainment delivery strategies.

A firm called e.solutions supplies Volkswagen with its infotainment software. Microsoft has signed an agreement to license its Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) technology to e.solutions, which allows the software developer to squeeze more information into smaller spaces. Also, the speed at which that data can be accessed will get a shot in the arm. Read more about this partnership in the full press release posted after the jump.

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Toyota and Microsoft hook up on next-gen telematics

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Toyota has officially announced that it’s teaming up with Microsoft. The two have formed a partnership with a goal of developing the next generation of telecommunication and information technology for automobiles.

Telematics, as readers are no doubt aware, encompasses technology that ranges from navigation systems and multimedia players to energy management. Utilizing the Windows Azure platform, Toyota and Microsoft will create a variety of systems that could begin appearing as early as 2012. The ultimate goal, however, will be to have a cloud platform from which Toyota customers can utilize telematics services around the globe. To reach that target, the companies are investing one billion yen (or nearly $12 million USD) in the joint venture.

We’re not yet sure if this will lead to a Ford Sync-like system for Toyota, but it’s certainly a good start towards creating one. Check past the jump for the full press release and more information on this partnership.

[Source: Toyota]

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Toyota and Microsoft hook up on next-gen telematics originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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DeLorean branding coming to Microsoft, Mattel and more

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Delorean with Microsoft and Mattel

DeLorean Motor Company recently teamed up with Nike, to bring us a limited-edition sneaker modeled after the iconic, gullwing DMC-12. The Nike Dunk 6.0 DeLorean was limited to just 1,000 pairs and they sold out as soon as stores flipped the sign from CLOSED to OPEN. If you’re a fan of the DMC brand but were unable to snag a pair of kicks, don’t fret, because the Texas-based automaker reportedly has big plans to expand its brands.

According to Forbes, the DeLorean team is partnering up with companies like Mattel, Microsoft and Now & Zen. This means a line of DMC-branded toys, clothing and … WinAmp skins? We’re not quite sure what DeLorean and Microsoft are working on, but if the DMC brand stays hot, then the two could produce DeLorean-themed computer mice and they’d sell like hotcakes. Wait… we’d actually buy one of those. Quick, someone call RoadMice.

[Source: Forbes | Source Image: TheSelvedgeYard]

DeLorean branding coming to Microsoft, Mattel and more originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 03 Dec 2010 13:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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