OnStar has announced today that it has teamed with Google to develop new features to be used in Chevy Volt mobile app.
The app will get its first public showcase at the upcoming Google I/O conference tomorrow in California, where OnStar will show off the Android-leveraged application.
Adds OnStar pres Chis Preuss: “While OnStar will never lose sight of our core focus on safety and security, this relationship is an example of how we’re evolving our leadership position in connected vehicle technology. What we’re talking about today is only the beginning.”
The current Chevy Volt app will get a new “navigation” tab, which will pinpoint the car’s location via Google Maps. Then, just like on Android smartphones, users can voice search for destinations and have OnStar turn on turn-by-turn directions.
Additionally, the app will have the following features:
* Charge status display – plugged in or not and voltage (120V or 240V)
* Flexibility to “Charge Now” or schedule charge timing
* Display percentage of battery charge level, electric and total ranges
* Ability to manually set grid-friendly charge mode for off-peak times when electricity rates are lowest
* Send text or email notifications for charge reminders, interruptions and full charge
* Display miles per gallon, electric only miles, and odometer readings
* Shows miles per gallon, EV miles and miles driven for last trip and lifetime
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Circuit City Stores, Inc. announced on Monday that it had received approval for its first day motions from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond. The motions filed on the 10th by Circuit City as part of voluntary filing for reorganization relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Circuit City received court approval for a $1.1 billion debtor-in-possession (”DIP”) revolving credit facility to supplement its working capital and provide additional liquidity while it works to reorganize the business.
This financing is being provided by the lenders of Circuit City’s current asset-based credit facility and enables the company to pay vendors and other business partners in the ordinary course for goods and services received after the filing. Circuit City received authority to continue to make wage and salary payments and continue various benefits for
associates as well as honor customer programs, such as returns, exchanges and gift cards, and other pre-petition customer obligations.
“We are pleased to have obtained court approval for our first day motions, a critical first step in Circuit City’s reorganization process,” said James A. Marcum, vice chairman and acting president and chief executive officer of Circuit City Stores, Inc. “These approvals will help position us for a more successful holiday selling season and allow us to operate our business and serve our valued guests without interruption as we work to emerge from Chapter 11 as quickly as possible.”
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AT&T has denied any rumor that it resets packets to interfere with network connections of P2P users, in effect denying any “throttling” of network traffic, like Comcast was accused of doing a few months ago.
AT&Ts statement comes as a response to a report released this week by Vuze, the HD BitTorrent-based client. The client has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make new regulations prohibiting ISPs from throttling P2P traffic. The report also posted “the median reset rates experienced by more than 1,200 “autonomous system numbers,” which are unique identifiers for individual IP networks and routers, as monitored using a plug-in Vuze began offering last month.” Using the plug-in, Comcast users had the most frequent interruptions with BellSouth (part of AT&T) coming in second.
AT&T has denied those finding however calling the measurements “misleading.” Here is a good portion of the response letter.
“In response to your specific question about AT&T’s network management practices, AT&T does not use “false reset messages” to manage its network. We agree with Vuze that the use of the Vuze Plug-In to measure network traffic has numerous limitations and deficiencies, and does not demonstrate whether any particular network providers or their customers are using TCP Reset messages for network management purposes. Given that Vuze itself has recognized these problems with the measurements generated by its Plug-In, we believe that Vuze should not have published these misleading measurements, nor filed them with the FCC. Moreover, as Vuze and others have acknowledged, TCP resets are generated for many reasons wholly unrelated to the network management practices of broadband network providers, which explains why resets may appear on networks of companies such as AT&T who do not use TCP resets for network management.