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Fortune ranks Apple 21st on list of Best Global Green Brands

06/24, 3:27pm

Company advances just one spot

Apple has placed 21st on Fortune's latest annual Best Global Green Brands list. The chart takes the 100 companies from Interbrand's annual Best Global Brands Report and narrows them down to 50, sorting them according to perceived environmental friendliness versus their actual efforts. The sway in one direction or the other is described as a positive or negative gap.

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Nissan reveals concept smart watch for Nismo car drivers

09/09, 6:31am

Watch monitors driver, provides car feedback notifications

Automobile manufacturer Nissan has revealed its own concept of smart watch, designed to work in tandem with its line of performance sports cars. The Nismo Concept Watch, instead of providing the usual features associated with smart watches such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Pebble, focuses on monitoring the driver as well as offering messages and details relating to the car itself.

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Intel Atom to drive Nissan's 2013 in-car media systems

04/05, 2:45pm

Intel Atom systems coming to 2013 Nissan vehicles

Nissan and Intel have forged a relationship to integrate the latter's Atom chips into some of the former's vehicles. Only higher-end vehicles will be equipped with these Atom-powered in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems starting in 2013, however, and will likely first appear in Nissan's luxury brand, Infiniti. The Infiniti LE electric car concept was just unveiled earlier on Thursday at the New York International Auto Show sporting the twin-display IVI.

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Nissan makes first self-healing iPhone case

01/18, 2:20pm

Nissan puts its self-healing paint on iPhone case

Japanese automaker Nissan has applied its self-healing paint technology to an iPhone case. The first-of-its-kind case is a tribute to the Juke crossover and was created with the help of the University of Tokyo and Advanced Softmaterials. As on Nissan's cars, any small scratches or scrapes can fix themselves over time.

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US investigating electric car batteries after Volt fire

11/11, 7:55pm

Second investigation launched into L-Ion batteries

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) is reportedly looking into the safety of lithium-ion batteries used in electric automobiles. The action identified by Bloomberg tipsters comes in the aftermath of a recent battery fire involving a Chevy Volt. The scope of investigation will most probably include plug-in vehicles from Nissan and Ford, as well as other General Motors subsidiaries.

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Nissan Leaf mobile app reaches Android, BlackBerry

08/03, 2:05pm

Leaf owners can check status of battery

In January, Nissan launched an iPhone app for its Leaf electric car owners. The company has now made versions of this app available for BlackBerry (App World) and Android-based device owners (Android Market) as well. Using it, a Leaf owner can check the state of the battery charge or start charging, get an estimated driving range, and turn the climate control system on or off.

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New Windows for cars gets Silverlight, speech-to-text

10/19, 11:35am

Windows Embedded 7 outed, gets Silverlight, more

At the SAE Convergence 2010 exhibition on Tuesday, Microsoft revealed the new Windows Embedded Automotive 7 is now available to its car and in-vehicle entertainment partners. The new software brings with it enhanced speech commands, touch input, a Bluetooth connection with phones and other devices as well as access to maps, music, navigation and third-party apps. Silverlight is now integrated, letting partners create 2D or 3D graphics on their desktops and have them quickly be deployed on the car platform.

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Nissan developing iPhone app to accompany new cars

07/28, 11:05am

Nissan iPhone car app

Nissan is developing an iPhone app to accompany a trio of electric cars, according to sister site Leftlane News. The cars are expected to be announced on August 2nd, at which point the iPhone app may be announced as well. Taking advantage of Apple's iPhone 3.0 firmware, the app should be able to monitor a car's battery level away from the display.

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NTT, Nissan, Sharp intro phone with built-in car key

09/24, 12:10pm

Cellphone with car key

Automaker Nissan, wireless network provider NTT DoCoMo and electronics maker Sharp on Wednesday announced they have developed a prototype cellphone that doubles as an intelligent ignition key for automobiles. Like the system used in Nissanís Japanese cars since 2002, the intelligent key uses two-way wireless communications capable of triggering the doors or engine but without requiring a separate device.

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