When it came time to trade in her Ford Explorer in September, Svetlana Friedman had a condition: No more basic radio. She wanted a car that could connect to her smartphone, her iPad and her digital life.
Google Inc. is overhauling its mapping service with quicker navigation, more personalized information and updated look and feel as the search provider keeps up pressure on Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc.
Google Inc.’s Google Maps topped a list of 10 most-popular smartphone applications in the U.K. with more than 7.5 million unique visitors in October, according to data compiled by researcher Comscore Inc.
In January I tested the latest, reinvigorated Range Rover sport-utility vehicle. Eleven months later I closed out the year with the Porsche 918 Spyder, the company’s $845,000 hybrid supercar. The days in between brought Ferraris and Hyundais, Jaguars and Mazdas, Aston Martins and Hondas and Bentleys. (Of those, a Jaguar and Mazda made this list.)