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Kinivo BTC455 Hands-Free Bluetooth Car Kit Review: A Tangled Mess Of A Good Idea

Not too long ago, I took a look at the Griffin iTrip AUX Bluetooth dongle. It was a solid product that delivered on its goal of allowing people to connect over Bluetooth in cars that don't have the functionality built-in. But at $49.99, it's a little on the pricey side. For that cost, you can get a Kinivo BTC455 that not only delivers the same capability, it supports two devices at once, hands-free calls, and controlling music playback. Frankly, it's more bang for buck.

That said, after trying out the Kinivo BTC455, I occasionally longed for the Griffin iTrip AUX. Let me tell you why.

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Shortcuts For Waze Makes It Easier To Search Or Navigate From Your Homescreen

Even though many of Waze's features for traffic and incident reporting have been implemented in Google Maps over the past months, the standalone app remains available for those who prefer it and have grown used to it. However, while Google Maps integrates with Google Now and has handy homescreen shortcuts, Waze still lacks an easy way to launch the app directly into a search or navigation. That's the shortcoming that Shortcuts for Waze aims to solve.

The app only integrates with the Shortcut creation menu on your homescreen (and in other apps that make use of it) and lets you pick a destination to create a direct shortcut for it.

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Google Launches Tool For Comparing Car Insurance Providers, California-Only For Now

Car insurance isn't something you buy because you want to. I mean sure, I'd buy it even if I didn't have to, but I do have to, and so does basically everyone else in the US who wants to drive a car. Regardless, comparing insurance isn't particularly easy, especially if you don't know what you're looking for.

Google is doing something to help the situation, as long as you live in California. With Google Compare for car insurance, you can stack multiple companies against one another to see how they rank.

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You can make comparisons whenever you search for car insurance or head directly to the Google Compare website.

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Waze Navigation App Starts Displaying AMBER Alerts To Help Find Missing Children

Aiming for more than getting you from point A to point B, app Waze will now do its part to help save lives. Starting today, the social navigation app will dish out AMBER alerts distributed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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Nokia Drives The HERE Navigation App Into The Play Store, Leaves It Parked In Beta

For years, Google Maps has been a compelling reason to own an Android device, but it's not the only mobile navigation service out there worth your time. Nokia's HERE service has built a name for itself, attracting users thanks to its presence on competing platforms and a number of strengths, such as the ability to store maps for offline viewing/navigation and the presence of data in countries Google essentially considers the middle of nowhere.

HERE previously came to Android as a Samsung exclusive, but when a beta APK appeared a couple months later, it was safe to sideload on other devices.

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With Driver Destination, Lyft Offers Commuters A Way To Make Money On The Way To Work

You're heading to work to make money, but what if you could earn a little extra on the way? That's what Lyft is promising with its latest initiative, Driver Destination.

The new service extends to drivers what Lyft Line offered passengers. It lets drivers offer rides to people who are heading in the same direction, and it pays them for the trip.

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Here's how Driver Destination works. First you put your destination into the app. Lyft will then send you requests from drivers who are along your path and heading in the same direction, ideally requiring minimal detours. You can earn up to $400 a month for your efforts.

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CitySpot Google Glass App Can Help You Find Parking In San Francisco, Toronto, And Ottawa

Looking for a parking spot can get frustrating regardless of where you live, but it's particularly annoying in the heart of urban areas where not just parking spots, but parking lots, are difficult to come by. The new CitySpot app for Google Glass can help with this. Without taking their eyes off the road, drivers can turn to it to find nearby parking.

CitySpot starts by pulling up your location before looking for the nearest parking lot and running it by you. The app then displays how far away the destination is and shows how much the lot costs to use.

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Motorola Assist And Contextual Services Updated With Moto G And E Support For Drive And Home Modes

Motorola's apps are exclusively available to its devices, but some of the more affordable handsets take a while to get some of the provided features. In this case, the Motorola Assist and Contextual Services apps have recently been updated to bring Driving and Home mode support for the Moto G and the Moto E. To understand what this means, we must first take a look at what both of these apps actually do.

Motorola Assist makes Moto handsets adapt to the situation they're in. It silences all but the most important calls at night, and it silences things during meetings. It can also automatically read out new text messages and play songs while driving.

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Google Maps Navigation Goes Live In Panama

The Play Store is filled with navigation apps, but only one comes pre-installed on most Android devices. Google's resource isn't without its drawbacks, but it's a pretty solid enough option to satisfy many users out of the box. Of course, the service has to be available in your country before it's usable in any sense. For Panama, the time has come for people to give the app some hands-on time and decide for themselves.

We reached out to Android Police readers to see if anyone was able to fire up the app in the Central American nation. Here are the screens we received in response.

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Google Maps Navigation Now Offered In El Salvador, Libya, Nicaragua, Paraguay, And Tunisia

One issue preventing a bunch of people from viewing Google Maps as the navigation godsend that many others see it as is its limited availability in certain parts of the globe. Well, Google is working to change that. The company has rolled out support for navigation in the countries of El Salvador, Libya, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Tunisia.

Here are screenshots of the feature enabled in Paraguay, where an Android Police reader has noticed it for the first time.

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For users who are new to navigation mode, here's our look at the latest features introduced into Google Maps, such as a very sensitive voice mode that lets speakers issue commands and ask questions.

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