In Pictures: Beyond the smartphone - Emerging platforms developers should target next

From the car to the living room, technologies and markets are quickly evolving to offer lucrative possibilities for programming pioneers

Car app development opportunity: Ford Sync

Safety may be one reason why Ford is moving slowly in opening up its Sync platform for developers, but early adopters are already exploring what can be accomplished with Sync. You can download apps for interacting with Twitter (OpenBeak) or Pandora, but you won't find thousands of choices. Most of the few on hand revolve around the radio, and they're just introducing Roximity, an app for identifying location-dependent daily deals that might have been named by Scooby-Doo.

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