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Ford has been riding high on its SYNC infotainment system for years now. But now, the platform it developed in partnership with Microsoft is starting to show its age. It's a good thing that SYNC2 is ready for launch: the new, practically buttonless infotainment system that relies almost entirely on your voice.

Using a SYNC-equipped Ford (like the Focus LW MKII or new Kuga) for hands-free calls and voice-activation is well and good -- but AppLink takes it to the next level. For a while now, North Americans have been using it to control their favourite iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps, but Aussies (and Asia) are still waiting. Ford cleared that up here at Computex, expanded its Developer Program into the Asia Pacific, and previewed some of the functionality in AppLink 2.0.

Music fans, and everyone else with a smartphone in their pockets for that matter, face a big problem: We have lots of stuff on different machines, and we want it to be on other machines. Oh, and we don't want to get an engineering degree in order for that to happen.

Tired of the near-impossible hassle of figuring out how to sideload web content onto his ereader, designer Ishac Bertran conceived of a UI design -- inspired by spatially aware objects, such as Sifteo cubes -- which would allow him to easily transfer content to devices.

One of the big new features in iOS 5 is liberation from your sync cable. Now, you can sync your music, movies and apps all over Wi-Fi -- albeit a bit slower than over USB. How much slower? We put it to the test to find out whether it was still fast enough to be worth your time.

The Android Dropbox client does a little bit of everything, and everything that it does, it does very well indeed. It's an indispensable tool whether you need access to documents, photos or just want to access your video files.