Probably to make the Chevy Volt cooler than it already is, GM’s soon-to-be-leaving-your-face VP Brent Dewar showed off a quick screen of a Blackberry Storm2 interacting with the Volt at the LA Motor Show last week. Essentially what these apps for the iPhone and Blackberry are going to let you do is for example control when your car charges, and even getting to activate OnStar when you need it. If only you could drive your Volt using your iPhone,that would be a great excuse to text and drive — but wait, the iPhone can’t multitask. Darn it.
[Via Chevy Volt]
In the world of executives slipping product names we have (at least) the codename for Sony’s Playstation Motion Controller. According to EA’s John Riccitiello, at the UBS 37th Annual Global Media Conference who spoke of Microsoft’s motion controller, Natal; in the same sentence he spoke of Sony’s motion controller — Gem. But according to Sony, “Gem” was the codename, and the actual name isn’t even in existence yet. But Gem wouldn’t be too bad, would it? Right.
The editor of MobileReview has posted a tweet which claims that Foxconn (the foxes that made the iPhone) has gotten the green light to start building it. Whether or not this is another classic iPhone rumor remains to be seen. Just to remind you, we don’t usually get rumors like these so early that sound real, do we? Would this mean that the annual iPhone refresh is coming earlier than usual?
Nahh. I’ll pass. [Twitter]
More tablet news for you my friend! DigiTimes is claiming that Asus, the pioneer of (cheap) netbooks, is getting ready to produce a (cheap) tablet. In fact DigiTimes says that it’s a “4- to 7-inch panel…which will offer a combination of tablet PC and MID functions.” That would be pretty neat, wouldn’t ? Now we just have to remember to take every tablet rumor with a pepper shaker… [DigiTimes]
For those of you with a Droid Eris and who feel left out, not to worry. Verizon has just released an OTA update for the Eris which is slowly rolling out to customers. Improvements include better MMS/SMS, better switching from 1X to 3G, and several new functions that makes the Eris easier to use. Check out the full changelog by clicking on the PDF link. [PDF Changelog]
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The classic Apple tablet wannabe might think this has to do with the iTablet, but who knows what this means? Going straight to the news, Apple is looking for a 3D game designer here with lots of 3D designing knowhow. I actually have no idea why they would need a game designer, but hey, let’s bet it’s for something interesting. Dare I say Apple is interested in getting into the gaming business? I don’t think so.
Just when you thought you were already consuming alot of data by using your iPhone, a recent study by the University of California found that Americans use an average of 34 GB of data everyday — the most being TV. Just keep in mind that the 34 GB includes everything from newspapers to video games. The grand total is 3.6 zettabytes of information consumed by American households in 2008 (or 3.6 billion trillion bytes, whichever you prefer). Now that’s alot of — uhh, data.
[Via The New York Times]
Take the Classic Nokia 6700, then wrap it in some 18 karat gold, get a cool wallpaper, and a £370 ($550 USD) pricetag and you get the Nokia 6700 Classic Gold Edition. It’s coming in Q1 2010 to take your common sense and your wallet. [Via Nokia Conversations]
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If there is one person who is not a fan of Google Books, it’s Nicholas Sarkozy, President of France. What’s going on is that since Google is interested in scanning old or out of print books and then offering them for free or at low prices (French books included) makes the program that the French government created (which is basically the same) with millions of euros nearly useless. After all, who would win an ebook contest?
And according to him, he’s as angry as a Frenchman:
“We won’t let ourselves be stripped of our heritage to the benefit of a big company, no matter how friendly, big or American it is”
He’s defienetly not the happiest Frenchman right now, is he?
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According to Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner, Apple is almost ready to give its Chinese manufacturing partners the green light needed to begin production of the Apple Tablet in February, then ship it in March. The rumored 10.1″ Multi-Touch capacitive tablet would be well stocked, and according to Reiner, it would sell 1.5 million units in the first quarter, at an average of $1000 a piece. We’ll see if this is real, in the meantime take this with a grain of salt. [Via BGR]
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