Apple’s CarPlay Is The First Official Car Infotainment System From The Company

iOS-Car-PlayAccording to Cupertino, “Designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car.” Designed around the existing iOS 7 experience, Apple’s CarPlay will debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week, coming first to Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. To follow-up in the coming months, car makers including Nissan, Peugeot, Jaguar, Land Rover, BMW, and General Motors will join the CarPlay alliance, with support for Lightning port devices (iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C).

The physical implementation of Apple CarPlay will be a dedicated voice control button to the steering wheel of cars with the technology, with the knobs and dials within the car, as well as touch and voice interfaces to control the whole system. Supported apps at launch include Spotify, Beats Radio, iHeartRadio, and Stitcher, along with Apple’s Maps, Phone, Messaging, and Music apps.

Via: Apple CarPlay, Press release

Ellen Breaks Twitter Record: Most Retweets Ever, For An Epic Selfie

now-thats-a-selfieWith nearly a dozen stars, Ellen DeGeneres broke the Twitter record for the most retweets ever, previously held by U.S. president Barack Obama. The number? 2 million and counting, pulled off in about half an hour. The phone used for the shot? A Galaxy Note 3, provided by Samsung, who were all over the Oscars last night with their wares.

But honestly, it’s a pretty cool photo. Nicely done.

Via: Ellen DeGeneres (Twitter) 

HTC’s All New Once Gets Its Press Image Leaked, And Is On Video

htc-one-2014Unfortunately, for HTC at least, the upcoming press events scheduled for London and New York City won’t be as surprising anymore. The All New One (or the New One) or just the HTC One — whatever they’re going to call it — will incorporate two rear-facing cameras, one front-facing, a whole heap of new specs for the internals, and a microSD card slot, something that’s been amiss for more than a year on mainstream flagship smartphones.

Meanwhile, the ever-reliable @evleaks on Twitter has unearthed an AT&T-branded press image of the new One, while a lucky someone also happens to have the handset, and posted a shoddy but decently-focused and quick video analysis of the new HTC One (which is rather hard to come by and watch), while also comparing it to yesteryear’s model.

So much for surprises.

Via: @evleaks, Droid-Life

Helly Hansen Women’s Urban Parka Review

10226321x1012905_zmWhy, yes. It is still freezing cold in New York City, so I thought I wouldn’t let girls stay in the cold — so, here’s a cool sports coat. Designed by our cold friends at Helly Hansen, the Women’s urban parka is just as much technology as it is parka. Being water-resistant, windproof, and breathable as it may, it’s also fully-insulated.

Google’s “Projected Mode”: An Upcoming In-Car System Gets Leaked (Sort Of)

2014-Mercedes-Benz-CLA250-cockpitFrom time to time, you can stumble upon job listings at companies that can detail (to some, vague extent) what you might be working on. In this lucky case, it’s Mercedes-Benz, speaking of the “Projected Mode” that Google is working for in-car systems, much like their work with Audi announced more than a month ago.

The use of Projected Mode in the job listing is apparently  “seamlessly integrate” Android phones into a dashboard’s head unit, which would either be a housing for the device, or something more on the lines of futuristic technology with a simplified Android interface.

But, the most important detail of the whole listing? That Google’s Projected Mode will be available on “all Mercedes-Benz vehicles in all markets worldwide.”

That should be interesting.

ViaDaimler [German], SlashGear

Meanwhile, At Sony: Former Headquarters Up For Sale

Sony-Old-HQIt’s old in terms of news factor, but its impact is to be felt, nonetheless. I’m talking about Sony selling its former headquarters in central Tokyo, after selling its VAIO PC division and taking losses in a few other areas in the company, but still seeing worldwide success with the PlayStation 4. A little background info on the building: Sony moved to the building in 1947, after launching the company a year earlier.

The cash collected by selling off this old building? $146.5 million. Not bad.

Via: WSJ

Chrome Hands-Free Search Is Coming Very Soon To All Users

okaygoogtest2 (1)If you ever wanted to Google search like one can on the Now launcher inside of Android, then Chrome will bring you that opportunity. Instead of downloading an extension, Google is bundling the feature in the beta version of Chrome, and soon will move it to the main stable channel that most people use.

From scheduling reminders, to asking general questions, as well as searches, Hands-Free Search can be a great addition to the browser; a complete roll-out should be in the next few weeks.

Via: Google Chrome Blog

Google Plans To Make The Modular Ara Phone Cost $50

arafeaturedIn order to appeal to customers, Google, who just recently sold off Motorola to Lenovo, and kept the Project Ara Modular phone division, wants to make the simple version of the device just $50. It would basically be a “grayphone”: barebones at first, with nothing more than the frame, screen, and a WiFi radio.

Funnier yet, Google would even have them “designed to be sold at convenience stores”, so that users could easily find them. To customize and truly turn the frame into a full-fledged smartphone, Google would also design kiosks that could fit into shipping containers, which include all the parts and tools required to make modifications and additions.

As for the user interface? A built-in tool will allow you to make considerable changes. So yes, this is a completely customizeable phone, in just about every sector. Ambitious, indeed, but Time is saying that Google’s paul Eremenko wants it to be “great, not profitable”.

It will happen — there’s an Ara developers conference set this Spring, so get ready.

Via: Time