As always, there was a huge focus on motor vehicle innovations at CES this year, from hydrogen fuel cells to dashboard operating systems. But here’s one thing you probably didn’t see: a 3D-printed car.
It seems that amid all the excitement surrounding the iPhone 6 launch, Apple has quietly delayed one of its most intriguing new proposals. 9to5Mac noticed on Tuesday that Apple had updated its CarPlay landing page to note that the CBS News application will be compatible with the software, but the company also removed any mention of the year 2014 from the lineup of vehicle manufacturers that have partnered with Apple.
Apple has several more tricks up its sleeve and they apparently have nothing to do with the long-fabled “iTV” that one always-wrong analyst keeps telling us is just around the corner. Per Re/code, Apple CEO Tim Cook told Charlie Rose on Friday that “there are products we’re working on that no one knows about, yes — that haven’t been rumored about yet.”
Seriously, what on Earth are you waiting for? If you’re awake and reading this right now, you know very well that Apple and its partners are now officially accepting preorders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. That’s right, the latest and greatest from Cupertino is now ripe for the picking. Hoping to snag one before they’re sold out? There’s no telling how long preorder inventory will last, but you’d better hurry if you want to guarantee that you have a new iPhone in your hand next Friday.
Photographer Alexis Coram took a trip to Alaska earlier this year and ended up capturing one of the most impressive videos of the northern lights that we’ve seen. The northern lights occur when charged particles of the sun enter Earth’s atmosphere and can usually only be seen from the higher latitudes, which is why most of us never get to see them up close and in person. However, Coram’s video is so incredible that it might be the next-best thing.
Dating someone out of frustration and desperation is never a good idea, and it’s apparently not a good idea when it comes to corporate mergers either. Reuters recently posted a mammoth report detailing HP’s (HPQ) disastrous acquisition of IT software firm Autonomy, and it doesn’t make former CEO Léo Apotheker look very good. Essentially, unnamed sources told Reuters that Apotheker was so desperate to transform HP from a hardware manufacturer into a software firm that he overlooked several warning signs when he agreed to buy Autonomy for $11.1 billion back in 2011.
Folks with the OG Galaxy Note (the world version GT-N7000 — the one with the home button) are in for a treat, as SamMobile has a leak of 4.1.2 for the big gal. Be aware that this is a testing version, and may not be up to release standards. Known issues are the lack of S-Pen features.
Nintendo’s Wii U is a capable little game console with a nifty touchscreen-equipped GamePad controller, but one thing it’s not is profitable off the bat. Traditionally, most console hardware is sold at a loss at launch because of high-cost components that provide cutting-edge graphics and processing power. To put it into perspective, it took five years for Microsoft’s (MSFT) Xbox business to become profitable and four years for Sony’s (SNE) PlayStation 3 to get out of the red. Nintendo’s modus operandi has always been to make a profit on every console it sells, so it was shocking to hear the Wii U would be sold at a loss. But Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime recently sat down with MercuryNews and set the record straight, explaining that the Wii U isn’t losing much money per unit sold.
LG’s Nexus 4 is the best Google-branded handset since the Nexus One, and if you live in the UK, Europe or anywhere else LTE coverage isn’t yet widespread, then you should buy one at your earliest convenience.
Motorola Atrix HD users enrolled in the Motorola Feedback Network are getting a message about an upcoming soak test that should commence soon. There’s no news about what version being tested, so we can’t say this is the promised Jelly Bean update, but we certainly can hope. Officially, the communication is pretty generic, and pretty standard as far as soak test invites go.
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