Archive for June, 2013

Mercedes-Benz to introduce intelligent talking car tech

Friday, June 28th, 2013

A German organisation whose mission it is to make driving safer is set to make a few Knight Rider fans’ dreams come true with its Car-to-X technology. Sim TD, or Safe Intelligent Mobility Testfield, represents a group of car manufacturers with factories in Germany and is on track to deliver the first intelligent talking cars by the end of this year. The kind of information the cars featuring the Car-to-X tech will give goes beyond mere directions and will provide detailed real-time info on the world around the driver and the road ahead. (more…)

Sony Introduces Xperia Z Ultra, 6.4” of Pure Phablet

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

If you thought phablets couldn’t get any bigger think again as Sony has revealed the 6.4″ Xperia Z Ultra this week. The handset raises the bar on the company’s previous phablet efforts by a whole 1.4” and takes its place as the biggest device out there in that limbo between smartphones and tablets. (more…)

Farm-style 4G – Glasto 2013 to introduce tractor hotspot

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Google might be planning on bringing the internet to the world via balloons, but the organisers of Glastonbury and EE have a different idea. This week plans have been revealed to bring 4G and free Wi-Fi to the festival via a modified tractor. Festival goers whose handsets don’t support 4G can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi signals the vehicle will be pumping out, within a 10m radius. Beyond that only those with phones that support 4G are going to be able to connect to the most rural of hotspots. (more…)

Microsoft Digs Itself out of Xbox One DRM Hole

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Xbox One sceptics infuriated by the DRM restrictions imposed upon the next-gen console can lower their level of infuriation. This week Microsoft has uncharacteristically backtracked on its plans to limit how users can share and trade their games and dropped most of its previously mentioned limitations. Gamers will be able to trade their discs as freely as they can now and will only be required to connect to the internet once, when they set their box up for the first time. (more…)

Google begins inflating loony-sounding Project Loon

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

One seventh of the world might be on Facebook but there are still two thirds of the world who are living without internet access. However Google has announced a potential solution to this problem – balloons. 3G carrying balloons. The idea might sound absurd, and a tad cute, but Google believes that it can bring the internet to remote regions and disaster-struck areas that would otherwise not be able to look at funny pictures of cats or make angry comments on tech blogs. (more…)

Apple goes flat, iOS 7 ditches Skeuomorphism

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Last week saw Apple unveil its new Mac Pro, creating much discussion (and mockery) in its wake, but the revelation from the last seven days that is going to really affect the majority of the company’s fans is the makeover that iOS has gotten. iOS 7 has been revealed and it’s as flat as a 17th century globe. While it’s a significant change for Apple it’s not quite innovation, following Windows Phone’s trend-setting simple design language and ending up looking more like Android. (more…)

New Mac Pro shows Apple can still innovate

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Is it a trashcan, is it a can of coke, is it some other form of non-Apple made shiny cylindrical object? No, it’s none of those things. It’s the new Mac Pro. And it’s round. It seems Apple has been hard at work winning back some kudos for its innovation skills as this week the Cupertino crew previewed its latest high-end hardware. Destined for controversy, and a fair bit of mockery, there’s no doubt Apple has pulled something original out of its sleeve with its latest creation. (more…)

Sony wins gamers over with restriction-free pre-owned games

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Following all the flack that Sony received over speculation that the PS4 might not support pre-owned games and that it would require an always-on internet connection the company has put minds at rest at E3 this week. It has confirmed that PS4 games will be able to be traded in as normal and that an internet connection is not essential. In doing so it has one-upped Microsoft and its Xbox One with its restrictions on pre-owned games (though not as many as there might have been) and required internet connection. (more…)

Microsoft clarifies Xbox One pre-owned policy, kind of

Monday, June 10th, 2013

One of the big question marks surrounding the Xbox One is whether users will be able to trade in their old games. Microsoft has published a blog post this week clearing a few things up, while raising a few more questions at the same time. The good news is that pre-owned games will be available for the console, the bad news is that there are a few conditions that will apply. (more…)

Google bans Glass facial recognition

Friday, June 7th, 2013

It’s not often that Google bows in to pressure about privacy concerns but it looks like those worried about Google Glass’s facial recognition feature have a reason to stop hiding their faces. After the outcry that has followed the hype surrounding Glass the company has released an official statement saying it won’t be approving any facial recognition glassware. (more…)