Ford pays dealers for the pain of MyFord Touch, tomorrow's Hyundai could have a Samsung tablet dashboard, Obama loves EVs--not so much clean diesels. And we take you for a ride in the Jaguar XJ Super Sport.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) Episode 204 Show notes
BARCELONA, Spain--At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Israeli start-up Comodo Console debuted a low-cost, all-in-one infotainment system that turns any car--including a 10-year-old beater--into a cutting-edge, connected tech sled.
Comodo's aftermarket product is a one-stop shop that goes way beyond your typical dash-mounted navigation system. For a flat monthly fee the company provides all the hardware, software, and data plan necessary to install and run the console in the vehicle. The package includes a rotatable console with a 4.3-inch touch screen, dedicated USB modem, GPS antenna, Bluetooth, backup camera, external microphone, speaker, and installation kit--devices that … Read more
If you're as frustrated as I am when trying to type a message out with a game controller, Circboard might have the solution.
The fledgling company recently unveiled a demo of its new character-entry system for console controllers. The service includes a circle of characters that users can highlight with their analog stick. Once they do so, they can choose which letter to type in with the Xbox 360's or PlayStation 3's four action buttons to the right.
Currently, most implementations of character entry on consoles require users to scroll through a keyboard with the left analog … Read more
It seems like just yesterday that the only mobile gaming systems in existence were Nintendo Game Boys. Now, we have choices, perhaps too many.
Nintendo last week took the wraps off of its latest portable, the 3DS, which offers a dual-screen gaming system with a glasses-free 3D screen for a new generation of games.
Then, this week, Sony debuted its next-generation portable, code-named, well, Next Generation Portable (NGP). It packs an impressive-looking OLED display, control sticks, and multitouch surfaces into a sleek-looking package.
And for more casual gamers, the iPhone and iPod Touch (as well as the iPad) offer an inexpensive, extensible platform with a load of games. Many iOS hardware owners don't even realize they have a powerful gaming device in their pockets, but they do. And now with the iPhone hitting Verizon, the audience is expanding. … Read more
The OS X Console utility provides a very useful window into the ongoing messages and log entries that applications and system processes output as they perform various tasks. This information can be invaluable when troubleshooting problems with numerous aspects of the system, but if the Console utility is not available or is broken and not loading then you may have a difficult time reading the logs and console entries.
The Console utility is essentially a viewer for a collection of log files, which are just basic text files that can be opened in any text editor. These are located in … Read more
While we haven't really been impressed with gaming's presence at the last few CES shows, there does seem to be some evidence that 2011 might be different. Given the news that Nintendo will be making an appearance in Las Vegas, we're anxious to see if the company will be offering a more in-depth look at the next portable gaming system to hit around springtime, the 3DS.
There is also a growing buzz surrounding what's arguably 3D's best platform: video games. Expect to see more 3D HDTV manufacturers showcasing their products' prowess while hooked up to … Read more
Consumer electronics have staged a recovery this year.
Consumer electronics makers are expected to grab sales of $340.4 billion for 2010, up 6.2 percent from the $320.7 billion seen in 2009, according to data released yesterday by iSuppli. That contrasts with last year when sales dropped 4.4 percent compared with 2008.
"As shown in the early results from Black Friday, consumer confidence levels in 2010 are higher in all regions of the world than they were in 2009, and buyers are more inclined to acquire new devices or upgrade old electronics equipment," Jordan Selburn, … Read more
We recently looked at gaming service OnLive and its MicroConsole device, which streams cloud-based PC games to your TV. Today, the company is announcing a flat-rate plan, which bundles some of its games together in an all-you-can-eat package for $9.99 per month.
Available to users of both the MicroConsole and OnLive's PC/Mac client software, the flat-rate package is called the PlayPack, and a free beta version is live right now for MicroConsole owners. The full version will be available January 15 with about 40 games.
We checked out the beta version last night, and there are a … Read more
Links from Friday's episode of Loaded:
Acer unveils a dual touchscreen laptop called the Iconia
Angry Birds, the popular mobile phone game, will come to a game console near you sometime next year
The U.S. military launches its own version of YouTube called MilTube
Microsoft revamps Bing Movies
Microsoft and Southwest Airlines are bringing Santa to an airport gate near you for picture time
A new social network for readers called Copia launched this week
Facebook is close to scoring a trademark for the word "face"Programming note: There will be no episode of Loaded on … Read more
Nintendo enjoyed an exceptionally strong past week.
The game company announced today that it sold 900,000 DS units and 600,000 Wii consoles in the U.S. from November 21 to 27, according to internal estimates. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said that such success means U.S. consumers "bought about 9,000 Nintendo hardware systems non-stop for every hour of every day during the week of Black Friday."
Nintendo's announcement is an important one, considering the issues it has been experiencing over the past few months.
Last month, Nintendo reported a disappointing six-month period … Read more