Sometimes, I catch myself looking at the BMW lineup -- so full of vehicles like the 5 Series GT and the X6 M -- rolling my eyes and scoffing at the claim of building the "Ultimate Driving Machines." It's also easy for some of our more vocal readers to look at all of the new-fangled iPod integration, dashboard apps, smartphone this and that and assume that BMW has gotten away from the point. These are easy assumptions to make until you find yourself behind the wheel of the 2013 320i sedan, the automaker's new entry point … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- The SEMA Show is always a bit of a madhouse, and the 2013 SEMA Show was no exception. There are thousands of parts to customize with for as far as the eye can see. There are suppliers for custom headlamp LEDs, premium paints, vinyl wrap, and speakers and wheels bigger than what makes practical sense.
But what we're interested in are the custom cars that are built from these parts. The show is crammed with hundreds of cars, many of which are commissioned or showcased by the automakers themselves using blends of OEM accessories and third-party … Read more
TOKYO -- We can all look forward to growing old with buckets of bolts that will watch over us, assist us, and maybe even entertain us.
That's the message at the International Robot Exhibition (iRex), a trade show here highlighting elderly care along with the latest developments in factory automation.
Marking its 20th year, iRex drew 334 companies and groups, its largest showing ever, with 100,000 visitors expected. … Read more
Another year is in the bag for Apple.
No, the iPhone, iPad, and Mac maker has not somehow found a way to make the 12-month calendar two months thinner. It's the end of its fiscal year, which wrapped up last month and has just been reported.
The company tallied up $7.5 billion in profits on $37.5 billion of sales in its fourth quarter, led once again by the iPhone.
Here's how Apple did when stacking up its results for the entire year:
$170.9 billion in revenue.
$37 billion in profits.
150.2 million iPhones sold (… Read more
Apple's iPhone once again led the company to earnings that were higher than what Wall Street expected.
On Monday, Apple reported fourth-quarter earnings of $8.26 per share on sales of $37.5 billion. Analysts, on average, forecast the company to post earnings of $7.92 per share on sales of $36.8 billion.
Apple said it sold 33.8 million iPhones, 14.1 million iPads, 4.6 million Macs, and 3.5 million iPods during the quarter. Wall Street was expecting sales of around 32 million iPhones, 15 million iPads, 4.26 million Macs, and 4.2 million … Read more
Apple reports its fourth-quarter earnings on Monday, and once again all eyes are on the iPhone.
That's not a new story for Apple's financial health, the bulk of which is fueled by the now six-year-old product line. But this quarter's special. It includes, for the first time, two new iPhones -- the 5S and 5C.
Those phones hit store shelves last month and only eight days of initial sales are included as part of this quarter. Still, with a record 9 million phones sold in the opening weekend, Wall Street's anticipating that Apple will post its … Read more
Is Microsoft confused? It is if you think hybrids are confusing.
Apple's CEO Tim Cook made a thinly disguised dig at Microsoft this week. Here's what he said (without mentioning Microsoft by name) at Apple's event this week in San Francisco.They're confused; they chased after netbooks. Now they're trying to make tablets into PCs and PCs into tablets. Who knows what they will do next...what I can tell you is that we have a very clear direction.
Invoking netbooks is a nice rhetorical trick as that conjures up crummy devices powered by bloated … Read more
The CNET Appliances team gets to test all sorts of household items with advanced functionality, but it sure is fun to imagine what smart home appliances might look like in the more distant future. That's why I like the Electrolux Design Lab competition. This annual event allows design students from all over the world to showcase household concepts that stray pretty far from the norm.
The themes change from year to year, but home appliances are always a major focal point. The 2013 theme was "Inspired Urban Living" and students were asked to offer up designs in any of the following three categories: social cooking, natural air, and effortless cleaning.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- A $399 iPad Mini? Wrong way, Apple.
- Apple releases OS X Mavericks for free.
- Mac Pro available in December, starts at $2,999.
- Apple TV plays hooky again at iPad event, all eyes turn to 2014.
For Apple's latest MacBook Pro laptops, it's all about the new Intel processors and graphics, better battery life, and OS X 10.9 Mavericks, of course.
As expected, Apple refreshed its Apple MacBook Pro models to take advantage of the new OS X 10.9 Mavericks operating system. Like the 2013 versions of both the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air released in June, the 2013 MacBook Pro models get Intel's fourth-gen Core i-series of powerful yet power-saving mobile processors.