Apple has today released an anticipated update to the Mac Mini, which starts at $699 and is more tailored for home theater uses than the previous generation model by including an HDMI port. Apple has redesigned the enclosure, as well as added ports that are better suited for connecting to televisions.… Read more
Update: Check out the full CNET review (with hands-on video) of the new Mac Mini described below.
Apple on Tuesday released a new Mac Mini computer with several new hardware features, including faster processors and an HDMI port.
The new Mac Mini comes in two models: one with a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and the other with a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. The older systems came with 2.26GHz and 2.53GHz processors.
The $699 standard configuration also comes with a 320GB hard and 2GB of RAM. The high-end $999 model has two … Read more
BROOKLYN--Fans of the Smart ForTwo can buff up their enviro-image with an electric drive version of the minicar coming to the U.S. this fall.
Smart USA offered test rides of the ForTwo Electric Drive this week here, where I got a chance to get behind the wheel and take it for a spin on the streets of New York.
Overall, the ForTwo fits the bill as a clever city car because its size makes it easy to maneuver through city traffic and park, provided that you don't have much stuff to haul around. The ForTwo Electric Drive smooths … Read more
LilRacerz Pro Rally is a top-down 2D racer where you'll need to win races on various terrains to unlock more cars, tracks, and upgrades. The control system consists of two touch-screen buttons on the left for turning and a gas pedal and break on the right. You also get a turbo button above the gas pedal for brief bursts of speed on straightaways. LilRacerz has two game modes including Quickrace for practicing on tracks with cars you've previously unlocked, or Cup races where you'll race against the AI and unlock cars and tracks by winning.
LilRacerz Pro … Read more
With all that oil gushing out of the hole in the Earth, we have to ask ourselves this question. And if this happens, what then? Well, flying cars and pedal powered Porsches, obviously. Even Eli, our special guest, knows that!Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360) EPISODE 186
Some have to suffer for their art.
That is what so many felt Carrie Bradshaw would be doing in the second helping of "Sex and the City" on the big screen when it was said that she would forsake her Apple laptop for a brand new HP model.
To experience her purported suffering I decided Thursday to suffer for my art too. Manacled and, perhaps, drugged, I was dragged to a showing of this new installment of four women's eternal quest to find joy that lasts more than half an hour.
Mercifully, the movie theater was half-empty. … Read more
OK, for the last few weeks we've offered some pretty niche products. However, this week we're going mainstream by giving away Flip Video's newest pocket camcorder, the SlideHD.
In case you don't know it already, this is Flip's flagship camcorder model. Flip designed it for instant-playback gratification as it includes a generous 3-inch wide-screen touch-enabled LCD that "slides" up at an angle. The SlideHD also comes with 16GB of internal memory, which allows you to capture up to 4 hours of HD video; that's double the storage capacity of previous Flip models. &… Read more
I was never a fan of the original Dolphin browser for Android, but when DolphinHD was released for Android 2.0 and above I figured I'd check it out for the feature set alone. Little did I know that within a day I'd make it the default browser on my Motorola Droid.
Much like the Skyfire browser, which boasts unique in-house Flash video playback, DolphinHD's feature set gives users significant feature enhancements over the default browser. There's tabbed browsing, link sharing via your installed social networking apps, add-ons, themes, smoother in-browser multitouch, a generally high level of customization, the ability to save your cache and history to the SD card, and one of the most logical features for a touch-screen phone browser, customizable gesture support.
There used to be one other awesome feature: YouTube video downloading. But lest you think that only Apple played hardball with its application developers, Google forced Dolphin's publishers to remove the feature for a Google and YouTube Terms of Service violation within a week of the browser's release.
For me, the gesture support is Dolphin's killer feature. It comes with several default actions, including jumping to your bookmarks, moving forward and backward in site navigation, jumping to the top or bottom of the page you're on, reloading the page you're looking at, and sharing the page you're on. You can also set gestures to load specific sites, open new tabs, or add a bookmark. In all, Dolphin comes with 20 gesture options. A few have been wedded by default to predetermined gestures, but you can overwrite them easily with motions more to your liking, or move the gesture hot corner around. … Read more
Jim O'Donnell took over as CEO of BMW (U.S.) Holding Corp. in 2008, at the beginning of the industry's worst sales slump in recent history. BMW Group was coming off 16 straight years of increases in the United States. Now it is recovering from a 20 percent sales drop in 2009.
O'Donnell says BMW Group's U.S. sales will be up about 10 percent this year, and he expects BMW to pass Lexus to become the top U.S. luxury brand by 2012.
Over the next five years, BMW will introduce smaller cars, an electric plug-in and front-wheel-drive cars in the United States. But whether O'Donnell will be around for the changes isn't clear. In December he turned 60, BMW's mandatory retirement age. He says his three-year contract, which was to end in 2010, has been extended, but he won't say for how long.
O'Donnell was interviewed at BMW North America's headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., this month by staff reporter Diana T. Kurylko.
What is your outlook for the industry and for BMW for the rest of the year?
The market will be up about 10 percent for the year, and I'd like BMW [Group] to be in line with that. If you look at the way the year started off, we are tracking a bit behind the market.
How was your April?
April was OK. The underlying trend was stronger than last year. [BMW brand was] up 10 percent, and Mini was up 5 percent. The 5 series was down 2,000 units.
What do you expect from the new 5 series that debuts this spring?
It's our most important car, profitwise. It's been highly acclaimed across the world. We can't wait until it arrives. The competition and the E class are doing very well in this market and just seizing our share. … Read more
During the last international auto show season, we saw a range of concept cars, some with wild, futuristic designs and some that look like they could roll out of a garage today. Three particular themes emerged amongst these design studies:Hybrid and electric power trains Small city cars Personal electronics integration
Obviously, automakers are making serious efforts to build more fuel efficient cars, prodded by new European and U.S. regulations. BMW and Porsche joined hybrid stalwart Toyota with new gas-electric concepts.
Automakers are also planning for growing urbanization with small cars that are easy to park and maneuver through … Read more