Tesla to allow iPhone to start Model S without key/fobs with v6.0 update
Tesla Motors, known for changing the automobile industry with its innovative electric cars, will update its Model S firmware in the coming months to allow owners to start and drive the Model S with only an iPhone. While it isn’t yet exactly certain how this will work, there is speculation that it will involve Touch ID and may coincide with the launch of iOS 8 next month. The above screenshot of Version 6 is said to be in late beta stages and being finalized for full rollout now.
Tesla’s iPhone app won our 2013 app of the year and the ability to start the car and drive it would continue down that same innovative road. Other systems for starting a car and driving it from a mobile phone already exist for 3rd parties like Viper and others.
Motorola’s Moto X sequel spotted
Want a good, clear look at one of the devices Motorola is expected to unveil at its September 4th event? You’ve got it. As a parting shot, retiring leaker Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) has posted press images for Motorola’s next big flagship smartphone, frequently known as the X+1. It largely confirms what previously appeared in some dimly-lit photos, including dual camera flashes, a wooden back option and Moto E-style front-facing speakers.
BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983 ‘Khan’ First Look
BlackBerry plans to release another iteration in the Porsche Design family. This time, the BlackBerry P’9983 ‘Khan’ is next in line as the second generation Porsche BlackBerry QWERTY. The P’9983 will be the first BlackBerry 10 QWERTY smartphone from Porsche Design.
The P’9983 will evidently not bring a TrackPad. However, the device will bring a keyboard, which looks like a blend between the Q10 with styled buttons found on the Passport. Though, the P’9983 will not have a capacitive touch keyboard like the Passport.
ZTE 5S mini: a mid-range smartphone you might actually want
Like Huawei, Lenovo, Mi, and many other Chinese phone makers, ZTE isn’t exactly a well-known name here in the US. Though it has been selling phones here for years, many times they are rebranded by carriers. And most of them are low-end prepaid phones that don’t engender a lot of excitement in the press or the average person looking for a new phone. But ZTE has been offering its more interesting and higher-end models unlocked through Amazon for some time, and today it’s announcing the Nubia 5S mini LTE for the US.
HP’s new smartwatch actually looks good
Fashion designer Michael Bastian is partnering with HP and retailer Gilt to sell a smartwatch this fall. Described by Gilt as a “Michael Bastian smartwatch engineered by Hewlett-Packard,” the timepiece couples a circular face with a fairly aggressive sporty design. Although its shape bears a small resemblance to the Moto 360 smartwatch, its 44mm face is far more inline with traditional watches than Motorola’s. It’ll launch with a selection of straps in brown leather, black rubber, and green nylon. The watch will be able to receive notifications for things like emails, texts, and sports updates. It’ll also offer music controls and display weather forecasts.
NVIDIA Shield tablet review: a solid slate with a gaming addiction
NVIDIA’s Shield gaming handheld was a peculiar, singular device: an expensive Android portable aimed squarely at consumers that had already purchased high-end desktop GPUs. It was novel and fun, but it wasn’t for everybody: If you weren’t a gamer, there wasn’t much point to owning a Shield. Now, that’s changing: NVIDIA’s second-generation gaming device isn’t a quirky handheld; it’s a tablet. Specifically, the Shield tablet is a $299 8-inch gaming slate powered by NVIDIA’s new Tegra K1 processor. It wants to be everything to everyone: a high-end gaming device, a superb media tablet and a performance benchmark that will drive the mobile industry forward.
Is your next phone a noPhone?
This handset is shatterproof, waterproof, and doesn’t require charging to function. It’s also completely resistant to NSA surveillance and hacking (to the best of our knowledge). Unfortunately, it is not yet equipped with Wi-Fi, nor Bluetooth, nor a screen or cellular connection for that matter. Still, as its creators note, noPhone can help you to “never again experience the unsettling feeling of flesh on flesh when closing your hand.”
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3D-printed wind turbine puts 300W of power in your backpack
For the most part, portable energy generators are intended for modest uses. They can charge your phone, but they won’t drive high-powered laptops or small appliances. That might change if Omni3D gets its crowdfunded AirEnergy 3D off the ground. The 3D-printed wind turbine should fit into a backpack, yet produce up to 300W of power — enough that you can keep a whole slew of devices running, including those that wouldn’t run at all on solar or thermoelectric systems. It will be open source, too, since part of the goal is to let those in Africa and other developing regions create their own reliable, renewable power sources.
Moto 360 smartwatch to sell for $250, Best Buy listing reveals
Just a couple of weeks away from the official launch of Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch and a Best Buy employee – probably now walking about with a red face – went and posted a full product listing for the device. The details have already been whipped off the site, but not before the folks at Droid Life duly noted each and every offered spec. For starters, the round-faced device looks set to go on sale for $250, making it a little more expensive than LG’s $229 G Watch and Samsung’s $199 Gear Live offering.
Yves Behar is the man behind Silicon Valley’s most beautiful gadgets. But can his good taste conquer the world?
Since moving to California in 1990, Behar has become one of the leading industrial designers of his generation, creating iconic objects for Jawbone, Herman Miller, General Electric, and Puma, among many others. The objects often have a socially progressive bent: light fixtures that promote energy conservation, say, or cheap but durable laptops that offer poor children improved access to education. Behar’s designs tend to be practical rather than flashy, and they have a history of predicting — or dictating — mass-market trends. His design for the Jambox, first released in 2010, launched a multibillion-dollar wireless-speaker market.