BMW has been telling us that the iDrive interface will be upgraded soon. It's even given us a peak at the next generation of vehicles. It looks like BMW owners will be getting a double dose of new cabin tech as BMW has just announced that the BMW Assist feature will be upgraded with a search feature to be powered by search engine giant Google.
In actuality, the Bavarian automaker has also been teasing us with information about its partnership with Google since the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show, but only recently announced final details of a production implementation.
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There's really nothing worse than sending out an important e-mail with mention of an attachment then forgetting to actually attach the file that goes with it. To that end, a brilliant new Gmail labs feature is an opt-in nagger that will give you a warning pop-up if you try to send without a file and have used the word "attached" somewhere in the message.
It's not a perfect system. For example, if you say, "I've put the files in this e-mail" or "included in this message" it won't warn you. … Read more
The September 23 launch of the new Google Android phone on T-Mobile USA's network is almost here, but will the phone live up to its hype? CNET News reporter Maggie Reardon breaks it down.
Plus, IT firms got some good news and some bad news Tuesday, when Forrester Research released its revised IT spending projections for this year and next.
And watch out Brad Pitt fans, the star could be bad for your computer.Listen now: Download today's podcast
Today's stories:Google offers cutting-edge Chrome, first update Cray adopts Microsoft for supercomputer line VMware unveils Fusion 2.0, VClient initiative… Read more
Google's chief economist, Hal Varian, said Tuesday that "flawed assumptions" and "questionable methodology" undermine a SearchIgnite study that predicted a 22 percent ad price increase from Yahoo's search-ad deal with Google.
Varian took issue with several elements of the study, but led off with this one: "ad prices are not set by Yahoo or Google, but by advertisers themselves," through the search-ad keyword bidding process. Varian also said the study assumed Yahoo will show Google ads for as many searches as possible, which indeed Yahoo has said isn't its intent. Other … Read more
Updated at 12:30 p.m. on September 9, 2008 with more details about Google Maps' location accuracy.
This week, Google's mobile team let loose with an updated version of MyLocation, a feature of Google Maps that geolocates your position based on cell-tower triangulation. It fixes a minor, but distinct drawback: an overly generous target.
MyLocation, which launched about a year ago, was the first implementation of its kind we've seen for a mobile app, and it gave a taste of GPS to users whose low and midgrade phones were without it--the majority of the cell-phone-owning population. However, the best MyLocation could do was inscribe you on the map within a mile radius of your actual presence. Not bad when you compare it to the entirety of global geography, but not as precise as you'd like if you're, say, on foot in bustling New York City.
Google promises that the blue bubble mapping your location will become more precise, shrinking in size if you're amid dense population. In the way of specifics, Google's knowledge of mobile towers lets the map application nail down your location relative to your position among the cell towers. While that's nothing new, improvements to Google's cell-tower database directly informs accuracy, so the more towers its got in the system, the smaller the circle can be and the closer its center will be to where you've planted your feet.… Read more
If both of them get you free Wi-Fi, which one would you rather have? Also in the news today, Google's Street View team doesn't care for a little turnabout, the patent process gets smarter thanks to the Web, and IMDB is now delivering movies and TV. Yeah, really. Maybe we're the only ones who thought it was weird. With special guest, Leo Laporte!Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 810
IMDb now serves full-length videos http://news.cnet.com/8301-13515_3-10042280-26.html
Everyone but Apple joins new 'buy once, play anywhere' group http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080915-everyone-but-apple-joins-new-buy-once-play-anywhere-group.html… Read more
Journalists and developers at the Google Developer Day event in London Tuesday were treated to an unexpected demonstration of the upcoming Android handset.
Mike Jennings from Google, who was giving the demonstration, covered up the phone's branding with tape, but it seemed pretty obvious that it's probably the HTC Dream. Not too much is revealed about the device itself, but we did get a sneak peek at what looks to be the final version of the Android OS. Consensus seems to be that it's a lot more polished than previous demonstrations, and though we can't tell … Read more
Correction made September 17 at 9:05 a.m. PDT: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Google had not officially launched an application marketplace. Google has announced an application Web site called Android Market.
The launch of the new Google Android phone on T-Mobile USA's network is fast approaching, but will the phone live up to its hype?
T-Mobile USA is expected to announce the new phone, called the Dream, on September 23. And it is expected to start selling the device, which is made by Taiwanese manufacturer HTC, sometime in October.
I'm going to pass on whether Google is a dangerous monopoly that deserves to get hauled into court. The Justice Department will issue a final yea or nay on that question du jour by early October. In the meantime, the list of rivals leaning on the trustbusters for succor gets longer by the day.
The latest is the World Association of Newspapers (aptly named WAN), which represents 77 newspaper associations and 18,000 papers around the globe. WAN wants competition authorities in the U.S. and in Europe to block the Google-Yahoo deal. The position taken by the Paris-based … Read more