Many of you are about to flock to the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show that I just returned from covering during its preopening. Here's a good, short list of important cars to see. Bring your phone and earbuds and use these videos as a walk-around guide as you look at each car. I think these will concisely put each one into perspective for you. The videos are in walking order, starting in the South Hall.The BMW i3, the company's first full-fledged electric car and the launch of the new i Series that could reinvent the brand. Jaguar's F-Type Coupe … Read more
Fortunately, aspiring Batpeople can lock down their own Batmobile to be ready the next time Gotham's chief of police puts out the Batsignal.
Microsoft will soon have its smartphone business.
The Redmond, Wash., software giant is set to win unconditional regulatory approval from the European Union, according to Reuters, which cited people familiar with the matter.
The deal is virtually done, with Nokia shareholders having already given it their okay earlier this week. Microsoft is also set to take over Nokia's headquarters in Espoo, Finland.
The $7.3 billion deal would nab Microsoft the phone (and now tablet) business of Nokia, while the networks business would remain independent. With Nokia, Microsoft will have its own in-house devices division to build Windows Phone … Read more
People who like their phones unlocked and SIM-free can now pick up an iPhone 5S in that state directly through Apple.
Available via Apple's online store, the new unlocked iPhone 5S requires a GSM-compatible SIM, which means it'll work on AT&T and T-Mobile but not on Sprint or Verizon. It also means buyers will have to pick up a SIM from their carrier of choice.
With no carrier subsidy, the phone sells at full retail -- $649 for the 16GB model, $749 for the 32GB edition, and $849 for the 64GB version. An unlocked iPhone 5S … Read more
No, LG isn't giving up on the smartphone business.
LG responded to a report by Korean publication ET News that it was shifting its resources away from the mobile business and towards televisions, dismissing it as "completely untrue."
"We are more committed than ever in making the LG brand a major player in the mobile space," an LG representative said on Friday. "And we think our products this year speak for themselves."
Furthermore, LG said the report was based on "non-credible sources and uninformed speculation."
Had LG pulled out of the … Read more
As most teenagers know, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opens in movie theaters tomorrow. Just in time for the release, Lionsgate and Reliance Games have unveiled a movie tie-in for smartphones and tablets.The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Panem Run is available now for iOS and Android.
The game, fittingly, is an endless runner in the style of Temple Run, but with lots of power-ups, some social elements, and at least a few "Hunger Games"-oriented challenges.
You start by choosing a male or female character. Seconds later, you're off and running, an angry … Read more
There's no need to pay the iron price to get HBO Go support on your Chromecast, as Google announced on Thursday that Chromecasts will begin supporting HBO Go in the next few days.
The update brings HBO's popular breadth of shows and movies to Chromecast via the Android and iOS Chromecast apps, and the HBO Go Web site, to any TV with an HDMI port. Shows such as "Eastbound and Down," "Boardwalk Empire," "Girls," and yes, "Game of Thrones," can now be watched at will using HBO Go. … Read more
Sprint is eating everyone's dust.
The nation's third-largest wireless carrier by subscriber base sank to the bottom of a survey conducted by Consumer Reports over cell phone service. Sprint scored "dismal marks" in value, voice, text messaging, and 4G reliability, according to Consumer Reports' survey released Thursday. Sprint ranked No. 2 behind Verizon Wireless a year ago.
It's the latest headache for a carrier that is going through a long and painful transformation of its network. Sprint is in the middle of upgrading its network to allow for better and faster service, but the transition … Read more