Hello again, dear readers. It's been a little while, what with the holidays, then CES and, most recently, the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The media days there have wrapped up, and, despite some frigid temperatures and intermittent snow showers in Detroit that left many attendees pining for fairer climates, it was a show not to be missed.
The belle of the ball was undoubtedly the. It's the re-reinvention of the '60s racing icon, the GT40. The 2005 edition of the GT turned heads -- but ultimately left behind a legacy of technical glitches and dealer markups. The new GT starts off on far better footing, with a luscious, modern design and better attention to details. At least, that's what Ford Design VP about the car. But then he would, wouldn't he?
Honda/Acura finally took the wraps off the production, after years of teasing and promising. The car's looks are a bit understated, especially next to the ridiculous GT, but its technology does seem to be greater. It has a trio of electric motors mixing with a gas-powered heart to provide what should be an incredibly capable driving experience. With its all-wheel drive, though, I can't help wonder whether it'll feel as alive as its predecessor or it will be more of a super-GT-R on the track.
And then there were theand twins, a pair of alternately powered cars from Chevy. The new Volt ups the electric-only range to 50 miles and sports a much nicer exterior than its predecessor. The Bolt, meanwhile, is a concept for a battery-powered EV with 200 miles of range and an MSRP of just $30,000. No formal plans for production just yet, but GM could just beat Tesla's Model 3 to the punch with this one. In theory.
Head over to our Detroit page for the full rundown from the show.
Google reorganizes Glass unit, stops selling Explorer Edition
I confess that I bought the hype and the excitement and really thought that by now, in 2015, there'd be some sort of consumer version of Google Glass that would have sold at least 100,000 units or so. Instead the company never moved past the developer-only "Explorer Edition" of the headset, priced way too high for consumers and, frankly, too clunky and cumbersome for the masses even if it were affordable. Now,that the headset unit is moving out of the Google X research lab, where it was born. The Glass project will be its own team, overseen by Nest's Tony Fadell. The company also said the last day for the general public to buy the Explorer Edition is Monday. I'm hopeful the result will be a device that augments consumers' realities -- while not dominating their faces.
New Nintendo 3DS coming to America
Nintendo released thein Japan last year, and I happened to be out there to grab one and review it for us. It's a worthy update to the system -- one that those of us in the US will soon be able to buy legitimately. The system for $200, but it's worth noting that we Americans will only be getting the super-sized XL version of the console. Maybe Japan thinks we all have big hands? Could be worse.
BlackBerry-Samsung deal rumored, then denied
At this point I would be shocked to learn that consumer electronics giant Samsung had not considered making a serious bid for the assets of struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry, but rumors of an acquisition sent the Waterloo, Ontario-based smartphone maker's stock soaring this week. However, BlackBerry quickly posted a, stating that it was not involved in discussions with Samsung about an acquisition. The stock, then, quickly returned to its normal levels. That is to say, prime for acquisition by someone.
Facebook at Work
Do you use Facebook at work? Sure, we all do, but be prepared for your daytime social networking to get a boost of legitimacy. The uber-network has finally, publicly launched its, an attempt to go straight after LinkedIn with a more professional spin on its social offerings. More professional how? Well, you'll be able to curate separate pages and connections with co-workers and business associates, meaning you can now well and truly keep your MBA crew separate from your MMA crew. The site has launched in limited, invite-only form for now, so remember to keep it professional when begging for invites.
Young padawan gets 3D-printed Stormtrooper arm
You don't typically think of Imperial Stormtroopers engaging in good gestures, beyond perhaps turning a blind eye on some droids to help move the storyline along. But, members of the 501st Legion showed that thethis week after they presented 7-year-old Liam Porter with a 3D-printed prosthetic arm. Enjoy the video of the moment above, and do try to keep warm this weekend.