And GM's quiet about it, but the CUE system also supports the Qi charging standard
Update: Cadillac has confirmed to Android Central (and a tip of the hat to Slashgear here) that the wireless charging system we're talking about here also supports the Qi standard, which explains why there's a Nexus 5 in the video. It also explains why it wasn't mentioned in this Powermat-specific press release. Original follows.
Powermat and Cadillac today announced that the 2015 Cadillac ATS (and the 2014 Escalade as well) will have Powermat wireless charging installed when the car launches this fall. That is, you place your phone on a rubber pad, and it charges. No having to plug it in, and you can charge while connected to your car via Bluetooth. Which is nice.
Or, rather, it would be nice. If you actually had a device that used the Powermat standard.
Amazon has launched a new section of its retail website where customers can customize and purchase a number of 3D printed products, including items such as cases, holders and stands for smartphones and tablets.
The Nokia X line of devices is recieving a sofware update which adds a number of new features and enhancements. These include a number of pre-installed Microsoft services, as well as a new app switcher.
T-Mobile is launching a new plan aimed at families of four. Beginning this Wednesday, July 30, customers will be able to set up a four-line Simple Choice plan with 10GB of data for $100 per month. Unlike plans on other carriers where that data would be shared, on T-Mobile each line will get 2.5GB of high-speed data. The offer will be available until 2016.
Telltale Games has announced the studio will be developing Season 3 for its Walking Dead series of games. Unfortunately, while details are non-existent as to what will be contained in the game, as well as a release date, it's pleasing for fans to know that Season 3 will be coming to supporting platforms.
A new research paper details the efforts of a team at Stanford University who are looking to create a lithium battery that, if successful, could lead to much longer battery life for smartphones and tablets, but it could take several years for that research to yield practical products.
Technically Android 4.4.3, but with security fixes from 4.4.4
Just days after the U.S. unlocked and developer edition HTC One M8 got its update to Android 4.4.3 KitKat, the new firmware is today starting to hit unlocked devices in parts of Europe. The over-the-air update to software version 2.22.401.4, weighing in at a whopping 613MB, includes a wealth of changes and fixes...
This week, we're taking our little USB microscope and looking at a device that has already been put under a sort of microscope by the tech press and the public — Google Glass. Google's first wearable was expensive, difficult to get (in the beginning), and the focus of all sorts of wrath from privacy advocates as well as the anti-Google regulars.
We're not going to concern ourselves with any of that this week. There's plenty of words from both sides, and a quick Google search will give you a full day of reading so you can form your own opinion. We're just going to look at how it's built and examine some of the controls because looking at that kind of thing gets our nerd mojo rising.
You've probably heard of a Chromebook. There's a lot of information out there about them — both good and bad — but it's a bit difficult to sort through it all and find out the basics about what a Chromebook is, what one can do, and if it's the right platform for you. We're going to take a look at all of that, and hopefully answer some of your questions so you know if you can benefit from getting one, or if you're better off looking for a different laptop.
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