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Omate TrueSmart exceeds Kickstarter goal with $1 million in funding

With funding secured, the Omate TrueSmart is now available for general pre-orders<p>The folks at Omate have exceeded their $100,000 Kickstarter goal, …

Trek Episode Guide warps onto Android

<i>Star Trek Into Darkness</i> has been in theaters around the globe for a few weeks now, but today brings the first showings in the United States, with a …

Jays to launch a-JAYS Five earbuds with dedicated iOS, Windows and Android versions

Does your Android sound different from your iOS or WP? Perhaps a little, but each has their own quirks when it comes to audio output and hands-free kits. To that end, Jays will launch the a-JAYS Five earphones this summer with a separate version for each. The new buds will draw from the company's …

Gmail's new quick action buttons let you complete tasks without leaving your inbox

To make email even less of a hassle, Google has added new quick action buttons to Gmail on the web. Similar to Micosoft's Active Views platform, the new buttons are designed to help you handle your email from your inbox, without needing to open a single message. Currently, Gmail supports four …

Android Quietly Commits to Better Support for Bluetooth

At nearly three and a half hours, you’d think Google would have been able to get all the news into its I/O keynote address on Wednesday.<p>But a few …

Google and NASA buy D-Wave quantum computer

Google will co-invest in a quantum supercomputer lab near its Mountain View campus, exploring the potential for incredibly-fast processing tipped to …

Google Play game services aims to integrate gaming across Android, iOS and the web, available today

Google Play game developers and players alike are getting a quartet of game-changing additions today: real-time multiplayer, leaderboards, cloud saves and achievements. And that's not all -- the latter three services will function cross-platform between Android, iOS and the web. The whole …

Google turns the Samsung Galaxy S4 into a Nexus phone, coming June 26th for $649

Google just pulled out a Samsung Galaxy S4 on the Google I/O stage, but it's not like any S4 you've ever seen: It runs stock Android, is a completely unlocked device that comes with an unlocked bootloader, and Google's promising prompt system updates as well. The device runs on both T-Mobile and …

Google Now Gets New Cards For Reminders, Music, Public Transit, TV, Books And Video Games

Google announced some fresh updates for Google Now today, consisting of six new types of cards that will show up in the automated, intelligent digital assistant feature for Android and iOS. The new cards include a location-based Reminder feature, public transit travel times, and information about …

Google announces Hangouts messaging service coming to iOS, Android, and desktop today

<b>Update:</b> The app is now live on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.<p>Google today launched its much rumored messaging service live on stage at its I/O keynote and announced the service would be coming to multiple platforms later today. While some thought the service would be dubbed “Babel,” Google …

Google Previews Next Version Of Google Maps For Android And iOS, Coming This Summer

At its I/O developer conference today, Google previewed the next version of Google Maps for mobile. Google’s director of Google Maps, Daniel Graf, demoed the new version onstage and showed new features, including integrated lists from Zagat, more reviews in more places and a revamped directions and …

Google’s Upcoming Maps App Includes Smarter Venue Search, Waze-Like Rerouting

It wasn’t that long ago that iPhone users were cheering about the release of Google Maps for iOS.<p>Now Google is readying its next update to the Maps …

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

The style rebel steps on the gas.<p>Subtlety doesn't cut it anymore in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim. The new CLA-class, proclaimed a "style rebel" by design chief Gorden Wagener, has made that clear with its voluptuous lines and playful styling elements. This "four-door coupe" appears compact, but it’s …

Why There’s No Stick in the U.S. Audi A3/S3 Sedans—But Don't Despair

“All engines are mated to the standard 6-speed S tronic transmission,” Audi buries in the press release for the new A3 and S3 sedans, before going on to plug that S tronic gearbox for its dynamism and smoothness. Reading this in the <i>Car and Driver</i> offices, hearts sunk. Torches were lit. Pitchforks …

Autos

The New Chevy Camaro Z/28: Five Awesome Things You Don't Know

Moments after Chevy shocked everyone with the scalding new Camaro Z/28, we began our own scalding-fast process: chasing down GM execs for all the details and back story on this beast. Obtained through some official channels and some channels that were, well, less so, here are the five coolest …

Sports Cars

The Latest on Cadillac's Coupe and Wagon Plans

In January of 2012, Cadillac revealed the ATS sedan. That car is designed specifically to target the BMW 3-series and similar sports sedans, and it has allowed the third-generation CTS, which just debuted at the New York auto show, to abandon the segment-stretching mission of its predecessor and …

Automotive Design

2014 Mazda 6 i Sport

Family Athletics: A sedan for those who think six-pack doesn't refer to beer.<p>TESTED<p>Long limbed and slightly poisonous, the yellow sac spider (Cheiracanthium inclusum) is a North American native whose looks are as terrible as you’d expect from anything with “sac” in its name. The little creature …

2013 Audi S3 Hatchback

This hot hatch will hatch a hot sedan for the U.S.<p>The Volkswagen GTI is the quintessential hot hatch. The original GTI’s success in the 1980s triggered a succession of followers that seemingly shared a common thread—to counteract the boredom of inadequately powered family cars. High on power and …

2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP

The Porsche approach to a Mini track toy.<p>TESTED<p>The modern Mini can thank corporate progenitor BMW for its alert steering and agile charms, but the British brand appears to be taking cues from Porsche as well. How else to explain the 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP, which applies Porsche’s proven …

2015 Volkswagen GTI First Drive

The First is Still The Best<p>In 1976, Volkswagen created the “hot hatch” with the MK1 Golf GTI. Since then, many competitors have come and gone, but the little GTI has evolved into the seventh generation you see here. Though the GTI has grown bigger, stronger, and more refined over the years, it has …

Mockups

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG First Look

Baby CLS Gets Some Turbocharged AWD Muscle<p>The sleek Mercedes-Benz CLA certainly is easy on the eyes, but with a modest 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque on tap in the base CLA250, it’s not a tire-scorcher. AMG stepped in to fix that, delivering the 2014 CLA45 AMG at the 2013 New York auto show.<p>The …

2014 Cadillac CTS First Look

Tweener No More<p><i>Show floor update: More than 500 people watched the 2014 Cadillac CTS unveiling at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center Tuesday evening on the eve of the New York International Auto Show. The new CTS rolled out with highly stylized front and rear ends and a much trimmer figure.</i> …

Cadillac

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 - 2013 New York Auto Show

The Legend Returns<p><i>SHOW FLOOR UPDATE: I should’ve known something special was up when Chevrolet started to hand out ear plugs before the start of its press conference, but with just a new C7 Corvette sitting up on stage, I figured how loud could it be? Loud. Real loud. After driving out the new 2014</i> …

Sports Cars

2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Update 3

Baby’s got new shoes<p>After 11,000 miles of street driving and multiple days of track lapping with staffers at our 2013 Car of the Year event and with pro racer Randy Pobst at Streets of Willow during a comparison test, the BRZ’s tires were beginning to look a little spent. While they aren’t quite …

Fuel Efficiency

2013 Fiat 500c Abarth Quick Drive

Already-Loud Munchkin Gets Even Louder<p>Either I’ve been an unlucky Californian, or I haven’t been frequenting the right places. The Golden State is responsible for many a Fiat sale, yet for the life of me, I can remember only ever seeing two (2!) 500 Abarths on public roads. I briefly shared a …

FCA Italy

2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition First Test

Now an Every-Other-Day Supercar<p>“Do you know how rare this car is?” a curious gentleman asked as I inched out of the <i>Motor Trend</i> parking garage in the Solid Red 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition. Little did he know that it’s rarer than most, because while it looks just like other GT-Rs, it’s definitely …

Sports Cars

2013 Nissan Juke Nismo Quick Drive

Juke R, 370Z Nismo Also Driven<p>Though staff opinions on the Nissan Juke’s styling couldn’t be more divided, feelings about its driving experience have been almost unanimously positive. The short-wheelbase crossover feels relatively nimble and peppy, thanks to a suspension and an available …

Automotive Design