Plutocrats and CEOs, your new ride is here. Mercedes-Benz has finally taken the wraps off of the new 2014 S-Class, and as you might expect it's a cacophony of brand new tech, luxury fittings, more intelligent driving-aids than just about anything else on the road, and even a nod to fuel-efficiency and the environment. Set to hit dealers in September, the well-appointed four door is the first car not to feature a single traditional light bulb - everything is lit up by nearly 500 LEDs - and can even squirt non-lingering perfume through the cabin to "individualize the smell of the interior."
It's time for the folks at RealNetworks to release their most recognized brand, RealPlayer, for Android devices around the globe. While this app relies on the surface on its brand name, once we got our hands on it this week (just a bit earlier than the rest of the Android universe) we found it to be surprisingly well-rounded and worth the effort, so to speak. You'll be working with one player here for music, video, and all of your photos all at once - and it's easy to use!
There was some disappointment when Sony’s 2012 flagship handset, the Xperia S, shipped with Gingerbread on board instead of Ice Cream Sandwich. The company did promise an update, and true to its word, Ice Cream Sandwich is now rolling out to the Xperia S, bringing with it a bevy of new features. Sony has tweaked some of the entertainment apps such as Walkman, Movies, and Album, and you’ll get all the functionality that Ice Cream Sandwich brings to the table too.
GMC has announced a new system that will first be seen in the 2012 GMC Terrain SUV. The system is called IntelliLink and is designed to connect the drivers smartphone to the vehicle entertainment system and to provide voice-activated control of the audio system. IntelliLink allows voice commands to start a phone call, change the radio station, and to stream Internet radio. Drivers can even use their voice to control an iPod.
For a long time now, Ford vehicles have been coming with an awesome Sync system that allows you to control all sorts of things inside the car using your voice. The feature that I like most about Sync is the heavy integration you can get with your smartphone for calls and more. Chevy has been a bit behind the times relying on OnStar for its connectivity in cars for the most part, but the carmaker has now announced MyLink that is powered by Nuance.
LG has outed its CES 2011 line-up of 3D AV kit, seemingly deciding that pre-holiday press is better than the early January crush. Star of their show will be the LG HX996TS, a 3D home theater system, along with the LG HB906SB Blu-ray 3D home theater system, and the LG BD690 network 3D Blu-ray player.
Sony has revealed its latest range of A/V receivers and Blu-ray players, with the new models having a custom integration focus. The Sony STR-DA3600ES, STR-DA4600ES and STR-DA5600ES all support multi-room playback, with 7.1-channels, HDMI 1.4a inputs/outputs and 3D support, while the STR-DN2010 is set up for a single room. Meanwhile there's also the Sony BDP-S1700ES, a Full HD 1080p Blu-ray player with 3D support, integrated WiFi b/g/n and upscaling.
If you're looking for a 3D-capable Blu-ray player or Blu-ray equipped home theater system to go with your new Sony HDTV, it should come as little surprise that Sony have a few options on hand. The company has announced three standalone players together with three home theater setups, and they offer such niceties as WiFi (integrated on some models, optional on others) and - using a free Sony app from the Apple App Store - remote control from your iPhone or iPod touch.
Sony Ericsson’s successful Walkman phone range takes another step forward with the announcement of the UMTS enabled W850. This is Sony Ericsson’s first GSM/UMTS ‘slider’,
The W850 has been uniquely combined with a full horizontal mode camera experience and the latest Walkman player 2.0 for easy music download.
Available in Precious Black or Golden White, the phone has an attention grabbing ‘heartbeat illumination’ feature to light-up the control keys in rhythm with your music. Visually stunning and appealing to use, this phone isn’t just about good looks – it also offers blisteringly fast music downloads direct to the handset.
The phone is configured for operator over the air (OTA) music download services and accepts many popular music file formats including e-AAC+, which reduces download time and space needed for tracks. Memory isn’t an issue either with a 1GB memory stick PRO Duo supplied which is enough for around 1,000 songs in e-AAC+. This can be expanded to 4GB so that you can store a much larger music collection and have it with you all of the time.
The Walkman player 2.0 simplifies navigation through music genres, playlists, individual songs or music albums and there’s also a TrackID feature powered by Gracenote Mobile MusicID. This is a new service which means you can record a few seconds of a song, either via the microphone or the in built FM radio, and then with one click send that clip to the Gracenote worldwide music database which will identify the track and relay the information back to the phone.