Apple met with the California DMV to discuss self-driving car regulations, lending further weight to rumors the company is developing an autonomous vehicle. The meeting, between Apple senior legal counsel Mike Maletic and a number of California Department of Motor Vehicle executives, took place on August 16, the Guardian reports, though it's unclear at this stage how far through the development pipeline any car might actually be.
No more Metal Gear Solid from Konami - that's what the publisher is said to be executing this season. Right after the release of Metal Gear Online, that is - that'll take place October 6th. Earlier this morning it was made official that Fox Engine (the engine behind Metal Gear Solid) director Julien Merceron was leaving the company, and now it's become apparent that they're leaving MGS behind entirely. They'll still be making Pro Evolution Soccer... so don't worry about that.
This week we've received two watches in the mail, one Moto 360 (the new one for 2015), and a Huawei Watch. Both devices work with Android Wear, and both devices are very, very similar. So similar that, had we gotten the same color materials for the Moto 360 as we do here the Huawei Watch, we'd have trouble telling the two apart at a glance. Up close, of course, you'll see the Motorola logo on the single button on the Moto 360, and the shapes are slightly different - but inside, they're largely the same.
General Motors will cough up $900m to placate the Justice Department over its flawed ignition switches, as well as settling civil actions over almost 1,400 deaths connected to the problem. The news brings to a close a saga spanning more than a decade, and which saw GM admit that some of its employees were aware of the issue - which could see affected cars suddenly lose power, not to mention control over steering and brakes - many years before official recalls were announced.
As the dashboard wars gather pace, Audi isn't willing to leave all the innovation to Apple and Google, delivering a high-tech OLED paradise in the e-tron quattro concept. The electric SUV - which not only promises a 300+ mile range, but also includes a new fast-charging mode that takes less than an hour to rejuice - takes the Audi Virtual Cockpit to its next-gen level, embedding unusually-shaped screens into not only the dash but the door trim, too.
"iPhone has changed the world," Apple's Tim Cook said, unveiling the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in San Francisco this morning. "While they may look the same, we have changed everything about these phones," Cook insisted. Sure enough, outwardly the new handsets look just like the existing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, beyond a new color.
There's no arguing with quite how important the RX is to Lexus. The company credits it with kickstarting the "midsize luxury crossover segment" - that's fancy SUV to you and I - back in 1998, and since then over 1.2m have been sold. You could forgive Lexus for playing it safe, then, when it comes to refreshing the best-selling model in its line-up.
Sometimes it feels like everything is joining the Internet of Things, no matter how tenuous, but it turns out remotely controlling your robo-vacuum is great. Neato has brought its Botvac Connected to ShowStoppers at IFA 2015, a connected version of its automated vacuum cleaners, which gives you the choice of either leaving it to its own devices or being a bossy housekeeper.
I confess, I was a little suspicious when Samsung invited me to take a nap at its IFA booth. Turns out though, it wasn't a strange casting couch experience they had in mind, but a quick test of the new Samsung SLEEPsense, a contactless sleep tracker that, rather than clamping to your wrist, slips under your mattress to monitor you wirelessly.
The "BB-8 by Sphero" is a robot toy that combines the high-tech remote-control spherical fun of the original Sphero with the life force of the newest droid hero from Star Wars. This is the "ball droid" you've likely seen in the first, second, and/or third teaser trailer video for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This device incorporates remote control with a smartphone, augmented reality, and the ability to roll around and act entirely autonomously all around your house, recording data and exploring your hallways as he does so.