Dieselgate's fallout continues to snowball, with Volkswagen now facing allegations that it tried to bury fuel efficiency discrepancies on models in its line-up. The economy realization came, so the beleaguered German automaker said, on the back of renewed emissions testing to see just how much nitrogen oxide its diesels were producing, after cheating software intended to mislead during regulatory examinations was identified.
The arrival of the new MacBook and its ultra thin body seemed to have generated rumors about the untimely demise of the MacBook Air. This new bout of rumors, however, seem to wan to give the line a second lease on life. According to Taiwanese media, Apple will still be unveiling two new MacBook Air devices come 2016's WWDC event. But this time, it will be launching a 13-inch and 15-inch model, instead of the current 11 and 13 inch pair that it has right now.
According to new rumors, Apple's forthcoming iPhone "7" will do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack, and instead rely solely on the Lightning connector port for both charging and the use of any wired headphones. This news comes from the Japanese website Mac Otakara, which is often reliable when it comes to Apple rumors, who cite anonymous sources. The reason for needing to ditch the traditional headphone jack? Why, to make the next generation iPhone even thinner, of course.
Tesla's upcoming Model 3 isn't just expected to be surprisingly affordable, it's also set to be astonishingly slippery, if new leaks are anything to go by. The entry-level EV in Tesla's range is set to go on sale in two years time, but with the final design not set to be revealed until March next year, speculation is rife about what it could look like.
Bentley's first electric car could be a super-premium EV coupe based on the striking EXP-10 Speed 6 concept, the company's CEO has confirmed. Production plans for the green two-door - which was shown off for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show back in March - are still not guaranteed, though Bentley says customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
Glass may not have been the wearable revolution Google hoped, but the latest rumors suggest the reborn Project Aura is now working on a trio of successors. The team, which rebranded earlier this year and reportedly busied itself working on an enterprise wearable for users less swayed by fashion and more by functionality, is now said to have both consumers and businesses in mind.
Facebook could be working on a feature that would alert parents when they share a photo of their children on the social network. The feature seems to be geared toward safety, making parents aware, when applicable, that anyone can see the shared images of their children. This is part of Facebook’s larger work with deep learning and artificial intelligence, something that has been used to create other photo-centric features.
Apple Pay has already waged war on your credit cards; now it's said to be targeting person-to-person payments. A new service, similar in concept to PayPal's Venmo system which allows individuals to send money digitally to friends and family, is said to be the topic of discussions between the Cupertino firm and its banking partners.
Despite reports to the contrary, Instagram has denied testing 3D Touch adverts for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus. The photo-sharing social network was rumored last week to be using Apple's newest pressure-sensitive technology for a trial of a new monetization system, but according to the Facebook-owned firm it's not actually underway.
An analyst from KGI Securities called Ming-Chi Kuo has published a new report outlining what he expects to see from Apple with the 2016 iPhone refresh. Interestingly, he believes that with the demand for smaller 4-inch iPhone models that Apple will launch a device next year that "resembles an upgraded iPhone 5s." He says that the device is targeted for a launch in the first half of 2016.
According to new sources who have surfaced, Alphabet is planning to merge Chrome OS into Android, with work to do this having been underway for the past two or so years. This new unified operating system is reportedly slated for a 2017 unveiling, but the sources claim we could be seeing an early version of the OS some time in 2016. This tipped new version of Android will, say the sources, run on PCs as well as tablets and phones.