Last Week in Tech News

March 9, 2014

A few days ago, the Geneva Motor Show 2014 unveiled a refreshing array of automotive flair with some clever vehicle tech, Ellen DeGeneres made Twitter history with her star-studded snapshot at the Oscars, and the fastest law enforcement boat in the GCC made its appearance. The following points will elaborate. 

  • At the Oscars, TV host, Ellen DeGeneres, took a picture with fellow celebrities including Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, and Meryll Streep, to name a few. This became the most retweeted picture in Twitter history with over 2.5 million shares and retweets.
  • Apple’s CarPlay will allow you to integrate your iPhone with your car and is expected to be available on 2014 Ferrari, Mercedes, and Volvo models with 13 other models expected to follow with its use later this year. With the feature, you can access maps, music and calls and even Siri, by simply pushing a button after connecting your iPhone via a USB.
  • HTC places a poster at Selfridges London, teasing us about its anticipated HTC One 2. Seeing as the how the poster states ‘HTC One’ at the top, chances are, the company will be keeping the flagship name for its next device.
  • Geneva Motor Show 2014:

-Rolls Royce Ghost Series 2 has been revealed with redesigned LED headlights and includes onboard WiFi to keep its passengers well-connected.

-Porsche revealed its new Macan S Diesel at the show, as part of its new Macan line, along with the Porsche 911 Hybrid and the 911 RSR.

-New Audi TT and Audi TTS were unveiled with revolutionary cockpit that allows the control of the entire media system from behind the wheel. 

-Volkswagon showcased the new T-ROC SUV concept that uses a portable tablet to control the car’s media features. It is to include ‘Street,’ ‘Offroad’ and ‘Snow’ driving modes.

  • Apple is expected to stop producing 13” MacBook Pros that do not come with Retina display.
  • At the 22nd Dubai International Boat Show, the Dubai Police revealed the fastest police boat in the GCC, made by Victory Team, which dubbed it the “Lamborghini of the waters.”
  • A new app, Spritz, allows you to read up to 1,000 words per minute by using technology that highlights one’s “Optical Recognition Point” (ORP). The app has been in the making for about 3 years and is now collaborating with Samsung to make its upcoming debut.  
by micha
Micheline has a a sweet-tooth for dark chocolate and cappuccinos, an almost obsessive-compulsive aversion to dust on Blu-ray discs, and a passion for regularly playing tennis on her Nintendo Wii. Matched with her love of writing, she is the Editor of T3 Middle East's Levant English publication and English website, and the Associated Editor for the GCC English publication.