MochaMeet Launches To Bring Facebook Friend Groups Together In Planned Face–To–Face Social Gatherings

Even with the aid of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter, it can be difficult to keep friendships going, especially over long distances and without the benefit of in–person get–togethers. But a startup company named MochaMeet is aiming to simplify getting together with far–flung friends anywhere in the world at any time, with […]

Lexifone Launches Real–Time and Low Cost Foreign Language Translation Service for Old–Fashioned Phone Calls

Conversation is impossible if no one speaks the same language, especially when the only means of communication is a plain old telephone. Rule out non–verbal means of communication such as gestures or drawings, and nothing remains but silence. Or more precisely, conversation was impossible with such a language barrier. This week, Israeli startup Lexifone launched […]

“Climbing Up,” an Interactive Art Installation Featuring a 2013 Range Rover, Opens in NYC’s Meatpacking District

Land Rover North America has partnered with Architectural Digest magazine and New York design firm Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) to craft a unique aluminum sculpture that is simultaneously based on and a base for the 2013 Range Rover. Meant to evoke both the off–road capabilities and the design elements of the British SUV, the sculpture was […]

2014 Lexus IS Targets Younger Buyers with Beefed Up Technology, Style and Performance

Lexus is seeking younger buyers for its all–new third–generation 2014 IS sport sedan model, which will arrive at dealerships this summer, largely by boosting its technology quotient — including some tech offered free for the first time in any vehicle. Performance improvements as well as interior refinements and lower pricing also are in the mix. […]

Mercedes–Benz Offers In–Dash Lease and Loan Management with New My MBFS App for mbrace2

Mercedes-Benz customers now have a new way to pay their monthly financing bills: by using the vehicle’s in-dash display — but only if that bill includes a subscription to the automaker’s latest mbrace2 technology package and its extra–cost Mercedes–Benz Apps feature. Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA — the company that finances most Mercedes-Benz loans and leases  […]

Feature: How To Print Wirelessly From a Smartphone or Tablet, Using the Printer You Already Have

While PC sales are declining precipitously, sales of smartphones are climbing rapidly. This year for the first time, more smartphones will be sold worldwide than old–fashioned cellphones (known in the industry as “feature phones”). At the same time, the mythological paper–free society — in which electronic files replaced printed documents and photos — has never […]

Etón Launches ZoneGuard Weather Alert Clock Radio Featuring LED Light Bar for Warnings, Watches and Advisories

In the midst of severe storms like Hurricane Sandy, when electricity is lost, a battery powered radio is one of the most critical emergency supplies. It’s with this in mind that the American Red Cross in 2006 partnered with radio maker Etón Corp. of Palo Alto, Calif., to deliver a range of co–branded radios fit […]

Audi Adds New Lowest–Cost Data Plan for In–Vehicle Internet Access and Connected Features Including Wi–Fi

Audi of America, Inc. has debuted a new lowest–cost data plan price of $15 per month for an in–vehicle Internet connectivity feature it sells under the Audi Connect moniker — a feature that provides access to online services through the in-dash display as well as a built–in Wi–Fi hotspot for passengers’ brought–in mobile devices. It […]

Mercedes–Benz Reveals A Near–Production Six–Wheel–Drive AMG G–Class Prototype To Test Market Acceptance

Never mind four–wheel–drive. Mercedes–Benz’s luxury–performance AMG division is taking off–road driving to a new level with six–wheel–drive. Mercedes-Benz has released technical details and photos of a production-ready AMG “6×6” version of its G–Class sport utility vehicle — a pickup truck variant named the G63 AMG 6×6 — which the automaker said it could bring to […]

Volvo Introduces World’s First Bicyclist Detection System with Automatic Full-Force Braking at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Volvo Car Group is aiming to make the road safer for bicycle riders. Building on the pedestrian detection system it has offered since 2010, the Swedish automaker on Tuesday introduced the world’s first bicyclist detection system for autos at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The new “Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake” system […]