The BGR Show: Episode 5 – 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 with Magic Sky

By on July 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM.

The BGR Show: Episode 5 – 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 with Magic Sky

Mercedes-Benz SL550 Video Review

Technology in cars doesn’t change as frequently as it does in some other industries, but lately there has been a huge emphasis on what connected technologies can add to a car. On this week’s episode of The BGR Show, we visit Mercedes-Benz’s U.S. headquarters in Montvale, NJ to take a look at the company’s brand new 2013 SL550 featuring the latest Mercedes technology. There’s never been as much focus on the dashboard as there is now, and Mercedes is rolling out something called mbrace 2.0 starting with the SL, which will then hit roll out to other classes this year. Mbrace 2.0 brings apps to the dashboard with things like live Google search (complete with Street View), Yelp, and even Facebook. The brand new sunroof on the hardtop convertible is called MAGIC SKY, and it uses electrically charged glass to allow the roof to go from clear to tinted with the push of a button. You can also get more control over your vehicle by setting up geo-fences that will alert you if your car enters or exits a designated location, and you can even create speed alerts, so if your teenager takes your car and goes above a certain speed you’ll get an alert on your phone. Lastly, the new system from Mercedes is cloud-based and will automatically download updates itself, so you’re not going to have to bother with bringing your car to a dealership to get it updated anymore — this is the future, people.
More →

No Comments

How a century of telephone expertise doomed Ericsson

By on July 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM.

How a century of telephone expertise doomed Ericsson

Ericsson Implosion

The mobile phone industry is used to vendors flaming out, sometimes just a couple of years after companies peak. Yet few handset companies have self-destructed as spectacularly as Ericsson — particularly considering its pedigree in telephony. More →

No Comments

Apple’s iPhone

By on June 29, 2012 at 10:05 AM.

Apple’s iPhone

iPhone Fifth Anniversary

Friday marks five years since the world first got its hands on a smartphone that would turn the industry on its head. In five short years, Apple went from the ground floor to being the most profitable company in the smartphone business by a staggering margin. Apple and Samsung — two companies that weren’t even on the smartphone industry’s map a few years ago — are now the only two major global vendors making money, and the split was estimated at 80/20 in Apple’s favor last quarter. That’s 80% of smartphone industry profits in less than five years with just five different smartphone models under its belt during that span. More →

No Comments

Research In Motion…

By on June 28, 2012 at 6:20 PM.

Research In Motion…

Research In Motion

It’s truly incredible how fast things in the tech space can change. Just two years ago RIM was on a high, and moments ago, when the company reported its Q1 earnings, it was apparent that what I’ve been saying for the last four years has come true: RIM, Research In Motion, the company that practically invented mobile email, that drastically changed the technology industry, a forward thinking company invented and run by two brilliant men, is finished. A lot of people realized that back when the iPhone came out — the game was changed forever.

More →

No Comments

The BGR Show: Episode 4 – Top 9 apps for iPhone, Android, iPad

By on June 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM.

The BGR Show: Episode 4 – Top 9 apps for iPhone, Android, iPad

Best iPhone, Android, and iPad apps -- The BGR Show Episode 4

App discovery is a major problem, and most people (normal people, not regular BGR readers) really have no idea how to find great apps for their smartphones and tablets. I’ve even seen people who haven’t installed a single app on their iPhone or Android device. We’ve focused on our favorite nine apps for the iPhone, Android phones, and the iPad in this week’s episode of The BGR Show. We obviously missed a bunch, so let us know your favorite in the comments and maybe we’ll feature that in an upcoming episode. In next week’s show, we have an amazing look at some of the newest technology out of the automotive industry, starting with Mercedes-Benz’s new focus on apps in the car, as well as some of the serious tech in the brand new 2013 Mercedes SL550. More →

No Comments

The Nexus 7: Google just brought a knife to a gunfight

By on June 27, 2012 at 3:10 PM.

The Nexus 7: Google just brought a knife to a gunfight

Nexus 7 iPad Comparison

Google on Wednesday unveiled the latest version of its Android operating system and along with it, the company’s first own-brand tablet. Dubbed the “Nexus 7,” Google’s tablet is a direct response to the difficulty Android vendors have had thus far in competing with the wildly popular Apple’s iPad. The Kindle Fire burst onto the scene when it launched last year, but sales have seemingly fizzled since then and the buzz surrounding other Android slates has been tepid at best. If there’s one device that has the potential to change this, however, it’s Google’s new Nexus 7. More →

No Comments

The BGR Show: Episode 3 – MacBook Pro Retina review, Jay Sean’s funny photo addiction

By on June 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM.

The BGR Show: Episode 3 – MacBook Pro Retina review, Jay Sean’s funny photo addiction

MacBook Pro Retina Review, Jay Sean Juxtaposer

This week we take a look at Apple’s brand new MacBook Pro with Retina display, arguably the best laptop ever made. It’s thinner, it’s lighter, and it’s borderline insane in many ways — a whopping 2880 x 1800-pixel display, no ethernet port, no optical drive, and it starts at $2,199. You won’t want to miss our walkthrough. We also catch up with singer-songwriter Jay Sean to take a look at his hilarious photo editing addiction using his phone, and how he relies on his iPhone to stay connected all across the globe. More →

No Comments

The BGR Show: Episode 2 – iOS 6 walkthrough and Samsung Galaxy S III review

By on June 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM.

The BGR Show: Episode 2 – iOS 6 walkthrough and Samsung Galaxy S III review

iOS 6 Video Samsung Galaxy S III Review

We’re back with another episode of The BGR Show, and this week we’re taking a look at Samsung’s Galaxy S III in addition to giving you a walkthrough of Apple’s new iOS 6 operating system. Samsung’s Galaxy S III is an Android powerhouse, packed with a quad-core processor, a 4.8-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and more. Samsung sent us the global version of the Galaxy S III since the phone hasn’t launched in the U.S. yet, and there are definitely a few differences. The U.S. version will feature 4G LTE, though it trades a faster cellular connection for a slightly less powerful dual-core processor in place of the quad-core chipset. Apple’s iOS 6 operating system is set to be released in the fall, but we have an early look at a developer version of the software in this week’s episode as well. It adds tons of functionality and features that were missing from iOS in the past, and we go through almost all of them step by step.

More →

No Comments

Hands on with Apple’s iOS 6 beta

By on June 11, 2012 at 4:29 PM.

Hands on with Apple’s iOS 6 beta

Apple iOS 6 Beta Hands On

We’ve updated one our iPhones to iOS 6, which is available to developers today as a beta, and we have a huge gallery of screenshots to walk you through some of the most exciting new features. The entire OS has been given a fresh makeover, with new UI elements and refreshed apps. Check out our full gallery linked below, and stay tuned for our thoughts on Apple’s new mobile OS.

No Comments

What is Apple going to announce at WWDC? iOS 6, a TV SDK, Retina Macs

By on June 8, 2012 at 10:35 AM.

What is Apple going to announce at WWDC? iOS 6, a TV SDK, Retina Macs

Plenty has been said about Apple’s WWDC 2012 conference, which takes place starting on Monday next week, but if you haven’t been furiously digging and following along, here are our best guesses based on what we’ve heard from our sources, what other sites have reported, and common sense. More →

No Comments

The BGR Show: Episode 1 – home automation in a $55 million mansion

By on June 7, 2012 at 11:00 AM.

The BGR Show: Episode 1 – home automation in a $55 million mansion

The BGR Show: Episode 1 — Crestron home automation

This is the first episode of The BGR Show, and we’re trying to do something different. We’re trying to change the game. Honestly, tech shows suck. They’re typically way too geeky and often boring. The BGR Show is about focusing on aspects of technology that appeal to a wider range of people. You, your friends, your family members, everyone. Yes, it’s about products too — we have an amazing in-depth look at the Samsung Galaxy S III that will run next week — but it’s also about these big, meaningful segments with access and insights that other shows usually can’t deliver. But! It is the first episode, and we’d love to hear what you think, plus we’ll have our set for the next episode. Special thanks to Pharrell and the entire i am OTHER team for their support of the project. The full episode is after the break, and make sure you subscribe to the channel. More →

No Comments

'Thank God' for Apple's beautiful crystal prisons

By on June 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM.

'Thank God' for Apple's beautiful crystal prisons

Apple iOS open source

The Electronic Frontier Foundation ruffled some feathers last week when it published a report calling for Apple to adopt a more open model with its mobile and desktop platforms. Apple is hurting users by making use of a closed model with iOS and OS X, which the EFF likened to “beautiful crystal prisons,” and also by imposing unnecessary limitations on its devices because the open source community is not being utilized. While a number of people agree with the EFF, highlighting the fact that Android’s open source model is part of the reason for its wide adoption among tech savvy consumers, many insist that Apple’s closed model is not just a benefit but one of the most important features of its mobile and desktop devices. More →

No Comments

What to expect in iOS 6

By on June 5, 2012 at 9:30 AM.

What to expect in iOS 6

Apple iOS 6

Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference is only six days away, and Apple is absolutely going to be announcing a new version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6. Apple’s post-PC computing platform is already powerful — its functionality is cherry-picked from OS X, after all — but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect by any means. Apple has big plans for its mobile OS in 2012, and here is my list features I believe iOS 6 is going to gain when it launches later this year (along with a few stretches): More →

No Comments