Showing posts from March, 2015

Car claiming to be 'teen-proof' comes with parents spy option

Chevrolet has developed a mode called Teen Driver, which can keep young drivers safe on the road.Parents who worry about handing over their car keys will be able to spy on their teenager's road skills and even set a speed limit soon.
The feature, available in the new 2016 Chevy Malibu, does things like mute the radio if the driver's not wearing a seat belt. A key fob can also be used to set a speed limit between 40 and 75mph. If they go over that, visual and audible warnings will be triggered to tell the driver to slow down.
Parents can select a maximum speed between 40 and 75mph and set the radio volume
The feature also allows parents to see a report of the total distance driven, maximum speed travelled, how many speed warnings were issued or if there were any driver road skids. Parents can also make sure traction controls stay set and lights are not left on during the day. Chevy and other car manufacturers already offer a valet mode on cars, which limits how the car is driven…

Ford cars slow when they see speed-limit signs

Ford is to sell a car that can read road signs and adjust its speed accordingly to ensure the vehicle is not driving too fast. The speed-limiting tech can be activated via the steering wheel and briefly overridden by pressing firmly on the accelerator. The car company suggests the facility will help drivers avoid fines and could reduce the number of accidents. However, one expert said the innovation might only serve as a "stopgap". "There's a plan for speed restrictions to be beamed to your car's computer systems and controlled from there, rather than requiring street sign visual recognition systems," said Paul Newton, an automotive industry analyst at the IHS consultancy. "This would be part an extension of the networks that will connect vehicles, allowing cars to warn those behind them if they are slowing down, which is all part of a move toward autonomous vehicles that drive themselves." The new vehicles will alert the driver to detected road si…

Are You Ready For Samsung Foldable Smartphones In 2016: A Report

Are You Ready For Samsung Foldable Smartphones In 2016: A ReportFoldable, flexible, and transparent displays have been around for a while now, but they remain pure concepts rather than actual products. Despite all the curved smartphones that have come out in 2014 and 2015, we still haven’t seen a truly flexible or bendable phone. Now, a report from Business Korea hints that a fully foldable smartphone could hit the market as early as 2016 from none other than Samsung.In spite of all this optimism, truly foldable phones are likely still the stuff of science fiction.An official from Samsung Display told the publication that although foldable screens may seem highly futuristic, the time is right for this mind-bending technology. “The industry believes that the commercialization of foldable smartphones will be possible in 2016,” the unnamed official stated.Of course, that’s not necessarily a promise that a smartphone you can fold up into a square and tuck in your pocket will arrive in 201…

Apple receives a patent for flexible side-wall displays that will act as virtual buttons

Apple receives a patent for flexible side-wall displays that will act as virtual buttons
Apart from the circulating rumors that Apple might use a force touch display in the next iPhone generation, fueled by the announcement of the new MacBook's touchpad, there seem to be a few new speculations regarding new technologies coming in the iPhone 6/6 Plus successor(s). 
If we judge by one of the new patents that Apple has been granted by the USPTO (originally filed back in 2013), the company could be working on a mobile device equipped with flexible sidewall displays, which means that they might probably act like dynamic hardware buttons that can change their function in accordance to what you're doing on your phone.
The patent descriptions claims that these just-patented displays might "include one or more flexible layers and may be mounted under a transparent display cover layer such as a layer of clear glass or plastic". Below that clear layer, Apple intends to put a to…