Mercedes makes a car for every niche nowadays -- need a car for transporting the President? Why not an S-Class. How's about for taking the kids to school? There's a C-Class or E-Class for that. Need some supercar kicks? SLS AMG for you, sir. There's a Merc for every occasion. There didn't used to be though, so when the G-Wagen appeared in the late 70's it was quite a big deal.
Mercedes wanted to build a car that could take on any terrain, that a farmer could use (if he was minted), or a military … Read more
LOS ANGELES -- In a launch as quiet as the electric motor that powers its wheels, Mercedes-Benz has been readying its B-class Electric Drive for sales in the summer of 2014. During the 2013 Los Angeles auto show, I joined a small group of journalists given the chance to ride along in one.
Instead of a fleet of slick vehicles prepped for the press, Mercedes-Benz only brought two examples of the B-class Electric Drive to the show. These were research vehicles that Mercedes-Benz engineers had driven for thousands of miles on public roads to collect performance data.
The B-class is … Read more
Class Bingo for Mac helps you create basic Bingo games that you can play with your class. However, its rather plain design, lack of features, and clumsy interface make it less appealing than it could have been. The absence of a feature for creating questions is a drawback, but one that does not render the app entirely useless.
Class Bingo for Mac allows you to choose the class size for your next Bingo game and then to quickly scramble the numbers to match the game size. Its basic interface, though somewhat dull, is streamlined, making it approachable even if you'… Read more
A federal judge has given the green light on a class action suit in California that accuses tech juggernauts of conspiring to eliminate the competition for employees by fixing wages and agreeing not to actively recruit from each other.
US District Court Judge Lucy H. Koh granted the plaintiffs' motion late Thursday night to certify the lawsuit against Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar, according to a court document. The plaintiffs, former employees of the named companies, accuse the companies of carrying out this "interconnected web" of agreements between 2005 and 2009.
"We have always … Read more
LinkedIn is being accused of hacking into its members' e-mail accounts. In a new class action lawsuit, plaintiffs allege that the professional social network broke into their external e-mail accounts, accessed their address books, and then sent marketing information to their contacts.
LinkedIn has been "appropriating the names, photographs, likenesses, and identities of Plaintiffs to advertise its products and services for a commercial purpose without Plaintiffs' consent, for unfair and deceptive business practices," the complaint (PDF) reads. "LinkedIn provides no functional way to stop multiple subsequent advertising emails from being sent."
When contacted by CNET, a … Read more
No matter what side of the debate you stand on when it comes to clearing out apps in the app drawer on iOS, you may find yourself wanting to clear out or force close apps in iOS 7's "app drawer" but quickly realize it (like everything else) has changed. It's not completely clear how to close apps on iOS 7, but it's incredibly easy.
The first thing you'll notice if you didn't catch the original demo of multitasking on iOS 7 is that double-clicking the home button no longer reveals a drawer with … Read more
Our coverage of the 2013 Frankfurt auto show is just about wrapping up. Some of the highlights included the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder making a brilliant, record-breaking debut, BMW bringing back some serious sporty intentions with the 4 Series, and Nissan unveiling one of its newest concepts, a smartwatch. And while cars, both production and concept, were the obvious main attraction, nothing could prepare us for Smart's electric bicycle.
Join us on a video tour of some of the hottest sights from the show.
FRANKFURT -- Car buyers may not be quite ready for a premium compact sedan, but a compact SUV might just be the right bait to get wealthier buyers looking at smaller cars. Or such seems to be Mercedes-Benz's logic with the new GLA-Class, which debuted at the 2013 International Motor Show in Frankfurt.
This new car will be sold as a 2015 model, and although the European market will enjoy a variety of engine choices, including a diesel, the only version coming to the US will be the GLA250. Powered by a turbocharged 2-liter gasoline engine, the GLA250 will … Read more
FRANKFURT -- Mercedes-Benz very recently launched its upgraded S-Class, the flagship sedan in its lineup that also is one of the more luxurious cars in auto-dom. But here at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, the company showed it could do one better, exhibiting the S-Class Coupe concept, a lusciously designed two-door vehicle with some near-future features.
Where the new S-Class was an exercise in subtlety, the Coupe concept uses bolder lines, with a strong crease down the side and a sleek, pillarless side window opening. The oval back glass forms a similar shape to the roof glass, meeting over … Read more