Seagate Revamps Hard Drive Line-up @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Seagate is one of the leading hard drive manufacturers and renowned for creating high-capacity products at very competitive prices. Their LaCie range targets customers who desire a more luxury finish and prepared to pay extra for a stylish design. During CES 2016, Seagate showcased their flagship LaCie Chrome lineup which features a 1TB SSD and 10GB USB 3.1 interface. Apparently, this drive can reach speeds, “up to 940MB/second for intensive applications.” As you might have guessed, this is an expensive proposition and going to retail for $1100.

If the 1TB capacity seems overly limiting, then the Porsche range might be a more suitable choice. Starting from $210, the Porsche drives utilize an aluminium body and traditional HDD mechanism. The mobile disks come in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB options while the larger desktop SKUs are available in 4TB, 5TB and 8TB configurations. Additionally, the mobile and desktop versions support fast USB 3.0 speeds via a USB 3.1 Type-C connector. Although, the larger models have the capability to charge a laptop’s battery which is a welcome addition. Sadly, Seagate didn’t provide any pricing information about the Porsche disk drives, but I’m sure this will be revealed very soon.

Even More Cars Pulled Amidst VW Emissions Scandal

Even a month after the news first broke, the extent of the emissions scandal surrounding a number of Volkswagen vehicles seems only to grow, with the EPA filing a violation of the Clean Air Act regarding Volkswagen’s 3-litre diesel engine.

In response to this claim, a number of Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi cars that are fitted with the engine from as far back as 2014 are being pulled from the US market. A number of the cars affected by this stop-sale include the Volkswagen Toureg, Porsche Cayenne and an array of Audis including the A6, A7, A8 and Q5 lines. Despite pulling the cars from sale, Volkswagen refuse to admit that the cars are cheating on their emissions and are contesting the EPA’s data on the matter.

With Volkswagen’s 2-litre diesel engine cars, such as the Golf, already off showroom floors, yet to obtain approval to return to sale by the EPA, VW claims that the new emission control system is not part of the emissions scam. With the new claims put against the 3-litre engines, it is possible the return of the 2-litre cars could yet be delayed as debate on the legality of the 3-litre emissions rages on.

Do you drive a VW, or any of the cars now accused of emissions scamming? And if so, has it made you regret your choice to buy a VW? Let us know in the comments.

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Guy Attempts to Use iPhones to Brake His Porsche

We have seen a lot of videos where people destroy good hardware in the name of “what would happen if” and “can it survive this or that”, and there doesn’t seem to be any end to it either. A guy has now attempted to see if he could replace the brake pads in his Porsche 911 with iPhones and use those as a temporary replacement. The idea behind the experiment was: What if you drove up on a mountain and your brakes give out, can you collect your friends iPhones and use them as a temporary solution? The short answer is that it does work, well kind off. To some degree,

This particular car was chosen because the brake pads have about the same size as the iPhones. Two wheels will get phones that face the brake surface with their screen while the other two wheels will use phones that face the surface with the rear, testing both methods.

First of all, I’d like to question the theory on its pure basis. If you’re trapped on a mountain and all four brakes give out at the same time, in a Porshe 911, then you’ll call for triple-A or similar roadside assistant with your phone instead of using it as brake pad. It’s probably also a rare occurrence that you have 8 people seated in a Porsche 911, and probably even rarer that they all have iPhones. The good news is, there now are 8 iPhones less in the world, more or less. I don’t want to spoil everything for you by telling every detail, as it’s a lot better to watch the video yourself.

You Can Now Use Your Hyundai Car Features From Your Apple Watch

Hyundai is keeping up with the times and trying to make your car interaction experiences more impressive than ever. Earlier this year, it launched the Android counterpart, allowing users to interact with their Hyundai cars from Android devices. Now the company has shifted its focus on the latest gadget on the market, namely the Apple Watch.

Hyundai launched the Blue Link car platform on the App Store, offering all features previously showcased in the Android version. Therefore, you can start and stop the engine with just a tap, remotely lock the car’s doors and even find your car on the map. The latter are just a few examples of what the Blue Link app allows you to do, but the best part of it is the Siri integration, where you are able to interact with your car through voice commands.

Hyundai’s Blue Link app for iOS is said to be compatible with all of its cars that have the Blue Link feature. However, the approach is not that uncommon. BMW has a similar app called BMW Remote App that lets you pretty much do the same things Hyundai’s app does, while Volkswagen and Porsche apps are also available for you to make the most out of your driving experience.

The question here is, will you as a driver prefer to interact with your car from your watch or through voice commands, or do you prefer to just keep your keys in your pocket as usual?

Thank you TheVerge for providing us with this information

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Volkswagen Now Offering Apple Watch App

The Apple Watch has been available to consumers for a little while now and we’ve seen how resilient they are when faced with the likes of a blender and tattoos; not very well is the answer if you didn’t click the links. It was only a matter of time before we started seeing an influx of apps pop up from various sources, but the automotive sector was one I was least expecting.

Porsche and BMW have already created apps for the wrist hugger and it doesn’t involve vibrations every few seconds when you’ve done another mile. I’m still a little confused if this is to actually benefit consumers or if they want to ride the hipster fame wave.

Volkswagen’s offering is very similar to the Porsche app, it will allow the Car-Net to sync with the watch so you have key car information pop up on your arm.

“Need to remotely lock/unlock your doors? You can do it from your Apple Watch. Want to check the fuel level or charge status? You can do it from your wrist. Need to set up a speed or boundary alert? No need to pull the phone from your pocket or purse.”

You can already do all of this with the current iOS app, but now you don’t have to dig into your pocket to check the charge so you can avoid the high potential of dropping it; the expensive paperweight seems to be making itself useful. The Volkswagen Car-Net app will be available in the Watch app store if you want to download it.

Do you own or plan on owning an Apple Watch? Would you use an app like this to monitor your car? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to MotorAuthority for providing us with this information.