Chevy uses Spark EV to demo TuneIn app at CES 2013

2013 Chevrolet Spark

The Chevy Spark’s MyLink system includes a menu for smartphone apps.

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LAS VEGAS–Bolstering the trend of app integration in cars, Chevy showed how it is integrating the TuneIn Internet radio app into its future cars. For
CES 2013, Chevy unveiled a Spark EV with the new app integration.

Chevy’s new Spark mini-car comes with a touchscreen and the MyLink infotainment system in upper trim models. MyLink allows connectivity with smartphones for phone calls and music playback. At launch, it also introduced Pandora and Stitcher app integration.

The TuneIn app will give drivers access to 70,000 radio stations around the world. To use it, drivers will need to have TuneIn running on an
Android or iOS device, connected to the
car through Bluetooth or USB cable, with an active Internet connection.

Chevy has also been demonstrating a navigation app, BringGo, running on a smartphone with display and control through the car’s touchscreen. BringGo integration should be available this year.

Chevy says the TuneIn integration will be available later this year in Spark and Sonic models.

The Spark EV was introduced at the recent Los Angeles auto show as a 2014 model, to go on sale this year. It will come standard with MyLink.

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3-pointer: Dirk Nowitzki ‘still a work in progress’

DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki is a starter again, but he’s not a savior.

That’s not a realistic expectation for a 34-year-old with a patchwork supporting cast at any point. And Nowitzki certainly isn’t ready to put the franchise on his back again yet.

Nowitzki scored a season-high 20 points in 34 minutes Saturday, his most since rehabbing from the scope on his right knee, but he missed a clutch free throw with 18 seconds remaining in regulation and was shut out in overtime while the lowly Hornets handed the Mavs their eighth loss in nine games.

“Obviously I’m not quite there yet,” Nowitzki said. “I’m still a work in progress, especially playing 30 minutes and then being asked to get the ball down the stretch every time and make something happen. I don’t think I’m at that point yet, but I’m going to keep working in that direction.”

The Mavs’ season might be too much of a mess to clean up by the time Nowitzki works his way back to superstar status.

At 13-21, the Mavs are five games behind the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets, who are tied for what would be the West’s last two playoff spots. The Phoenix Suns and Hornets are the only teams in the West with worse records than the Mavs.

“I’d still like to think if I’m healthy all year and playing at the level I finished last year, we’d be a lot closer to the eight spot,” said Nowitzki, who missed the first 27 games of the season. “I’d like to think we’d have won some of those close games and then maybe all the discussion wouldn’t be happening. We’d still be right there fighting for the playoffs.

“But now we’re farther behind because of my surgery, obviously. So now everything comes down a little harder than it should if I was healthy all year.”

A few more notes from the Mavs’ rock-bottom-hitting loss:

1. Wide-open woes: The Mavs went 3-for-9 from the floor in overtime. It wasn’t for a lack of good looks.

O.J. Mayo was 1-of-4 from the floor in overtime, missing three wide-open shots, a pair of 3-pointers and a pull-up after he made a nice move to get in the paint. Vince Carter’s potential tying corner 3 at the buzzer was uncontested but didn’t go down.

“We had some great looks in overtime,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “We just couldn’t get them down.”

2. No defense: Of course, this game wouldn’t have gone to overtime if the Mavs did a halfway decent job on defense after halftime. The Hornets shot 50 percent from the floor and hit 4-of-7 3-pointers in the second half.

New Orleans point guard Greivis Vasquez looked like an All-Star in the second half, when he had 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting and six assists with no turnovers.

“It seems like we can’t guard nobody,” Shawn Marion said. “Until we’re able to contain guys and make them do something they’re uncomfortable doing, we’re going to have problems. When you can’t guard nobody, you can’t win.”

Added Carlisle: “We’ve gotta be better at knowing hot players, finding them. We’re struggling with some little things that are killing us.”

3. Boo-who?: Elton Brand wouldn’t blame the sellout crowds at the AAC one bit if they let the Mavs have it.

“I appreciate these fans sticking fans sticking with us,” Brand said. “If we would have been booed off the floor for sure.”

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Fulton Innovation to demo tablet that doubles as wireless charging mat at CES


Display Shows eCoupled™ Technology Powering an Interactive Poster that Plays Music, and a Surface that Charges Multiple Devices at Once – All Without Wires

LAS VEGAS – January 7, 2013 – Fulton Innovation, the creator and exclusive licensor of eCoupled™ intelligent wireless power, is showing the first ever example of two-way wireless power at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. Using the Qi global standard for wireless power set by the Wireless Power Consortium, Fulton will demonstrate a tablet being charged wirelessly, which in turn is used to charge a Qi enabled mobile phone. By simply placing the two devices back-to-back, the power transfers wirelessly between them (Video:

In yet another demonstration of the flexibility of wireless power, Fulton will be showing an interactive printed poster with an illustration of a DJ console that can actually be played. Music is made by tapping the speakers, mixer, and turntable, while placing the same tablet that wirelessly charges a mobile phone near the poster for power. The combination of printed electronics and two-way wireless power creates a new way of connecting to consumers through interactive posters, magazines, food packaging, and more.

Using its new Adaptive Resonance technology, Fulton will demonstrate a surface that wirelessly charges multiple Qi-compatible devices at once. Placing the phones or tablets on one pad will charge simultaneously, recognizing and adapting to the power needs of each devices.

Various embodiments of wireless power will be on show in Fulton’s suite to demonstrate how the technology can transform everyday lives:
• A set top box and TV that automatically turns on or off when the remote is removed or placed on the box, where it charges a super capacitor with no batteries when not in use.
• Wireless kitchen appliances that use direct power, rather than charging like mobile phones.
• Tablets and laptops with medium power requirements that charge without wires on an eCoupled-enabled conference table.
• Home furniture such as side and coffee tables that charge any of the 10+ million Qi devices in market today.
• The new Nokia Lumia phone that charges without wires while it’s inside a handbag, demonstrating wireless charging over a distance.
• Examples of packaging that combines printed electronics with wireless power to attract consumers with flashing lights and sound.
• A collection of the latest Qi mobile phones on the market embedded with wireless power including the Google Nexus 4, HTC Droid DNA, and Nokia Lumia 920 and 820.

“We’re excited to return to CES as it allows us to showcase the next generation of wireless power innovations developed by our award-winning team of scientists,” said Dave Baarman, Director of Advanced Technologies for Fulton Innovation. “We’ve spent the last 14 years contributing to the wireless power industry and now our technology is built into 70% of the 10+ million Qi-based devices on the market today. Wireless power is rapidly becoming a must-have feature in the latest smart-phones and we’re proud to be a part of the rapidly-growing market.”

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How to sell your phone for cash (Smartphones Unlocked)

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In last month’s Smartphones Unlocked, I shared what happens to your smartphone when it ceases to be yours.

Although I listed resources for getting rid of your phone (and took a poll of what CNET readers usually do with their old handsets,) it’s high time I offered up some tips for how to go about selling your phone…or any other consumer electronic, for that matter.

Don’t count on a Hawaiian vacation for your efforts, but depending on how much you hoard or how savvy you sell, the dollars could really add up.

1. Raid the closet

When’s the last time you’ve slid open desk drawers or checked under the bed? Chances are that you have at least one ancient flip phone hiding out in a closet somewhere.

Holding onto a phone you’re no longer planning to use makes good sense. You never know when you or a family member or friend will need a spare, but at some point when you upgrade to the next big thing, you can turn the one you’ve got into cash.

When you add up the old cell phones, cameras, and laptops you have at home, you might find a nice little stash to sell.

2. Don’t stress if it’s broken

How much money would you expect to get for a cruddy old model? Through many Web sites and trade-in programs, the answer is: nothing. yHowever, if you’re smart and don’t mind a little driving, you’re almost guaranteed to get at least a little pocket change through one vendor.

EcoATM is a physical kiosk where you can sell your cell phones, and soon your
tablets (this is in trial.) There are currently 300 units in malls across America, with outlets continuing to mushroom.

In a nutshell, EcoATM scans your phone and compares it with a database to make an offer based on the phone’s market value and current condition. If you accept — and yes, you can also decline — the machine spits out money on the spot.

It does require a driver’s license and a thumbprint scan to use, and it also takes a picture of you as well for security measures, to help guard against theft and fraud.

Yes, couch potatoes, you will need to trudge all the way over to the mall to use EcoATM, but it’s often the only option that will pay for your very old or broken phones.

3. Shop around. Really

EcoATM is a terrific new resource, but it isn’t the only one. In fact, the electronics resale space is positively packed. Big box retailers like Best Buy, Radio Shack, Amazon, and Game Stop have all launched buy-back programs, and many major carriers have also launched trade-in programs of their own.

Unfortunately for the lazy seller (me,) no one service is more reliable or offers a better deal than all the others. Plain and simple, you just have to shop around. EcoATM may be the only game in town for older phones, but it won’t necessarily offer you the best price across the board.

Prices vary by condition and by demand — you’ll get less for water damage, and more if it’s a flawless phone right out of the box. Expect to take home a larger amount for newer phones than for older ones.

To illustrate the fluctuations, I checked the price of four phones on five different services: two iPhone 4Ses (16GB), a Samsung Galaxy S3 (16GB), and a third-edition Motorola Razr. In all cases but one, I listed the phones in good condition; that is, no water damage and they turn on. The second
iPhone 4S I listed as broken. When asked, I chose ATT as the common carrier.

Not every service takes every phone., for instance, focuses on Apple products. Amazon doesn’t have offers up yet for the Samsung Galaxy S3, presumably because the phone is still so new that not enough of their customers are trying to offload it.

If you’re planning to sell a bundle of phones and you don’t mind putting in the research time, check three or four online spots before hitting an EcoATM, your carrier, or another brick-and-mortar store.

Armed with comparison pricing, you’ll be able to decide on the spot whether to take the offer in person or take the digital sale. (I’ve never tried negotiating with a brick-and-mortar against online pricing, but if you have, let me know how that goes.)

4. Know how you’re getting paid

Before you sell a phone or any electronic, consider how you want to receive the funds. Several online vendors may offer you a check, a cash card, or an infusion to your PayPal account. Retailers like Best Buy will more commonly hand you an in-store gift card, or cash if you have a receipt proving you bought the item there.

Cell phone carriers apply the value of your trade-in to your next phone, or might assign you credit. EcoATM deals only in cash that, fittingly, is stored inside the locked-down machine, ATM-style.

One important thing to keep in mind: if you opt for an online vendor, you’ll have to wait a few weeks to get paid. After you box up the good and ship them, employees will match the device to its actual condition, to keep any fibbers honest. Only then will they authorize your payment.

5. Never throw old phones away

in the event that you have electronics that nobody else will pay you for, take the high road and recycle. Almsot every resaler that takes phones will do it for you, archaic chargers and all.

The benefits of donating old phones are threefold: it clears old gadgets out of your home, it could improve someone else’s life, and you won’t be directly responsible for throwing toxic chemicals into the dump.

Read also: Your smartphone’s secret afterlife

6. Plan ahead

The cell phone’s lifespan is typically much shorter than any other category of consumer electronics. Most of us ditch our phones after 18 months, which means that there’s plenty of time to plan how you’ll keep or dispose of your future phones.

Resellers — the guys who initially buy your phones from you before — see a boom right around the winter holidays. If you opt to sell a lot of used electronics online, timing the eventual receipt of your payment with an extra-large bill or purchase could work out in your favor.

Resources: Sell or donate your cell phone

There are many ways to pass on unwanted cell phones after they’ve served their purpose, but here are a few resources to get you started.

Online sales and trade-ins
Cash For Smartphones
Best Buy Online Trade-In
Swappa (Marketplace, more like e-Bay)
Your carrier’s buy-back program

Physical sales and national recycling outlets
Best Buy

National charities
Cell Phones for Soldiers
Hope Phones
Hope Line Phones (Verizon)

Local charities
City drives – check with your city government
Local domestic violence centers

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Rapid Reaction: Hornets 99, Mavs 96 (OT)


How it happened: The Mavericks let the Western Conference’s worst team rally from a double-digit deficit.

The game was decided in overtime, in which the Mavs are incapable of winning this season, but it never should have gotten to that point. The Mavs let an 11-point lead evaporate in the second half.

Dallas simply couldn’t stop Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez in the fourth quarter. He scored 15 of his 25 points and dished out four of his nine assists in that frame. New Orleans took its first lead since the first quarter on Vasquez’s driving layup with 10:18 remaining in regulation, a bucket that capped a 10-0 Hornets run.

New Orleans shooting guard Eric Gordon took over in overtime, in which he had eight of his 14 points, including the game-winning and-1 jumper with seconds remaining.

Vince Carter had a wide-open look at a corner 3 at the buzzer, but he couldn’t knock it down.

Dirk Nowitzki had season highs of 20 points and 34 minutes in his first start of the year, but he split a pair of free throws with 18 seconds remaining in regulation, when hitting both would have given the Mavs a lead.

What it means: Maybe this is rock bottom for this season. The Mavs (13-21) have lost eight of their past nine games and 11 of their past 13. For most of that stretch, the Mavs faced strong competition. That wasn’t the case during this debacle at home against a New Orleans team that improved to 8-25.

Play of the game: Gordon made Darren Collison pay for biting on a pump fake. After a crossover dribble near the top of the key, Gordon pump-faked Collison off his feet, drew contact and banked in a tiebreaking, and-1 18-footer to give the Hornets the lead for good with 4.7 seconds remaining.

Stat of the night: The Mavs tied an NBA record with their 10th consecutive overtime loss, joining Atlanta, Golden State and Minnesota in that dubious club. Dallas dropped to 0-7 in overtime games this season.

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All-robot band plays Motorhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’

Allrobot band plays Ace of Spades

Gonna be hard for CES to top this.

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