GM to sell electric Cadillac

GM just announced the next car in its extended range electric car lineup: the Cadillac ELR. Like GM’s Volt, the Cadillac ELR will have a t-shaped lithium ion battery to enable driving on electric power, but then also features an engine as a backup.

iPhone 2.2 software: Street View (iPhones only), Podcast downloads and more

Hero20081120The Apple iPhone keeps getting tweaked through fairly regular software updates and version 2.2 is hitting iTunes clients this morning. Most of the features were already leaked or expected, but here’s a run-down if you missed the buzz:

  • Enhancements to Maps
    • Google Street View
    • Public transit and walking directions
    • Display address of dropped pins
    • Share location via email
  • Decrease in call setup failures and dropped calls
  • Enhancements to Mail
    • Resolved isolated issues with scheduled fetching of email
    • Improved formatting of wide HTML email
  • Podcasts are now available for download in iTunes application (over Wi-Fi and cellular network)
  • Improved stability and performance of Safari
  • Improved sound quality of Visual Voicemail messages
  • Pressing Home button from any Home screen displays the first Home screen
  • Preference to turn on/off auto-correction in Keyboard Settings

Street View in Google Maps is sure to come in handy for many urbanites, but here in the sticks, we barely have streets to view. Over the air podcast downloading is a welcome addition and probably should have been there when the iTunes store app debuted on the iPhone. Ironically, the feature that I didn’t expect but I’m most looking forward to? The "Improved formatting of wide HTML email". It doesn’t happen often, but when I get a wide message that forces me to zoom and scroll horizontally, it drives me batty. Hopefully, I don’t see any more of those. 

Iphonesoftware22The other thing I don’t want to see much longer are these 245 MB downloads for software. Why do we have to fully wipe and re-install the entire iPhone OS with every software update?
That’s not a software update… that’s an OS update.

Update: MobileCrunch (via Gizmodo) says that iPod Touch folks won’t see some of the Google Maps features. That got me wondering why and I think I just figured it out. I don’t see the Street View or Walking Directions on my iPhone either… the common denominator between my first-gen iPhone and the iPod Touch? No GPS and no high-speed connectivity. This feature does work on first-gen iPhones, but not Touches… thanks to Jay for the comment to get me looking deeper into this!

GM’s Lutz on Colbert: I Don’t Believe in the CO2 Theory

In celebration of GM’s 100th anniversary and the unveiling of its electric car the Volt, GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz took a trip over to the Colbert Report to spend some time with hilarious comic Stephen Colbert. We’ve got to say Lutz was somewhat funny in some parts, but also seriously concerning when it came to his what-seemed-to-be straight-faced answer denying the “CO2 theory” of global warming. Colbert went into a joke tangent about how the creation of the Volt is “tantamount to admitting we have to do something about global warming . . . why not call this the Chevy Gore. You don’t believe global warming is real, you’ve said so.” And Lutz responds:

“I accept that the planet is heated but I, like many noted scientists, I don’t believe in the CO2 theory.”

Colbert responds: “Exactly, I believe that people are just leaving their toasters ovens open.” And Lutz replies “Exactly.” Um, we think he’s kidding about the toaster oven bit — though we really can’t be sure — but the climate change response he’s said before.

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Things are running a little slow this morning, which is typically what happens if have too much fun, and end up watching the funnies on the big screen. We had the 2nd edition of NewTeeVee Pier Screenings yesterday, and only now are trying to get up to speed. Meanwhile, some posts from across the network, that are worth a look.

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