The Toyota Corolla has been around since the late eighties; and while Toyota sells a lot of these units, the model can’t really be described as a trailblazer. This has been a source of discontent for a lot of Toyota fans who feel that the Corolla is falling behind its rivals in terms of design and features. However, rumors have been floating around for months that a revamped 2014 Corolla will be unveiled towards the end of the year. And an order guide that was inadvertently posted at a Toyota dealer’s site seems to confirm this.
Previously leaked images of the new Toyota Corolla show that the car’s exterior has been spruced up and looks like a merging of the Camry and the recently released Furia concept. The front appears to be equipped with a chrome grill and sleek headlights with LED running lights while the back boasts of a sculpted trunk. There’s no word yet on the car’s dimensions or interiors, but analysts have pegged it to be roomier and longer while leaked photos suggest that the new Corolla sports a multi-function steering wheel, chrome gauges, state-of-the-art navigation system, a push-button start and softex leather.
There have also been hints of some big changes in the mechanical aspect of the 2014 Corolla. The vehicle will still run on a 1.8-liter four-cylinder but will have the new Valvematic system with a continuously variable valve timing and lift. A big, but maybe not so welcome, surprise is that base models still have the archaic four-speed automatic. However, a sixth gear is added to the manual transmission and consumers have the option to go for the continuously variable transmission or CVT on higher trim models. While Toyota is still keeping mum on the performance level of the 2014 Corolla, it’s expected to perform better than the 132hp it currently offers and to be more energy efficient.
The 2014 Corolla might have been conspicuously absent during the recent New York Car Show, but Toyota is making up for that intended omission by hosting a private event exclusively for the media sometime next month. More concrete information about the sedan is expected to be released then.
In his interview with Politico, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared some new information about the new “Built in the USA” Mac model that will be officially announced later this year. Cook says that not only will the new machine be assembled in the U.S., it will use many components from domestic suppliers as well.
Politico, via MacRumors:
And Cook is also promoting a $ 100 million investment in domestic manufacturing, where the company will begin producing a new version of a current Mac product later this year.
“We’re going very deep in this project,” Cook said, noting that not only will the final product be manufactured in the U.S., but so will many of its components. Arizona, Texas, Illinois, Florida and Kentucky are among the states he mentioned as having parts and assembly located.
Cook noted in an interview with Brian Williams late last year that Apple would begin manufacturing an existing Mac line exclusively in the U.S. beginning in 2013.
Speculation about which Mac will receive the “Made in the U.S.A.” tag has ranged from the Mac Pro, which is long overdue for a major update, down to the Mac mini.
Microsoft is gearing up for the release of its long awaited next-gen console and upgrading the Xbox 360’s dashboard appears to be the next item on its list of things to do before the release of the Xbox 720.
The reported upgrade is touted to have new and improved features like an amplified user interface and a revamped style to ensure that the change from the Xbox 360 to the next generation gaming console will go smoothly. Several insiders have claimed that some changes done to the current Xbox dashboard includes smaller Live tiles, probably in keeping with the rumoured smaller and more compact design of the new console and the flatter controller. Dashboard users will also have the option to choose between lighter or darker themes. Despite the tweaks done to the current dashboard, Xbox 360 users can still connect with their friends via the achievements, beacons and messaging features that are integrated in both consoles.
Microsoft is keeping mum on the Dashboard rumours but the reports at the very least suggest that the company is making sure that whatever console players are using, they can still communicate on the Xbox Live. Microsoft’s Next-Gen Xbox Reveal is slated to happen on May 21 so more information is definitely coming. After that, a public beta testing of the new Dashboard is scheduled in June or July.
Wallpaper Weekends is a series that works to bring you stunning, high quality wallpapers for your iPad, iPhone, and/or iPod Touch.
The summer is fast approaching and it is already too warm for my taste. Unable to stop thinking about the heat, this weekend’s wallpapers are inspired by the sunlight.
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If you would like your talents debuted on MacTrast or can point us in the right direction, contact @jim_gresham, who curates the Wallpaper Weekend section of the MacTrast webpage!
From your iPhone 5 or iPod Touch, link to the full resolution image by tapping the individual images. When the new window opens, tap and hold on the image until the “Save Image” option appears. Saving the image will place your new wallpaper in the Camera Roll. From your desktop, link to the full resolution image. Right click and save the image to your iTunes photo sync folder.
Are you excited to see what’s in store for Samsung’s next-gen Galaxy S5? We’ll give you a quick peek on one of its advanced hardware parts courtesy of audio tech specialist Wolfson.
The most advanced audio chip from the company, the WM5110 chip, is expected to be in Samsung Galaxy S devices next year. Current audio components being used are the WM1811 for the global Samsung GS3 and the WM5102 for the Exynos-powered Galaxy S IV. The next-gen WM5110, however, proves to be superior compared to its predecessors by incorporating new features that will improve voice and audio performance of handsets.
First off, it utilizes 24-bit and 192 Khz sample rate which is considered “better than CD quality”. You don’t see it being used on smartphones other than independent music players like iRiver’s AK100. In addition, the audio chip uses quad-core SoC with four digital signal processors which put it on high-end market compared to the WM1811 and WM5102. Of course, the benefit of using the WM5110 includes better noise cancelling performance that can be observed on incoming and outgoing calls; as well as power efficiency when using the handset’s voice recognition software like Samsung S Voice.
You may check more details about Wolfson’s WM5110 audio chip on its website.