Jack Dorsey’s Square has added a new product to their lineup dubbed the Square Stand. The SF-based startup is working with Apple to bring a new Point-of-Sales system to market that will be featured in Apple retail stores. With the Square Stand, you can turn an iPad into a credit-card terminal and full POS system that works with Square’s Register app and other external devices such as cash drawers, receipt printers and barcode scanners. Price is set at $299 and is available to ship starting today through Square’s website, with availability in-store at US Apple Stores on July 9th.
BMW has officially taken the covers off the all-new 2014 4 Series, which is now the coupe branch of the entry-level 3 series sedan. The 4 Series will come in 428i and 435i variants, both of which will have an option for xDrive all-wheel drive. Identical to the 3 Series, the 428i is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, delivering 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, while the 435i gets BMW’s turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six making 300 hp and 300 lb-ft. In three of the four models, both a six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmission are available; the 428i xDrive can only be had with the auto ‘box. The 428i is clocked with a 5.7 second 0-60 mph time, while the 435i can achieve this in 5.3 seconds.
With the E3 Expo fully underway in sunny Los Angeles, one of the most highly anticipated announcements of the day was the official unveiling of Sony’s PlayStation 4. It features powerful graphics and speed mixed with intelligent personalization and deeply integrated social capabilities that take advantage of the second-screen phenomenon. The games are said to be explosive and there’s a strong lineup of PlayStation exclusives that will make this purchase decision even easier. Some titles already announced for the PS4 include Killzone: Shadow Fall, inFamous Second Son, Driveclub and Knack as well as partner titles Destiny, Diablo III, Deep Down and Watch Dogs.
Some standout features of the PS4 include the new DUALSHOCK 4 controller with touch pad, three-axis accelerometer and three-axis gyroscope, and rechargeable battery. There are also two high-sensitive cameras with 85-degree diagonal angle views for enhanced depth perception. The controller’s connection powered via Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR while the system also features 802.11 b/g/n wireless network connectivity, Ethernet, and USB ports.
The Sony PlayStation 4 is due to release on December 31st but you can pre-order the console now through Amazon.
At this week’s WWDC, Apple has unveiled the latest version of their mobile Operating System, iOS 7. It’s the biggest overhaul to date and features a completely new design and hundreds of new features to boot. Some highlights include Control Center, AirDrop for iOS, and smarter multitasking. Everything looks different but the functionality is as you’ll remember it. The overall design is beautiful and simpler than before.
When you pick something up for the first time and already know how to do the things you want to do, that’s simplicity.
Well said, Apple. iOS 7 is available to developers starting today while a public release is expected in the fall.
Aston Martin has unveiled the V12 Vantage S, the successor to the outgoing V12. With 565 horsepower and top speed at 205 mph, this 6.0-liter V12 allows for the new V12 Vantage S to be the fastest road-friendly Aston Martin ever built (outside the One-77). The third-gen seven-speed Sportshift automated manual transmission by Graziano shaves off 55 pounds while allowing for quicker gear shifts, similar to a dual-clutch setup. For the first time ever, Aston Martin is offering the ability to choose from three adaptive suspension damping modes — normal, sport and track. Design-wise, there are slight enhancements from the previous model, with the most noticeable changes being seen on the front grille.
Pricing’s projected around the $200,000 USD mark with availability coming early 2014.
BMW and Italian design house Pininfarina have teamed up to create the Gran Lusso Coupé. This one-of-one beauty was unveiled at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and sits atop a shortened version of the 7-Series platform. It features a V12 engine, rumored to be the same twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter that dishes out 535 horses and can be found in the 760Li. This is meant to be a concept vehicle so no plans of production but that hasn’t been completely ruled out by the German automaker. What we can expect is some influence taken from the Gran Lusso and applied to future BMW models, with the next-gen 7 Series possibly being the perfect inflection point.
Last week, Mercedes-Benz officially took the covers off the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class with a complete song and dance to mark the occasion. The unveil took place at an Airbus factory in Hamburg with Alicia Keys performing and The Stig on hand with some fireworks tossed into the mix as well. Bottom line, this is the German automaker’s most advanced S-Class to date and it’s one where it’s equally enjoyable whether you’re doing the driving or sitting in the back calling the shots. The larger grille makes it stand out and it’s got some exterior enhancements that, when coupled with all the interior and technological upgrades, will make this S-Class the best in its class.
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race and the 10th anniversary of the British brand’s victory there in 2003, Bentley has announced limited edition models of the Mulsanne and Continental models. Six specs have been created to celebrate each of the six Bentley Boys who have won the race over the years. 48 examples of each ‘Le Mans Limited Edition’ model are being produced. Each car will have a unique Le Mans Edition numbered badge, Le Mans Edition clock face, embroidered Le Mans badge to each headrest, tread plates with the limited edition name, unique Le Mans Edition wheels and specific interior veneers and exterior colours.
Continental GT models will be available in the second quarter of 2013 with Mulsanne Le Mans Edition models available beginning in the third quarter. Bentley has also created a microsite to drop all the details around these limited edition beauties while also shedding more light on the brand’s history at Le Mans.
To promote the launch of the latest addition to their lineup, the F-Type, Jaguar teamed up with Ridley Scott Associates to create Desire, a 13-minute short film that takes place in the middle of Chile’s Atacama Desert. Damian Lewis of Homeland plays lead here as a delivery driver for high-end cars. This time, he’s behind the wheel of the 2014 Jaguar F-Type and runs into a bit of trouble. Spanish actor Jordi Mollà and American actress Shannyn Sossamon are also in the film, showcasing that Jaguar’s pulling out all the stops to align with the launch of the 2013 World Car Design of the Year.
The F-Type’s interior is inspired by a fighter plane cockpit while more than half the car is made from recycled metal, with 80% less CO2 emissions during manufacturing compared to traditional steel welding. All-in-all, British automaker’s done an exceptional job crafting the F-Type and we’re excited to see it hit showrooms in the months ahead. Until then, enjoy Desire in its entirety below.
Porsche has unveiled the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S, two rear-engine monsters that make the 40th anniversary of the 911 a memorable one. It looks great and the performance numbers are phenomenal. The turbocharged, 3.8-liter flat-six engine makes use of twin, variable-turbine-geometry turbos. For the standard Turbo, we’re talking output of 520 horsepower, a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph. Porsche’s Turbo S delivers 560 horsepower, 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph. Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox handles everything and helps the Turbo deliver a Nürburgring time of under 7 and a half minutes. The wide body design for this generation of Turbo is really something else. It’s 1.1-inches wider than a Carrera 4 with hugely flared rear fenders. The Turbo S stands out with its standard full-LED headlight.Look out for a deployable, three-stage front spoiler, and a three-way rear wing.
Look for more details around the Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S in the months ahead, though here’s a price breakdown — Turbo model will start at $149,250, while the Turbo S will go for $182,050. First look video from Porsche below.