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GT Racing 2: The Real Car Exp review

Gameloft's GT Racing 2: The Real Car Exp is one of the most realistic racing experiences you can get in Android, free or not (it's free, with in-app purchases). It starts with super-realistic 3D renditions of actual cars and racing venues. Sensitive controls let you hone your driving skills and really push it. Yes, we crashed a lot at first, mostly by going too fast, but that's part of the fun.

Pros

Everything but the g's: GT Racing 2 has everything but g-forces and that new car smell. It's as close as many will come … Read more

Star Apps: Chad Channing

When tragedies occur, like sustaining a major injury or being let go from one of the all-time greatest rock bands, some individuals would be quick to give up. Others, like musician Chad Channing, turn tragedy into triumph. Since being dismissed from Nirvana, Channing (best known for his drumming on "Bleach" and the "Blew" EP) has taken creative control and found his voice in a number of bands, including his latest, Before Cars. Influenced by Young Marble Giants, early David Bowie, and Soft Machine, the band's self-produced sophomore album, "How We Run," was released … Read more

Logo Quiz: Cars review

Logo Quiz: Cars tests your knowledge and recall of car and truck logos on your Android device. You must enter the vehicle manufacturer's name from a limited supply of letters. You can win or buy hints, advance through levels, and compare your high scores against other players.

Pros

World wide wheels: Logo Quiz: Cars includes not only well-established automakers but also truck makers, boutique companies, and aftermarket tuners from many countries.

Helpful hints: Hints of different levels (including the answer) offer useful information such as brief company histories. We learned the names of some automakers we'd never heard … Read more

Racing Car review

Despite its somewhat misleading title, Racing Car isn't a game but a collection of 18 digitally enhanced wallpapers featuring spectacular cars like Porsche, Ferrari, and Lamborghini. Apart from the included images, the app also provides quick access to wallpapers from other categories provided by the developer, including Animal, Flowers, and Fantasy. The only inconvenience of using this app is the occasional fullscreen ad.

Racing Car installs quickly, and then presents you with a gallery of sleek sport cars. Setting any one of them as your new wallpaper takes only two taps. A nice touch is the Portrait or Landscape … Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

Welcome to the weekend! We're getting you caught up with all the hottest happenings this week in CNET video right here.

Earlier this week, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Sony unveiled its own virtual-reality PlayStation 4 headset, and for now it's called Project Morpheus. While the product is still in concept, Brian Tong was able to take this immersive reality headset for a test spin and runs down some of the early specs in our First Take.

In the latest episode of The Fix, we'll help you master the art of smartphone photography with … Read more

Apple aims at reimagining vehicle owner's manuals

Apple might be taking a stab at a new way to access vehicle owners manuals.

The US Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a patent application from Apple called "Identifying and Presenting Information Based on Unique Vehicle Identifier." According to the patent application, the technology would would identify all parts and part numbers in a car and beam that to a person's iPhone or iPad. With GPS technology included, it would also inform the car owner of the nearest dealership or car parts retailer to get the needed part.

To add a bit more flavor to … Read more

Get a smartphone-controlled RC race car for $39.99

I've never met a kid who didn't love radio-controlled cars, and I know plenty of adults who dig 'em as well.

For a limited time, and while supplies last, StackSocial has the Griffin Moto TC Rally RC car for $39.99, shipped. It normally sells for $99.99, and the best price I've seen elsewhere is around $60.

First things first: This is no wimpy little racer. The Moto TC Rally measures around 10 inches long and sits on big rubber tires atop an independent shock-absorbing suspension. It's far more substantial than you'd expect, and … Read more

Cadillac ELR: More than a souped-up Volt? (CNET On Cars, Episode 37)

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Toyota: Apple CarPlay, yes. When? Not saying, actually

For a little while on Wednesday, it looked like we had a date for when Toyota would start offering Apple's new CarPlay smartphone integration for iOS devices.

Then early Thursday, the automaker shifted from drive to neutral, with this brief note on its official Toyota UK blog :

UPDATE 13/3/14: A previous version of this article said Apple CarPlay would be in Toyota cars from 2015. This is incorrect and we are happy to put the matter straight. No announcements have been made about if and when Apple CarPlay will arrive in Toyota cars.

The headline on the … Read more

Why Apple, Google, and the auto industry need BlackBerry QNX

Apple's CarPlay has to ride on top of BlackBerry's QNX platform for in-auto entertainment systems. Ford was reportedly pondering a swap from Microsoft to QNX for its Sync platform. And it's highly likely that the front end of Google's Android in-vehicle efforts are also going to have a QNX play.

So when BlackBerry CEO John Chen calls QNX one of the crown jewels of the company, he's not kidding. Here's what Chen said in December on BlackBerry's last earnings call:

QNX is probably one of the crown jewels. Every time I come here, … Read more