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Hyundai's newest R-Spec is also the cheapest Veloster Turbo

LOS ANGELES -- At the 2013 LA Auto Show, the Veloster Turbo becomes the latest model to wear Hyundai's "R-Spec" performance badge, joining the Genesis Coupe 2.0T and 3.8, and the Genesis sedan 5.0.

Aside from making the name slightly longer, R-Spec designation signals that the 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo gains a few go-faster tweaks, but loses a few premium features, offering enthusiasts and tuners boosted performance over the standard model, without the boosted price.

In the "upgrades" column, the Veloster Turbo R-Spec's handling has been improved with higher spring rates, … Read more

Will Ron Burgundy prove to tech firms that specs are boring?

Nerds love details. So much so that nerds can kiss them, live with them, and marry them. Yes, without divorcing.

Real people are slightly different. They sometimes find details overwhelming, confusing, or just plain dull.

Still, when it comes to advertising their wares, tech companies can't help wanting real people to know about the very fine motion sensor or the gesture-controlled gyroscope thingy.

Chrysler has decided to hold hands with Ron Burgundy, in an attempt to prove that details will never trump entertainment.

You might remember Burgundy. Played by Will Ferrell, he was the star of "Anchorman," … Read more

What we know about the Xbox One

CNET Update explains the Xbox One:

Microsoft has revealed its new console, the Xbox One, and it aims to be the one system to handle all home entertainment. This episode of Update gives you the quick roundup of Xbox One's features. Not all these features will be good news for gamers -- such as the requirement to pay a fee to play a used game.

Dive deeper into CNET's coverage of the Xbox One with these stories:

- Details on Microsoft's Xbox One

- The games revealed for the Xbox One

- Details about the Kinect sensor improvementsRead more

MultiSpec for Mac 2013.3.23 Review

While originally developed to process satellite and airborne images, MultiSpec for Mac has now found other applications such as multiband imagery for medical and educational uses. MultiSpec for Mac offers an image processing system that interactively analyzes and edits multispectral image data. While it performs well, this app would benefit from a more user-friendly interface.

There is no installation required for MultiSpec for Mac. Instead the application can be run straight out of the package you download. Once you open the app, you can choose an image to edit. Once you've opened your image of choice, you can begin … Read more

Facebook's iOS app gets stickers, Chat Heads

CNET Update starts a new type of sticker collection:

In this tech roundup, Google reveals the technical specs for Google Glass, and we also learn that it won't display ads in your eye (at least for now).

Only a select group gets the chance to buy this early version of Google Glass, but here's something Android fans can order now: The Samsung Galaxy S4. Preorders have begun for the smartphone at AT&T and U.S. Cellular, and the phones will ship on April 30.

Facebook found a way to bring Chat Heads to the iPhone, but … Read more

Check your videos from head to toe with VideoSpec for Mac

When releasing videos, you often find yourself with precise requirements on either actual file size or quality. To lend you a hand in such tasks or for analyzing your exported videos, VideoSpec for Mac is a useful and feature-packed toolset built upon open-source libraries and utilities.

VideoSpec for Mac performs the tasks of a video analyzer. It will let you inspect every video property you might be interested in. On launch, simply drag a video onto the main window, and all the information relevant to codecs used, bit rate, resolution, size, compression, and much more will be displayed for both … Read more

How Microsoft can avoid the pitfalls of Sony's PS4 announcement

Editor's note: It's official. Microsoft has announced the future of Xbox (and the next console) will be revealed at an event in Redmond, Washington on May 21.

CNET's live coverage of Microsoft's event Tuesday, May 21

Press events are a tricky beast. No one ever said they were easy to pull off. But with Sony casting the first stone in the next-generation console gaming war, Microsoft can learn a lot from what worked and what didn't.

When the lights went up, Sony execs were shaking hands and congratulating each other. But the packed house at … Read more

HTC One specs take on Droid DNA, iPhone 5, Z10

HTC's brand-new flagship smartphone, the HTC One, is a gorgeous piece of all-aluminum smartphone machinery by any standards. CNET's Brian Bennett went hands-on with the Android Jelly Bean phone before today's launch event.

With dual audio speakers, a new Beats Audio feature in BoomSound, and a rebooted version of the HTC Sense interface layer that includes a new element called Blink, and an IR blaster to act as a TV remote, the HTC One certainly packs some interesting extras.

HTC's flagship device should appear in the U.S. in March for T-Mobile, AT&T, and … Read more

PlayStation 4: What we expect, what it needs, and why

CNET's live coverage of Sony's event on Wednesday

Sony's February 20 event in New York City will likely mark the announcement of the PlayStation 4 and simultaneously usher in the next generation of console gaming. (Sorry, Wii U, but you're more last-gen than next-gen.)

Rumors mills are also churning out details confidently declaring that the Xbox 360 successor will also see the light of day before June's big E3 gaming show in Los Angeles.

Perhaps the biggest news? Both consoles could make their debuts -- gasp -- this year. That's a hyperspeed acceleration in … Read more

BlackBerry's last stand: Z10 unveiled

Wednesday's CNET Update has the BlackBerry breakdown:

It's the start of a new chapter for BlackBerry. Today's show explains the basics of the Z10 and Q10 smartphones, as well as the new features of the BlackBerry 10 operating system. For a deeper dive, check out the links below:

- Full review of the touchscreen BlackBerry Z10

- First impressions of the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone with keyboard

- Full review of the BlackBerry 10 operating system

- RIM sheds old name, becomes BlackBerry

- The big apps available on BlackBerry 10

- Carrier and price details for the Z10 and Q10Read more