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The Best Laptops You Can Buy

Maybe it's a bit more clunky than you thought when you carry it in your bag during a commute. Perhaps the screen is too reflective for your liking when you're watching Netflix. And worst of all, what if the battery life is much shorter than you expected?<p>We've researched some of the best laptops on …

Consumer Tech

My Picks: Top 5 Cars of the 2014 New York Auto Show

Can there be an auto show without a standout star? If there can, the 2014 New York Auto Show comes crazy close. Almost no concepts, lots of cars that are versions of other cars (S63 AMG, Z06 Convertible, M4 Convertible) and several crucially important but decidedly non-sexy segment leaders ruled …

2013 Nissan NV200 Long-Term Update 4

11,928 Miles: Geared Up and Going<p>It’s been a full month since we had our Nissan NV200 upfitted with Adrian Steel’s cargo shelves, wire partition, and ladder rack — which added 132 pounds to our van’s slender body. With the extra weight onboard, our average fuel economy only dropped by 0.1 mpg from …

The State of Rolls-Royce – 2014 New York Auto Show

All That's Gilded Is Gold<p>In 2013, Rolls-Royce sold 3630 cars, the most in the 110-year-old brand’s history. As the Great Recession fades further into our collective consciousness as an unpleasant memory, I sat down with Eric Shepherd, the new president of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars North America, to …

Rolls-Royce

NASA's Real-Life 'Gravity' Images Will Blow You Away (PICTURES)

So you watched Gravity and it blew you out of the water, right?<p>Well NASA have just trumped Alfonso Cuarón by releasing some truly mind-blowing images …

Inside The Billion-Dollar Hacker Club

For this group of old friends, assembled for an impromptu reunion, the venue would feel familiar: an online chat room running on a secure private server. Each were former members of the elite hacking group “w00w00” and they had reconvened that afternoon to celebrate and share in the success of one …

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Is The Perfect OS That Nobody Wants

Windows 8 looks perfect. But new updates may revert its design to appease consumers. What is going on?<p>With Windows 8, Microsoft did the unthinkable: The company designed a groundbreaking interface of boxes called Metro that could scale from laptops, to tablets, to phones, to Xboxes–meaning any …

The five best compact cameras of 2013

What's the best compact camera of 2013? TechRadar selects the top 5 systems from the past 12 months

Now you can search Steam by games with virtual reality headset support

Assuredly tired of trawling news sites and forums to find games with virtual reality headset support, the fine folks of Valve recently added a search filter to the widely used Steam game store for games with VR headset support. Think of it like the grown-up version of Oculus Rift's own Share …

All I Want For Christmas: A Beta App Store

<i>Notice: You must submit your basically untested app now or your holidays will surely be ruined. If you don’t, you’ll miss out on all those downloads that your app probably isn’t ready for anyway. Your call. Merry Christmas.</i><p>Okay, Apple doesn’t actually issue such an alert, but they might as well.<p>The …

Xbox One cuts out the middle man, gets live TV directly with Verizon's FiOS app

The Xbox One is built to blend with its owner's existing TV-watching setup thanks to the HDMI-in, but customers with Verizon FiOS TV can sidestep that entirely. FiOS has launched a version of its app -- already available on the Xbox 360 and mobile devices -- for the Xbox One that promises 74 live …

U.S. Holocaust museum gets long lost diary from top Hitler aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The long-lost diary kept by a top aide to Adolf Hitler as he oversaw the genocide against Jews and others during World War Two, a key piece of evidence during the Nuremberg trials, was handed over on Tuesday to the U.S. Holocaust Museum.<p>U.S. Immigration and Customs …

India removes U.S. mission security barriers as anger grows over arrest

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian authorities removed security barriers in front of the U.S. embassy in New Delhi on Tuesday apparently in retaliation for the arrest and alleged heavy-handed treatment of an Indian diplomat in New York.<p>A traffic policeman guides a bulldozer removing the security barriers …

Analysis: how Formula 1 crash tests work

With only six weeks until the first pre-season test of 2014, Formula 1 teams are working through the mandatory crash tests.<p>Sauber and Caterham were …

Motorsport

Ricciardo expecting no repeat of the issues Webber had at Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo says he is not worried by his predecessor and compatriot Mark Webber's sometimes difficult relationship with the Red Bull Formula 1 …

Auto Racing

Sergio Perez says double points finales will be good for F1

Sergio Perez insists Formula 1's decision to award double points for the final round from next season will not devalue the sport or its champions.<p>The …

Motorsport

Rosberg to be Mercedes' sole driver in F1 Bahrain test, Hamilton absent

Nico Rosberg will be the only man in charge of carrying out driving duties for the Mercedes team during the upcoming tyre test in Bahrain.<p>The German …

Motor Racing

Christian Horner: Renault F1 2014 engine won't be limited by budget

Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes Renault will deliver a competitive Formula 1 engine next year, despite not having the highest budget among …

Motorsport

Debating where IndyCar goes next - IndyCar - Autosport Plus

It has been roughly a year since Randy Bernard stepped aside as CEO of IndyCar, and with the hand of Mark Miles now on the wheel - Miles being CEO of …

Mercedes says it 'over-managed' tyre problems during 2013 F1 season

Mercedes lost ground in the second half of the 2013 Formula 1 season because it over-reacted to its early tyre degradation problems, reckons team …

Motor Racing

Alain Prost: Formula 1 will never become an electric car series

Four-time world champion Alain Prost believes Formula 1 will never have fully-electric racing, but still thinks concepts like Formula E can work …

Motorsport

Race of my life: Jean Alesi - F1 - Autosport Plus

<b>Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, October 29 1995</b><p>"In my Formula 1 career there were many races I should have won but didn't, so it's quite correct that …

Motorsport

Is it game over for Valentino Rossi? - MotoGP - Autosport Plus

When most paddock folk get to Valencia in early November, much as they love the sport and some of the travel, they've grown a tad weary of not seeing …

Motorsport

NATO commander concerned at Russian missile deployment

BERLIN (Reuters) - NATO’s military commander voiced concern on Tuesday at Russia’s deployment of Iskander missiles in its Baltic Sea territory of Kaliningrad, saying it showed the need for better communication between Russia and the Western alliance.<p>The pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia reported on …

FCA bans three from financial services

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s financial regulator said on Tuesday it has banned three men from working in financial services and another from holding key positions in the industry over failings in relation to occupational pension schemes.<p>The logo of the new Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is seen …

Vitamin supplements are waste of money, say scientists

Vitamin supplements almost never have health benefits, are a waste of money and could even be harmful, a group of scientists said in a damning indictment of the industry.<p>Despite one in three Britons taking vitamins or mineral pills, evidence from studies of almost 500,000 people suggested that …

Eurocopter issues safety alert over EC135 fuel gauge error

LONDON (Reuters) - Eurocopter issued a safety alert to operators of its EC135 helicopters on Monday after aircraft from the same fleet as one that crashed into a Scottish pub last month killing 10 people and some in Europe were found with a fuel gauge defect.<p>UK-based air services company Bond …

U.S. paid $5.4 million for unusable incinerators at Afghan base - inspector

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military paid a contractor $5.4 million (£3 million) for an incinerator facility at a base in Afghanistan, even though it was finished 30 months behind schedule and had so many wiring issues it was never used, federal investigators said on Monday.<p>The firm that was …