Babita Adhikari

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5 Cars That Defined the Woodie—and the 5 Worst Woodies Ever Made

Once the mark of quality craftsmanship, wood paneling on cars became a phony vinyl travesty in the 70s and 80s. We remember the glory days of the woodie—and the ignominious era of faux wood.<p>In the earliest days of the automobile, creating steel stampings for bodies was more expensive than making …

The Loveliest Short Story You Will Read Today Was Published on Craigslist

"Missed Connection" stays with you.<p>Lucas Jackson/Reuters, Chris Heller<p>Craigslist: that scourge of the newspaper industry, that den of lust, that middleman responsible for an untold number of bedbug crises.<p>Or, Craigslist: the Internet's simplest and most ingenious disruptor, a digital equivalent of …

Xbox Live Family Plans get converted to individual memberships starting August 27th

Microsoft just detailed how the Xbox One's "Home Gold" will spread the Xbox Live Gold love across multiple users of a particular system, but what about those with the current generation's Xbox Live Family Plan? The folks in Redmond stopped accepting new subscribers to the $99 / year package back in …

Ten-Hut! Presenting Defense Mobile, a mobile carrier for U.S. soldiers

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Straight 8 Photography<p>Anyone who has ever spent time in a military town knows there is a whole network …

Barack Obama pledges greater surveillance transparency

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1001000/1001551_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524753513_fd657125bec637569597f3e09c1b4ee1<p><b>President Barack Obama has promised "appropriate reforms" to guarantee greater oversight of controversial US surveillance programmes.</b><p>At a White House …

Mini Cooper S Roadster: Spritely motoring from Munich

It proclaims “sporty” with tongue firmly in cheek, it’s as extroverted as a Hanna-Barbera cartoon and its leather-and-analogue cockpit looks inspired by a Jules Verne novel. But the Mini Roadster is no child’s toy.<p>Plucked from the middle of the Roadster lineup, the Cooper S variant parked outside …

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Coupe and Roadster

GTs in name only.<p>TESTED<p>Before marketers hijacked them, before BMW slapped them on an awkward hatchback, and long before you could buy a Mitsubishi Outlander GT, the letters “GT” defined a very specific type of automobile. A grand tourer, or <i>gran turismo,</i> was a swift, athletic car that placed equal …

Ten Things You Need to Know About the BMW i8

BMW’s i8, which will go on sale late next spring, was designed from a clean sheet of paper to be the company’s first plug-in hybrid. Its mission is to deliver equal measures of performance and efficiency, using unusual and unexpected technology and materials to do so. So, with us only just getting …

2014 Jaguar XJR

The most sporting luxury flagship gets even more power.<p>Jaguar is busy honing its identity. Its portfolio is bursting with high-tech mills and sales are up, but as volumes approaching those of its competitors will take time to develop, image is a quicker build. And Jaguar wants to be seen as a …