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Construction starts on the CN Tower

Feb. 6, 1973<p>A hazard to birds and planes. A company’s phallic monument to itself. The CN Tower faced no shortage of criticism when construction began. But no one flagged what would be the most enduring knock against the tower – that it would become a civic cliché, a concrete curiosity that served …

Apple And Samsung Join Forces For iPhone 7

Following reports at the end of last year that Samsung’s manufacturing plant in Austin was working on the early batches of A9 system-on-chips (SoC) for the presumptively named Apple iPhone 7, it appears that the South Korean manufacturer will be the lead manufacturer for most, if not all, of the A9 …

Mobile

Geneva Motor Show preview: Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren to launch new models

Sports car fans, now might be a good time to book a flight to Switzerland.<p>The 2015 Geneva Motor Show is a month away and already high-end brands such as Ferrari, McLaren, and<p>Porscheare lining up to debut new models. It is de rigueur for the world’s elite automakers to save their most exotic model …

Sports Cars

When it comes to Miata horsepower, 155 is enough

Can't we have one car on the market that isn't too fast for its own good?<p>Okay, I admit it. When I heard the official horsepower number for the US-market variant of the next-generation MX-5—and that number is 155, in case you've been crossing the Atlantic on a sailboat during the last few days—my …

First Drive: 2016 Jaguar F-Type Manual and AWD

One driver's car retires, another joins the team.<p>For 2016, Jaguar is making a few updates to the F-Type's lineup. The three big ones you need to know:<p>1. All four wheels get in on the party.<p>One of our favorite things about Jaguar's V8 sports car was that its rear wheels downright refused to follow …

The end of the naturally aspirated engine?

NA engines were once the norm, but today, the turbos are winning.<p>Over the past 45 years or so, BMW was responsible for some of the very best naturally aspirated engines the world has ever seen. Thumb through its back catalog of powertrains and you'll find a sublime gathering of sweet-spinning, …

2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost: Who needs a V8?

It's an issue of perception. The EcoBoost is overshadowed by big brother, but it doesn't deserve to be.<p>My soft spot for Mustangs with half the requisite cylinders is both expansive and well-documented.<p>Long before Ford announced it was shoving a turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder into the …

First Drive: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Don't call it a comeback. It's a defiant wake-up call to car-builders who consider porcine heft business as usual.<p>BARCELONA, SPAIN — Five lugs good, four lugs better! The first two generations of Mazda MX-5 (nee Miata) made do with four wheel lugs in classic small-car fashion, but the bulkier …

The Ideal Work Schedule, as Determined by Circadian Rhythms

Humans have a well-defined internal clock that shapes our energy levels throughout the day: our circadian process, which is often referred to as a circadian rhythm because it tends to be very regular. If you’ve ever had jetlag, then you know how persistent circadian rhythms can be. This natural — …

Chevy says that Z06 'Ring time you saw on the internet is baloney

"Anyone can claim a lap time," says a Chevy spokesman.<p>Let's play a game of "two truths and a lie." One: The 2015 Corvette Z06 is wickedly, astoundingly fast. Two: The internet is a place where non-credible sources make up non-truths freely. Three: The Z06 just lapped the Nürburgring in 6:59.13. Can …

Three beaten-down oil stocks that are good bets to bounce back

<i>John Reese is CEO of Validea.com and Validea Capital, and portfolio manager for the National Bank Consensus funds. Globe Investor has a distribution agreement with Validea.ca, a premium Canadian stock screen service.</i> Try it<i>.</i><p>If you're like most investors, the thought of buying oil stocks right about …

McLaren Confirms New 675LT, Announces Super Series Family Of Cars

McLaren has confirmed that its new track-focused supercar based on the 650S will be called the 675LT, where the “675” portion of the name represents …

Sports Cars

Report: 2017 Raptor will make 450-hp from EcoBoost V6

Ford exec Raj Nair dropped the number during a Daytona interview<p>There's a lot to be excited about with the all-new 2017 Ford Raptor: The weight-saving aluminum body. The crazy-cool combo 4WD/AWD drivetrain. And the EcoBoost twin-turbo V6, which, Ford's head of Global Product Development, Raj Nair, …

Federal agency to recommend two new braking technologies on all cars

Looking to curb rear-end collisions, federal safety regulators announced plans Thursday to add two new features to a list of recommended safety technologies.<p>The move by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also the first step in potentially mandating the braking features on all …

John Doyle: Women, sexploitation and television – crisis, what crisis?

Sometimes, intruding into the screenings, the peddling of shows and the actors preening, here on the TV Critics Press Tour, a serious discussion breaks out. A sort-of seminar on a topic that matters.<p>Like, sex. Specifically, sex on serious cable TV shows. There's a lot if it. Some shows are actually …

Xbox meets Windows 10 – will this end the PC v console war?

There have been many attempts to unite console and PC gamers in cross-platform play, but this could be the one that works<p>Five years ago a scintillating rumour crept across gaming news sites and forums – a rumour that satisfied deeply entrenched beliefs held throughout the industry.<p>The story goes …

Gaming

Video of police officers fatally shooting black man in New Jersey raises questions, stirs anger

A police video of officers confronting and then fatally shooting a black man in southern New Jersey has raised questions and stirred anger over another death at the hands of police.<p>The video of the Dec. 30 killing of Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, a struggling, mostly minority city of 25,000 people …

We Asked 25 Experts for the One Piece of Advice That’s Changed Their Life the Most

Fitness, nutrition, and health pros dish out tips all the time on how to live better. And we appreciate all of it (and share it too!), but we wanted …

Kenneth Cole Lifted One of My Photos, And All I Got Was a $500 Gift Card

The year was 2008. I was still a novice with a camera, and the basics of photography were still very unfamiliar to me. I knew what my eyes liked, …

Watch Jim Glickenhaus's SCG 003C test in Italy

Recreating the era of the real-world-drivable race car.<p>Jim Glickenhaus longs for an era when you could drive a race car on public roads, end up at a major endurance race, win, and then drive back home. It's an era that ended about the time of the Porsche 906—the mid-1960s. With the SCG 003C, that's …

Xiaomi's iPhone 6 Plus competitor doesn't rip off Apple

Xiaomi, one of the fastest-growing tech companies in China, has announced its latest flagship device. The Mi Note is a 6.95mm-thick smartphone with a 5.7-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera, options for a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 3000 mAh battery, and curved glass on both the …

Mobile Technology

The changing face of Pyongyang - in pictures

Guardian journalist Tania Branigan visited the North Korean capital after an absence of four years. Although her tour group was guarded at all times, she was allowed to take photographs. Here are some highlights:<p>Pyongyang is booming, but in North Korea all is not what it seems

North Korea

Total War: Warhammer accidentally announced in new art book

<i>Total War: Warhammer,</i> a new entry in Creative Assembly's long-running Total War series, was announced accidentally following the release of a new official art book covering the history of the Total War series.<p>Total War Center user StormOfRazors noted the announcement in a quote from Creative …

We think the Acura NSX will get a V8

If the Audi R8 is the bogey, this makes sense.<p>About halfway through the NSX's three-year development, the engineers made what they called a dramatic shift: Instead of positioning the V6 engine across the back of the passenger compartment—as was done in the original NSX—they changed the engine …

NSX

Are New York and Texas the cocaine capitals of America?

Even in the age of surveillance by the National Security Agency, Americans are not shy about Googling certain drugs in the privacy of their own …

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …