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After Sochi, Russia's Putin to Spend Billions on 2018 World Cup

As soccer's World Cup draws to a close in Brazil, Russia is about to spend billions on hosting the next tournament - expenditure that economists say could give Vladimir Putin an economic headache and leave his country with numerous taxpayer-funded "white elephant" stadiums.<p>Putin reportedly plans to …

Russia

This is the Mini 4 Door, and yes, it's even bigger

The new Mini Hardtop is large, but this is larger.<p>You know the story already: Every Mini revision has gone hand-in-hand with an increase in size—and to be fair, also in maturity. The 2015 Mini Hardtop's growth spurt offset some real improvements under the skin. And now, Mini is bringing a four-door …

Engines

The Euro-spec 2015 Volkswagen Golf R, by the numbers

It blows away the last Golf R in every performance metric. Boom.<p>Right as the 2015 Golf GTI is going on sale, Volkswagen gave us a quick ride in what's coming next: the Golf R. Rated at 300 PS (290 hp), the car we drove was a European-spec R with a manual transmission, DCC adaptive dampers, and a …

Automotive Design

With Beats, Apple Has Its Next iPod

Apple on Wednesday confirmed it is buying Beats for $3 billion.<p>When acquisition talks between Beats and Apple leaked approximately three weeks ago, …

Google’s Self-Driving Car Is Real, And It Looks Like A Tiny Bubble-Car

Aw, look, it’s smiling at us. Nice autonomous car!<p>We’ve known Google has been working on self-driving cars for awhile now, but all of a sudden, the project is real: last night, Google revealed a working prototype of its self-driving car. It’s a two-seater that looks something like a mashup of a …

Self-Driving Cars

Uber gets cozy with AT&T, using its network and preloading its app on Android phones

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media<p>Typically we look at preloaded apps on our smartphones as carrier bloatware to be deleted …

The Trick That Makes Google's Self-Driving Cars Work

Google is engaging in unprecedented, massive, ongoing data collection to transform intractable problems into solvable chores.<p>Google's self-driving cars can tour you around the streets of Mountain View, California.<p>I know this. I rode in one this week. I saw the car's human operator take his hands …

Uber reportedly in funding talks that'll value it at $10B

The 4-year-old on-demand car service could be joining the big-players club with a possible new round of funding.<p>The on-demand car service Uber could soon be uber-rich. The company is reportedly in talks to raise enough funding to value it at more than $10 billion, according to Bloomberg. This would …

Startups

3 Next-Gen Plug-In Cars That Could be Game Changers

The biggest complaints about electric cars are that they’re too expensive or have limited driving range, or that don’t have enough space for hauling …

Electric Vehicles

Wearhaus Arc

Though some still hold on to the days of gathering around a record player and listening to tunes, the act of consuming music is becoming less social by the day. In the face of this stands high quality Bluetooth systems and socially minded providers however, from Sonos to Spotify and now; the …

Entrepreneurship

Honda Is Designing Houses, Because Cars And Homes Will All Be Part Of The Smart Grid

The car maker is demonstrating how homes and cars will become part of the same renewable energy system.<p>In the future, auto companies won’t just build cars. They’ll build cars that are part of the energy infrastructure, providing back up storage for the solar panels on your roof, and reinforcing the …

How to Use Your iPhone's Scientific Calculator

I'll be honest, I don't think I've used a scientific calculator since college. But my teenage daughter uses one every time she does her math homework. The problem is that she's constantly losing her calculator. On the other hand, she has never once lost her phone. I suspect that her priorities in …

Calculators

Why Google doesn’t care about college degrees, in 5 quotes

Google isn’t big on college degrees, although the search giant is inundated with applicants touting perfect GPAs from Ivy League schools.<p>Google’s chairman and head of hiring, Laszlo Bock, has given a few insights in the <i>New York Times</i> on how he sorts through a multitude of bright applicants.<p>The …

Lexus hooks up turbo power in the new NX small crossover

"Positioned below the RX, the new NX model will provide an exciting entry point into the Lexus crossover and luxury utility vehicle family," explains …

Tesla opens 100th Supercharger... in a state where sales are banned

You can't buy a Tesla in New Jersey, but now you can Supercharge one up! Tesla's 100th Supercharger just came online in Hamilton, located just a few miles from the NJ state capital of Trenton. The Garden State's very first Supercharger sports six stalls, and, since it's positioned just a few miles …