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Weekly Recap: Bentley Bentayga leads luxury SUV charge at Frankfurt

Plus: Notes On The 2016 Toyota Prius, Cadillac XT5, And Porsche 911<p>The Bentley Bentayga is launching a new era of ultra high-end sport utility vehicles that will see luxury makers vie for the world's richest and most exclusive customers.<p>The Bentayga is Bentley's first SUV, and it will formally …

Toyota Prius

How to Race in the Comfort of Your Own Home

These racing simulators bring motorsports to you.<p>Last year NBC Sports hired Parker Kligerman as analyst for its racing telecasts and built him a three-projector simulator.<p>"It used the same wheel, the same pedals I own at home," Kligerman said. The studio simulator lets him re-enact scenarios from …

2016 Honda HR-V Small Crossover Utility Gets Highest Safety Scores

The 2016 Honda HR-V crossover has the highest overall safety score for government crash tests.<p>Federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash-test …

Lancia Ypsilon gets a fresh coat of lipstick

We'll forgive you if you've written off the Lancia Ypsilon. That is, assuming it was ever on your radar screen in the first place. The supermini is little more than a gussied-up, five-door version of the Fiat 500. It was withdrawn from all but its home market of Italy last year, soldiering on as …

Gaming
Retrogaming

3 ways the original PlayStation changed gaming forever

We’re all living in a PlayStation world.<p>Twenty years ago, Sony released its first console and changed the industry forever. GamesBeat already talked about its rough launch line-up and its five most important games. Today, here are three ways the original PlayStation changed the gaming …

Retrogaming

Playdate: Building the Mushroom Kingdom in 'Super Mario Maker'

A lot of games are about wish fulfilment, but what if your dream is to <i>make</i> Nintendo games? Well, now there's a game for that, too: <i>Super Mario Maker</i> -- a video game creation suite that's exactly what it sounds like. Nintendo's been hyping this game for over a year, and it hits shelves today. How is …

Gaming

Weekly Recap: PS4 Outsells Xbox One Again, But Xbox One Has Best Exclusives

<b>THE BIG STUFF:</b><p><b>PS4 Comes Out on Top in NPD's August 2015 US Sales Report:</b> The PlayStation 4 was yet again the best-selling console in the United States during August, Sony announced this week as part of the NPD report. However, the Xbox One was no slouch, as sales rose 26 percent compared to August …

Shigeru Miyamoto

Need For Speed taking closed beta signups — consoles only — until Sept. 25

The <i>Need for Speed</i> reboot is taking signups for a closed beta that will run sometime after Sept. 25 and before the game's expected launch in November.<p>Registration ends Sept. 25, and the beta is not being offered on Windows PC — only Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Though the sign-up site is localized to …

Factory refurbished 32GB Wii U on sale at Groupon for $190

<i>Update 9/12/15: The $190 Wii U deal is still going strong although some of the other console deals we’ve listed have expired. We’ve updated the post below with currently available deals.</i><p>Interested in getting a Wii U this fall but wish you didn’t have to fork out a full $300 to get one? Groupon …

Consumer Tech

California Drought Just Broke A 120-Year Record

Drought-stricken California, which just had its driest January ever recorded, smashed another dismal record last month: the hottest February.<p>Peter Gleick, a climate, water and sustainability scientist and member of the U.S. National Academy of Science, tweeted a graph from the National Oceanic and …

MH370: Missing Malaysia Airlines flight 'will be found'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1150000/1150597_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518135176_3e0dcc45eefd1e06f43601b4a071689d<p><b>Malaysia's transport minister says he is confident the MH370 flight which disappeared almost a year ago will be found in the southern Indian …

Airplanes

Ohio man accused of plotting Capitol attack says would have shot Obama

Islamic State (ISIS)

Islamic State militants bulldoze ancient Nimrud city

The assault against Nimrud comes a week after the release of a video showing Islamic State forces smashing museum statues and carvings in Mosul in Iraq<p>Archaelogists round the world have warned that Islamic State jihadists are attempting to destroy all traces of ancient civilisations across …

Indian mob raids jail, kills rape suspect

<b>New Delhi (CNN) —</b> In an unusual public raid in India, thousands stormed a jail and dragged out a rape suspect before beating him to death on the streets, authorities said Friday.<p>The 35-year-old suspect, who was described as an illegal immigrant from Bangladesh, died from severe injuries before …

CNN

French and Belgian nationals among five dead in Mali shooting

The pair were gunned down along with another European, a police officer and security guard in a restaurant in the country’s capital Bamako<p>Five people, including French and Belgian nationals, have been shot dead in a restaurant on a busy street in the Malian capital Bamako.<p>At least one gunman …

Samsung's Curved All-In-One PC Lands March 8 for $1,299

Samsung’s ATIV One 7 Curved was announced at CES, and will finally be going on sale this Sunday for $1,299.<p>While there are plenty of curved HDTVs and monitors already on the market, this is the first all-in-one curved PC. And if you have a Samsung smartphone, you can pair the two for one-tap music …

Samsung

Apple Watch on deck: What to expect from Monday's 'Spring Forward' event

It's finally time for Apple Watch. Apple's “Spring Forward” event in San Francisco on Monday is widely expected to be the launch pad for its eagerly anticipated smartwatch.<p>The world got its first glimpse of Apple Watch at a glitzy event in Cupertino, Calif. in September, and the tech giant looks …

Smartwatches

Eight VR headsets your eyes need to see

Some of the biggest names in tech are throwing their headsets into the virtual-reality ring. Here's a look at the new gear coming this year.<p>Virtual reality is almost upon us. And no, this isn't the heavy, constrictive, poorly animated VR you might remember from the early '90s. These modern entries …

Amazon’s bringing its mobile games to iOS

When Amazon Game Studios revealed its latest set of exclusive new mobile titles late last year, they were all restricted to Amazon hardware.<p>Now it’s decided – perhaps thanks to the relatively poor sales performance of the Fire phone – to bring four of them to iOS.<p>There’s no release date yet, but …

Mobile Gaming

Game developers seek Apple Watch event spotlight as major companies ready apps

Hundreds of iOS developers have been working with Apple in secret Cupertino-based sessions on apps for the Apple Watch, and now we’ve learned that this list includes game developers. According to two sources, multiple “mass market, casual” game developers have been in the running to show off light …

Smartwatches

US accuses three people of stealing over a billion email addresses

The US Department of Justice just announced three indictments for what one attorney called "the largest data breach of names and email addresses in the history of the Internet." Vietnamese citizens Viet Quoc Nguyen and Giang Hoang Vu stand accused of a scheme to hack email service providers, while …

Retrogaming

Sony's next PS4 update lets you pick up your game where you left off

Sony's PlayStation 4 has been a sales success since its launch and recently crossed 20 million units sold to customers. Of course, now that gamers have one they're expecting new features and Sony might be about to pick up the pace. Posts on NeoGAF and Twitter reveal the PlayStation MVP program …

GDC 2015: The Best Virtual Reality At The Show

Virtual reality will soon be your reality.<p>Virtual reality was all over the Game Developers Conference this year, and soon it’ll be all over your …

Virtual Reality

BMW builds its 2 millionth 1 Series on eve of new model's launch

Hard as it may be to believe, it's been over ten years since BMW launched the first 1 Series, taking the Bavarian automaker into more accessible territory for the first time. Later this month, the first examples of the new model will arrive at dealers, but before it does, the littlest BMW has …

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss: Promoted from Middle Management

Has the 2015 Chevy Colorado been biding its time at the middle-management level of off-road prowess, just waiting for the opportunity to move to the (outdoor) executive suite? Puzzled by this weird mashup of corporate talk and pickup trucks? So are we, but that’s where the newest edition of Chevy’s …

Chevrolet