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Mercedes-AMG GT spawns hardcore GT3 racecar, debuts in 2016

In October, we reported that the roaring Mercedes-AMG GT would spawn several derivatives over its planned seven-year lifespan, and those predictions …

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Shelby Mustang GT350 packs over 500 horsepower

The heart of the GT350 Mustang is a new 5.2-liter V8 producing over 500 hp (373 kW) and 542 Nm (400 lb.ft) of torque. The engine is Ford's first to …

Patrick Dempsey set for dual IMSA and WEC calendar in 2015

Actor, team owner and Porsche spokesman Patrick Dempsey is expected to announce an ambitious racing schedule that will see the 48-year-old contest a …

The most powerful Audi R8 ever

Audi’s R8 halo car has been with us since 2006. Since then, Audi has breathlessly reminded us that it has had 45 consecutive months of record sales, …

Lazzarini dreams up Ferrari-powered, Hennessey-tuned Alfa Romeo 4C

If there are any two firms you could count on to shoehorn a Ferrari V8 into the back of an Alfa Romeo 4C, they would almost certainly be Lazzarini Design and Hennessey Performance. The former already dreamt up doing the same with a Fiat 500, and the latter has been shattering records with a similar …

2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Test Drive And Review: Another Good One

There’s another 911 in the Porsche lineup, and it’s another good one. The GTS, with four different variants, brings the total number of 911 versions to 20. And with Porsche, the model is just a starting point, as a myriad of packages and options allow for a dizzying variety of possible …

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and Sedan: 455 M3-Baiting Horsepower!

Striking at the heart of luxury performance.<p>In a world where the highest-profile Cadillac—you know the one—rides on gigantic rims, factory or otherwise, it’s telling that the new 2016 ATS-V’s only available wheel diameter is a humble 18 inches. As the ATS-V sedan and coupe make their long-awaited …

US government planes collecting phone data, report claims

<b>Devices that gather data from millions of mobile phones are being flown over the US by the government, according to the Wall Street Journal.</b><p>The "dirtbox" devices mimic mobile phone tower transmissions, and handsets transmit back their location and unique identity data, the report claims.<p>While they …

One year in, here's what our readers think of the PlayStation 4

One year ago today, the PlayStation 4 was released in North America. When we took a look at it in our original review, we lauded the console for its "masculine chassis" that could "compete for visual attention" in your living room, a controller that's "damn close" to being perfect and a user …

This 22-Year-Old Went From Working At McDonald's To Making $1 Million A Year Playing Video Games

One of the biggest names in the e-sports realm right now is a 22-year-old named Matt Haag, who is better known as "Nadeshot." He's a master at "Call of Duty," and he's part of a team, called OpTic Gaming. He's even sponsored by Red Bull.<p>And just three years ago he was flipping burgers at a …

This Is Why Sony Won't Let You Change Your PSN Name

Sony's Playstation Network, at this point, has been around a little bit. Eight years out in the wild and a whole lots of things change: a streaming service here, an expanded storefront there, an MMO or two and a wave of indie games. What hasn’t changed, however, is any of the users’ PSN names. …

The Backed Pack: A learning laptop, a self-cleaning fish tank, & a bass booster

<i>Each week, our friends at Backerjack bring us updates on some of the most successful gadget crowdfunding campaigns.</i><p>Pi-Top<p>The mission behind Pi-Top is simple: Focus on teaching people how to create and code great hardware. It functions as a laptop dedicated to teaching the skills necessary to …

iPad App of the Week: VSCO Cam for iPad

Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.<p>Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and …

The Samsung Gear S Is A Smartphone On Your Wrist

Announced back in September, the Samsung Gear S is the South Korean electronics company’s sixth attempt at making a smartwatch. It’s got the specs of a mid-range phone from a few years back and runs Tizen, Samsung’s own operating system.<p>The intended appeal of the Gear S is that it can be used …

Hands on: Microsoft Sway tells your story without the hassle

Office has a new app in the family: Sway, a new way to share stories and ideas directly from your phone.<p>Microsoft’s Sway was announced back in October and remains invite only, but the company opened up the preview to New Zealand users this week. Sway is touted as a way for “expressing your ideas in …

Apple is now worth more than Russia’s entire stock market

AAPL shares closed at an all-time high yesterday, putting the company’s market cap at $663.2 billion. Never before has Apple been so profitable. In fact, Apple makes so much money, it’s now worth more than the entire Russian stock market.<p>Check out the chart below:<p>Russia, the world’s 20th largest …

Verizon's new ETF policy: Full penalty for the first 7 months

Contracts are a binding agreement between you and your service provider. Contracts often have mutual benefits for both parties. Contracts can be broken… for a price. In the world of cellular service, there are two basic options for consumers: (1) spend a large sum of money and procure a new product …

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Yes, Google Wallet Shut Down One Service. No, It's Not a Big Deal.

The main platform for which the product was created no longer exists.<p>Google quietly announced yesterday that it would be discontinuing a service that allowed some Web developers to sell digital goods on websites using Google’s Wallet payment service. Because Google is Google, the announcement got a …

Kids can now program toys that talk to just about anything

There's no shortage of smart toys, but they tend only to talk to each other. What if your kid wants the freedom to use them with just about anything? That's where Dynepic's upcoming DynePod might help. It may look like a simple 25-pixel block of LEDs, but it's really the centerpiece of an "internet …

Windows 10’s OneDrive modifications challenge Microsoft’s feedback methods

Testers aren't happy<p>Microsoft’s changes to Windows 10 have been largely well received, but one particular modification to OneDrive has angered Windows users. The latest Windows 10 Technical Preview build, released earlier this week, changes OneDrive sync functionality significantly. Microsoft has …

This strange-looking ‘Impossible’ electric bike can be easily folded into a backpack

“Impossible” is the name of a new electric bike Kickstarter project started by Impossible Technology that has almost doubled its target goal, with 41 …

Apple Pay Doubled Mobile Wallet Transactions at Walgreens, Accounted for 50% of Tap-to-Pay Purchases at McDonald's

Apple Pay has been available in quite a few retail stores since its release more than three weeks ago on October 20, but thus far there's been little concrete indication of its popularity with customers. A new report from <i>The New York Times</i>, however, sheds some light on Apple Pay's early …

Disney announces Disney Infinity 2.0 mobile built w/ Metal, new ESPN app, and more during today’s special event

Today’s Disney Mobile Product Showcase kicked off with Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, sharing a Steve Jobs anecdote. No matter the time or place it’s always incredibly interesting to hear personal stories of Apple’s late leader.<p>Iger recalled the time when he contacted his buddy Jobs with what he thought …

U.S. Warns of Vulnerability That Could Leave Apple iOS Devices Open to Attack

This exploit could impact more than 90 percent of iPhone users running iOS 7 or iOS 8.<p>The U.S. government’s cyber squad is warning Apple users about a security vulnerability that hackers could use to trick them into installing bogus versions of legitimate apps on their mobile devices.<p>This …

When Microsoft becomes the soul of a Google machine

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: HTC<p>Windows has dominated the laptop market for decades. Android, on the other hand, has dominated the smartphone …

McLaren P13 Given Proper Name, Will Come in “Longtail” Variant

More details have emerged on McLaren’s forthcoming smaller sports car, which until now has only been known by its internal project code of P13. The only thing the official release tells us that we didn’t already know is that the new car will be called the Sports Series, and that it will be making …

2015 Dodge Challenger V-6 8-Speed Automatic

More speeds, but not much more speed.<p>From the November 2014 Issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>With a turbo four-cylinder Ford Mustang now a real thing, we’re moved to reexamine the genre of the entry-level muscle car, long associated with secretarial pools and rental-car lots. Under discussion today: the …

Watch a 207-mph Jet Bicycle Decimate a Ferrari in a Drag Race

Which is the more amazing feat: Switzerland’s Francois Gissy leaving a Ferrari 430 Scuderia sitting still at the dragstrip as he recorded 3.1 g’s of accelerative force on his way to a top speed of 207 mph, or that he did this on a BICYCLE? That bicycle, incidentally, was equipped with a rocket …