Adam Cole Shanks

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Why Philips Flattened The Light Bulb

Introducing the SlimStyle, a pancake-shaped light bulb that represents the LED industry’s latest attempt to court skeptical consumers.<p>Yesterday, a federal ban on production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs went into effect, forcing consumers to switch to more efficient (if less aesthetically …

Android dominates 81 percent of world smartphone market

For the first time ever, Android has hit more than 80 percent market share for smartphone shipments worldwide.<p>The new Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker was released on Tuesday by IDC, which detailed third-quarter numbers for all smartphone shipments worldwide. A total of 261.1 million …

2014 Lexus IS Takes Six Different Forms at 2013 SEMA Show

The 2014 Lexus IS will take over the automaker’s show stand at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, as six completely different interpretations of the sporty sedan will be on display. Some of the transformed cars were created by fans, including the winner of a recent design contest hosted by the …

Ford Announces 14 Percent October Improvement, F-Series Still On Top

October 2013 sales figures are out for Ford Motor Company, which sold 191,985 vehicles total compared to 168,456 last year. While still a far cry from August 2013’s 221,270 total sales, Ford is steadily climbing the ladder. The numbers show a 14 percent year-over-year increase, and a 12.2 percent …

2015 Lexus RC First Look

Lexus subtracts some doors, adds some sexy<p>If you believe – before seeing the 2015 Lexus RC – that Lexus lacks excitement in their lineup of hybrids and SUVs, then Junichi Furuyama, chief engineer of some of the Toyota’s luxury division’s most important projects, is right there with you.<p>The fact …

Car Salesman Confidential: 10 Things To Never Say To A Customer

Sometimes, less is more<p>In a lot of these blogs I’ve been lecturing the customers, telling them what they should and shouldn’t do. Well, this week, I want to share some rules for salespeople. I try to follow these rules myself, and I think all salespeole should, too. We’ll start at Number Ten and …

We Hear: Next Generation Bentley Continental, Porsche Panamera to Share Platform

Daimler Seeks to Expand Tesla Cooperation

With the Model S selling strongly, the falcon-winged Model X crossover on the way, and a more affordable third-generation sedan in the works, Tesla seems to be in rude health, the stubborn state dealer associations blocking their factory-owned stores notwithstanding. But there was a time when the …

2014 Chevrolet Silverado Cheyenne Concept Joins Big V-8, Regular Cab

General Motors has a long history of tempting us with concepts at SEMA that never make it all the way to the showroom. Some examples are the Silverado 427 SS concept, and a Suburban featuring the stillborn 4.5-liter Duramax V-8 diesel. We would have loved to see either of these vehicles, but we’re …

Alfa Romeo 4C Could Be Sold at Fiat Dealers, Says Marchionne

It turns out the new Alfa Romeo 4C might be sold at Fiat dealerships after all. Chrysler and Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne recently said that Fiat’s best U.S. dealers will have a crack at selling new Alfa Romeos including the 4C sports car, reversing an earlier company statement that the 4C would be …

Forbidden Fruit: 2013 Volkswagen Scirocco R on Ignition

Forbidden fruit is usually just that: forbidden. Someone must’ve forgotten to let associate road test editor Carlos Lago know, because on this week’s episode of Ignition, he brings us the Volkswagen Scirocco R hot hatch from the automaker’s European lineup over to the U.S. for a bit of California …

Hyundai Launches Turbo-4, V-6 Crate Engine Program at SEMA

Hyundai is looking to become more tuner-friendly and crack into the crate engine market at the 2013 SEMA show. Hyundai announced that it’ll offer the Genesis Coupe’s Theta 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 and its Lambda 3.8-liter V-6 as crate engines at a significant discount compared to the factory …

Sphyke C3N secures bike components with mini combination locks

There are already plenty of options when it comes to keeping people from stealing your whole bike, but what if you also want to guard against people …

Repairs

Novel kettle folds flat to slide into your back pocket

A foldable kettle might not be what you would call a life changing gadget but it could be a great travel companion for tea and coffee lovers. …

Industrial Designer

Ford S-Max Concept

You can (probably) bet Ford's global portfolio won't include this hot van.<p>Ford’s increasingly globalized product lineup has brought the U.S. market previously off-limit gems like the (European-market and wonderful) Focus and the Fiesta, the high-performance ST variants of both those cars, as well …

How to Do Bokeh

Creative photography often involves using a variety of techniques to add dramatic effects to a photograph. One such technique is referred to as …

Aperture

Google is laying the groundwork to build its own self-driving car—without a major auto manufacturer as partner

Once again, Google is apparently working on its own version of hardware at the same time that it’s partnering with mainstream manufacturers of the same kind of device. But this time, it’s a car.<p>A report by Amir Efrati includes details of Google’s exploration of what it would take to build its own …

Autonomous Cars

Education 2.0: Fixing the Broken Higher-Ed System

Tuition is rising. Graduates, burdened by the incredible debt required to get a four-year degree, can't find jobs. It's time to hack your education. (Also see "6 Tech Career Paths That Won't Bury You in Debt.")<p><b>In 2010 Jay Cross was a business major at the University of Connecticut</b>, and he was …

College & University

Infrared Cameras Now Small Enough to Be in Your Phone

FLIR, a major manufacturer of infrared sensors, introduces a prototype camera small enough to go into your smartphone. Will your next phone be capable of thermal imaging?<p><b>Put away those night-vision goggles.</b> FLIR, a leading manufacturer of infrared sensors, has married a smartphone to its …

BAE Systems

DIY Solar Panels That Track the Sun

Check out this video of a system designed by Arizona man Mike Davis to have solar panels follow the sun across the sky.<p>If you're into solar energy and robotics, have some spare time on your hands, and simply can't deal with the lack of efficiency brought on by the sun moving across the sky, then …

Tips to Overcome Fear & Tension as a Street Photographer

Are you comfortable photographing strangers in the street? What holds you back from getting the shots you want? In an impassioned monologue, …

Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of new entries on the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the …

With 'Ingress,' the world is Google's game board

Your Android smartphone becomes your entry into a new dimension of video games with 'Ingress,' a sci-fi game that is played in the real world, in real-time, around the globe.<p>Want a glimpse into the future of video games? Tap into <i>Ingress</i>.<p>The real-world augmented reality game was launched quietly in …

2012 Volkswagen Surf Beetle First Drive

Two-Tone Turbo: Old-School Looks With New Cool Tricks<p>I drive a lot of exotics in my job. Every couple of weeks we have some hyper-dollared, uber-powered 200-mph monster in the garage, oozing sexiness.<p>Surprisingly, the Volkswagen Beetle you see here received more positive attention than even the …

Apple trade ban reversal in US questioned by South Korea

South Korea's government has expressed "concerns" about the Barack Obama administration's last-minute reversal of a trade ban against Apple's iPhone 4 and 3G-capable iPad 2 – amid the threat that a similar ban on Samsung products will be implemented on Friday.<p>The block on the iPhone ban, which …

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to buy Washington Post

The Washington Post Co. announced Monday that it plans to sell its flagship newspaper and other publications to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos for $250 million in cash.<p>The Graham family has overseen the paper for four generations.<p>The current Washington Post Co. will change its …

The Case for Alien Life

Only one planet has been proven to support life: our own. But with at least 11 billion Earth-sized worlds in our galaxy orbiting in their stars' habitable zones, the odds that we are not alone are improving.<p>On Feb. 9, 2013, NASA's Curiosity rover found something on Mars that set a milestone in the …

The 10 Best Apps for DIYers

For today's do-it-yourselfer, a well-designed smartphone app can be as essential as a hammer and a box of nails.<p>For today's do-it-yourselfer, a well-designed smartphone app can be as essential as a hammer and a box of nails. We tested dozens of apps created to help you find lumber, get organized, …

How Tom West Built A Pirate-Proof Yacht

The 30-ton vessel, Faith, is armored to keep out unwanted guests.<p>Tom West has tackled some impressive builds over the years, including telescopes, a sawmill, and his house in Poland, Indiana. But West, a retired teacher, recently completed his swan song: a 30-ton, 56-foot-long sailboat named <i>Faith</i>. …