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VW's Seat unveils the first fully electric touring-class race car

You've seen electric Formula cars, Le Mans racers and even a Pikes Peak machine, but there's still room for more firsts in EV racing. VW's Seat brand has unveiled the Cupra e-Racer, which it says is the first completely electric touring-class race car. It's built on the existing Cupra Leon TCR …

Apple is reportedly launching a cheaper MacBook Air this year

If you’re thinking about buying a new laptop in 2018, you might want to wait a couple more months, as Apple is expected to launch an affordable new MacBook Air soon.<p>That’s from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who’s usually right about this sort of thing. 9to5Mac relayed Kuo’s prediction about …

This Fiero Is The Electric Sports Car You Should Buy Right Now

At first glance, this seems like a terrible idea, but I’ve come around to the prospect of a 1988 Fiero GT serving as a daily driven battery electric …

Sports Cars

Chevy V8 swap takes this Yugo to 100mph on ice

It's only five times the engine it originally had.<p>The original Yugo was a wretched, nasty little box or a seriously cheap commuter car, depending on the way you looked at it. One thing it clearly wasn't was fast, as the 1.1-liter U.S.-market engine, which replaced an even smaller pushrod engine …

SHIFTCAM 2.0 features easy to access lens options that help you take unique photos

Our phones have amazing cameras. Honestly, regardless of what phone you pick up these days, you’ll likely get a camera that will beat most point and shoot offerings. One thing that dedicated cameras have over phones, however, is options for lenses. You can change your zoom range, get in closer, …

New iOS 12 concept offers up refreshed Lock screen, App Bar, Guest Mode, Face ID tricks, stability, and more

After seeing a beautiful macOS 11 concept yesterday, today we’ve got a brand new iOS 12 concept from designer iOS News And More. Leading off with a nod to improved stability and bug fixes, the concept goes on to visualize some slick enhancements for a potential iOS 12 release.<p>Starting out, the …

The Cupra e-Racer Foreshadows the Future of Touring Car Racing and It's Beautiful

The VW sub-brand imagines what global motorsport will be like in the next five to ten years.<p>Cupra<p>Caleb JacobsView Caleb Jacobs's …

Tesla-inspired Taiga electric snowmobile does 0-60 mph in 3 seconds

As we often like to remind everyone here at Electrek, electric propulsion is slowly but surely taking over every segment of ground transport one at a time – and not just electric cars.<p>Now a new startup says that it’s time for snowmobiles, which are surprisingly polluting and therefore, an important …

Missing the MagSafe on your USB-C MacBook Pro?

If you used a MacBook in the last 10 years, it likely had a MagSafe power adapter which magnetically connected to the laptop. Apple has since updated …

Dodge Challenger Driver Arrested For Doing 145 MPH, Flipping Off Tokyo Speed Cameras

Going so fast, it took police two years to catch up—seriously.<p>Dodge<p>Kyle CheromchaView Kyle Cheromcha's …

2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country First Test: Old Reliable

This sturdy wagon is nearing the end of its lifecycle but remains a hardy Swede<p>Yes, we know Volvo has a brand-spanking-new 2019 V60 wagon in the wings, and we expect there will also be a Cross Country version with extra ground clearance. And we are heartened by the prospects of a 2019 V60 Cross …

From iOS 12 to watchOS 5: All the new Apple software we expect this year

Earlier this week, Zac outlined all of the hardware products Apple is likely to release as this year progresses. Just as important as those hardware releases, however, are the software updates that will accompany them.<p>We already know that Apple has iOS 11.3 planned for this month, but beyond that …

Beta Testing

KOBRA’s OBDII reader works w/ iPhone & Android to clear check engine codes for $13

E-Tech distributors (99% positive feedback lifetime) via Amazon offers the KOBRA OBDII reader that works with iPhone and Android for <b>$12.99 Prime shipped</b>. This includes shipping for Prime members or in orders of $25+. Normally $20 or so, this is the lowest we’ve ever seen it offered and the best …

Mazda rotary engine returning in 2019 as EV range extender, exec says

It seems that a range-extended Mazda electric car with a rotary engine is for real, and coming sooner than expected. An automotive news outlet from the Netherlands called AutoRAI spoke with Mazda's European vice president for sales and customer service. He told the outlet that Mazda has an electric …

Mercedes-AMG GT four-door teased one last time before Geneva debut

This has gone on long enough.<p>Brief teaser campaigns are fun and build hype for a new car, but if you string it out for too long, you risk everyone getting tired of it before it even debuts. Thankfully, what's under the cover at Mercedes-Benz will be too exciting to tire of.<p>Ahead of its debut at the …

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Reloaded: Nokia brings back the 8110 'Matrix' banana phone

HMD Global bets on nostalgia once more after the successful relaunch of the 3310 last year<p>In 1996 the original Nokia 8110 slider “banana” phone was released; three years later it hit the big time in the hand Keanu Reeves in The Matrix. Fast forward 22 years and the Nokia 8110 has been reloaded.<p>The …

Mobile Technology

View up to a 130-inch screen w/ this budget-conscious projector: $59.50 (Reg. $100)

RAGU-Direct (99% positive lifetime feedback) via Amazon offers its Z400 1800 Lumens Mini Portable Projector for <b>$59.69 shipped</b> when code <b>RAGUZ400</b> is used at checkout. Normally between $90-$100, this is a fantastic price and the lowest we’ve seen since May 2017. Rated 4.5/5 stars from hundreds.<p><i>Note:</i></i> …

This is the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 Art Lens

Behold: this is the soon-to-be-announced Sigma 105mm f/1.4 Art lens, a fast telephoto prime that will soon be announced for Canon, Nikon, Sigma, and …

17 Hidden iPhone Hacks You Never Knew About

From charging the battery faster to taking a hands-free photo, these are the secret iPhone hacks you wish you knew sooner.<p>Few things are worse than …

Hacking

Samsung mocks the iPhone X notch & Face ID during Galaxy S9 unveil

As 9to5Google has been reporting all day, Samsung today officially unveiled its new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship. The devices tout dual aperture cameras, curved displays, and more. As you would expect, however, Samsung was sure to take some jabs at Apple during its (very unenthusiastic) …

Tesla's electric trucks may be more cost-effective than expected

When Tesla unveiled its Semi electric truck, it made audacious claims about the big rig's value -- namely, that companies would recoup the cost of the vehicle in 2 years thanks to the savings on fuel. As it turns out, that <i>might</i> have been conservative. DHL exec Jim Monkmeyer told <i>Reuters</i> in an …

Utah Company Builds Bulletproof Tesla Model S P100D

Popes, presidents, and moguls can now roll in 21st Century style with this armored super sedan.<p>Ethan Miller, Getty Images News<p>The International …

Intel’s graphics driver update makes laptop gaming way better

Intel has updated its graphics control software, and it's getting a significant boost. The update will include an automatic optimization tool that …

Here's How You Test An Unsinkable Boat

The <i>Thunder Child</i>, built by a company called Safehaven Marine, is meant to be nearly unsinkable. That means it’s not supposed to go down, even if it …

This brand-new, factory-fresh Aston Martin is 60 years old

What might look like a gorgeous classic Aston is in fact, a brand-spanking-new car. Made from the ground up to the original specification of the 1959 Le Mans competitor, the DB4 GT Continuation is the closest you could get to automotive time travel.<p>If you have north of a million dollars to spend on …

Sports Cars

Elon Musk promises Model 3 safety changes after crash report

Tesla has an excellent reputation for safety and it looks like the Model 3 is just as solid as its other EVs -- but it still needs a few tweaks. Reddit user "Model 3 Crash Dummy" managed to walk away from an accident that totaled his car, despite the fact that "the paramedics said I should be …

Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Hyundai Veloster

Still polarizing or too predictable?<p>The Hyundai Veloster has always been one of the most peculiar-looking vehicles on the market. For the 2019 model year, Hyundai overhauled the design, integrating it more into the rest of its lineup while keeping the model’s personality intact. But the question …

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Working Your Camera

Learning how to take control of your camera and getting out of full auto mode can be a little daunting for new photographers like yourself.However, …

Shutter Speed

Android P is out to steal the iPhone's high-end crown

It's a well-worn tech topic best avoided in polite conversation. But a recent <i>Bloomberg</i> article has once again brought it back to everyone's attention.<p>…

Ford Everest Raptor Could Follow Ranger Raptor

The Ford Everest SUV may be the next vehicle to receive the Raptor treatment.<p>“There’s no reason [we wouldn’t do an Everest Raptor],” Jamal Hameedi, Ford’s global performance vehicle chief engineer, told Australia’s <i>Drive.</i> A Ford Australia spokesman also told the publication that the idea “makes …

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