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2014 Mini Cooper S Hardtop

Searching for something sweet in 21 months with a little rascal of a Mini Cooper S.<p>From the June 2016 issue<p>A Mini should be a joyful thing. The cheeky styling, quick reflexes, and punchy power­train are supposed to be a playful escape from the anonymous sedans and me-too crossovers that plug up …

Chris Harris enjoys a smokey treat with HSV Maloo GTS

Auto enthusiasts should absolutely adore Australia. This bonkers island, aside from being filled with bugs, spiders, sharks and crocodiles, all of which are hell bent on killing you slowly, is home to two of the auto world's greatest things – the V8 Supercars series, and the ute.<p>While Americans …

2015 Can-Am Spyder F3 First Ride

Improving the Breed<p>In early 2014, I got my first crack at a three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder, the then-new RS-S sport model. I expected a motorcycle that couldn’t tip over, but what I found was more akin to riding a high-performance ATV on the street. Climbing onto the all-new Can-Am Spyder F3, I …

15 Cars with the Most Beautiful Lights

For some cars, lights not only illuminate the road ahead but also serve as a distinctive styling element that can sometimes be the most interesting part of a car’s overall design. Automakers are increasingly attempting to solidify their signature look with light designs, and LED technology allows …

This Lost 1950s Gullwing Mercedes Was Found in Cuba

A photographer with a mission: to find the rumored lost 300SL.<p><i>(Credit: All Photos By Piotr Degler)</i><p>Automotive photographer Degler roamed the Caribbean island to find the subjects for his 2015 calendar Carros de Cuba, reasoning that there was nowhere else on earth with a streetscape unchanged since …

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New York cafe: 1979 Moto Guzzi LeMans

If you live in New York and love vintage European machinery, we have a name for you: Peter Boggia. He’s the man behind Moto Borgotaro, a Brooklyn-based shop that handles everything from regular maintenance to full restorations and Moto Guzzi cafe racer builds.<p>Boggia is one of those guys who can …

All-new 2015 RC F gives Lexus a performance edge

Lexus has been trying to shave a performance edge into its staid upscale profile since 2007, when it launched the F line of performance cars. The IS F supersedan turned heads, but the advent in 2010 of the LFA, a supercar with a 4.8-liter V-10 engine that hit 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, proved Lexus was …

Car Salesman Confidential: What Car of the Year Means To Me

Everything said by auto journalists gets magnified. The bad does, but so does the good, like when a model wins Car of the Year.<p>I wonder if automotive journalists have any idea of the power they have?<p>In 1968, when my stepfather was selling cars at Doug Wiley Pontiac in Birmingham, Alabama, if …

Military-Surplus Humvee Auction Brings in Nearly $750,000

<i>(Photo Credit: govplanet.com)</i><p>The federal government's first Humvee auction went well. <i>Military.com</i> reports that IronPlanet Inc. auctioned off 25 of the trucks for the Pentagon, raking in $744,000 in the process (plus a 10-percent commission for the auction house). Although bidding started at $10,000 …

Watch Nasa's Orion spacecraft breaking through Earth's atmosphere - video

Africa2Moon to use crowdfunding for first phase, with organisers hoping to inspire next generation of engineers and scientists<p>Published: 5 Jan 2015<p>Lunar Mission One launches a crowdfunding drive on Wednesday, which offers donors a chance to have a digital memory box buried on the moon<p>1:30<p>Published: …

Study: 420 Million People Around The World Are Addicted To The Internet

According to the study, which we first saw on Motherboard, researchers estimate that 6% of the world's population is addicted to the internet.<p>The world's population is roughly 7 billion people, so that makes for about 420 million people addicted to the internet.<p>Importantly, not everyone in the …

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Indian E-Commerce Is on Fire. What Will Amazon and Alibaba Do About It?

Do the two global powers build, buy or partner?<p>The hottest e-commerce market in the world isn’t in the U.S. or China. It’s in India, and that poses a big challenge to Amazon and Alibaba as their global ambitions grow.<p>On Saturday, Flipkart — perhaps the most popular online shopping site in India — …

Apple Pay Responsible for 1% of Digital Payment Dollars in November, Most Popular at Whole Foods

Apple Pay is seeing impressive early adoption numbers according to a new ITG Investment Research Report on Mobile Payments (via <i>MarketWatch</i>), which suggests Apple's new payment service was responsible for a total of 1 percent of digital payment dollars during the month of November.<p>Apple still trails …

BlackBerry is working on Boeing's long-awaited self-destructing phone

Boeing's mysterious, self-destructing Black phone is getting help in the security department from none other than BlackBerry. During a conference call on Friday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced that the company is collaborating with the defense contractor to bake its end-to-end BES 12 platform …