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BMW Readies 3-series Midcycle Updates

BMW is getting ready to implement a midcycle facelift for its current, F30 3-series (pictured). Part of the 2016 update will be new engine options, according to the website bmwblog.com. The 3-series will receive a plug-in-hybrid version with a four-cylinder gasoline engine, and the 3.0-liter 335i …

Automotive Design

2017 BMW M5 xDrive AWD

Snow states and a state of heightened power add a driven axle to BMW's M5.<p><b>What It Is:</b> A current-generation BMW M5 sedan testing a new feature that’s headed to the next-generation M5: all-wheel drive. (Or, in BMW-speak, “xDrive.”) The presence of front driveshafts on this prototype—and our spy …

Automotive Design

Apple Loop: Major iOS 8 Bug, Apple Supercharging The iPhone 6S, iPad Pro's Stylus

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop covers the doubling of the memory for the iPhone 6S, the iOS 8 GMT bug, battery life on the Apple Watch, why a rumored stylus for the iPad Pro makes sense, Japanese market share, music analysis acquisition, iPhones …

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Even When Ferrari Makes a Misstep, It's on the Right Path

Why you shouldn't panic if the next Ferrari is more 348 than 458.<p>From the February 2015 issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>If you win the lottery and ask me for car-buying advice, I’ll send you to the nearest Ferrari dealership to buy a 458 Speciale. Which you won’t be able to buy, because they’ll want to haze …

Enzo Ferrari

iPhone 6 Plus, Four Months On: Still the Best, With a Catch

Four months ago, when I reviewed the new iPhones, I called the 6 Plus the perfect smartphone. Is that still true, even after four months of use?<p>I’ve had the 6 Plus since it launched in September. Using a review model for three weeks absolutely convinced me that the 6 Plus was the way to go, so I …

Infiniti Q60 Coupe Concept: Going for Baroque

Infiniti's sports coupe moves to the Q50 platform.<p>Infiniti’s new naming convention—every model designation now starts with Q—could be called boring (not to mention confusing), but no one is likely to make that same accusation at the brand’s styling. For proof, we offer the ornate Q60 coupe concept, …

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8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

Essential texting acronyms every parent needs to know

Sometimes it feels like parents and teens don’t speak the same language. When it comes to texting, chatting and emailing, that's literally true. If you've looked at any teen's communications, you'll see them sprinkled with acronyms and shorthand that make no sense.<p>Those letters and numbers are an …

Get Your Hands On Them: The World's Most Expensive Golf Clubs

In the game of golf, talent alone won’t get the ball very far. While spiked shoes, collared shirts and cigars are synonymous with the game, all you really need on the course is a club. And while there’s no promising that using a more expensive club will lead to a lower scorecard, there’s not harm …

Raising The Roof: Tesla Opens The Era Of The Upgradeable Car

Fulfilling a promise CEO Elon Musk made back in June, Tesla unwrapped an after-Christmas present for owners of its original Roadster sports car yesterday. A series of three upgrades — to the battery pack, the tires and the aerodynamics — that the company calls “Roadster 3.0” will increase the …

2015 Chevrolet SS Manual

Chevy builds the E39 M5 that BMW won't.<p>From the February 2015 issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>We’d barely left the parking spot before the Chevrolet SS had us saying, “That’s the stuff.” Push in the clutch, lift off the throttle for your first shift, and the 415-hp LS3 V-8 crackles through the tailpipes on …

Sports Cars

Android Circuit: Android 5.0.2 Released, Kodak's First Smartphone, Samsung Surrenders Over Services

Taking a look back at the week in news across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit highlights a number of stories including Android 5.0.2 for the Nexus 7, iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5, Kodak’s new Android smartphone, Christmas hints and tips, technology or religion, Samsung closes software …

Australia travel guide

Expert guide to Australia<p>An insider's guide to Australia, featuring the country's best hotels, restaurants, bars, attractions and things to do, including how to travel there and around. Click on the tabs below for guides to Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and …

Egypt bans 'Zionist' film Exodus and cites 'historical inaccuracies'

A day after Morocco bans film, Egypt says it’s rife with mistakes, including an apparent claim that ‘Moses and the Jews built the pyramids’<p>Exodus: Gods and Kings review – holy Moses, wholly acceptable for the devout<p>Egypt has banned the Hollywood biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, citing …

The top 5 beach holidays in Portugal for 2017

For more general advice on booking a holiday in Portugal, see our Portugal summer holiday guide. Our guide features expert recommendations for beach, villa, culture, food and drink and activity holidays.<p><b>Porto de Mós, Western Algarve</b><p>The sweeping sands of Porto de Mos are overlooked by dramatic …

10 amazing food and wine holidays in Spain

For more general advice on booking a holiday in Spain, see our Spain summer holidays guide. Our guide features expert recommendations for cities, beach, villa, culture, food and drink and activity holidays.<p>1. Gijón and Asturian cider<p>Asturias’s cool capital Oviedo might feel like the most obvious …

How We'd Spec It: The Sportiest Version of the Sportiest Toyota Camry – Feature

For the first time in many years of quiet, reliable servitude, Toyota’s latest Camry was designed with some eye toward driving satisfaction. We’re not talking about the sort of “Hey, it didn’t break!” satisfaction that’s led millions to purchase Camrys over the years, either. Toyota actually tried …

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Expert guide to Barcelona

Local laws and etiquette<p>Tipping is a pretty relaxed affair in Spain, and people tend to round up to the nearest euro in a bar, café or taxi, and leave just a few euros in all but the smartest restaurants.<p>Drivers are required to keep a fluorescent gilet inside the car, to be worn if they break down …

Top 10: characterful Venice hotels

An insider's guide to the most characterful hotels in Venice, including the best hotels for chic suites, striking décor, beautiful gardens and quirky art collections, in locations near the Grand Canal and St Mark's Square.<p>Hotel Metropole<p>Venice, Veneto, Italy<p>8 Telegraph expert rating<p>The …

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Blackball Media<p>I was a little anxious when I was asked to write this review. Everyone at AOL Cars seems to love this car, and no-one seems to have a …

The NY Times Is Killing Its Car Section; This Review Is Proof It Shouldn't

This weekend’s Sunday <i>New York Times</i> Automobiles section will be the Gray Lady’s last; the paper has decided—perhaps foolishly—for business reasons to no longer publish what had become, over 20 years, a weekend ritual for those of us in the business and many of you reading this now.<p>The closure hits …

Ford Mustang

Isabella Rossellini interview: on ageism in Hollywood and the fashion industry

Still radiant but now single at 62, Isabella Rossellini is returning briefly to acting after all but giving it (and men) up to pursue an unlikely new passion: farming<p>“When I was a little girl, I thought my parents were famous because they were parents,” admits Isabella Rossellini, before biting …

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Rouble’s dramatic decline gives Russia an economic headache

Already facing sanctions, the Kremlin now has to deal with a falling oil price and weak currency. But Putin has presided over years of rising living standards, and that may buy him time<p>A website that was going viral on Russian social networks last week shows the rouble-dollar exchange rate, the …

Why I Love London in the Winter

For me, the unofficial start of London’s holiday season is awash in poppy red—the flowers that seem to adorn every lapel and storefront in the city to honor Remembrance Day. I am always blown away by the sense of solidarity the occasion continues to bring to the English capital.<p>While the city isn’t …

Cocktail of the week: Fig and Mandarin Martini

This week's drink is a twist on that iconic drink, the martini. It's time to get figgy...<p>Back in the golden age of the cocktail, a martini was always made using the same ingredients – gin or vodka, dry vermouth, and a lemon twist or olive, depending on your preference.<p>By the 1980s, however, …

Australia's best food experiences: state by state

For a nation so long wed to the pale culinary shadow of the English Sunday dinner (meat and three vegetables, anyone?) Australia has come a long way. Inspired by local ingredients, Pacific-rim cultures and techniques, Modern Australian cooking (‘Mod Oz’) is about as far removed from Yorkshire …

Australia

Black Sea review – Jude Law gets into deep water in a leaky Soviet sub

Tensions run high in Kevin Macdonald’s dark submarine thriller<p>Rather than turning to the usual submarine flick canon (from <i>Das Boot</i> to <i>Crimson Tide</i>) director Kevin Macdonald tellingly used William Friedkin’s <i>Sorcerer</i> (a remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s <i>The Wages of Fear</i>) as a touchstone for this tale …

We Hear: Jaguar XK to Return as Comfier Grand Tourer

Production on the Jaguar XK may have just ended this past summer, but already there’s talk of a new, larger and more comfortable grand tourer model that will take its place in the lineup.<p>This comes from Russ Varney, former project leader for the XK, who told <i>Autocar</i>, “There is no reason the XK …

Supercars

Inside Polaroid's nostalgia-fuelled revival

Polaroid has managed to snatch its brand from the jaws of death, thanks to a combination of modern technology and retro design<p>The white frame of a Polaroid photograph is deeply embedded within our cultural consciousness. For young hipsters, it represents something retro and cool - the Instagram of …

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Whisky: the most complex spirit on Earth

Christopher Middleton has learnt that where whisky is concerned, there’s nothing to fear<p>There are people who maintain that whisky is something not so much to be sipped as worshipped. Ignore them, says Charles MacLean, host of the first-ever <b>Telegraph Whisky Experience</b>.<p>Having written 16 books on the …

Whiskey