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The Case Against Reality

A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses. As we go about our daily lives, we …

Honda introduces iOS in the Car mirroring in new 2014 Civic, promised Siri Eyes Free updates incoming

<b>Update:</b> A source close to the company tells us the feature is “more than just simple mirroring” and indeed part of Honda’s implementation of iOS in the Car. Collaboration with Apple first started in 2011 and Honda initially announced Siri Eyes Free, but the new 2014 Civic will be the first of its …

Porsche 918 Spyder with Weissach package does 0-62 mph in 2.6 seconds

Porsche marketers are having a field day with the 918 Spyder after some last-minute tuning improved the car's performance. They now say that it's so fast it's already beaten itself. Let us explain: Using a Weissach package-equipped 918 as an example (which reduces the plug-in hybrid supercar's …

BMW M235i Racing restores our faith in 'M'

Based on the upcoming BMW 2 Series and aimed at amateur and semi-professional racers, the 2014 BMW M235i Racing is a stripped-down, race-spec coupe ready to take on the Nürburgring in the VLN Endurance Championship race series against cars from Audi, Porsche and Toyota.<p>Obvious in the image above …

Toyota FT-86 Open Concept leaves us feeling flushed

When last we checked in on our topless would-be hero, the Toyota FT-86 convertible had been reportedly placed on "indefinite hold." That was back in early October, not long after Toyota had trotted out the rear-wheel-drive canvasback to Scion dealers as a possible future product carrot if they …

Fire drill: can Tony Fadell and Nest build a better smoke detector?

More than anything, I’m surprised it’s a square.<p>A square <i>with rounded corners</i>, Nest CEO Tony Fadell corrects me. Then the man responsible for the iPod and the Nest thermostat beams at me and delivers the line for his newest product. “Safety,” he says, “shouldn’t be annoying.”<p>He hits the large …

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C First Drive

Bringing Sexy Back: Alfa Romeo’s Return to the U.S. is Simply Stunning<p>Do you even care? Honestly, if I told you the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C drives like a 1983 Dodge Diplomat on bald tires, would it really make a difference? After all, Alfa told us that the 4C has “more to do with the heart than with the …

Alfa Romeo

Oculus snags $16 million from investors to bring virtual reality to the masses

Oculus announced its first round of funding today, wherein the company secured $16 million from investors specifically aimed at putting the Oculus Rift in consumer hands. The nascent virtual reality hardware company has repeatedly said its end goal with the Rift is to make it a consumer product; …

Motorola shows off insane electronic tattoo and 'vitamin authentication' prototype wearables

At the D11 conference today, Regina Dugan, SVP for advanced technology and projects at Motorola, showed off some advanced projects. The first was a prototype electronic tattoo on her arm from MC10, about which she quipped "teenagers might not want to wear a watch, but you can be sure they'll wear a …

Apple iOS 7: Sleek, Elegant Software Redesign for iPhone, iPad

Apple product lovers, your iPhone and iPad interfaces will look radically different this year.<p>At Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference …

PlayStation 4: Sony outmaneuvers Microsoft on price, design, and common sense

Xbox One controversy reaches its climax as Sony twists the knife<p>Before yesterday's E3 keynotes from Sony and Microsoft, opinion was split on the very different paths each company is taking. Some found the PlayStation 4 the more appealing proposal on paper — a more powerful, developer-friendly box …

'Ring Queen Sabine Schmitz battles Ron Simons in Porsche vs Ferrari scrap

We hope you have seven minutes to kill. RSR Nürburgring recently took the time to pit Sabine Schmitz and her slightly modified Porsche 911 GT3 RS against Ron Simons and his Ferrari 458 Italia in a sparring match around the infamous Green Hell. The clip begins with the two drivers engaging in a …

2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Update 3

Baby’s got new shoes<p>After 11,000 miles of street driving and multiple days of track lapping with staffers at our 2013 Car of the Year event and with pro racer Randy Pobst at Streets of Willow during a comparison test, the BRZ’s tires were beginning to look a little spent. While they aren’t quite …

Fuel Efficiency

Red Hat Announces RDO And OpenStack Partner Program

At the OpenStack Summit today, Red Hat announced RDO, “a freely available, community-supported distribution of OpenStack that runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora and their derivatives.” In essence, RDO will function for Red Hat OpenStack much like Fedora does for Red Hat Enterprise Linux: new …

Simcity 5 for Mac to land June 11th

By T3 Online<p>Developer also reinstates Cheetah speed for all servers<p>The Mac version of Simcity 5 is to arrive on shelves June 11th, EA has …

Scion FR-S Sampler Platter: Tasting a Buffet of Factory Variants

Vintage Toyota 2000GT and AE86 Also On the Menu<p>We’re an impatient crowd. Even before the Scion FR-S hit the market, the gearhead universe was speculating about how it might be developed. Encouragingly, Toyota has been doing a lot of thinking of its own. On a blissful day of track driving in Spain, …

Sports Cars

2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Update 1

A hard-working long-termer<p>The BRZ has only been in my possession for a few short months, but it’s already got nearly 6000 miles on the odometer. A hundred or two of those miles came during this year’s Car of the Year competition, where my personal car was used as one of the contenders. We don’t …

2013 Scion FR-S Arrival

Six Months of Wide Open Throttle<p>Three thousand and five hundred. That’s how many miles the Wide Open Throttle crew — you know, only the most awesome car news blog on the Web — put on the Motor Trend garage’s new 2013 Scion FR-S in just three weeks.<p>The quick-witted among you might note that we’ve …

San Francisco

2013 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster First Drive

Roofless, but Still Ruthless: Lose the top, lose anything else?<p>After I turn onto Ocean Drive, he steps forward, nearly into my lane, and beckons with a low wave and smooth Cuban inflection. “Pay whatever you like — just valet with me!”<p>This is why we’re here. As big cities go, Miami is as good at …

Hero Worship: Sampling BMW’s Race Cars of the Past 20 Years

We Hitch a Ride in Vintage BMW M3, M5 Racers<p>They say you should never meet your heroes. But when your hero happens to be an inanimate object such as a race car, there’s less room for disappointment. It was that philosophy that led me to accept the invitation to the debut of BMW‘s Z4 GTE race car. …

Le Mans

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series First Drive

A Great Car to Scare Your Rival Club Racers With<p>Tobias Moers is no Zora Arkus-Duntov. The godfather of the Corvette would never allow his baby to wear the moniker SS because, he explained, “All Corvettes are Super Sports.” But AMG’s head honcho senses no such redundancy in hanging the analogous …

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McLaren P1 First Look

Plug-In Hyper Car<p>When you read “plug-in hybrid,” you think of Volts, Prii, and the like. You don’t think about 900-hp supercars. Or didn’t, as that’s going to change thanks to the McLaren P1, which was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.<p>We’ve known for some time now that the McLaren P1 would be …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs

Ferrari LaFerrari First Look

Oooh, La La: Ferrari’s first hybrid road car is also its quickest-ever supercar<p>If you can get over the somewhat dubious name, Ferrari’s Enzo-succeeding LaFerrari supercar looks fully prepared to carry a torch that has been passed along through four previous generations of Ferrari supercar.<p>Powered …

Sports Cars

2013 SRT Viper First Test

Is This the Fastest Car Under $100,000?<p>You, the avid reader, are no doubt aware that we recently hosted a little dust-up between the 2013 SRT Viper GTS and the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 that ended with the outgoing ZR1 setting a new lap record at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Much hand-wringing and …

Sports Cars

2014 SRT Viper TA: Ralph’s Revenge

Setting the Record Straight in MT’s Very Own Viper<p>To say that SRT boss Ralph Gilles was unhappy with the results of our comparison test between the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the SRT Viper GTS would be like saying Michael Corleone was a little disappointed in his brother Fredo. Ralph was …

Sports Cars

Subaru WRX Concept First Look

GT-R-Inspired WRX Roars Into New York<p><i>SHOW FLOOR UPDATE: Wow, this is one good-looking WRX! Subaru dropped the curtains surrounding the WRX Concept and the car was immediately swarmed by journalists from the world over. The WRX looks even better in person than in pictures — it’s plain weird for an</i> …

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2014 Acura MDX First Look

RX Ready: MDX is Quicker, More Efficient<p><i>Show floor update: With more space, more features, better fuel economy, and better handling, the 2014 MDX will roll into showrooms at a price Acura says no competitor will be able to match with the same content. Longer, lower, and borrowing heavily from the</i> …

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2014 SRT Viper TA attacks Manhattan [w/video]

As if the 2013 SRT Viper GTS hasn't stirred up enough excitement, SRT has created a more specialized version of the car designed to attack any track. On display at the New York Auto Show, the 2014 Viper TA has been enhanced for even better track duty, but production will be limited to just 33 units …