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The VW Bus Really Is Making a Comeback

Volkswagen is FINALLY putting a retro Microbus into production!<p>At the Detroit Auto Show in January, Volkswagen showed off the I.D. Buzz concept, an all-electric tribute to the iconic Microbus of the 1960s (and PM named it this year's concept car of the year). This was the latest in a long line of …

Detroit Auto Show

The best WiFi router (for most people)

<i>By David Murphy</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>After more than 250 …

Wi-Fi

Netgear Orbi promises to rid your home of WiFi dead zones

One of the most frustrating first world problems today is not being able to connect to your home WiFi network in spots that are farther away from your router. Netgear believes it can get rid of that problem with its latest product: a WiFi system called Orbi. The $400 basic kit comprises of a router …

These Two Automakers Absolutely Dominated the List of Best Cars to Reach 200,000 Miles

Most of us didn't have a selection choice for our first vehicle, it was a matter of getting what was handed down to you. Inevitably, in that situation with likely limited resources, we all faced a situation where you had to decide to continue sinking money into a money pit, or finally bite the …

People are shelling out thousands of dollars to score this winter coat on Kickstarter

Meet the Smart Parka, a winter coat designed by the Canadian company North Aware that claims to have reinvented the winter jacket.<p>And naturally people are going crazy for it.<p>Created by former software developer Jamil Khan, the coat has a number of features, including a built-in scarf, gloves, a …

Clothing

VW Plans to Make U.S. Diesel Owners an Offer They Can't Refuse

Volkswagen will offer generous compensation packages to the roughly 600,000 U.S. owners of diesel vehicles whose emissions are over the legal limit, …

General Motors

ODO Develops Odor-Resistant, Stain and Water-Repellant Denim

Woven with the magical properties of silver.<p>Denimheads have always implored neophytes to never, ever wash their jeans for more natural wear, but the inevitable side effect turning your pair of jeans into a festering biosphere of bacteria is understandably enough to deter anyone from properly …

VW makes management changes following emissions scandal

German carmaker brings in new faces as it almost halves number of senior managers reporting directly to CEO Matthias Müller<p>Volkswagen has made sweeping changes to its senior management team as it attempts to cut costs and overhaul its culture following the diesel emissions scandal.<p>The German …

Diesel Emissions
China

Russia is already exacting its revenge on Turkey for downing a Russian warplane

"The government has been ordered to work out a system of response measures to this act of aggression in the economic and humanitarian spheres," which may include "limits or bans" on "foodstuffs, labor, and services from Turkish companies," Medvedev said.<p>The sanctions "could bite into more than $30 …

Russia

Before-and-after photos of China's air show just how terrible its air pollution is

China's air is notoriously polluted, full of gray smog that covers the sky.<p>The health problems associated with that pollution are the reason for 1.6 million deaths a year, or about 4,000 people a day.<p>But for a couple of weeks, the sky was bright blue.<p>In honor of a military parade to celebrate the …

Pollution

Tesla wants to make fully self-driving cars happen way ahead of schedule

Tesla was already no slouch in the autonomous-vehicle world, having released its Autopilot feature into the wild just over a month ago.<p>We sampled Autopilot as soon as it hit the streets and were quite impressed, to put it mildly.<p>But evidently, Tesla's CEO isn't impressed enough. So he put out a …

Tesla

Xiaomi debuts all-metal Redmi Note 3 phone, Mi Pad 2 tablet

Xiaomi has launched its first all-metal devices in Beijing today: the Redmi Note 3 phone and the Mi Pad 2 tablet.<p>The 5.5-inch phone runs on Xiaomi’s Android-based MIUI 7 OS and features a 1080p display, a fingerprint sensor on the back and a massive 4,000mAh battery.<p>It’s powered by a MediaTek Helio …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2015

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Inventions

The innovators: the lightweight tank that turns snorkellers into divers

Dyson Award runner-up Cathal Redmond has invented the Express Dive air tank which can treble the length of time humans can hold their breath underwater<p>As colourful fish were swimming past him off the Greek coast, Cathal Redmond was convinced he had taken some great photos with his first underwater …

Scuba Diving

uBeam Declassifies Secrets To Try To Prove Wireless Power Is Possible

It must violate the laws of physics. It must be dangerous. It must be impossible. This is what critics have concluded despite not actually knowing the details behind uBeam’s wireless power technology. So rather than let the rumors swirl, today uBeam revealed a bunch of details about how far, how …

Engineering

Report: A 'brave' engineer told bosses at Volkswagen that a large-scale deception occurred

The paper said VW engineers tampered with tire pressure and mixed diesel with their motor oil to make them use less fuel, a deception that began in 2013 and carried on until the spring of this year.<p>"Employees have indicated in an internal investigation that there were irregularities in ascertaining …

Diesel Emissions
Carbon Dioxide

Lithium-Air Battery Breakthrough May Mean Game Over For Gasoline

The lithium-air battery is the holy grail of energy storage only better.<p>Now, thanks to a breakthrough made by scientists at Cambridge University, it may also be a lot closer to commercial reality than previously believed.<p>First things first. What is a lithium air battery?<p>A battery has three basic …

Clean Energy

High-power sound waves used to blast cancer cells

British doctors develop revolutionary new therapy that can precisely target tumours without surgery<p>British doctors are developing a revolutionary new therapy for cancer and associated conditions based on the use of high-powered beams of ultrasound.<p>The researchers – working at the Institute of …

Cancer

Volkswagen Says 800,000 Vehicles Have "Unexplained" Emissions Problems

The German automaker also warned that the growing emissions scandal could turn into a $2.2-billion crisis.<p>Volkswagen on Tuesday announced that an internal review has found "unexplained inconsistencies" in the carbon dioxide emissions for around 800,000 vehicles.<p>The finding could turn into a …

Volkswagen and Audi hit with lawsuit from Australian car owners

Australian firm Bannister Law has filed two class actions under consumer law in the federal court for selling vehicles with emissions defeating devices<p>Volkswagen and Audi have been hit with two class action lawsuits from Australian car owners.<p>In a case which could claim billions of dollars in …

U.S. Federal Courts

A Free Option Turns Old Windows XP Laptops into Chromebooks | Inc.com

Microsoft has made an unprecedented offer in allowing users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 upgrade to Windows 10 in the first year of its release. But older PCs that run Windows XP and Windows Vista are out of the loop. Those wanting to speed up their operation and beef up their security with a free …

Software
McDonald's

15 Apps That Make Freelancer Life Easier

Figuring everything out on your own can be hard, so we asked freelancers what makes their lives easier. Here are their favorite tools.<p>Aside from actually drumming up business, a lot of the stress of freelance life involves staying organized and on task. Fortunately, technology is there to help us, …

Productivity
Mexico City

Samsung Pay Is Now Available For Verizon Customers

When Samsung launched its mobile payments service — Samsung Pay — in the U.S. at the end of September, it was missing one major name: Verizon. (Yep, the company that owns AOL, which owns TechCrunch.) Now, the Korean company has remedied the situation after it released a Google Play app specifically …

Mobile

Samsung may move up Galaxy S7 launch to January, report says

The move could allow its next flagship to better compete with Apple's iPhone 6S.<p>Samsung is reportedly moving up the launch of its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7, to January in order to ramp up competition with Apple in the high-end phone market.<p>Samsung finalized the design for the Galaxy …

Electronics Industry

Toyota to Recall 6.5 Million Vehicles Globally

Recall is Toyota’s fourth since 2009 due to faulty power-window switches<p>TOKYO—Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.5 million vehicles world-wide over power-window switches at risk of fire, the auto maker said Wednesday, the latest in a series of similar recalls involving around 14 million cars.<p>This is …

Automotive Industry