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A Visit to Nissan Motorsports Nismo Factory Speed Shop

Here's where all the customer-car fettling and race-machine building magic happens.<p>Nissan fans and aftermarket-speed freaks know the Nismo name well, it having been established in 1984 to manage Nissan’s motorsports efforts. For decades Nissan was happy enough with Nismo’s win-Sunday-sell-Monday …

Blue-Plate Survivor: 57k-Mile 1981 Honda Prelude

This 1981 Honda Prelude (chassis JHMSN5222BC030993) is an all-original, 57,000 mile example being sold on behalf of its aging, original owner. It …

First Clip from Martin Scorsese's THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Box Office: Vince Vaughan Drops Another Bomb While Catching Fire Breaks Records

Vince Vaughn seems like he’d be a good guy to have a beer with and I kind of respect the fact that he can just show up somewhere in his street clothes and make millions for reading a few lines and making a few confused faces. But I also haven’t seen his last four or five movies because they all …

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Amazon announces week-long Black Friday sale schedule

Amazon announced the schedule for its five-day holiday sale taking place the week of Black Friday.<p>Beginning at 8:10 a.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 25, Amazon will offer limited-time discounts on titles such as <i>Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition, Remember Me, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Kingdom Hearts</i> …

IRL: the Samsung Galaxy Round is a curved Note 3 that costs way too much

<i>Welcome to</i> IRL<i>, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we're using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.</i><p>Flat smartphones are <i>so</i> early 2013; concave is the new hotness. At least, that's what Samsung and LG might have …

Redbox Instant hits Windows Phone, will remain Lumia-exclusive for 60 days

After launching on iOS and Android almost a year ago, the mobile version of Redbox Instant by Verizon has finally arrived in the Windows Phone Store. Aside from a few cosmetic changes and added Live Tile support, the new app works exactly like its cross-platform counterparts, offering movie …

The True Costs of Developing an App

<i>Jeremy Rappaport is a writer at Fueled, the leading iPhone application developers and masters of mobile design in New York City. This post was originally published on the Fueled blog.</i><p>Everyone knows about the big names: Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Instagram. Countless others …

Halo programmer departs Microsoft for Naughty Dog

<i>Halo 4</i> principal engine programmer Corrinne Yu recently departed from Microsoft's Halo team to join Naughty Dog.<p>According to her LinkedIn profile, Yu's current duties include coding on the PlayStation 4. Specific titles or projects are not listed.<p>Yu worked as the principal engine programmer for 343 …

Eric Schmidt writes a guide for switching from iPhone to Android

Thinking about making the switch from iPhone to Android? "Many" of Eric Schmidt's friends are, he says — and so he wrote them a 900-word guide to walk them through the process. Google's executive chairman took to Google+ today to share tips and best practices for abandoning Apple's ecosystem in …

REVIEW: HTC Took The Best Android Phone In The World And Made It Really, Really Big

And then there are the phablets, the supersized phones with 5.5 to 6-inch screens. Samsung popularized phablets with its Galaxy Note line of devices two years ago. A lot of people, including me, laughed at the attempt. But since then, my thinking has evolved along with the market's. Millions of …

Zuckerberg says US 'really blew it' on surveillance programs

Mark Zuckerberg believes the United States "really blew it" on surveillance programs that have drawn intense criticism as lacking respect for citizens' privacy.<p>"I think that these things are always a balance, in terms of doing the right things and also being clear and telling people about what …

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Both The PS4 And Xbox One Had Killer Launches, So Chill On The Comparisons

<i>The Playstation 4 sold 1 million consoles in its first 24 hours on sale. The Xbox One matched the tally, but was on sale in more countries (11, to be exact). Still, the Xbox One cost $100 more per unit, so its day one revenue mark was higher, right?</i><p><i>But what about game sales? Peripherals? Line wait?</i> …

Glass Just Got Way More Interesting

It feels like over the last year, Google Glass went on a roller coaster ride that spanned the first half of the infamous hype cycle. It went from rumored prototype to completely overhyped object of one of tech’s most spectacular demos to the butt of jokes on late night TV. Until this week, however, …

Why Apple Hasn’t Managed to Kill Pandora Yet

Pandora remains the king of Internet radio for now. The online music service’s position atop the sector has been in question ever since Apple …

Uber Strikes Deal To Lower The Cost Of Car Ownership For Drivers

On-demand transportation service Uber is trying to get new drivers on the road, while also improving the experience for those who are already on its platform. To do that, it’s partnered with a couple of auto manufacturers and a few financing providers to reduce the cost of new car ownership for …

Xbox One buyers run into dodgy disc drives

<b>New Xbox One owners are having the same luck of the draw that took the shine off Sony's PS4 launch. This time, it's the Xbox's slot-loading disc</b> …

Google Glass throws open its doors to developers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google unveiled its Glass Development Kit on Tuesday at a Glass hackathon, inviting developers to create new applications for its wearable technology.<p>The development kit, or GDK, gives developers access to parts of Glass that previously have been under lock and key. Developers now …

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The Great Snapchat Mirage

We don't know a single useful number about the hottest company in tech. Why Snapchat may be much smaller than it sounds.<p>Every few months, since late 2012, Snapchat has released a new number to the public. This number is touted as an important, defining metric — it is intended as a sort of Snapchat …

Evena's smart glasses offer nurses a through-the-skin view of patients' veins (video)

It's not always easy for nurses to find the right vein for an intravenous drip -- the target vessels are sometimes hidden below the skin. Evena Medical's new Eyes-On smart glasses may make those injections a little easier. The Moverio-based eyewear overlays a 3D blood vessel map on the patient, …

Toshiba gives 7-inch Android tablets another shot with the $170 Excite 7 (hands-on)

Back over the summer when Toshiba refreshed its tablet lineup, it appeared that the company was pulling out all the stops: two of its new models had super-sharp 2,560 x 1,600 screens and made use of NVIDIA's new Tegra 4 chip. At the high end, one even allowed for pen input, thanks to a …

Watch LG's new flexible phone heal itself after a knife scratch

When LG announced its curved smartphone, the G Flex, it boasted that the handset was coated with a "self-healing" material and even compared it to Wolverine from <i>X-Men</i>. LG later released a promotional video showing off the tech in action, but it's only now that someone has put the company's claims …

A Phone Charging Device For The Next Billion Turns Heat Into Power

The Voto uses cookstoves, a handheld fuel cell, and simple biomass fuels to power lights and devices in areas where electricity is scarce.<p>Billions of people in the developing world are using mobile phones, and a growing portion of them are connecting to the Internet for the time through them. But …

This Brazilian mobile firm’s user base grew 1,567% in five years

The Brazilian mobile company, Movile, reaches millions of Latin Americans with each tap and swipe of their devices—whether they realize it or not.<p>Now the company founded in the late 1990s, back when mobiles were used for text messaging and grainy games of Snake, has ambitions that go far beyond the …

SmartGlass for Xbox One arrives on Android and iOS

An early taste of Microsoft's next-gen gaming experience arrived today for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 users in the form of the Xbox One SmartGlass app, and now Android and iOS faithful can get their fill as well. There's not much you can do with the second screen app as the hardware it'll play …

The one problem with Dropbox’s $8 billion valuation: The service is too easy to leave

Recently I ran out of space on the consumer-focused cloud storage service Dropbox, which as of this morning is reportedly valued at $8 billion. Dropbox has been (cleverly) backing up all my photos every time I connect my phone to my laptop, encouraging me to fill up my allotted gigabytes and get me …

Motorola turns to 3D printing to bring its ambitious modular smartphones to life

Motorola’s futuristic smartphones now have an equally futuristic manufacturing method: 3D printing.<p>Motorola announced today that it’s inked a deal with 3D printing giant 3D Systems to put together its Project Ara smartphones, which the company announced last month.<p>Essentially a Lego take on …

Electric Bus Fleet Brings Chinese Manufacturing To America

Public transit vehicles may be the key to China's success in the U.S. auto market. Chinese company BYD, based in Shenzhen, is manufacturing electric buses. It's an appealing option for a place like California, where emission standards are strict.<p>At BYD's North American headquarters in Los Angeles, …

Programmed virus brings lithium-air batteries closer to reality

Lithium-air (or Li-air) batteries have the capacity to more than triple the energy density of today’s lithium-ion batteries, mostly because they can …