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Notes From The Driveway: 2016 Volvo XC90

My colleague Bengt Halvorson calls the 2016 Volvo XC90 one of the most important production introductions of the year. Let me clarify that for you. …

McFly: 26K Mile 1981 DeLorean DMC-12

This 1981 DeLorean DMC 12 (VIN SCEDT26T1BD005294) is back in running condition after sitting for 15 years. Low 26k mileage is par for the course with …

Classic Cars

How the Bugatti Veyron Can Blow the Mind of Someone Who Isn't Into Cars

Car guy or not, the Veyron is amazing.<p>"That's a nice piece," the director of marketing for an upscale Greenwich car dealer said, using the language of an art hawk, as we stood near the pit at Lime Rock Park in Salisbury, Connecticut, watching two Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesses growl across the …

It Cost Amazon $250 Million To Get Clarkson, Hammond, And May?

The last few months have been an emotional roller coaster for <i>Top Gear</i> fans. First, Jeremy Clarkson caused a fracas. Then he was fired from <i>Top Gear</i>. …

Chris Pratt's Triumph From 'Jurassic World' For Sale: Video

With a box office take of over $1.5 billion, <i>Jurassic World</i> is already part of movie history. And now one of the blockbuster's vehicular stars is up …

Movies

One-Off Ferrari with an Incredible History May Pull $16 Million at Auction

A million dollars for a car is insane. Yet, we continuously see classic Ferraris pull in more than 5 to 10 times that at auction, and this one-off 1962 Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale is expected to far exceed that number.<p>In 1912, Giovanni Bertone founded Carrozzeria Bertone in Turin, Italy. …

Enzo Ferrari

Italy's Ciclotte, stationary bike for the 21st Century

As transportation enthusiasts, we are constitutionally disinclined toward things that don’t move. Stationary bikes, in particular — with their pedaling and sweating but with none of the moving — seem like a lost opportunity. But sometimes, we make an exception. And this is one exceptional exception.<p>…

Italy

Saleen Selling the Assets and Intellectual Property of Select Models

It’s not every day that a carmaker offers up key parts of some of its most memorable models. However, GA Global Partners will be selling the assets and intellectual property of the Saleen S7, S7R, and S5S Raptor supercars. Items will include the remaining inventory, parts, molds, designs, …

Borgward Teases Its First New Car In More Than 50 Years

Many readers won’t be familiar with historic German brand Borgward, since the company originally went bankrupt back in 1961. That’s set to change, …

Auto Shows

2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG coupe Photo Gallery

Mercedes-Benz

Original Maserati Ghibli Spyder Prototype Heads To Auction

Today, the Maserati Ghibli is a mid-size sports sedan that slots neatly below the larger Quattroporte and its more sporting, two-door GranTurismo and …

2016 Honda Accord Gets Sharp New Look, Loads More Tech

A new Accord isn’t normally reason for excitement but the latest 2016 model is certainly worth a close look at, even for those buyers considering a …

Honda Accord

2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe

Black magic motion.<p>When we tested the S63 version of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-class coupe, we called it “over the top in every way imaginable.” So let us now imagine that one wearing a price tag swollen by 44 percent with 50 percent more cylinders under the hood must be beyond over the top, …

2017 Renault Alpine A120 spy shots

The long road to the market return of the Alpine sports car brand is almost over.<p>It was in late 2012 that French automaker Renault announced plans to …

Alfa Romeo

Watch Classical Sculptures Spring To Life Through The Magic Of Projection Mapping

Walk through any good art classical museum, and the statues can seem so real, it’s almost as if they’ll come to life if turn your back on them. At France’s Lyon Museum of Fine Arts, for at least one night, that’s exactly what happened.<p>The museum asked artist Arnaud Pottier to bring sculptures, …

When Handwriting Dies, Neural Networks Will Be The Only Calligraphers Left

At the University of Toronto, computer science researchers have taught a neural network how to write by hand.<p>In the digital age, proficiency with a keyboard is considered more important to a student’s education than legible handwriting, leading some to despair that the art of writing by hand is …

Voxel8 Raises $12M To Bring Its 3D Electronics Printer To Market

Voxel8, the startup behind the first multi-material 3D electronics printer, has raised $12 million to bring its printers to the desks of engineers and designers everywhere.<p>ARCH Venture Partners and Braemar Energy Ventures led the Series A round, joined by Autodesk, through its Spark Investment Fund …

How messaging impacts customer communications

For many people under a certain age, messaging — SMS/MMS texting as well as messaging apps — is their preferred conversational medium.<p>They will only resort to phone calls or emails the way the rest of us might choose to write a letter in longhand — that is, only when all other options have been …

Chatbots

Minion-like Apple Watch stand is so cute it’s creepy

We hope that the designer of this cute Apple Watch stand doesn’t get an adorable little cease-and-desist letter in the mail.<p>The WatchMe stand bears an uncanny resemblance to the stars of some despicable memes scattered across the Internet like salt, but it isn’t a complete rip-off. They don’t have …

Hillary Clinton's email could become a criminal matter – report

Investigation requested at Justice Department over Democratic presidential hopeful’s use of private account while secretary of state, says New York Times<p>Hillary Clinton may face a criminal investigation by the Justice Department over her use of a private email address while she was secretary of …

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here's what's happening:<p><b>1. Palantir just disclosed in an SEC form that it has closed a huge round of investment, issuing $500 million in stock, $450 million of which has already been sold.</b> This confirms last month's report that it was raising up to $500 million at a $20 billion …

Alibaba Group

Barack Obama says Britain must stay in EU

US president says Britain is 'best partner', but risks losing its influence on the world stage if it leaves the European Union<p>Barack Obama has said that Britain must stay in the European Union to continue to have a strong influence on the world stage.<p>The US president said that Britain was America’s …

Dmail Makes Your Gmail Messages Self-Destruct

Have you ever regretted sending an email, and wished you could take it back? Or maybe you’ve worried about sending confidential information over email – especially after seeing the damage a large-scale email hack can cause, like the one that hit Sony Pictures last year? A new “self-destructing” …

Google Photos

Jeb Bush defends Medicare comments

<b>(CNN) —</b> At a town hall Thursday, Jeb Bush refused to back down to criticism from Democrats, and one animated local voter, who charged him with "attacking the seniors" over his push for entitlement reform.<p>The woman told Bush she was very concerned about news reports alleging that Bush's policies …

Government

Apple puts 100 popular iOS apps and games on sale

If you're looking to replenish your iOS app collection before the summer holidays, this could be the right moment. Apple just launched a promotion …

LinkedIn’s co-founder reluctantly admits that his site design needs work

Speaking at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference last week in Aspen, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman was slow to agree with the notion that his site’s design was ‘unresponsive and confusing’ — but eventually conceded that it indeed needed work.<p>Hoffman responded to a question from Jourdan Urbach — …

UX Design

Whoa: Amazon cloud sales up nearly 82% in second quarter

Amazon(AMZN) Web Services showed very strong sales growth in Amazon’s second quarter. Net sales for the segment were up 81.4% to $1.824 billion from …

YouTube has a new mobile app now, 3D VR video coming soon

During a keynote speech tonight at the 6th annual Vidcon event, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced a new version of its mobile app. Available on Android and mobile web browsers now (iOS coming soon), it makes it easier for creators to publish and edit directly in the app, and easier for viewers …