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How Amazon's Investments Could Wipe Out Retail Stores

Despite Amazon.com’s scale and growth, it accounted for a mere 3% of 2015 retail sales.<p>So even though Amazon took a whopping 24% of all the retail sales growth in 2015, it still has plenty of room to get bigger.<p>Why? Unlike most American companies which are suffering from a drop in productivity, …

Amazon Prime Is $67 This Friday. Here's Why Gamers Should Care

Amazon Prime is normally $100 a year, but for one day it'll be $67. Here's why that's awesome.<p>You've probably heard of Amazon Prime, the yearly …

New Cars - Car News and Expert Reviews

If you wanted to get a closer look at Hyundai’s Le Fil Rouge concept car, but...<p>Despite near-universal cries for more power, the Toyota 86 has always been about...<p>You may not think an entry-level luxury sedan could claim the title of the most...<p>Although the Detroit auto show hosts some of the …

Detroit Auto Show

2016 Chevrolet Volt

The gas-electric Volt, now quicker and less eccentric, is the embodiment of New Age versatility.<p>From the October 2015 issue<p>We have only fond memories of the original Chevy Volt, that slab-sided toccata and fugue of Yankee ingenuity from 2011. It looked like something Jimmy Carter acolytes created …

New Cars - Car News and Expert Reviews

Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE), the firm that owns the fabled Yenko brand...<p>On this episode of “Behind the Wheel,” Automobile social media editor Billy Rehbock...<p>Fiat Chrysler announced late last week that Sergio Marchionne would be unable to return...<p>Ford has created a subdivision called Ford …

Detroit Auto Show

Beyond the Rearview Camera: An Enhanced View All the Way Around [Sponsored]

The rearview camera is now a widely available feature, but the 2016 Lincoln MKX goes a few steps further, providing a 360-degree “bird’s-eye” view over and around the vehicle. Whether parking in a tight spot, maneuvering around hard-to-see obstacles, or navigating a narrow driveway, the …

One more way China is out-innovating the US: with a vending machine full of live crabs

It’s that time of year again, when the people of China unite in tearing apart exoskeletons to suck up the flesh of hairy crabs. From August to October, the crabs—which get their name from the hair-like tendrils that grow on their claws—sell like hotcakes throughout China.<p>Except, hotcakes don’t sell …

Habitats

Why China is having trouble getting the whole country to speak Mandarin

After over a century of promoting Mandarin as the official language of China, almost a third of the population still doesn’t speak what the government calls <i>putonghua</i> or the “common tongue.” According to a new Chinese government study, 400 million Chinese citizens can’t speak Mandarin, reports …

Language

The internet of things will save the US from the great stagnation

I know the coffee’s ready because the light in the Quartz kitchen is purple, not pink. The light knows the coffee is ready is because there are sensors—heat and pressure—taped to the coffee maker. This is the internet of things. It will save us all from economic ruin.<p>Or at least that’s what a new …

Internet of Things

Here's How Apple's Fingerprint Technology Works On The iPhone 5S

The fingerprint system, dubbed Touch ID, will let you unlock your phone by simply placing your finger on the home button.<p>We've broken down how the system works.

Touch ID

Tweet Becomes An 'Official Word' In Latest Oxford English Dictionary Update

For all the talk of multi-million dollar valuations, one to one interactions, and a steadfast refusal to speculate about a flotation, Twitter finally has something that could impress even the most technophobic grandparent. ‘Tweet’ is now an official word, and is included in the Oxford English …

The Girl Who Turned to Bone

Unexpected discoveries in the quest to cure an extraordinary skeletal condition show how medically relevant rare diseases can be.<p>When Jeannie Peeper was born in 1958, there was only one thing amiss: her big toes were short and crooked. Doctors fitted her with toe braces and sent her home. Two …

A Glimpse Inside BMW’s i Electric Project

Next to Tesla, and, perhaps Renault-Nissan, there isn’t an automaker in the world that’s putting as much faith and money into electric mobility as BMW. The brand’s CEO, Norbert Reithofer, has invested massively in his new sub-brand, called “i,” plus R&D and production sites around the globe. Tied …

GM, Ford to jointly develop 10-speed transmissions

Will build, tune transmissions separately, hoping to save money, boost mpg, improve performance.<p>The latest auto race isn't on a track. It's under the car, unseen, in the transmission.<p>Ford Motor and General Motors, the two biggest of the Detroit 3, said today they will jointly develop nine- and …