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Only A Radical Design Shift Can Fix Apple’s Bendy iPhone Problem

Abandoning its favorite material might be the best way for Apple to fix its design flaw.<p>The iPhone 6 is Apple’s thinnest iPhone ever. But as people are discovering, it’s also the bendiest, with many customers complaining that the frame of the iPhone 6 can be permanently bent just by sitting on it …

Mobile Technology

2015 New Cars, Trucks And Crossovers To Avoid

New cars just aren’t what they used to be. No, we’re not getting all crotchety and decrying the evolution in styling and technological breakthroughs that have literally reinvented the automobile during the last quarter millennium. Rather, we’re bemoaning the fact that, unlike as in past model …

2015 Volkswagen Jetta

The car the Jetta has always wanted to be.<p>Rowing through the gears of a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta S TDI’s six-speed manual transmission as we roll along the scenic two-laners of Virginia’s horse country, we marvel at the fact that we’re actually having <i>fun</i>. Yeah, fun. In a Jetta.<p>Never would we have …

Volkswagen

We Hear: Lamborghini Urus CUV to be built in Slovakia

Rambo Lambo: First Blood Part II is set to hit Slovakia in 2017. The follow-up to the beloved Lamborghini LM002, the Lamborghini Urus, is reportedly going to be built in Volkswagen’s Slovakia factory starting in 2017.<p>The Lamborghini Urus, Lambo’s first SUV since the early ’90s, will be built …

Lamborghini

BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept Could Hint New Flagship

There’s no denying that BMW has been very creative with its recent launches (3 Series GT, anyone?) and it doesn’t show signs of slowing down. Coming as a bit of a surprise is the BMW Vision Future Luxury concept, which makes its debut at the Beijing Motor Show.<p>At first glance it’d be easy to assume …

2014 New York Auto Show: Editors’ Best, Worst Picks

The overall feeling of the New York International Auto Show seems to be that it was good-not-great, with no look-at-me exotics but quite a few solid heart-of-market cars. Following are the vehicles that jumped out at our New York contingent.<p>BEST<p><b>50th Anniversary Ford Mustang</b><p>Related Videos<p>Watch more …

Sports Cars

Commence Burnouts: 2015 Mustang GT gets standard line lock

Electronic feature is part of the Track Apps suite.<p>As if the Ford Mustang GT wasn't enough of a tire-shredding menace already, Dave Pericak, the car's chief engineer, has announced in Charlotte that the all-new 2015 edition gets electronic line lock as standard equipment. It'll be part of the Track …

Ford Mustang

Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept is your new favorite hot hatch

<b>UPDATE:</b> <i>A previous version of this story listed the Golf R 400 Concept's top speed as 201 miles per hour. This is incorrect. The correct top speed is 174 mph and the story has been edited to reflect that.</i><p>This, friends, is what happens when you shoehorn 395 horsepower into a Golf. You get a …

2015 Dodge Challenger First Look

Don't Worry. The Retro Didn't Go Anywhere<p>The marching orders given the designers tasked with creating the 2015 Dodge Challenger must have sounded a bit like a paraphrased Hippocratic oath: First, do no harm to the 1970-Challenger-ness of it! So for inspiration, they looked to…the 1971 …

Sports Cars

2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 / 4S

Robots resurrect Porsche's original top dropper.<p>The word “targa” has several meanings in Italian. It’s a tablet, a ceremonial shield or plaque, and also what Italians call their license plates. And most relevant to us, it’s in the name of Italy’s second-most-celebrated road race, the Targa Florio, …

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Priced at $25,215

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI gets a ton of improvements for the new model year. The hot hatch is now bigger, lighter, faster, and more fuel-efficient than ever before. Even with all these extra goodies, the hot hatch receives just a minor price hike of just $195. When the 2015 VW Golf GTI rolls …

TOTD: Which Convertible Supercar Would You Own?

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06’s supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 is rated at least 625 hp and 635 lb-ft of torque. With today’s leaked details of the Corvette Z06 convertible making the same power, we want to know which convertible supercar you would own on today’s Thread of the Day.<p>While the …

Sports Cars

Ex-Apple Genius reveals 8 ways to extend your iPhone battery

Battery drain has always been one of smartphone users' biggest bugbears. Former Apple Genius Bar worker Scotty Loveless offers tips on how to extend the iPhone's battery life<p>Battery drain has always been one of smartphone users' biggest bugbears, and since the launch of Apple's iOS 7.1 mobile …

2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

A proper luxury car, with an assist from Lotus.<p>Last October, Hyundai invited us to South Korea to sample early prototypes of its 2015 Genesis sedan. That whole trip now seems like a misdirection of sorts. Because while we were hunting for nuance on the flattest, most featureless roads of Hyundai’s …

Hyundai

2015 Ford Focus Sedan

The 1.0-liter EcoBoost Comes into Focus.<p>Ford is determined to soak up every last ray of spotlight available during the protracted 2015 Focus debut. Revealed in hatchback and wagon trims at Geneva earlier this year, the maker saved the global premiere of the Focus sedan for the bright lights of New …

New York City

Pushing Their Luck: Top 5 Cars Lucky to Still be Around

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and although most of us won’t get lucky and find a four-leaf clover or a leprechaun that leads us to a pot of gold, these five vehicles seem have been saved by pure luck. Below are five vehicles that are still lucky to be around.<p>1. <b>Honda CR-Z</b> – The sporty little hybrid looks …

Sickweather tracks then alerts you of nearby illnesses

This one is definitely filed under "there's an app for that."<p>With flu season fast approaching and holiday travelers carrying germs throughout the world, it sure would be nice to know what kind of illnesses are nearby. As Mashable reported, an app called Sickweather wants to give you that …

App Store

Five tips to get more out of your iPhone or iPad in the new year

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Apple<p>Usually a New Year’s resolution happens when a person makes a promise to improve themselves. Despite our best …

Apple iOS 7 update fixes fingerprint, motion sickness and iPhone 4 woes

Update to iPhone and iPad software brings tweaks and improvements<p>Apple has updated its iPhone software to version 7.1, fixing a number of issues that had frustrated users - including abrupt crashes, problems reading fingerprints and vertigo effects for some. It also refines the software’s …

Use iPads and Kindles to get infants to read, experts say

A study from the National Literacy Trust says that touch-screen technology such as iPads can "offer a route" into reading for many children aged three to five<p>Parents should turn to smartphones, iPads and Kindles to get young children interested in reading amid concerns that growing numbers of …

Flypay Raises £1M To Make Settling Your Restaurant Bill “Waiter-Free”

Never mind poor service or the food itself, the experience of actually paying the bill at the end of a meal is often cited as the biggest pain-point for restaurant goers. Or so says Flypay, a new UK startup whose app wants to make settling the bill “waiter-free” and a lot speedier in the …

iOS 8: Apple polishes Maps data, adds public transit directions service

Apple is readying an upgraded version of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Maps application for the next major release of iOS in an effort to battle Google for mobile maps supremacy, according to sources briefed on the plans. Apple CEO Tim Cook, Senior Vice Presidents Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi, …

Dario Offers Glucose Meter and Connected Apps for People with Diabetes

Glooko, a cable and mobile app that helps diabetics record their glucose readings, finally has some competition. LabStyle Innovations today announced Dario, an alternative with a key point of differentiation – it has its own “smart meter” which replaces existing devices by Bayer, OneTouch, …

Boom in personal health tech could be your lifesaver

Nick Ballard has had heart palpitations on and off since high school.<p>Always tech-savvy, Ballard started tracking his health with gadgets like glucose monitors, pedometers and heart rate monitors to see if he could detect anything that might explain why his ticker would suddenly start racing.<p>He got …

Do skiing apps encourage dangerous behaviour on the slopes?

Smartphone apps can tell skiers how fast they are travelling down the slopes.<p>But will they encourage reckless behaviour, or serve as a wake-up call to fast skiers?<p>Emma Jane Kirby reports from Val d'Isere.

Apps

The 7 Best Apps for When You're Sitting on the Toilet

The Best Apps for Toilet Time<p>1. Instagram<p>2. Tinder<p>3. <i>Words With Friends</i><p>4. Airpnp<p>5. Pinterest<p>6. <i>QuizUp</i><p>7. Google Maps<p>BONUS: iBone<p>Admit it: You saw the …

Lowdown Is An iOS App To Help Busy People Prepare For Meetings

Apparently, preparing for meetings <i>properly</i> — the who, what and where — is a pain-point for some. This is especially true for sales people who have to hold a lot of meetings and where preparation can make the difference when trying to push a prospect over the line. That’s the problem Lowdown is …

Lowdown Is An iOS App To Help Busy People Prepare For Meetings

Apparently, preparing for meetings <i>properly</i> — the who, what and where — is a pain-point for some. This is especially true for sales people who have to hold a lot of meetings and where preparation can make the difference when trying to push a prospect over the line. That’s the problem Lowdown is …

Oscar Mayer Wants to Make Your iPhone Smell like Bacon

Finally, a scent-emitting device that attaches to your iPhone and wakes you up to the smell of bacon.<p>Unfortunately, it’s not <i>quite</i> that simple. For …

Breakfast

Moven Takes Its Mobile Banking App Out Of Beta

Moven, a mobile banking service similar in some respects to recently acquired Simple, exited from beta this week, meaning users no longer have to request an invite to sign up for an account. Now publicly available, the company is allowing users to open a bank account directly from their smartphone, …