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Next Ford Focus RS May Pack Mustang Four-Cylinder, Still May Never Show Up in U.S.

We like Ford’s fastest Focus so much that we’ve got a red ST in our long-term fleet. But that 252-hp hot hatch is more like the mild appetizer to what we really want to drive: a U.S.-spec Focus RS. With the refreshed 2015 Focus revealed before its full debut at the Geneva auto show next week, the …

TOTD: Which Production Car Will Reach 300 MPH First?

Although not recognized by the “Guinness Book of World Records,” the 1244-hp Hennessey Venom GT recently posted a V-Box-verified top speed of 270.49 mph. That puts it ahead of the 1184-hp Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, which holds the official production car top speed record of 268 mph. With …

Decades on Track: 1957 Porsche Speedster Race Car

This 1957 Porsche Speedster (chassis 83934) is a Rennsport Reunion IV veteran and is offered for the first time since 1985. The car is believed to …

Audi 4.2-liter V-8 To Stay in R8

Last week, we wrote what appeared to be an obituary for Audi’s 4.2-liter V-8, the 450-hp delight that wails like it’s lapping a DTM circuit. But while this naturally aspirated gem will be swapped for a turbo V-6 in the next RS4, rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated.<p>From our ears …

12-Rotor Rotary Engine Potentially Capable Of Space/Time Manipulation: Video

In the race to produce as much power as possible from an engine, it seems that the average builder turns to anything from the GM stable of …

Tracks Rebrands As Kanvas, Recaps And Raises Another $1 Million In Seed Funding

Well, it’s official. The folks behind photo-sharing app Tracks have decided to put all their efforts behind their new app for social self-expression, Kanvas. In doing so, the team is rebranding as Kanvas Labs, and has raised another $1 million in seed funding to put behind the new company.<p>Kanvas is …

Motorola plans to launch a smartwatch later this year

Motorola is planning to jump back into the wearables market later this year, according to senior vice president Rick Osterloh. The company will launch a smartwatch that Osterloh claims will address "consumer issues like style and battery life." The news was revealed at a panel discussion at Mobile …

Apple formalizes iBeacon Bluetooth spec in the hopes of wider adoption

Several companies and organizations have already come forward to test out iOS7's Bluetooth-based iBeacon technology for tasks like shopping and navigation, but it could become a lot more commonplace in the near future. That's because the Cupertino company has quietly released the iBeacon …

Women prefer Apple, gentlemen prefer Samsung

When commenters lurch to these pages, their lightsabers raised even higher than their voices, they categorize phones in simple terms.<p>The Samsung Galaxy, is, in an Apple lover's eyes, a big, bad copy of an iPhone.<p>The iPhone, to everyone but an Apple lover, is merely a girlie gadget with all the …

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iPhone Security Flaw Can Let Apps Act as Keyloggers

Use an iPhone long enough, and eventually the screen will be dotted with smears and smudges, courtesy of your fingerprints. But it turns out there's …

How VSCO Grid Plans To Set Itself Apart From Instagram

Instagram already exists–so why did VSCO launch a social network?<p>It’s hard not to be a little bit envious of Joel Flory, one of the founders of VSCO, a startup best known for its award-winning camera app. Fresh off finishing runner-up for Apple’s coveted “App of the Year” in the 2013, the company …

The FCC brings back its broadband speed testing tool for iOS

After a hiatus, the Federal Communication Commission is once again polling iOS users to get an idea of their connection speeds, part of a larger test of America's broadband infrastructure. A new app called FCC Speed Test, which was released earlier today, measures broadband performance. That …

Sony: Apple Is “Missing Out” By Not Releasing New iPhones Twice A Year

Apple was responsible for 15% of the world’s smartphone shipments in 2013, and as much as 56% of all the profit. Sony, on the other hand, accounted for only 3.8% of the world’s smartphone shipments in 2013, and is barely ekeing out a profit company-wide.<p>Despite all of this, Sony mobile chief and …

Aereo Gets A 14-Day Stay Of The Injunction Against Its Service In Denver And Salt Lake City

Over-the-air broadcast streaming startup Aereo has good news for its customers in Denver and Salt Lake City: They can continue using the service for now. The federal judge who handed down an injunction in those markets today issued a reprieve, granting the startup a 14-day grace period (via …

Weishi, A Chinese Vine-Like App, Chalks Up 160M Views In A Day

Chinese Internet firm Tencent is best known for its popular messaging service WeChat, but one of its other products — a Vine-like app that features eight-second videos on loop — has been quietly gathering steam in China.<p>The app, Weishi, which is only available in Chinese for now, chalked up 160 …

Samsung debuts two new mobile processors at Mobile World Congress

Samsung revealed its two latest mobile chips today during the World Mobile Congress: the Exynos 5422 and 5260. The 5422 is an octa-core processor featuring four ARM Cortex A15 cores clocked at 2.1 GHz and four smaller Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.5 GHz. The 5260 is a hexa-core chip that sports two …

Toshiba Chromebook review: A 13-inch Chromebook for full-time use - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The 13-inch <b>Toshiba Chromebook</b> has a bigger screen and better keyboard than smaller 11-inch models, and battery life is excellent for a sub-$300 system. Ports include HDMI-out and dual USB 3.0.<p><b>The Bad</b> This Chromebook suffers from the same limitations as other Chrome OS products, including …

A San Francisco Woman Claims She Was Attacked for Wearing Google Glass

House passes bill that would allow cell phone unlocking

The US House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday that would allow cell phone customers to unlock their devices for use on competitors' networks.<p>Passed by a 295-114 vote, the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act would repeal a 2012 decision by the Library of Congress that …

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Nikon's new D4S DSLR improves speed and focusing, adds ISO settings up to 409,600

The Nikon D4S has been teased, displayed in a plastic case and now, it's official -- and we even got to play with it. There's a substantial list of what hasn't changed (the same 16.2-megapixel image size, to begin with), but if you're a high-level photographer already in possession of a D4 (or …

Samsung Unveils Galaxy S5 Smartphone

Today at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Samsung unveiled its latest flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S5. Samsung mobile …

China's Allwinner also has an octa-core chip, touts powerful graphics

Samsung, MediaTek, Huawei and even Qualcomm are now in the octa-core SoC game, but there's always space for more. The latest member is China's Allwinner Technology, who's best known for making the chipsets inside many low-end devices. Like most of its competitors, Allwinner's UltraOcta A80 silicon …

SanDisk microSD can now hold 128GB of your music, videos and photos

SanDisk is best known to Android users for providing the microSD memory cards that faithfully hold all of our photos, videos and music on our devices. Smartphones that support MicroSD usually only do so up to 64GB, so phone manufacturers will now have to design anew to support the new 128GB SanDisk …

The i'm Tracer bracelet means never having to ask 'where's the kid?'

The kooky folks behind the (frankly awful) i'm Watch are a mainstay at Mobile World Congress. This year they've got something a <i>little</i> more useful to show off: It's called the i'm Tracer, and it's the evolution of another GPS tracker the company has highlighted before. The Tracer is a wearable …

Microsoft in talks over Dailymotion deal, according to Orange CEO

Microsoft is in talks with French telecom company Orange about a partnership involving Dailymotion — an online video portal in which Yahoo nearly bought a controlling stake last year. As the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports, Orange CEO Stéphane Richard revealed that talks were ongoing today in an …

Mobile World Congress in Pictures 2.24.14