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How Gorilla Glass Helps Complete the BMW i8's Complex Acoustical Mission

Much stink has been made about the BMW i8's piped-in engine noises which, like the M5, dispatch a simulacra of exhaust and motor noises through stereo speakers to convey a sensation of sportiness since its turbocharged mill is presumably too soft spoken to utter such a glorious racket.<p>To …

Nissan's radical ZEOD hybrid racing car has been setting new records at Le Mans, even before the lights go out on the 24-hour race this weekend, setting the highest ever speed recorded by an electric vehicle on the La Sarthe circuit, at

Nissan's radical ZEOD hybrid racing car has been setting new records at Le Mans, even before the lights go out on the 24-hour race this weekend, …

Once it was merely the M3 coupe, but for the fifth installment of its definitive compact saloon, BMW has elected to give the two-door version it's own designation in line with its new model strategy. However, while it may now be called M4, there

Once it was merely the M3 coupe, but for the fifth installment of its definitive compact saloon, BMW has elected to give the two-door version it's …

Ford Fudges EPA Numbers Again, Hybrids and Plug-Ins See Downgrade

Ford’s in trouble again for exaggerating fuel economy ratings, this time on six vehicles. According to a company audit subsequently verified by the Environmental Protection Agency, Ford is lowering mileage estimates on all of its hybrids and plug-in hybrids from 2013–2014—meaning the Fusion hybrid …

Electric Vehicles

10 Things In Tech You Need To Know This Morning

<b>1. The New York Times did a big profile of Tim Cook.</b> In the profile we get confirmation that the iWatch is coming in Q4, and we hear from Apple's lead designer, Jony Ive, who says he doesn't think anything has changed at Apple.<p><b>2. John Gruber at Daring Fireball happened to have written a big essay</b> …

Messaging

One Day You’ll Google the Physical World With a Scanner Like This

Ever wondered how to search for something on the Internet without knowing the name of the object? How many times have you thought, <i>What in the heck is THAT? I wish I could snap a picture or scan it and Google what I’m seeing!</i><p>A new scanner — designed to identify the molecular structure of objects — …

Crude 3D-printed mockup compares size of monster 5.5-inch iPhone 6 to iPhone 5S

We’ve seen a lot of images, renders, schematics, and videos of the expected 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6, but relatively little on its rumored larger brother, a 5.5-inch model.<p>This crude 3D-printed mockup posted to RocketNews24 makes no claims to be anything more than an illustration of what a …

US Navy funds morality lessons for robots

As we all learned from the 1986 film <i>War Games</i>, machines have the upperhand in warfare when it comes to making logical decisions (such as, the only …

Samsung Galaxy Tab S SM-T800 passes through FCC, poses for camera

Just last week got our first look at the Galaxy Tab S SM-T800, a 10.5-inch tablet with an AMOLED display. Shortly after this, we also learned it would be one of three new tablets, including a 8.4-inch and 13.3-inch variant. It seems the new tablets just can’t stay out of the news, as the 10.5-inch …

Electronics Industry
Phones

Samsung reports it has sold 11M Galaxy S5 since launch

Outpacing the Galaxy S4 by 1 million units in its first month on sale, the company’s new flagship smartphone could boost dwindling profits.<p>Samsung is reporting robust sales for its Galaxy S5 during its debut month. The company's mobile head J.K. Shin said more than 11 million units of the flagship …

Galaxy S4

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

The Aero-X hoverbike from Aerofex is slated for a commercial release in 2017 for just $85,000. Chump change, right?<p>Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has …

Carbon Fiber

Sony Alpha 6000 review: a do-it-all mirrorless camera that's worth every penny

By now, you've probably had a chance to shoot with a compact interchangeable-lens camera, or you've at least caught a whiff of that never-ending mirrorless cam hype. Sure, we've run into a few duds, but the last few years have brought a slew of models that exceeded our already lofty expectations, …

HTC One mini 2 Arrives: 4.5-Inch Screen, No Secondary Camera

HTC has officially launched the HTC One mini 2, a compact, trimmed-down version of its flagship Android phone, the HTC One M8.<p>Visually, there are no …

The best 'Mario Kart' ever

Being ahead of the pack in <i>Mario Kart</i> makes me uneasy. Even when I'm winning, I'm never really comfortable. I know that a blue shell — that unstoppably powerful missile that seeks out the first-place racer — is likely only moments away, and there's nothing I can do to stop it.<p><i>Mario Kart 8</i> for the …

New international poster for Transformers: Age of Extinction

We’ve already seen one new poster for <b>Transformers: Age of Extinction</b> this week, and with a new trailer set to land later today an international …

Special Features - Top 5 Godzilla Movies

<i>With the new movie released tomorrow, Luke Owen looks at the Top 5 Godzilla movies….</i><p>For the last 60 years, one giant monster has stood tall above all …

Transformers: Age of Extinction Trailer

Paramount have released a brand new trailer for the fourth movie in the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction. The new movie sees a …

Sports Cars

Aston Martin Sedan/Lagonda Spy Photos: It Better Be Called a Lagonda

Aston Martin is testing a new sleek, angular four-door.<p><b>What It Is:</b> A true Aston Martin flagship luxury sedan styled in the vein of the eccentric, angular Lagonda four-door that ceased production back in 1990. While this slab-sided sedan is clearly taller, longer, and more formal than anything Aston …

Aston Martin

New Dodge Charger/Challenger in 2018, Refreshed Viper Next Year

In case you hadn’t heard, the SRT Viper is dead and the Dodge Viper is a thing again. And now that Dodge is once again charming this particular snake, it has announced that a refresh of the iconic sports car is scheduled for next year.<p>The Viper re-do comes just three years or so after the first car …

Sports Cars

HRE Wheels Opens its Doors to the Public on June 7

We’ve given you a tour of HRE Wheels’ facilities in an episode of <i>The Downshift</i>, but now you can check out the high-performance wheel maker’s digs for yourself. HRE is hosting its annual open house on June 7, when it will open the doors to its Vista, Calif. headquarters to the public.<p>HRE president …

Supercars

The German marque has just unveiled that its most powerful road going Audi R8 will also be the first production car to feature laser headlight technology as

The German marque has just unveiled that its most powerful road going Audi R8 will also be the first production car to feature laser headlight …

2015 Ford Mustang Model Orbits 21 Miles Above Earth

After 50 years of production, more than nine million Ford Mustangs have been sold, but not one has made it into space. A Northern California Ford dealership, however, changed all that by launching the first scale model 2015 Ford Mustang into orbit and captured the event on video.<p>Employees from a …

Sports Cars

Police in Bradford are on the hunt for a gang of criminals that has been targeting and removing parts from premium

Police in Bradford are on the hunt for a gang of criminals that has been targeting and removing parts from premium 4x4s.<p>Numerous models have been …

BMW Develops Vision GT Race Car for Gran Turismo 6

Gran Turismo 6 race fans, rejoice! BMW has developed a powerful new M race car to be included in the successful racing game, making it the second car to be revealed as part of the Vision Gran Turismo series of vehicles.<p>The virtual race car hearkens back to the BMW touring cars of the 1970s, and …

Automotive Design

2014 BMW M235i to get xDrive Option in Europe

There’s no denying we love the 2014 BMW M235i. We called it one of the best-driving BMWs in recent memory, and resident hot shoe Randy Pobst even said it was one of the best Bimmers he’s driven in the last 10 years. Now, BMW has announced an xDrive all-wheel-drive version of the red-hot coupe will …

Automotive Design

Tesla Model S and Mercedes-Benz S550 Face Off on Head 2 Head

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always been known as a technological tour de force. It’s always been said that if you want to find out what features your car will have 10 years from now, look no further than the current-generation S-Class. The modern-day S-Class is no exception to this rule. Another …

Tesla

BMW: Carbon Fiber Won't Just be for i and M Cars Anymore

A couple of weeks ago, we traced the path of carbon fiber produced at BMW’s Moses Lake, Washington facility through final assembly at the Bavarians’ Leipzig outpost. Munich has now announced an additional $200 million investment in the plant, a joint venture with the SGL Group, with an eye toward …

Carbon Fiber