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BMW Engines in Formula 1's V10 Era

The struggle to make a promising engine compete at the highest level of motorsport during its greatest modern era is a fascinating tale.<p>Introduced just after the death of Ayrton Senna, the V10-powered cars are considered the pinnacle of natural aspiration in F1—at the time the highest-revving, the …

Motor Racing

Dirt Every Day Takes a Cab-Over Military Truck Off-Road (W/Video)

Although Fred Williams has owned many surplus army trucks and hardcore four-wheel-drive vehicles, he has never owned something as massive as what he finds at Gov-Planet in an undisclosed location north of Salt Lake City. On this episode of “Dirt Every Day,” Fred goes to pick out a surplus military …

Salt Lake City

2016 BMW 7 Series slims down, techs up

New Flagship Hits Dealers This Fall, Priced From $81,400<p>BMW is finally pulling the wraps off its sixth-generation 7 Series. The flagship boasts a ton of improvements for 2016, including a smattering of onboard tech and weight reduction of 190 pounds.<p>The 7 Series uses a new internal structure called …

Tesla Model X deliveries could start in September

CEO Elon Musk Says The X Will 'Probably' Start In 3-4 Months<p>It sounds like the various problems that have affected the launch of the Tesla Model X have been squashed. Speaking yesterday at the 2015 Annual Shareholder Meeting in Mountain View, CA, CEO Elon Musk said that deliveries of the …

Tesla

McLaren Special Ops cooks up a devilish P1

When you're paying a million bucks for a supercar, you earn the right to get it just the way you want. And this is how one British customer opted to have his (or hers) spec'd out.<p>Outfitted by McLaren Special Operations, this particular McLaren P1 has been done up in a rather devilish black and red …

Supercars

2016 Bentley Continental GT First Drive [w/video]

Continuing The Tradition Of Supreme Grand Touring<p>I'm standing at the edge of a cliff, speechless. I'm looking at the Trollstigen – a serpentine pass with 11 hairpin turns, running down the side of a mountain in western Norway. I've seen this road before in photos, but in person, I'm both giddy and …

Bentley Motors

2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed / GT V8 S coupe

Fjord Follies: Speed and luxury in a land of ice and snow.<p>They came seemingly out of nowhere. Nearly 2800 feet above sea level and hours from the nearest city of consequence, a group of approximately four-dozen camera-wielding tourists of random nationalities spun on their heels and began to snap …

Automotive Design

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider First Drive [w/video]

Sweet, Sweet Compromise<p>New cars are getting, to quote Alice during her <i>Adventures in Wonderland</i>, "curiouser and curiouser." Take the Alfa Romeo 4C, a car from a mass-market European brand with supercar-like construction at a price that starts under $55,000. The exotic looks on the outside are …

Alfa Romeo

On the Red Couch with Ambassador Melanne Verveer

<i>Amb. Melanne Verveer has spent more than 20 years fighting for women’s equality, in the White House during the Bill Clinton administration, as the CEO of an international NGO, as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues under President Barack Obama and now as the Executive Director of</i> …

Not every Galaxy S6 has the same camera, but Samsung says that's okay

The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have reclaimed the title of best Android smartphone for Samsung, and a big part of their appeal stems from the excellent 16-megapixel camera that they share. It turns out, however, that not every handset has the exact same camera: some phones use a Sony IMX240 imaging …

Gear & Gadgets

PayPal CFPB complaint: $25 million for deceptive practices with PayPal Credit.

PayPal is probably best known for helping customers use their bank accounts, credit cards, or debit cards in online transactions. But as a big …

FinTech

Firefox Maker Battles to Save the Internet—and Itself - MIT Technology Review

In Silicon Valley, most pioneers pursue big ideas and giant personal fortunes with equal zeal. Then there’s Mozilla, an innovation dynamo that …

Software

How Google led an Android user back to the iPhone

[<i>Derek Walter is a freelance writer who contributes to several sites, primarily about the intersection of technology and society.</i>]<p>Google Calendar was …

Android News

A woman dropped off this old Apple computer worth $200,000 at a recycling plant

A recycling center in the Silicon Valley is looking for a woman who dropped off an old Apple computer that turned out to be a collectible item worth $200,000.<p>The computer was inside boxes of electronics that she had cleaned out from her garage after her husband died, said Victor Gichun, the vice …

Silicon Valley

Best of the Week: Tech News, Photography, Illustrations and more

It's time for our best news of this week. We have a lot of graphic and web design, a bit of architecture, ads, tech news, awesome reads and other …

Digital Art

34 Cooking Moments When You Know You've Nailed It

It's hard to tell when you've finally achieved the ideal pan-seared fish skin or grill marks on a steak. These photos show us how it's done so you can get it right every time.<p><b>There comes a moment in every cook's life</b> when you know you got it right. The butter's ideally melted, the steak's expertly …

Cooking

5 Texts Every Guy Secretly Wants to Receive

And that he'll respond to right away.<p>Sad but true: Most of us are offensively boring via text ("wut up?"). It doesn't have to be this way. Dating guru Matthew Hussey suggests new texting strategies that will really vibrate in his pants.<p><b>1.</b> <b>I'm at that new lounge that just opened. The music is</b> …

Why the Simplest Recipes Are Still Worthwhile

<i>If the grocery store isn't your favorite place, it should be. We're sleuthing for the best back-of-the-box recipes and each week we'll share our latest find.</i><p><i>Today: The dinnertime antidote for tired, uninspired days.</i><p>This isn’t a complicated recipe: A handful of fresh, crunchy vegetables and a can of …

2016 Cadillac ATS-V First-Drive – BMW baiting

The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V is not your grandpa’s Caddy. Neither is it the BMW M3 or M4, despite the team responsible for the sedan and coupe duo …

Al Pacino still thinks Michael Corleone was his most difficult role

In a recent interview, celebrated actor Al Pacino, who is promoting his newest project <i>An Experience With Al Pacino</i>, got personal with The Guardian. The Academy Award winning Best Actor touched on a wide range of subjects from family to his career and everything in between, revelations of an actor …

Marlon Brando

Photographer Captures Jaguar Attacking a Caiman

Photographer Justin Black captured this incredible photo of a jaguar attacking a caiman in the wetlands of Brazil.<p>Black was leading a group of …

Photography

Calm

2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner: Barack Obama's top 10 jokes

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama had one motto Saturday night at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner: take no prisoners.<p>Here are the top jokes he told:<p>1. "Bucket"<p>When life gets hard and the Republicans are cramping his style, Obama's decided to just "bucket" -- or at …

The White House

15 Weird Ice Cream Flavors That Are Anything But Vanilla

If you grew up with your parents telling you that you can’t have ice cream for dinner, they probably never thought about it including avocado, balsamic vinegar or goat cheese. There has been a true revolution in the world of ice cream, and the only rule is that there are no rules. We’ve collected a …

Ice Cream

Pininfarina pens DX7 sport-ute for South East Motor

Pininfarina may be best known for designing Ferraris and Maseratis, but it can't survive on Italian exotics alone. (At least not these days.) Hence the DX7, an SUV designed for Chinese automaker South East Motor and unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show.<p>The resulting form is actually pretty handsome …

Auto Shows

Rolls-Royce Phantom Limelight Collection Built For Those Who Live 'On The World Stage'

On the heels of the stunning Serenity Concept unveiled in Geneva enters the latest model in Rolls-Royce's famous line of bespoke vehicles.<p>The Phantom …

Carbon Fiber

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata gets 25 percent fuel economy boost

Just days after revealing full pricing and specs for each trim level of the 2016 MX-5 Miata, Mazda is spilling the beans on the roadster's fuel economy. As it turns out, the numbers show an impressive boost over the previous generation.<p>All 2016 Miatas in the US are equipped with a 2.0-liter …

Mazda

First Drive: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V

There's a certain glory to driving a $61,000 Cadillac like a NASCAR stocker, chucking sideways and jumping curbs.<p>I'm not gonna lie to you," he said, "the V8 will fit."<p>Loaded words. Similar statements have produced everything from the original Shelby Cobra to the first real Corvette. And so I stood …

Buick