2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Review

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Review

The Alfa Romeo 4C is spectacular, an exotic “baby Ferrari” that has taken me from point A to point B with more than the normal diversions in-between, and with a permanent grin from ear to ear. First astonishing US drivers in rarefied (and, at nearly $70k, more expensive) Launch Edition form, but finally available with a base price starting at $53,900, it's Alfa’s triumphant - and niche - return stateside. Achingly pretty but as demanding as a thoroughbred, only 1,200 Alfa 4C's will be imported from Maserati’s Modena plant. Should one be on your driveway?

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Steve Wozniak, Stan Lee to launch Silicon Valley Comic Con in 2016

Steve Wozniak, Stan Lee to launch Silicon Valley Comic Con in 2016

There are a large number of comic book conventions held throughout the year all across the US, and with the events rapidly becoming mainstream popular in recent years, especially San Diego's con every summer, it's not surprising to see new ones spring up. What is surprising, however, is that this latest con, is the result of a collaboration between Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee. It's called the Silicon Valley Comic Con, and it's scheduled for March 19-20, 2016.

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Chrome for iOS updated with notification center widget, new app extensions

Chrome for iOS updated with notification center widget, new app extensions

Google recently released a new update to the iOS version of its Chrome browser, allowing the app to take advantage of some of the newer iOS 8 features. Overall, the app has several new improvements that make it easier to use, including some new gestures, but most prominent are the browser's new widget for the Today section of Notification Center, as well as support for new app extensions. This update brings Chrome for iOS up to version 42, and is already available for both iPhone and iPad.

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Disney’s prototype 3D printer makes things from soft fabric

Disney’s prototype 3D printer makes things from soft fabric

As the 3D printing boom continues, there's one thing that is almost always the same: objects are printed from rigid plastic. How are we supposed to print soft, plushy things like stuffed animals from that kind of material? Well, the folks at Disney Research are way ahead of you, as their new prototype 3D printer is able to produce flexible things made from fabric. Instead of normal 3D printers that use plastic, adding portions of the material in specific spots, Disney's machine cuts shapes in sheets of fabric, which are then layered on top each other.

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Solar powered electric vehicle charging stations launch in SF

Solar powered electric vehicle charging stations launch in SF

Electric vehicle owners in San Francisco now have a new option to charge their rides thanks to some good old solar power. Making it even better than charging from your home power outlet is that it's completely free. Thanks to company Envision Solar, three Electric Vehicle Autonomous Renewable Chargers have been installed in San Francisco, allowing completely off-the-grid charging. The solar powered units each generate 3.3 kilowatts of electricity, and are connected to a lithium-ion battery pack capable of storing 22.5 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

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Exclusive Apple Watch Sport Band colors seen at Milan Design Week

Exclusive Apple Watch Sport Band colors seen at Milan Design Week

Heads up, Apple Watch enthusiasts, as it appears info about possible new band accessories is continuing to come out even after last week's pre-order extravaganza. A couple of images of the Watch's Sport band in never before seen colors have come out of the Salone Del Mobile Design Fair in Milan, Italy, where Apple designers Jony Ive, Marc Newson, and marketing head Phil Schiller were in attendance on Friday. Most notable could be the inclusion of a red Sport band, an item that would be sure to bring attention to the new Apple wearable appearing on your wrist in the coming weeks.

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Playing Candy Crush Saga non-stop for 8 weeks ruptures man’s thumb tendon

Playing Candy Crush Saga non-stop for 8 weeks ruptures man’s thumb tendon

BlackBerry users from days of yore may remember the condition that was jokingly dubbed BlackBerry thumb — that is, a repetitive strain injury caused by tapping the device's buttons over and over again for long periods of time. Well, that condition can develop from any repetitive thumb use, and as this story reveals, one modern candidate may be the smartphone game Candy Crush Saga. Addiction to the free-to-play Candy Crush games isn't new, but this California man's playing was so excessive, he didn't even notice the pain leading up to a thumb tendon rupture.

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DoJ tipped in plan to recommend Comcast-TWC merger block

DoJ tipped in plan to recommend Comcast-TWC merger block

Many have criticized the planned merger of Comcast and Time Warner, and for valid reasons. Now sources have cropped up to say that it might not happen after all, with the Department of Justice reportedly contemplating a recommendation to block the acquisition. Says the sources, there are concerns that such a merger between the two companies would be to the detriment of consumers. Furthermore, lawyers for the DoJ are said to be gathering evidence in support of a case to challenge the planned acquisition.

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Adaptalux uses octopus-like LED arms to illuminate your photos

Adaptalux uses octopus-like LED arms to illuminate your photos

If you’re fond of macro photography, you know the troubles often encountered when trying to illuminate a subject without overpowering it. The task becomes even more difficult when attempting to use more than one color light, and that’s where Adaptalux comes in. Adaptalux is bid as a miniature portable lighting studio for those who do video work and macro photography, and it works using magnetically-connected “arms” with lights on the end. The lights are complemented with colored diffuser ends that diffuse the lights.

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‘Batman vs. Superman’ official teaser trailer goes live

‘Batman vs. Superman’ official teaser trailer goes live

Earlier this week Zack Snyder confirmed that the Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer would be launching soon, but someone else trumped his claim and leaked the trailer even sooner. It had hard-coded foreign language subtitles and was in exceptionally poor quality, and Warner Bros. moved to get the video pulled down quickly. As with all things on the Internet, though, a handful of copies would appear every time a copy was pulled, and so the studio did what many before it have elected to do: officially released the trailer sooner than it had originally planned.

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