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BMW X4 M40i spied during racetrack testing in Germany

BMW X4 M40i spied during racetrack testing in Germany

It's not uncommon today for automakers to test cars on a racetrack that are likely to never actually see racetrack use. BMW did just this recently when what is thought to be the X4 M40i was spied testing on the Nurburgring in Germany. Automakers love to say that the heralding of their cars were tuned on the Nurburgring. The hunchbacked M40i is a sub-M brand performance car and while it may not have the same levels of performance as something like the M3 or M4, it should be an impressive ride.

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2015 Nissan Pathfinder pricing unveiled

2015 Nissan Pathfinder pricing unveiled

Nissan completely redesigned the popular Pathfinder SUV in 2013 moving the car off the small truck platform onto a completely new platform that increases the comfort and luxury of the vehicle. There is a bunch of version of the Pathfinder ranging from the base model up to the SL with all the bells and whistles; a hybrid version of the Pathfinder is also available. Nissan has announced the pricing for the 2015 Pathfinder SUV and made some slight changes to the options included in some packages. No major changes to the outside of the Pathfinder or the inside were made.

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Neo Smartpen N2 mirrors writing into smartphones and tablets

Neo Smartpen N2 mirrors writing into smartphones and tablets

We have talked about smartpens before, such as the Livescribe 3, these devices are able to write on paper and have what you write recorded on mobile devices or a computer. A new smartpen has turned up called the Neo smartpen N2 and like most smartpens, it does require special notebooks for the pen to be able to recognize your writing. The developers of the notebooks promise that they are the same price as regular notebooks.

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Boeing X-37B orbital test vehicle touches down after third successful flight

Boeing X-37B orbital test vehicle touches down after third successful flight

Boeing is bragging that its X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle has touched down at Vandenberg Air Force base to complete its third successful flight. We still have no idea exactly what the orbital test vehicle is being used for, but the spacecraft and its siblings are racking up some significant time spent in space. In March, another X-37B landed after spending 469 days in space. This time out, the X-37B spent 674 days in space.

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Ford shows off pair of 2015 F-150 trucks bound for SEMA

Ford shows off pair of 2015 F-150 trucks bound for SEMA

If you are a fan of trucks, you are probably aware that Ford has made a significant change to its incredibly popular F-150 truck for the 2015 model year. The major change that the automaker has made is moving to an all aluminum body allowing the truck to shed 700 pounds for increased fuel economy and performance. Ford is showing off a couple of the new 2015 F-150 trucks that will be on display at SEMA vying for the "Hottest Truck" award at the show.

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Chevy shows off SEMA cars ahead of Nov 4 show opening

Chevy shows off SEMA cars ahead of Nov 4 show opening

SEMA is held each year in Las Vegas and the show brings out some of the coolest cars in the world. Some of the cars have style alone while others have style and impressive performance. Chevrolet is showing off some of its cars that will be on display at SEMA and all are performance inspired and show off accessories that are already available for the cars. SEMA kicks off November 7 in Las Vegas.

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Apple sapphire glass provider to lay off hundreds in US

Apple sapphire glass provider to lay off hundreds in US

Layoffs are nothing new in the tech world, they happen regularly as companies pare down to help maximize profits. A big round of layoffs has now been announced for a company operating out of Mesa, Arizona that provides sapphire glass to Apple for certain products. The company is called GT Advanced Technologies and it filed for bankruptcy protection last week. On Thursday, the manufacturer announced plans for massive layoffs at the factory.

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Austin Google Fiber rollout begins in December

Austin Google Fiber rollout begins in December

Austin, Texas is one of the places in the country where high tech companies flourish. Some major technology companies have operations in Austin including Motorola and Dell among others. In April 2013, Google announced that after Kansas City, Austin would be the second city to get the ultra fast Google Fiber internet service. The web giant has now announced that the rollout of Google Fiber in south and southeast Austin will begin in December.

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Team Sunswift sets record for EV speed over 500km distance

Team Sunswift sets record for EV speed over 500km distance

A group of Australian students has set an official world record for the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500km using a car they built at the university dubbed eVe and operated by team Sunswift. The record was certified by FIA, a motorsports governing body, with a new speed mark of 109.966 km/h set by team Sunswift in July. Before Sunswift reset the record, it had stood at 73 km/h for 26 years.

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Amazon UK rolls out same-day pick-up service for Prime customers

Amazon UK rolls out same-day pick-up service for Prime customers

Amazon.co.uk has announced a new service that Prime customers in the UK will be very interested to hear about. The new service is for same-day pick-up of items. That means customers close to a pick-up location can order something in the morning and then go pick it up in the afternoon. The service is a collaboration between Amazon and a newspaper and magazine distributor called Smith News. The best news is that starting out the service will be free to Prime members.

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