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Smartphone battery “holy grail” may double life in near future

This week the folks behind a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology have suggested they’ve stabilized the “holy grail” of batteries. Standard batteries for smartphones and tablets today use Lithium Ion battery packs while this new conglomeration will bring on the age of the lithium anode. What’s that mean for your smartphone? Great things!

2015 Ford F-150 finally priced up

Itching to get your hands on some aluminum-bodied goodness in the shape of Ford’s 2015 F-150 truck? Orders of the new model have kicked off this week, with prices rising over 2014′s version, even as weight drops considerably. The new 2015 F-150 kicks off at $26,615 for the XL base version, up $395 over last year (including delivery and destination … Continue reading

Polaris Slingshot – what are these people driving?

This week the folks behind the Polaris Slingshot have dropped the veil, showing off their open-cockpit three-wheeled monster to the public. This vehicle works with 173 horsepower, 166 foot-pounds of torque, and a body that they suggest is one half street-buggy, the other half motorcycle-like cruiser. This vehicle is not made to cruise, on the other hand – it’s made … Continue reading

Cadillac adds Powermat and Qi wireless charging to cars

Cadillac is adding wireless phone charging to its cars and trucks, upgrading the in-dash cubby of its CUE equipped models so that it can rejuice a smartphone without demanding a wire be plugged in. The new convenience feature will show up first in the 2015 Cadillac ATS, before rolling out to other models from the brand, and though GM isn’t shouting … Continue reading

Hear the 2016 Ford Shelby roar in Nurburgring test

Some people liken the sound of their engine to a purring cat. If that’s the case, then Ford’s next Shelby can definitely be compared with a roaring lion. That is especially true if you watch this latest video that spies on the Ford’s 2016 SVT as it goes around the Nürburgring track for a thorough test.

First Drives and Reviews

2015 Lexus NX first-drive: Crossover Crunchtime

The 2015 Lexus NX isn’t your accountant’s Lexus. Aggressively designed, and breaking new ground for Lexus with its first turbocharged engine, the new NX attempts to distill what has worked for the RX into a package more appealing to hip urbanites, young families, and those who might more regularly find mountain bikes in their trunk than Whole Foods bags. True … Continue reading

First Drive: 2015 Porsche Macan S and Macan Turbo

We’re a long way from the outrage of the first four-door Porsche, and a compact SUV/crossover was almost inevitable. The 2015 Porsche Macan is a direct result of the successes of the Panamera and Cayenne, with a name derived from the Indonesian word for tiger and a surprisingly broad price range depending on your heavy-handedness with both the options sheet … Continue reading

2015 Hyundai Sonata first-drive: CarPlay & Android Auto onboard

Hyundai has something to prove in the midsized segment, and the 2015 Sonata is the car it’s aiming to do that with. Dropping the droopy design for a tauter, more sturdy appearance, and stepping up its game with more usable performance, clever electronic toys like smart cruise control, and interior space that belongs with a class above, the new Sonata … Continue reading

2014 Camaro Z/28 first-drive

Chevrolet has resurrected a legend, with the Camaro Z/28 finally granting its muscle car the badge enthusiast drivers have been crying out for. Building on the seven-liter V8 LS7 engine from the old Corvette Z06, Chevy’s engineers hand-squeeze out 505 horsepower and 481 pounds per foot of torque, mounted in an aero-treated body that’s been built for speed and downforce. … Continue reading

ST Octane Academy: Ultimate owner driving experience

Take a compact car, add a meaty engine, and you’ve got a recipe for success, and Ford is aiming to show drivers just how fun its high-performance small cars can be. Held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, the ST Octane Academy puts new Focus ST and Fiesta ST owners on the track with racing instructors to make sure … Continue reading

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