BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage pays tribute to a classic 70s BMW coupe

BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage pays tribute to a classic 70s BMW coupe

BMW has created a new and modern take on the famous BMW 3.0 CSL coupe from the 70s and the new car is called the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage. The CSL in the name of the car stands for "Coupé Sport Leichtbau," which translated means coupe, sport, lightweight. The 3.0 CSL Hommage has an aluminum hood, trunk lid, and wings. To keep weight to a minimum BMW ditched glass for the windows and used Plexiglass all around.

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Sony announces Xperia Z3+ as new flagship

Sony announces Xperia Z3+ as new flagship

Well, it seems the "plus" naming convention is here to stay, folks. Oppo recently debuted its R7 Plus in China, and now it's Sony's turn. The company has just announced the Xperia Z3+, the international release of the Xperia Z4, its name in the Japanese market. While it may not look much different from last year's Z3, there is more than enough in this update to qualify it for this year's flagship. It's currently scheduled for release sometime this summer, however Sony hasn't confirmed final pricing yet.

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VAMP inflatable space plane could explore Venus

VAMP inflatable space plane could explore Venus

Aerospace company Northrop Grumman has unveiled a new idea for an aircraft that is designed specifically to explore the upper atmosphere of Venus. The aircraft is called the Venus Atmospheric Maneuverability Platform or VAMP for short. The aircraft is an inflatable device that would be deployed from space and skim the upper atmosphere of Venus. Northrop designed the VAMP to be light enough to stay aloft in the atmosphere of Venus using little or no energy.

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Time Warner Cable rumored to be acquired by Charter for $55B

Time Warner Cable rumored to be acquired by Charter for $55B

While the talks of a merger with Comcast have only just subsided following regulators' disapproval, it appears that Time Warner Cable has already found another suitor. In a new report from Bloomberg this week, TWC is said to be nearing an acquisition deal with Charter Communications worth roughly $55 billion in cash and stocks. The deal, which could be announced as early as Tuesday, is also said to include Charter's $10.4 billion purchase of smaller cable TV provider Bright House Networks, a deal that was made prior to the TWC talks.

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Qualcomm Sense ID tech adopted by NTT DoCoMo

Qualcomm Sense ID tech adopted by NTT DoCoMo

Qualcomm and its Snapdragon 810 may have just gotten a new ally, however indirect it may be. It has just announced that Japan's largest operator, NTT DoCoMo, will be adopting its security technology which is offers under the Sense ID brand. The platform forms the basis for, among other things, Qualcomm's advanced fingerprint sensing technology, which will allow manufacturers to optionally fit biometric sensors that can see through dirt and even certain metals. DoCoMo will use Sense ID as part of its own mobile authentication service that it will be launching on Wednesday.

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Chart shows which smartphones have the most screen space

Chart shows which smartphones have the most screen space

There was a time when a larger screen meant an equally larger body, but of late, manufacturer's have been trying to buck the trend by cutting out bezels and other tricks. Not all, however, are as successful as others, and not all new devices are better than their predecessors. Mobilsiden has compiled a list of smartphones and their so called "screen to body" ratios and helpfully put them into a handy infographic for easier perusal. And the revelations it holds are pretty amusing and even a bit perplexing.

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Audi makes synthetic diesel again, this time from plants

Audi makes synthetic diesel again, this time from plants

Car makers are on a quest to develop more sustainable and more environment friendly sources of power for the cars of the future. Some have, at least for the time being, resorted to using electricity instead of conventional fuel. However, even electricity has its own eco footprint. And some car makers haven't entirely given up on the advantages of fuel. That is why companies like Audi are also investing in research and development that will produce fuel using nothing but carbon dioxide or, in this case, plants.

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Audi R8 e-tron concept is ready to drive itself

Audi R8 e-tron concept is ready to drive itself

Just two months ago, Audi revived the R8 e-tron to take another stab at the electric vehicle market. Now it is taking it further, this time with very little help from humans. Trying to smash stereotypes again, Audi is revealing a new self-driving car that is something no other electric car has tried to be: a sports car. Based on the Audi R8 e-tron, this EV is no underdog, boasting a range of 450 km (279.6 mi), an acceleration of 3.9 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, all on two electric motors each spewing 170 kW of power. And it can drive itself.

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Scientists close in on a single-molecule diode

Scientists close in on a single-molecule diode

Researchers at Columbia University School of Engineering have developed a technique creating working diodes that consist of only a single molecule. These molecular diodes are capable of performing 50 times better than previous incarnations of nanoscale diodes. The research group, led by associate professor of applied physics, Latha Venkataraman, could be the first single-molecule diode that is efficient enough to have real-world applications, like incorporation into other nanoscale devices. The new discovery is detailed in the article published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

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Roku rolls out Search, Feed, and new Roku 2 in the UK

Roku rolls out Search, Feed, and new Roku 2 in the UK

While streaming HDMI dongles like the Chromecast have stolen the spotlight, set-top boxes like Apple TV and Roku still have a large and faithful following. And as a treat for those faithful, Roku is rolling out updates to its software that it started more than a month ago. Arriving on all Roku players, including its own Roku Streaming Stick, are the enhanced Roku Search and Roku Feed features, which are also appearing on Roku's mobile apps. Plus, the new Roku 2 lands in the UK to give interested buyers a more affordable option.

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