On road or on track, the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S is ready to thrill the thrill seekers. It’s a beast - 503 horsepower does the trick there - but one that's also refined; more than track-capable yet finessed in so many ways that it could well be the perfect road-going sports coupe.
Once the preserve of celebrities, Facebook Live Video is now opening up to everyone on the social network. Whether or not you think it's a Periscope clone, there's no denying that - if you're already a keen Facebook user - there's a lot to be said for the convenience of embedding a video stream right into your profile for friends, family, and (if you want them to) the public to watch.
How do you tell a child that Anakin Skywalker was a murderer? What do you do when it comes time for your daughter to find out that Luke Skywalker's father is, indeed, the dark and deadly Darth Vader? That was the task of "LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales" writer Michael Price, who today answers us that key question - what was allowed to stay in the animated re-telling of the Star Wars saga, and what had to be taken out? What needed to be changed for the children.
Virtual reality may be new for Nokia, but reinvention isn't. The story of Nokia's various incarnations is one that has been told many times over the past decade. Sure enough, the company best known today for its cellphone business was once a major producer of paper products, of rubber, and of cables.
Nokia may not be the first name you'd associate with virtual reality, but the Finns are aiming to make a splash with OZO, their $60k VR camera. Teased back in July, and up for preorder from today, the oddly-shaped camera signifies one of Nokia Technology's new businesses after it and its smartphone division parted ways in 2014.
Li-Fi stands for Light Fidelity, and it's being presented at this time as an eventual replacement for Wi-Fi-transmitted internet. While the term Li-Fi actually does stem from the term Light Fidelity, the word Wi-Fi stems from Hi-Fi, or High Fidelity, from the audio term for home audio, high-quality sound production. The people presenting Li-Fi have taken the concept of the Signal Lamp (aka the Aldis Lamp), sending morse code between ships at sea, instead sending data to your phone. Li-Fi is also known as visible light communications (VLC) technology.
"What's with the bee?" An angry insect might not be the most obvious mascot for a 485 horsepower muscle sedan, but the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack certainly has enough sting to keep the hive happy. And, though it's not the Hellcat that tops the Charger line-up, kicking off at under $40k makes this particular Dodge a very interesting one indeed.
WiFi security cameras like Nest Cam have brought home monitoring within the reach of the mainstream, but all too often come with a subscription sting. Not so for the D-Link Full HD Ultra-Wide View WiFi Camera (DCS-2630L), which eschews the cloud in favor of a one-off price of $199.99 and the convenience of a microSD card. It also promises to fill that storage with a lot more of your home or office, courtesy of a full 180-degree lens.
Do yourself a favor and put your cash away. If you see a smartphone on sale this weekend, for a limited time only, don't jump on it. Especially if you've never heard of the phone before. Especially if this phone was not something you'd planned on buying any time soon. A smartphone is not something you should make a quick decision on. At several hundred dollars and a future companion made for several years into the future, this is something you need to think about.
It's the time of year when electronics are sold at bare-minimum cost and appear to be good deals for those that wake up early. Black Friday, it's called - and it's not a great place to shop. It's the place where stores pick up large batches of extremely cheap and terrible pieces of merchandise that, on the surface, seem like they'll be pretty much exactly what a person would want to buy when they've had very little sleep. A big, giant television set! A tablet for next-to-nothing! "Wow, what a good deal," you might be saying to yourself. If it looks too good to be true, it almost certainly is just that.
Over the past couple of years, we've asked every major maker of virtual reality headsets and content what their stance is on children in the VR realm. The answer is (almost) always the same: no comment. Off the record, we've found VR headset manufacturers to simply suggest that parents watch their children closely - that they make sure kids aren't using virtual reality headsets for extended periods of time. As far as this goes with the Samsung Gear VR (the next VR headset coming to stores), it seems that a "monitor children closely" warning is out just the same.