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2016 Acura ILX first-drive – Luxury chasing loyalty

2016 Acura ILX first-drive – Luxury chasing loyalty

There’s an odd dance to be followed when, as Acura is with the 2016 ILX, you’re launching a revamped version of an existing car. On the one hand, you want to highlight just how improved it is over its predecessor; on the other, you can’t be too critical, because then drivers start asking why you were so enthusiastic - and are now so cruelly honest - about the older car. For the 2016 ILX, Acura is more blunt than many: the old model was designed before the host of “entry premium sedans” hit forecourts, with Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Lexus, and others changing the game in the process. For the MY2016, then, the focus is more rewarding driving, more luxury, and a generous injection of tech borrowed from Acura’s TLX.

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DARPA: Nothing on the Internet is secure, including cars

DARPA: Nothing on the Internet is secure, including cars

We are probably mostly aware of how the Internet has certain holes when it comes to security and privacy. But when the man in charge of hardening the US Department of Defense's computer networks and the Internet in general says that there is no real security on the Internet, people better take heed. Everything that we connect to the world-wide network can be open to attack, and these days, that almost literally means everything, from smartphones, to thermostats, to doorbells, and yes, even cars.

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2015 Ford Focus scores new stability control tech

2015 Ford Focus scores new stability control tech

The 2015 Ford Focus is set to offer the auto maker's Enhanced Transitional Stability Control system, providing the car with technology that recognizes when driving situations have become particularly dangerous, acting to help correct them before the car spins out or starts skidding. Though the technology itself has already been available in some other Ford models, this latest addition will open it up to a wider array of buyers at a lower price point -- all the while proving better than previous offerings.

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2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gets 2.4L engine

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gets 2.4L engine

Mitsubishi has announced a more powerful version of the Outlander SUV for 2015 with two version of the SUV getting a larger 2.4L engine under the hood. The standard engine for the SUV has been a 2.0L 4-cylinder. The 2.4L MIVEC engine produces 168hp, 20hp more than the standard 2.0L offering. Presumably, the engine offers ore torque as well, but that number isn’t offered.

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Smart cars pose a serious privacy risk, says US senator

Smart cars pose a serious privacy risk, says US senator

Cars are getting more and more sophisticated, incorporating features or integrating with our smartphones. They might also be receiving some of weaknesses of mobile devices, with more frightening consequences. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts thinks that increasingly sophisticated high-tech cars are also getting more vulnerable to hacking, with all their wireless connectivity and access to personal information. And the even more worrying part is that, in the rush to put these technologies inside vehicles, car makers might not be aware of the dangers and might be foregoing stricter security measures.

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Jaguar Land Rover recall 104K vehicles for brakes & lights issues

Jaguar Land Rover recall 104K vehicles for brakes & lights issues

British car manufacturers Land Rover and Jaguar are issuing a recall in the U.S. for some 104,000 vehicles over potential problems with their brakes and lights. The recall is said to be the largest ever for the Jaguar Land Rover company, and applies to over 74,000 of the luxury SUV vehicles, and to almost 5,000 of the luxury sedans. The notices for brake hose ruptures and side light malfunctions were issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Friday, with the actual recalls to begin on March 13th.

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AT&T Foundry cooks up hot car warning watchdog

AT&T Foundry cooks up hot car warning watchdog

A new gadget that warns of potential hot car deaths of babies and pets could cut tragic cases like the Justin Ross Harris indictment last summer, with an AT&T intern already cooking up a prototype. The handiwork of Nancy Dominguez at the carrier's Foundry innovation center, the sensor uses a combination of motion, carbon dioxide, and temperature detection to spot if a dog or a child has been left in a vehicle, figure out whether conditions are getting too hot inside, and then fire out a warning message if things are getting dangerous. If unaddressed, the system can even call in 911.

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Tesla’s taste for Apple is voracious

Tesla’s taste for Apple is voracious

Tesla's appetite for new blood as it develops the Model S and new electric cars has a taste for fresh fruit, with CEO Elon Musk admitting that Apple staff are hire of choice. Musk's car company has turned to Apple employees or ex-employees more than those from any other firm as it builds its teams, in fact, more so in fact than from the traditional car makers. Meanwhile, despite offering what are said to be huge signing bonuses and pay bumps, Apple is reportedly struggling to return the favor and poach staff from Tesla.

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