Video games are ace. They allow you to do so many things that otherwise wouldn't be possible; you can fight in wars, command armies, build giant skyscrapers, and race cars. Except there's still a barrier to entry there: a controller. It's that standardized interface that keeps you from becoming fully immersed in a game, especially when it comes to driving. I mean, how can a controller or even a plastic wheel even come close to the real thing?
LAS VEGAS -- You may hate parallel parking, but you're going to hate it even more when somebody commandeers control of your car with you in it.
That was the scary scenario painted over the first two hours at the 21st annual Defcon hacker conference.
"Car hacking is definitely coming," said Zoz, of Cannytophic Design, who presented on how to hack autonomous cars.
Zoz's talk on vulnerabilities that autonomous autos will face followed a fast-paced explanation by well-known computer security experts Charlie Miller and Christopher Valasek of how they spent the past 10 months hacking the … Read more
To partition and format a disk in OS X, you generally open Disk Utility, select the disk in the tool's sidebar, and click use the Partition tab to select and apply a partition scheme; however, there may be times when this will not work, and Disk Utility will give you an error such as the disk cannot be unmounted, or that the resource is busy.
Sometimes when errors like this occur, it suggests the drive may be failing; however, this is not always the case. At other times, the drive may simply be experiencing some partition table troubles or … Read more
I love the simplicity of a good roadster. There is a purity to the direct connection between driver and vehicle, with no extra seats, no gadgetry, and so few distractions from the singular purpose of driving quickly. The lack of a roof means that you're in the environment, not just driving through it, enhancing the connection with the road. Lots of people like cars, but what roadster fans are really in love with is driving.
The 2013 BMW Z4 sDrive35is is not so simple. It's packed to the gills with tech. It's not quite at a Mercedes-Benz … Read more
Where the Republicans of West Virginia tread lightly, the Brits may stomp heartily.
The U.K.'s Department for Transport has announced that it is not in favor of tolerating drivers who wear Google's new glasses.
A Department of Transport spokesman was quoted by the Telegraph as saying: "It is important that drivers give their full attention to the road when they are behind the wheel and do not behave in a way that stops them from observing what is happening on the road."
Tooling around San Francisco in a convertible, taking in sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, is a real treat. Doing it in an electric convertible car fits the city's compact dimensions and progressive, high-tech culture even better.
And the only car for this mission is the 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, mostly because it is the only electrically driven convertible on the market.
Smart brought a selection of its Fortwo Electric Drive vehicles to San Francisco for a press event, and I grabbed the Cabrio, in Rally Red. The Fortwo Cabrio is sort of a half-convertible. The cloth … Read more
Microsoft's SkyDrive is available in a variety of flavors -- Windows software, Mac software, mobile app, local folder. But those of you who manage your files directly through the SkyDrive.com site will find several helpful new enhancements.
Described Tuesday in a new Microsoft blog post, one new feature lets you view higher-quality photos in their full resolution. SkyDrive.com now measures the DPI (dots per inch) of your device to show higher-resolution images and thumbnails. That's a nod to newer devices, such as the Nokia Lumia 1020, which can snap a photo at 41 megapixels. You can … Read more
With its comprehensive features, good design, and easy-to-use menu, VirtualLab Data Recovery for Mac offers a great tool for those who need to restore files and drives. With its additional ability to recover iPods and partition drives, the program incorporates nearly everything a user would need for recovery.
Upon startup, VirtualLab Data Recovery for Mac guides the user on how to start their first recovery by pointing them to the recovery modules on the left. The program also gives the link to its user guide for those who might need it, but most won't with the program's well-designed … Read more
iClouDrive for Mac restores the features of the now defunct MobileMe's iDisk, which allowed users to sync files from computer to computer. This app will be especially useful to users with multiple Macs.
Installation and setup were a snap and the app opened with a dialog box appearing, which explained how iClouDrive for Mac works, and let us know that we needed to enable Document & Data sharing in our iCloud preferences pane. Once we confirmed that this feature was enabled for our iCloud account, we continued on with the setup. Another dialog box appeared telling us that an … Read more