Have you ever been stopped by a police officer and been tempted to whip out one of your fine portable gadgets and film the encounter?
Perhaps you wanted it for posterity, as a lesson to yourself on your own bad behavior. Perhaps you wanted it for humor because the officer had stopped you for walking down a Bronx street with your underpants showing. Or perhaps the officer was in something of an intolerant mood.
It may have been one of these things that drove Anthony Graber, a staff sergeant in the Maryland Air National Guard, to shoot events that followed … Read more
China's latest solution to its notorious traffic and road congestion combines the best features of subways and buses into a single mass-transportation vehicle that rides above traffic rather than in it. Or under it.
Eliminating the need to tunnel underground or build expensive bridges, these elevated buses straddle the road on rails and provide enough clearance for other vehicles on the road (except for large delivery trucks) to drive under. This strategy will allow the buses to travel faster than the speed of traffic without the need for dedicated lanes or structures.
Construction of 115 miles of track will … Read more
The very same advertisers who were once skeptical that buying up inventory on social networks could possibly do any good are now, apparently, going completely nuts about ads on Facebook.
Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, the company's most prominent liaison to Madison Avenue, said in an interview with BusinessWeek published Wednesday that the company's biggest advertisers have boosted their spending on Facebook by tenfold, or even 20-fold, in the past year.
"Two years ago the big brands were experimenting with us," Sandberg told BusinessWeek. "They started buying with us a year ago. Now, they're … Read more
A bulging hood, white body with red stripes, and an exhaust note that could be classified as a seismic event make the Ford Shelby GT500 the attention-getting car that it is. Lacking Ford or Mustang logos, the Shelby GT500 makes a statement, especially when its 510 pound-feet of torque get the rear tires spinning loose from pavement.
This big muscle car would at first glance seem hard to handle. But the power comes on relatively gently, allowing easy parking lot maneuvering, and, with our car's SVT performance package, there is plenty of grip in the corners.
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Something unexpected is happening at Kia. The Korean car company released new models, updated others, and put hamsters in its commercials. We took a preview drive in the Sportage, Kia's small SUV that has undergone a radical restyling.
With a base price of $18,295, the 2011 Sportage makes an economy play, and some of the car's appointments, such as hard plastics in the cabin, reflect that strategy. But other aspects of the car, such as the ride quality and handling, suggest something slightly more upscale. Think Honda when it ruled the economy roost.
At its highest trim, and fully loaded, Kia says the price only gets to about $28k. At this level, the Sportage includes features such as dual-zone climate control, a heated and cooled driver seat, locking all-wheel-drive, and navigation.
Following a trend Kia set with the new Forte and Soul models, all Sportage trims come with a Bluetooth phone system that lets you dial by name using voice command and a USB port for iPod integration. … Read more
Lexus made its name building luxury cars that compare well with offerings from high-end European brands, usually at a significantly lower price. The ES 350, even though at the lower end of the Lexus lineup, keeps that luxury trait alive. The sole purpose of the car is to pamper its passengers.
To that end, its automatic features, including adaptive cruise control, take care of the simpler tasks. Navigation and the Bluetooth phone system make for practical cabin tech features, and the Mark Levinson audio system treats the car's occupants to excellent sound quality.
People characterize BMW models by their unique handling feel that's comprised of neutral steering and a playful capability to kick the back out. Drive trains aside, the handling engineering is the essence of what BMW fans adore. And the new BMW 335is embodies that essence more than any other car in the model line-up.
To make the 335is, BMW kept the twin turbocharged engine from its outgoing 2010 335i, which was by a twin scroll turbo in the 2011 335i, did some reprogramming, and tuned the suspension for sport. To further differentiate it from the 335i, BMW included a … Read more
Acura tends to design its cars with an eye toward practical midluxury transportation, with nothing too ostentatious or extreme, except one car. In our opinion, the TL SH-AWD is the best car that Acura currently makes.
This hotted up version of the TL sedan gets a 3.7-liter V-6 engine, a sport suspension, and a performance-oriented all-wheel-drive system. It is as comfortable in day-to-day driving as it is capable for high speed cornering. With its six-speed-manual transmission, we could not get enough of it.
Although we like its cabin electronics, the TL SH-AWD doesn't break any new ground, covering … Read more
If the Lexus GX 460 is any indication, there is still a market for big, truck-based luxury SUVs. We may find these symbols of excess passe, but there's no denying the ride comfort and the easy drivability of the GX 460. And what better way to transport half a dozen people?
The Lexus' transmission has a sport setting, but you can ignore that. The SUV's console is also studded with various controls for handling off road situations. You will probably ignore those, too. We also found a few annoying quirks with the GX 460's electronics, and it … Read more