With all that oil gushing out of the hole in the Earth, we have to ask ourselves this question. And if this happens, what then? Well, flying cars and pedal powered Porsches, obviously. Even Eli, our special guest, knows that!Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360) EPISODE 186
Some have to suffer for their art.
That is what so many felt Carrie Bradshaw would be doing in the second helping of "Sex and the City" on the big screen when it was said that she would forsake her Apple laptop for a brand new HP model.
To experience her purported suffering I decided Thursday to suffer for my art too. Manacled and, perhaps, drugged, I was dragged to a showing of this new installment of four women's eternal quest to find joy that lasts more than half an hour.
Mercifully, the movie theater was half-empty. … Read more
OK, for the last few weeks we've offered some pretty niche products. However, this week we're going mainstream by giving away Flip Video's newest pocket camcorder, the SlideHD.
In case you don't know it already, this is Flip's flagship camcorder model. Flip designed it for instant-playback gratification as it includes a generous 3-inch wide-screen touch-enabled LCD that "slides" up at an angle. The SlideHD also comes with 16GB of internal memory, which allows you to capture up to 4 hours of HD video; that's double the storage capacity of previous Flip models. &… Read more
I was never a fan of the original Dolphin browser for Android, but when DolphinHD was released for Android 2.0 and above I figured I'd check it out for the feature set alone. Little did I know that within a day I'd make it the default browser on my Motorola Droid.
Much like the Skyfire browser, which boasts unique in-house Flash video playback, DolphinHD's feature set gives users significant feature enhancements over the default browser. There's tabbed browsing, link sharing via your installed social networking apps, add-ons, themes, smoother in-browser multitouch, a generally high level of customization, the ability to save your cache and history to the SD card, and one of the most logical features for a touch-screen phone browser, customizable gesture support.
There used to be one other awesome feature: YouTube video downloading. But lest you think that only Apple played hardball with its application developers, Google forced Dolphin's publishers to remove the feature for a Google and YouTube Terms of Service violation within a week of the browser's release.
For me, the gesture support is Dolphin's killer feature. It comes with several default actions, including jumping to your bookmarks, moving forward and backward in site navigation, jumping to the top or bottom of the page you're on, reloading the page you're looking at, and sharing the page you're on. You can also set gestures to load specific sites, open new tabs, or add a bookmark. In all, Dolphin comes with 20 gesture options. A few have been wedded by default to predetermined gestures, but you can overwrite them easily with motions more to your liking, or move the gesture hot corner around. … Read more
Jim O'Donnell took over as CEO of BMW (U.S.) Holding Corp. in 2008, at the beginning of the industry's worst sales slump in recent history. BMW Group was coming off 16 straight years of increases in the United States. Now it is recovering from a 20 percent sales drop in 2009.
O'Donnell says BMW Group's U.S. sales will be up about 10 percent this year, and he expects BMW to pass Lexus to become the top U.S. luxury brand by 2012.
Over the next five years, BMW will introduce smaller cars, an electric plug-in and front-wheel-drive cars in the United States. But whether O'Donnell will be around for the changes isn't clear. In December he turned 60, BMW's mandatory retirement age. He says his three-year contract, which was to end in 2010, has been extended, but he won't say for how long.
O'Donnell was interviewed at BMW North America's headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., this month by staff reporter Diana T. Kurylko.
What is your outlook for the industry and for BMW for the rest of the year?
The market will be up about 10 percent for the year, and I'd like BMW [Group] to be in line with that. If you look at the way the year started off, we are tracking a bit behind the market.
How was your April?
April was OK. The underlying trend was stronger than last year. [BMW brand was] up 10 percent, and Mini was up 5 percent. The 5 series was down 2,000 units.
What do you expect from the new 5 series that debuts this spring?
It's our most important car, profitwise. It's been highly acclaimed across the world. We can't wait until it arrives. The competition and the E class are doing very well in this market and just seizing our share. … Read more
During the last international auto show season, we saw a range of concept cars, some with wild, futuristic designs and some that look like they could roll out of a garage today. Three particular themes emerged amongst these design studies:Hybrid and electric power trains Small city cars Personal electronics integration
Obviously, automakers are making serious efforts to build more fuel efficient cars, prodded by new European and U.S. regulations. BMW and Porsche joined hybrid stalwart Toyota with new gas-electric concepts.
Automakers are also planning for growing urbanization with small cars that are easy to park and maneuver through … Read more
Mini shows it marketing finesse with a new picnic accessory package announced for the upcoming Countryman model. The Getaway package consists of two canvas and wood folding chairs, a folding table, and various other outdoor accouterments that stow in a cargo area hatch.
The Countryman is a small SUV, not much bigger than the standard Cooper model, and is the first Mini with all-wheel-drive. Mini has been touting it as the model for outdoorsy types; some of the first images show it traversing sand dunes.
The Getaway package seems appropriate for watching the horses at Goodwood racetrack, or a summer … Read more
We've never met a pink product we felt truly excited about, and we're not sure that will change today. Submitted for your approval: one of two new color schemes on the HP Mini 210.
While HP's newly announced lineup of laptops didn't have any new internal improvements to the Mini 210 line of Atom N450 Netbooks, there are two stark new colors--white crystal and preppy pink--added to what was a previously staid palette. It's been a trend lately to try to turn small devices like Netbooks into collectible design items, and HP's been at … Read more
Capsule speakers remain a niche product, but they offer some appeal to laptop or iPod and iPhone users who want better sound but don't want to lug around a set of computer speakers. The only drawback to going small is that even if the speakers sound better than most internal laptop speakers, they usually still sound pretty mediocre. What's slightly different about iHome's iHM79s, is that it has made these mini speakers a tad larger than its early capsule models, and the result is that they sound better but take up a little more room in … Read more
Polaroid this week announced a new instant camera, the Polaroid 300. At first glance, you might mistake it for the Fujifilm Instax Mini, but that's only because the new Polaroid shooter was indeed developed in partnership with Fujifilm, which explains the similarity in camera design and technology.
It's unclear whether the Polaroid 300 will accept the same Instax Mini film used for the Fujifilm equivalent. But if you dive into the technical specifications, you'll realize that both snappers have the same features.
The Polaroid 300 will be available come May for approximately $90, and the Polaroid 300 … Read more