With the PS4 and Xbox One launching over the next couple of weeks, I've been asking my fellow editors whether they're getting one, and if so, which one? Many currently have a PS3 or Xbox 360 -- or both -- so they're in the game, so to speak, and would be candidates for a new system. However, the answer I'm getting more often than not is "neither." Most seem to have have adopted a fairly cynical attitude toward next-gen consoles and as such, are taking a wait-and-see approach and won't be hopping on … Read more
When I pressed the voice command button on the steering wheel of the 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagon, nothing happened. No voice prompt and no helpful list of commands on the car's LCD, nothing at all. The button was merely a tease for an option not included on this particular example of the model.
Likewise, after pairing my phone with the Bluetooth hands-free system in the car, I looked under the available audio sources and did not find Bluetooth streaming. Unlike any other automaker, BMW gives you Bluetooth calls for free, but makes Bluetooth streaming as an audio source … Read more
Familiarity has bred contempt for most of our technology. You are more likely to curse your smartphone when it's slow than to fall down in wonder every time it lets you update Facebook. However, as I raced the 2014 Range Rover Sport through a series of tight turns, then clawed up a steep dirt hill, I found it easier to assume that magic, instead of some brilliant engineering work, made this SUV so capable.
At the forefront of my mind I knew Land Rover's newest SUV relied on individual air suspension at each wheel, automatically locking differentials, and … Read more
If there is a more pleasantly excitable sports announcer than Gus Johnson, then he hasn't excited me.
Yet one of his signature phrases has gotten a 15-year-old Ohio student into trouble.
The phrase is: "He's got that getting-away-from-the-cops speed." The student has not been able to get away from his teachers for saying it.… Read more
Sports players will soon have another sensor in hopes of improving their swings.
Zepp Labs, a wearable tech startup, has unveiled a new sensor for golf, tennis, and baseball players. The 6g sensor attaches to a person's glove for golf and bat or racquet for baseball or tennis, respectively, and features two accelerometers, a gyroscope, and a compass. When a person swings their golf club, bat, or racquet, the sensor analyzes the data and sends it off to their smartphone for interpretation. The company promises that the technology will help users improve their game.… Read more
NBA 2K14 is a mobile port of probably the best NBA basketball game on consoles. But unfortunately, just like last year's game, the iOS version of NBA 2K14 looks great on its surface, but fails at nearly everything that makes the console versions great. This is especially insulting when the game goes for the premium price of $7.99 at the time of this review.
The game has some good qualities There are a few positive things about NBA 2K14 for iOS, and before I get to the negatives, I'll talk about them here. One is the overall … Read more
The new Range Rover Sport is a difficult followup to a massive success. It's "The Empire Strikes Back." It's "Jaws 2." It's "The Matrix Reloaded." Wait, that one was a bit rubbish. Anyway, the point is that the first Range Rover Sport was a hit; it offered a bit of handling finesse to one of the world's most sought-after brands.
Time, and its habit of continually moving, means the Sport has had to evolve and change for the better. Land Rover has listened to customers, the press, and those with … Read more
AUSTIN, Texas -- As Hillman Bailey studied the flat, white target through his rifle's magnified scope, he spotted a brown, six-legged stinkbug, about the size of a dime, crawling across the target. He leaned into the rifle, hot from the sweltering Texas sun, and said to himself, "Let's see what happens." The target was 98 yards away. He steadied the gun, lined the crosshairs over the insect, and pulled the trigger.
The stinkbug was no more.
Bailey isn't a marksman, but he certainly knows his way around a high-powered firearm. He's an engineer for Tracking Point, the manufacturer of the tech-heavy gun responsible for the stinkbug's demise. For the last three-and-a-half years, Tracking Point's team has labored in a nondescript office park in the flats of north Austin, Texas, with one mission in mind: create a "smart rifle" that lets almost anyone hit targets up to 1,000 yards away with near 100 percent accuracy. That's right: Ten football fields.
Accidents with cars killed 677 cyclists in the US in 2011, according to the Department of Transporation. Another 48,000 were injured.
But do cyclists need a "black box" to record video that could be used in a crash investigation?
Rideye is a high-def video camera that records footage from the cyclist's point of view. The device, which is in the pre-production phase, could very well be a vital tool following a hit-and-run accident. … Read more