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Car accident stops 80eDays Tesla Roadster from completing world tour

Car accident stops 80eDays Tesla Roadster from completing world tour

A unfortunate traffic accident brought Rafael de Mestre’s electric trek across the globe to an abrupt halt today, stopping his Tesla Roadster a scant kilometer from the finish line. “Game over,” the world traveler wrote on Facebook and Twitter, posting a picture of the damaged vehicle and assuring readers that he survived the ordeal. Since then, he’s only offered a small update, lamenting the loss of his faithful electric carriage and sharing a short video of the accident’s aftermath. Lend the dejected driver some moral support (or just engage in digital rubbernecking) at the source links below.

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The weird world where 3D printing and art collide

While we may never think the world of 3D movies, at least the 3D printing ecosystem continues to evolve rapidly in a good direction. With interest in 3D printers, as well as accessibility to them, becoming more commonplace, an increasing number of artists use these machines — capable of making nearly anything — to stretch the limits of design.

The first 3D Print Show, held in London’s Brewery next month — October 19-21 — gives those in the 3D printing industry a centralized venue for collaborating and educating, as well as showing off some mind-bending 3D creations.

Lots of events take place at the show too, including concerts using 3D-printed instruments, competitions between makers, and a show of 3D-printed haute couture. Crave takes a look at just a few of the many art exhibits planned for the event, from some of the best in the field. If you have a knack for art or design, you won’t want to miss this expose. You might not ever think about 3D printing the same way again.

Scenes from 3D Print Show’s art gallery (pictures)

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2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid first drive: an efficient urban runabout

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It’s a van; it’s a hatchback; it’s a wagon? It’s the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and its tall, liftback design is not exactly any of those things. Ford’s betting that this blend of small-car parkability, wagon flexibility, and crossover visibility will be a hit with urban drivers looking for a do-everything runabout. Helping to seal the deal for these city dwellers is the C-Max’s hybrid power train, which offers Prius-battling levels of power and efficiency.

In pictures and when isolated on a platform at a
car show, the C-Max looks like a little minivan. I imagined something about the size of the Mazda5. However, when approaching the C-Max at ground level in a parking lot, I was surprised to find that Ford’s little multipassenger vehicle (MPV) isn’t that much larger than the Ford Focus with which it shares its Ford Global C Platform. The C-Max also shares Ford’s Kinetic design language styling cues with the Focus and Escape. Take those two vehicles, toss them into a blender, and the resulting car will resemble the C-Max in both size and style. The Escape is already a fairly small crossover, so the C-Max’s proximity to it in size possibly explains why the automaker dropped the Escape Hybrid for this generation. The C-Max Hybrid’s dimensions also fall between two of Toyota’s dedicated hybrid vehicles, offering more passenger volume than the Prius, but with a smaller footprint than the Prius v.

The C-Max is a tall five-seater that places more emphasis on passenger space than cargo room behind the rear bench. By doing this, Ford was able to create a smallish vehicle that is easy to park in cramped city conditions, but with enough room for four over-6-foot-tall adults to sit comfortably. Fold the rear seat-backs flat and the C-Max’s cargo space opens up with plenty of space for bulky items. Ford tells me that you could fit two mountain bikes (presumably with their front wheels removed) back there.

Click here to continue reading our 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid first drive.

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Ask Engadget: is iPod Touch and Wireless Printer-based credit card processing possible?

Ask Engadget

We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is coming to us from Dustin, who wants to turn the humble iPod Touch into a cash register for live events. If you’re looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.

“We currently have 10 credit card terminals we purchased three years ago, and we’re looking to replace them thanks to their horrific failure rate and replacement cost. We only use them for special events, but they account for $24 million of our credit card revenue. Ideally I’d like to replace them with iPod touches and a wireless printer, but I can’t seem to find a solution that offers printing — but it’s essential to what we do. Thanks for your help!”

We found that Square lets you connect to a Star Micronics receipt printer, and Intuit GoPayment accepts Bluetooth-enabled P25 Blue Bamboo printers — so those could work for you. Of course, Ask Engadget is about sourcing the opinion of our hive-mind, so if your business has already conquered this problem, why not share what you know?

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Motorola’s new phone could offer edge-to-edge screen

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx (Verizon)

Motorola’s new phone should look like the Droid Razr Maxx, but will it offer the marathon battery life?

Sarah Tew/CNET)

A few more details trickled out today regarding the new
Android smartphone that Motorola is expected to unveil next week.

Citing a person familiar with the handset, Bloomberg reports that it will feature an edge-to-edge display and support 4G LTE networks. The source didn’t spill any other details, except that the device will go on sale with Verizon Wireless later this year.

Though Verizon and Motorola declined to comment to Bloomberg, both 4G support and a noteworthy screen sound plausible. Previous rumors have pegged the name of the phone as the Droid Razr M 4G LTE (say that three times fast) and the invitation for the Wednesday, September 5 evebt in New York promised to put something “on display.”

It’s unclear, however, whether the new phone will deliver an HD display. While early reports indicated such a feature, recent speculation suggests just a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540-pixel) Super AMOLED Advanced display with Gorilla Glass 2.

On the outside, the
Droid Razr M 4G LTE should sport the trim profile of the earlier Droid Razr, but we’ll have to see whether it carries the long-lasting battery of the popular Droid Razr Maxx. Other features could include Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a dual-core 1.5GHz MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor, and an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video.

Whatever happens, CNET will be at next Wednesday’s event to bring you all the news in words, pictures, and video.

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IFA 2012 wrap-up: Galaxy Note II, 84-inch 4K TVs, Windows 8 convertibles and much more

IFA 2012 wrapup

Europe’s premier consumer electronics trade show has further cemented its status on the industry’s radar, thanks in no small part to Samsung, Sony and a shocking number of 84-inch 4K TVs. Since Wednesday, we’ve welcomed a brand new Galaxy Note, a healthy heaping of smaller mobile phones, a few cameras (including that Android stunner) and enough laptops and tablets to keep us computing well into the fall. From your perspective, the show ran silky smooth, though Berlin’s mobile data plague continued to take its toll on our productivity, while the Messe’s absolutely insane sprawl left us with a few well-worn shoes. As always, we still had a blast bringing you all the latest gear as it hit the floor, and German hospitality (and beer) made the setbacks a bit more bearable. Since there’s oh so much to get through, we’re sorting out our grouping of news and hands-ons from major manufacturers, followed by some smaller device makers and a few one-hit wonders — all tidied up just past the break.






Other news

Other hands-ons

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