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TigerDirect announces plans to add home decor and other items

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 4:11 pm

If this release had been published on April 1, I would have thought it was a joke. I see no indication that TigerDirect's latest announcement is anything but real. Tiger has been a place where PC enthusiasts could go to buy hardware since before there was an internet.

 

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TigerDirect has now announced that it plans to expand its product offerings. This appears to be an effort to better compete with Amazon. TigerDirect has announced that it will begin selling home décor, furnishings, pool supplies, and luggage.

 

This means you can soon buy a new mainboard and video card and add a new comforter for your bed n a whim at checkout. This is the first time that the online and catalog seller will offer these product types. The new product offered will be from some of the big names in those industries. As long as they don't get away from the core tech products that we know them for, all is good.

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SIM-Drive's new SIM-HAL EV has electric motors for each wheel

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 2:33 pm

There are many electric vehicles on the market today and none of them is particularly popular. The EV isn't exactly feasible for many people as their main car. Limited driving range means you can't easily take long trips and if you forget to plug in one night, you are in trouble.

 

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A Japanese firm called SIM-Drive has unveiled its latest EV car and it's a coupe. I hesitate to say that the car looks good, because it's just not that attractive to my eyes. The back end with the 80's style fins for the taillights is particularly unappealing. Looks aside, the EV system in the car is impressive.

 

Each of the wheels gets its own electric motor and each of those motors produce 87.17 hp and 457.28 lb-ft of torque. That means the EV has a total power output of 348.7 hp and an asphalt destroying 1829.15 lb-ft of torque total.

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Trion Supercars wants to build a $1 million Nemesis to European cars

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 7:16 pm

There are plenty of insanely expensive supercars on the market today. Porsche, Ferrari, and McLaren all have cars only the richest of the 1% can afford. These cars have names like the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, and the Porsche 918. An American company wants to build a car that it thinks can compete with these European exotics.

 

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The company is called Trion Supercars and it wants to build its $1 million supercar in California. The company isn't giving up all the details on the car just yet, but we know a lot. It will be built using carbon fiber to save weight.

 

Power will come from a twin turbo V8 engine. Exactly what the source for that engine is, we don't know. If the company is to meet the 2000hp goal it has for the supercar, called the Nemesis, it had better be a stout V8. I'd wager we are talking a heavily modified Chevrolet V8.

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Subaru Tribeca replacement rumored for diesel plug-in hybrid power

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 7:51 pm

The Subaru Tribeca isn't exactly the best selling SUV that Subaru makes. When Subaru showed off its new concept car during the New York Auto Show in April called the Viziv 2, rumors surfaced that the concept car might be the next Tribeca. A new rumor going around suggests that the Tribeca name may be retired altogether.

 

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The concept car is now said to hint at future small and larger SUVs from Subaru. The source of the rumor is said to be "close: to Subaru. This source also says that the new SUV will be close to the Tribeca in size for the larger model. No additional details were offered on the rumored smaller SUV.

 

Another interesting tidbit is that the new SUV is tipped to be a plug-in hybrid using a diesel engine. The engine will reportedly be a 2.0L turbo boxer diesel producing 148hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. There is no indication of how much power the electric engine will add. There is a chance that the hybrid system will be similar to what was shown in the Viziv 2 with rear motor driven symmetrical AWD. The new SUV is tipped to be coming for late 2017 availability.

PL-01 tank concept is a Polish masterpiece

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 3:13 pm

Many modern aircraft that are fielded by militaries from around the world have stealth attributes that make them harder to see on radar. The Navy is also working on stealth ships that are harder to be seen on radar as well. One thing we haven't seen too much of so far are land vehicles with stealth attributes.

 

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Poland is changing that with an awesome new tank concept called the PL-01. The tank has some very cool tech that is already possible and some concept tech that will be coming in the not so distant future. The tech that is available now is designed to help the tank reduce its infrared signature. This is done to confuse the tracking systems of weapons used against tanks on the battlefield.

 

The way the tank does this is with temperature controlled wafers on the outside of the tank near the armor that can match the infrared output of the surrounding terrain. To confuse the enemy even more, the wafer system can allow the tank to mimic the look of a car or other object when viewed in infrared.

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Porsche CEO confirms 4-cylinder power coming for Boxster and Cayman

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 26, 2014 6:26 pm

Rumors have been circulating for a while that Porsche is working on a new 4-cylinder engine to replace the 6-cylinder unit in the Boxster and Cayman cars. Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller has now confirmed that rumor ad says that a 4-cylinger engine for both cars is in the works

 

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Enthusiasts who like the cars for their performance might find downsizing if the engine to be a bit bothersome. However, the 4-cylinder will reportedly produce more power than the current 6-cylinder engines can muster.

 

In the new Boxster GTS, the 6-cylinder produces 325hp and in the Cayman GTS it produces 335hp. Porsche is saying that the new 4-cylinder will produce in the area of 395hp and be more efficient. Presumably, the 4-cylinder will be lighter than the larger 6-cylinder as well helping performance even more.

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BMW and Toyota team for hybrid sports car to replace Z4

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 3:20 pm

More and more vehicles are going hybrid and some of the most interest hybrids are aimed at improving performance. A number of high-end sports cars are adopting hybrid tech, such as the Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1, to make the car faster more than for fuel efficiency.

 

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Those high-end sports cars are able to drive short distances on electricity alone in many instances. Typically, the hybrid power is aimed at generating low-end torque allowing the gas engine to be tuned for high rpm performance. BMW and Toyota announced last year that they were teaming up on a new hybrid sports car.

 

AutoCar says that this rendering is what the car might look like. The vehicle is tipped to get a small 4cylinder gas engine with turbo power and a hybrid system. Rather than batteries like a normal hybrid, this car will use supercapacitors. Those are able to store and discharge energy faster than batteries.

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Winter temps decimate EV driving range says AAA

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 21, 2014 2:03 pm

There are many people out there this winter who can attest that living in a climate that gets really cold and has lots of snow can be bad for your mood and productivity. Lot of folks have dealt with record setting winter storms and cold temperatures for months now. If you live in these cold areas and have an electric vehicle, the weather is doubly bad for you.

 

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AAA has released the results of a study that looks at the driving range of an EV in winter temperatures compared to more moderate temperatures. According to the study, an EV that can drive 105 miles per charge in 75-degree weather will only be able to go 43 miles when it's below freezing.

 

AAA says that its study shows driving range with temperatures of around 20-degrees are 57% shorter than when its 75-degrees out. The study also found that hot weather affects driving range, but not as much as cold weather. With most EVs in the country sold in temperate Southern California, I guess many don't have to worry about this.

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Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS unveiled

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 5:00 pm

Porsche has been making some of the most desirable sports cars in the world for decades. The company has its slick two seat Boxster and Cayman cars on the low-end, and the venerable and long running 911 with other models thrown in as well. Porsche has announced a new version of the Boxster and Cayman with more power and style.

 

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The new versions of the cars are the Cayman GTS and the Boxster GTS. Both of the cars get a bump in power compared to the standard versions of the car. Both cars get an extra 15hp bringing the output to 330hp for the Boxster and 340 for the Cayman. Each of the cars also gets a 7 lb-ft boost in torque.

 

Both GTS models get the Sport Chrono package standard and can be fitted with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed PDK. When fitted with the PDK gearbox the Cayman GTS can reach 60 mph in 4.3 seconds with the Boxster GTS needing 4.4 seconds.

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Teen launches comic book vending machine business

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 3:20 pm

When I was 19 years old, about the only thing I thought hard about was landing a date with the hot blonde in my Anatomy class in college. I certainly wasn't thinking about starting a business. 19-year old Chris Romberger is thinking about a business and the teen has launched his own, and it's very cool.

 

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Romberger has Down Syndrome and autism. He worked with a job coach to figure out what he wanted to do with is life. His goals involved the comic books he loves. Since retail space is expensive to rent and maintain, the teen and his coach went with a vending machine.

 

Rather than filling the vending machine with snacks or gadgets, Romberger filled his with comic books. The machine has an assortment of single-issue comic books that you can buy. It appears that prices range from $2.00 to $4.00.

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