I’ve recently started test-driving cars to see what technology they sport, and the Subaru Crosstrek hybrid is one of the latest I’ve driven. After the CES 2019 tech trade show in January, it was clear to me that a lot of tech is pouring into new vehicles, even though it’s going to be a while before truly self-driving cars hit the road. This plug-in hybrid is what they call a subcompact sport utility vehicle. Acceleration wasn’t bad, considering it is a hybrid electric and gas car. It’s also attractive, and while stopped at a red light I got a compliment from another guy who thought it was cool. (He told me he was a Subaru salesperson.) The electric motor is slightly noisier than others I’ve driven. When I stepped on the accelerator with the electric motor running, I heard a little bit of whining. At first, I thought it was a distant ambulance siren, but it was just the motor revving. This hybrid has a base price of $35,000, or about $8,000 above the … [Read more...] about Subaru Crosstrek hybrid review — Cool tech gadgetry without a crazy price
Microsoft offers five different Surface device lines, one of which is Surface Pro. And its latest model -- the 12.3-inch Surface Pro 6 -- is due to launch on Oct. 16. It comes in a new matte black color and with updated eighth-generation Intel Core CPUs, combined with up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. And while it still has USB-A style ports, its display is improved to 267ppi, and there's an autofocusing 8-megapixel camera for video-chatting and Windows Hello login. You can read more about Surface Pro 6 from here. Now, if you don't want to spend $900 on the latest 2-in-1 from Microsoft, or if you're more interested in learning about lookalike devices from other brands, you do have alternative options. We've rounded up some of the best Surface Pro 6 clones you can buy right now.Surface Pro 6 alternatives you can buy right nowAsus Transformer Pro (T304UA) In our review of the the 12.6-inch Transformer Pro (T304UA), we said it makes a good first impression. … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface Pro 6 alternatives you can buy right now
Just about every major phone maker has already unveiled the latest and greatest for 2018 -- now it's Google's turn. We're coming to you live from the heart of Tribeca where the search giant is gearing up to show off a pair of new, thoroughly well-leaked smartphones, plus its long-awaited Pixel Slate and some fancy new Home hardware. That's a lot of new gadgetry to squeeze into a single press conference, and that's just the stuff we know about; with any luck, Google has managed to keep some secretive goodies under lock and key this whole time. If nothing else, though, we're really looking forward to getting some hands-on time with the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, especially after they've been so tantalizingly teased on Toronto's mass transit system. … [Read more...] about We’re live from Google’s 2018 Pixel event!
Facebook is jumping into the smart display race with a new video communication device called Facebook Portal. It comes with built-in Alexa, supports voice commands, and is designed to rival similar screen-equipped smart speakers, including ones from Amazon itself.Also: At last! A Facebook device in my kitchen (and bedroom) However, Facebook's Portal has AI-infused technology called "Smart Camera and Smart Sound," which allows it to follow you around the room and automatically pan and zoom while also minimizing background noise and enhancing the voice of whoever is calling, so you can truly go hands-free during a video call. You can read more about how Portal works from here.There are actually two versions -- the $200 Portal (10-inch 1280 x 800 display) and $350 Portal+ (15.6-inch 1080p display) -- and they're both currently available for preorder. But if you don't want to give Facebook your money, or if you don't want to spend upward of $350, here are some Facebook Portal … [Read more...] about Facebook Portal alternatives you can buy right now
caption The Mazda6 Signature in all its glory. source Dennis Green/Business Insider The Mazda6 is Mazda‘s midsize car. It competes with the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry directly, though it distinguishes itself by focusing on performance and “zoom zoom.” I tested a Signature model with a manufacturers’ suggested retail price of $34,750, but the base edition carries a starting price tag of $21,950. I liked everything from the design of the car to the way it looks and drives, but it had some admittedly weird design flourishes. The Mazda6 is not to be overlooked. That’s my conclusion after spending a few days with the car and driving it hundreds of miles through three states. The Mazda6 is a roomy, midsize car, but it feels like so much more. That’s because its thoughtful design is evident throughout the vehicle, and its refinement feels like a class above. The Mazda6 competes with other … [Read more...] about I drove Mazda’s answer to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry — and I was blown away