2014 Range Rover Sport

Published at: 3/31/2013 Category:
Little did we know it, but Range Rover must've sent its poor Sport model away to fat camp for awhile, because the all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport ($64,000-$94,000) is quite a bit lighter than its predecessor. 800 lbs. lighter, to be exact, which is all the more impressive given that the new model is 2.5-inches longer than the prior model, yet boasts a wheelbase that's been increased by 7 inches.

2014 Range Rover Sport

All this is made possible by a new high-strength aluminum structure, which joins other features like a third-row seating option, a new fully automatic Terrain Response 2 system, a new single-speed transfer case for the intelligent 4WD system, a new 340hp, 3.0L supercharged V6 that joins the 510hp supercharged V8 as an option for linking to the eight-speed ZF transmission, and an aerodynamic body that reduces drag while bringing the Sport's looks in-line with the Evoque and full-size Rover.
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Raven Hybrid Riding Lawn Mower

Published at: 3/31/2013 Category:
With the proliferation of hybrid cars, you can bet that pretty much any gas-powered anything will soon be available as a hybrid. Take, for instance, the Raven Hybrid Riding Lawn Mower ($3,000). This impressive lawn tractor creates over 7,000 watts of electricity, features self-charging technology so you won't be doing any battery swaps, and can run for up to 12 hours on a single tank of petrol.

Raven Hybrid Riding Lawn Mower

It still needs to cut grass, of course, and for that it has a 46" quick-release cutting deck, ATV-style shocks for cutting on rough terrain, the ability to pull loads of up to 500 lbs, and a top speed of 17 mph — perfect in case you find yourself in a life-or-death lawnmower race.
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Subaru WRX Concept

Published at: 3/31/2013 Category:
Not that we don't like the current WRX, but if this is to be the future of the line, you can count us emphatically "in". The Subaru WRX Concept ($TBA) has arrived to offer clues as to what the next-generation WRX might resemble, and the news is almost all good. Up front, you'll find an aggressive new front end, with a larger, bolder grille that sticks out to make room for the turbocharged engine and intercooler — but thankfully the iconic hood scoop remains.

Subaru WRX Concept

A carbon fiber roof and a lower, wider body extend to the rear, where you'll find a dramatically curved trunk lid that acts as a spoiler, as well as a large black rear diffuser set between quad tailpipes. The whole thing sets on BBS "RI-D" One Piece Forged Duralumin wheels, which may or not make it to the production version — if/when it ever appears.
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Fuel Micro Charger

Published at: 3/31/2013 Category:
You can get extra power from a big battery that straps to the back of your phone — but if you prefer to use your phone "naked", the Fuel Micro Charger ($20) is a good thing to keep around. This keychain-friendly device looks like a rusted fuel can — literally — and rocks a micro-USB port that you can use to access and/or charge the 220 milliAmp battery, which is good for about 20-30 minutes of extra juice. So no, it's not going to get you through a full day of bad service — but it might be just enough to get you out of a jam.

Fuel Micro Charger
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Pioneer RMX-1000 Remix Station Platinum Edition

Published at: 3/31/2013 Category:
You don't need to be a platinum artist to enjoy the Pioneer RMX-1000 Remix Station Platinum Edition ($1,000). This smallish instrument/device lets you create and utilize a wide range of remix effects, split up on-machine into four separate groups — Isolate FX, Scene FX, X-Pad FX and Release FX. Hardware includes RCA and quarter-inch inputs and outputs that sit alongside a USB port that turns the entire thing into a controller for many audio programs. Pretty much the only thing it can't do is supply you with musical ability.

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District Skateboards

Published at: 3/22/2013 Category:
Skateboards don't need outlandish graphics or big logos to be cool. Take District Skateboards ($120-$215) for example. Handmade in downtown L.A., each of their boards features a custom shape that's been tested and honed by the craftsmen themselves, is made using the most eco-friendly processes available, and boasts a handmade reclaimed barn wood veneer and maple core. Just don't order one to act as a cool display piece for your living space — as the company founders say, they're made for riding.

District Skateboards
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Airocide - The Air Purifier Developed by NASA

Published at: 3/22/2013 Category:
It's got a deadly-sounding name, and for airborne nastiness, it's certainly lethal. Airocide ($800) uses NASA-developed photo-catalytic process to destroy Volatile Organic Compounds — harmful gasses emitted by products like paint, cleaning supplies, and even dry-cleaned clothing — that other cleaners miss. It's also FDA approved, and gets rid of all mold, fungi, viruses, and bacteria that enters its cleaning chamber. Of course, none of that means a whole lot if you don't want to put the thing in your house, but luckily it sports a clean design that will blend in with nearly any decor.

Airocide - The Air Purifier Developed by NASA
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