Self-Driving Cars by 2020??

Instead of a Throwback Thursday, let’s toss it ahead …

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. said it will be ready to bring fully self-driving vehicles to market by 2020; planning to offer “multiple, commercially viable” vehicles that are capable of autonomous operation without driver input.

The self-driving vehicles will be sold “at realistic prices for consumers,” the company said at a media event in Irvine, California. Nissan said its goal is to offer autonomous cars “across the model range within two vehicle generations” — about 10-12 years after the projected 2020 launch.

The company said it has been researching and developing autonomous vehicles “for years” with such top universities as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, Oxford, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Tokyo. It is building a dedicated test track in Japan for autonomous vehicles that will be completed by next spring.

Are we ready for this??

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No more fighting over the phone charger

For those people that are early adopters this new generation of technological advances will be right up your alley. Wireless charging has been around for a while and it’s super convenient for the power mobile users. People are using the technology but not really knowing i.e the electric toothbrush in some cases charges wirelessly.

The latest advances in the technology are going into furniture. That’s right furniture that charges your phone wirelessly. So charging your phone will be as easy as setting it down on the kitchen table, desk, coffee table etc because a few companies are working on and have some prototypes in the market where the wireless charging tech is built into a table surface.

DuPont has plans to embed wireless charging technology into synthetic Corian granite countertops.

The company Tunto has already produced a table lamp called LED8 and it has a flat base that charges electronics placed upon it. The light itself turns on with the touch of a hand.

Glowdeck the company that is being via Kickstarter has a clock radio that wirelessly charges various electronics and even allows you to use voice controls i.e Siri or Google Now to control the radio.

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Road Warrior: The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

We know you’ve been waiting a long time to hear whether the brand-new Corvette, known internally as the ‘C7’ model, lives up to the hype and expectation. Here is the short answer: the all-new Corvette Stingray is very, very good! When it comes to brand image, it has been the Corvette’s role to stand center-stage, as proof that Chevrolet can build a world-class sports car. Except for many years, and for a variety of reasons, the Corvette has lacked the polish and refinement associated with its competition –the Porsche 911. With the 2014 model, the Corvette Stingray has been reinvented and made relevant to an entirely new generation (or two) of automotive enthusiasts – as well as sports car customers.

One of the biggest shocks with this new model is that, finally the Corvette has a cabin that lives up to the rest of the car. Gone are the cheap plastics, the disjointed look and feel that has afflicted Corvette interiors. Chevrolet devoted a lot of time and attention towards upgrading the cabin. Better materials and a distinct driver’s cockpit really help elevate the interior. Don’t sleep on the exterior either, from certain angles, the new Vette has all the curb-side appeal of Italian and British exotic cars costing two or three times the American sports car’s $51,995 base price.

When it comes to the ride…the C7 does not disappoint.The new 2014 Corvette will be the most powerful base Corvette with a 450 horsepower 6.2-liter V8, yet GM boasts it will also be the most fuel-efficient ‘Vette ever with a return of nearly 30-mpg in top gear on the highway. Chevrolet has also equipped the car with cylinder deactivation, which shuts down half the cylinders when at a steady cruise.This makes the Corvette Stingray feel extremely fast and, ironically, also very relaxed. Test drivers of the C7 described the system as seamless in how it operates. In their words “Everything just feels well engineered and thought out, from how the Corvette keeps its composure over rough roads, to the location of the optional head-up display unit.”

What matters for the moment is that the Corvette Stingray lives up to the expectations heaped upon it. The C7 model proves Chevrolet can build a world-class sports car, minus any excuses. Are you feeling the new Corvette?

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GET READY FOR THE PS4 THIS NOVEMBER!

photo credit:Sony

Sony has announced that its next-generation system will go on sale November 15 in North America and in Europe on November 29 — and it’s going to have a lot of retail support…so yeah…it’s kind of a big deal.

The company announced 15 new PS4 exclusives at its annual press conference at the Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany and also boasts that 30 games will be available between the system’s launch day and the end of 2013 which some hope will be comparable to the extensive line up of launch games its competition the Xbox One promises.

As announced, the PS4 will cost $399, a full $100 cheaper than Microsoft’s Xbox One, which will launch later this year. Sony further confirmed that a 12 GB version of its PS3 console will be available for $199.

To better compete in the handheld market, the company also announced plans to drop the price of the PlayStation Vita handheld system by $50 for a final cost of $199 to make it an even more compelling value for gamers as well as reduce the price of Vita memory cards which has been a bone of contention for fans of the system. And just as with the PS4, Sony plans to give strong support to indie game developers on the Vita.
Sony’s PS4 is definitely the console to watch this holiday season, attacking Microsoft’s unpopular policies and aligning itself with independent developers, which earned it a lot of love amongst hardcore gamers.

The war’s definitely heating up.

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Dave Chapelle inspires Prince

Prince releases the cover art for 'Breakfast Can Wait' featuring Dave Chappelle dressed as Prince. If this image looks familiar, it is because it comes from Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Central skit called  ‘Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories – Prince’ where  he appears in a curly wig, purple ruffled blouse and wearing black eyeliner in  order to depict the purple rain singer. It was an extremely hilarious sketch that went down as one of the shows most memorable. So memorable in-fact that Prince selected a photo of Dave Chappelle dressed in character, holding a plate of pancakes for the cover art of his new single “breakfast can wait” on Twitter Friday along with a youtube video including a  snippet of the song.

Although its surprising to see this comical side of Prince, it’s even more surprising to see Prince take to the online social media network. After showing his disapproval for online sharing of his music including twitters Vine app after hearing his music in some of their 6-second  videos, he’s now delighting fans with live video links to performances as well as share photos for his musical projects. Now if  only we could find Dave Chappelle to thank him for this new light hearted side of Prince.

Listen to the snippet here:

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AUGUST 15th IS NATIONAL RELAXATION DAY!

Originating in Britain as National Slacker Day, the holiday has been unofficially adopted by the United States as National Relaxation Day (August 15th). Sometimes we all need a reminder to take a deep breath, shift our eyes from the LED screen, disregard emails, ignore phone calls and just BREATHE. It’s even more important for us to disconnect as it takes a lot of energy to constantly be “ON” or plugged in to social networking these days.

Being in reach 24/7 as well as keeping up with trends, news and friends that stream live almost every second can be exhausting, however we’ve concocted a few tips on keeping your sanity at least for a day like today:

  • Choose an electronic-free hobby. Mine is basketball but a great stress relieving hobby is Yoga. Namaste
  • Don’t sync your work e-mail with your personal cell phone (unless your job requires it). You’ll have a fresh perspective in the morning and won’t feel like you are constantly working.
  • Wake up 30 minutes early so you can have a little extra “me” time. You’ll feel much more prepared to take on the day instead of feeling like you are constantly on the move.
  • Explore the “REAL” world around you. When’s the last time you took a walk or ran through the park and really breathed in that  fresh air? Feel and touch your surroundings like taking a trip to the  farmer’s market or experience the zoo.
  • Stop watching TV, checking your phone or browsing the Internet at least an hour every day and read a book (no…not your kindle). Your body needs time to recover and reset(especially your eyes)
  • Invite friends or family over for a game night or a food-and-wine night. Laughs are always needed in life especially when it’s LIVE and in living color.

National Relaxation Day is a great reminder for all of us to slow down, do something good for ourselves and learn better habits that enrich our lives. If you never give yourself a break, you’ll never get a chance to step back and appreciate all that is around you. So today I challenge all of you to reevaluate your to-do lists and get out there and enjoy this stress free holiday. Oh…and don’t forget to tell the “Brits” thank you for this one. Here’s to your health!

 

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Where’s the Beef? Top 8Trucks under 30K

Whether you believe it or not, trucks have been the best selling vehicles across the country for a while now. As far as utility goes, you can’t beat a truck! With its’ off road potential, cargo room capabilities or serious towing power…it’s iron mine worthy! However…if you’re not looking for a serious truck for really serious work but a cool affordable option that can tow from time to time or move the somewhat frequent object, we’ve got the top 8 trucks for you recommended by the good ol’ folks over at Edmunds for under 30K.

(Please note that these prices are for the 2013-year base model, which may or may not be the trim depicted)

1. If you’re looking for an all-around option and won’t need to tow an extraneous amount of weight, the 2.7 liter four-cylinder Toyota Tacoma is the most affordable choice at $17K.

 

 

2. One step up from the Tacoma is the Dodge Ram 1500 which offers a 3.6 liter V6 under the hood, good for 20 miles per gallon on the highway and boasts a new eight speed transmission,which can be bought for a low $22K

 

3. The Chevrolet Silverado and its closely related Sierra sibling both run about $22,595 at base, according to Edmunds. That will buy you a 4.3 liter V6, good for 195 horsepower and around 17 combined miles per gallon.

 

 

4. The Ford F-150 is not just America’s best-selling truck, it’s America’s best-selling vehicle. The top-selling truck will run $23,670 at base, which will buy a 3.7 liter V6 that’s good for 302 horsepower and 278 pounds-feet of torque.

5. The Toyota Tundra will run about $8,000 more than its sibling Tacoma, at $25,355. However, you get more truck , too: the base model Tundra is equipped with a 4.0 liter V6, pumping out a respectable 270 horsepower and 278 pounds-feet of torque.
6. The Nissan Titan will cost around $29,270 in its purest form, although it’s also the first truck listed to offer a V8 in its base trim, as there is no V6 option. The 5.7 liter unit is good for 317 horsepower and 385 pounds-feet of torque plus a functional interior. (definitely not a model for the fancy)
7. If you are looking for some impressive towing capacity, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 is the beefier version of the 1500 complete with a substantially larger engine — a 6.0 liter V8 ,for just a shade under $30,000 ($29,300). That engine is good for 360 horsepower, 380 pounds-feet of torque.

 
8. At the higher end, $29,450 to be exact…the Honda Ridgeline comes the closest to skimming the $30K mark. It’s also the only entry that’s developed on a unibody structure, though the Ridgeline is definitely more of an average daily driver vehicle than hardcore work-oriented pickup,the truck’s power comes from Honda’s 3.5 liter V6, which produces 250 horsepower and 247 pounds-feet of torque.

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Here’s to your health: The Man Juice

Okay, so juicing isn’t exactly something men are willing to admit to. Infact, they usually leave juicing up to their girlfriends and stick  to the Manly man’s diet which includes a healthy serving of beef, potatos and a Pitcher of Beer. Now that’s awesome during your tween years and can quite possibly get you through college if you’re not on the Ramen Noodle diet, however Juice expert Joe Cross teaches us how to make the nutritious and delicious Mean Green(do you hear the baritone in your voice as you say those words?) This is definitely not your girlfriends juice recipe. Infact…Cross lost 82 pounds in 60 days by juicing. His transformation is the subject of the 2010 documentary, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”.

Try out this tasty cocktail recipe yourself to double your daily intake of healthy veggies and shed a few lbs while you’re at it:

RECIPE: Juice 6 leaves of kale, 1 cucumber, 4 stalks of celery, 3 apples cut in half, a small piece of ginger and 1/2 lemon. The tasty cocktail will double most people’s daily intake of healthy veggies.

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YO! MTV RAPS


Let’s go back to 1988 – when the pilot episode of “Yo! MTV Raps” was aired. Hosted by Run-DMC, featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, this pilot was one of the highest rated programs to ever air on MTV at that point! Eric B. & Rakim’s video for the title track of the album “Follow the Leader” was the first video to be shown.

With the success of the pilot, Yo! MTV Raps began running a daily two-hour video program on August 6, 1988 – lasting until August 1995! Hosts for weekdays were Doctor Dre’ and Ed Lover. Fab 5 Freddy hosted weekend.

Yo! MTV Raps was crucial in the late 1980’s to help create a worldwide appreciation and interest in the hip-hop scene. Everyone was able to tune in to see rap videos, interviews with hip-hop artists and even live in-studio performances on Fridays.

We couldn’t get enough of it. And we loved the hosts – so much that they became part of the Lugz family. Here’s one of the ads that Doctor Dre’ and Ed Lover appeared in for Lugz.

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INFLATABLE FLOATING HOTEL ROOM!!

Looks a little crazy – but for a mere $50,000, you can rent this “floating” hotel room – overlooking the Denver skyline.

The world’s only “floating pop-up hotel” sits atop a mechanical scissor lift affixed to the roof of a van parked outside the Curtin Hotel in Downtown Denver, which will hoist up this “room” an additional 22-feet. This 5 foot by 7 foot inflatable “room” (that’s about the size of an elevator) is the brainchild of a New York based artist Alex Schweder.

Made of clear vinyl with inflated walls like a bouncy room for kids, the “room” is furnished with a bed, chair, couch and complete lavatory facilities. The couch and chair retract when the bed is deployed – similar to a pop-up book. And no worries if you sleep walk – there is an aluminum railing around the room for some security.

And for the $50,000 per night fee, other amenities will be included. Limousine service, a Tiffany’s diamond pendant and earring set, binoculars for viewing, and some “groovy in-room” swag like 1960’s era scarves and bell bottom pants. When not in your room, you can also host a disco party at the main hotel’s 70’s style lounge. And on top of all this, guests who buy the package will be greeted at their hotel room by Sonny and Cher impersonators!

It’s only available for a few more weeks – so don’t wait another moment!

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