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Mercedes-Benz promises a ‘wagonized’ CLA Shooting Brake for everyone but the U.S.

Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will be making a CLA-Class shooting brake. But what is a shooting brake? It's essentially a two-door wagon. Don't bother yourself wondering how a four-door CLA wagon could be a shooting brake; it's not…
Cars

Book ’em, Detlev: Finnish Police buy a Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake

The Finnish Police have a shiny new ride: A Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake. It's a wagon version of the slinky CLS "four-door coupe" that should be perfect for police duty on Finland's treacherous roads.
Mobile

$230 or $140? We pit the Kindle Fire HDX against the Kindle Fire HD

The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX was announced today, but the Kindle Fire HD isn't going anywhere. How do new and old compare? We find out with a spec showdown pitting the refreshed Kindle Fire HD against the all-new Kindle Fire HDX.
Gaming

Tom Clancy, the man behind the books, video games, and films bearing his name, dies at 66

Best-selling author Tom Clancy, the man responsible for several movie, video games, and of course literary franchises, has died at the age of 66. The cause of death is currently unknown. Clancy carved out a niche for himself in the military…
Computing

Microsoft will let you preorder a shiny, boxed version of Windows 8.1 for $120

For users who haven’t yet upgraded to Windows 8 – or who need another copy – Microsoft has begun offering a boxed version of Windows 8.1 for the same price as the previous version.
Mobile

Wi-Fi use safe during takeoff and landing, says FAA panel

A special panel created by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has found that it is safe to use Wi-Fi during all parts of a flight. The news follows reports that the panel has recommended that the FAA lift its ban on gadget use at low…
Social Media

Everything you need to know about Facebook’s expanded Graph Search features

Here's everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about Facebook's expanded Graph Search - and yes, you're probably going to need to fuss with your privacy setting again.
Computing

Brace for color: The iPhone 5C is going to break open a can of rainbow on tech

The new iPhone 5C has a feature that no other recent Apple can claim; color! Does this mean a shift in the company's design that could reverberate throughout the consumer electronics industry? We hope so.
Cars

Hyundai Veloster Turbo gets radioactive makeover that’s more glow than go

For SEMA 2013, Hyundai turned a stock Veloster Turbo into what it's calling the "EGR Night Racer," with aggressive exterior modifications and a 250-hp engine. Unlike the 1,000-hp Genesis Coupe also on display, the EGR Night Racer is more…
Movies & TV

Giant spiders, Legolas, and a dragon await in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ trailer

The latest trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is here, with looks at the great dragon's treasure hoard, Legolas in action, and a brief snippet of Benedict Cumberbatch delivering his Smaug-voice.
Cars

VW’s augmented-reality app moves amateur mechanics out from under the shade tree

Volkswagen has developed a tablet-based app for automotive repair called MARTA that shows virtual steps and tools required to repair a car. Although designed initially for the VW XL1, when expanded, the app could change the face of…