Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Gizmag Team

The existing petrol-engined Peugeot Partner.

Peugeot is to add an electric version of its Partner LCV (Light Commercial Vehicle) to the range during the 2nd quarter of 2013. With a drive train developed in conjunction with Mitsubishi, the Partner Electrique runs a single permanent magnet, synchronous electric motor producing 49kW (67bhp) and torque of 200Nm and has a range of 170km (105 miles). The LCV will be available in short and long wheelbase versions (4.38m and 4.63m), both with claimed class-leading load volumes.  Read More

Kawasaki's new Z800 Kawasaki's strength in the naked bike class is about to go an extra level with the news of a forthcoming Z800 Supernaked. To be released at Intermot in October, very few details have been released of the new bike other than its capacity, and that it will combine "an innovative approach and a design that looks to the future, with several updates regarding chassis, engine and ease of use."  Read More

RuffBowl portable dog bowl Keeping Rover hydrated on long walks is a problem which has generated some clever solutions and RuffBowl – a clip-on bowl for retractable dog-leashes – can be added to this list.  Read More

Ian Poulter's personalized Ferrari FF It's a given that anyone in the market for a Ferrari is looking to stand out from the crowd. If you are really concerned about the prospect of having to park next to an identical supercar on your next trip to the shops though, you can always go for some extra personalization. Ferrari has long been aware of this dilemma and late last year ramped up its personalization efforts with the launch of the "Tailor Made" program. Professional golfer and renowned snappy-dresser Ian Poulter has just become the first North American recipient of the fruits of this endeavor, taking delivery of a unique, tartan-trimmed Ferrari FF.  Read More

Samsung's hybrid GALAXY Camera

"The camera is reborn." That's how Samsung's President of IT and Mobile Communications Division JK Shin describes the company's new smartphone/camera hybrid announced today at IFA in Berlin. Basically a compact camera with a smartphone-type touchscreen on the back, the Android-powered GALAXY Camera is designed to deliver superior photo-taking capabilities without missing out on the instant sharing and web browsing options afforded by wireless network connectivity.  Read More

The frozen Rhine river close to Mainz during the winter of 1962/1963 (Photo: Frank Sirocko... Some clever cross-referencing has helped an international team of researchers establish a link between low periods of solar activity and frosty European winters. The Sun's level of magnetic activity follows an 11-year cycle. Peaks in this cycle pose a threat to telecommunications and electricity networks and it's long been suspected that there's a correlation between the opposite end of the cycle and extreme winters in Europe. A lack of historical average temperature data makes it difficult to confirm this link, but scientists have filled the gap by studying the comings and goings of 19th Century riverboats on the Rhine.  Read More

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1

Samsung's new upsized addition to its Note range has reached U.S. stores with prices starting at US$500. First announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, the GALAXY Note 10.1 packs a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM along with a couple of standout features designed to set it apart from the tablet pack.  Read More

The Korean T50B added a splash of color to Farnborough's overcast sky (Photo: Gizmag)

The skies over Hampshire, England, may have been resolutely overcast, but there has been nothing dull about the spectacle of the biennial Farnborough International Airshow taking place in them this week. Crowds composed mostly of media, military and millionaires endured airport-style security checks to observe aerial displays from ear-piercing fighter jet fighters, enormous airliners and aeronautic display teams of dubious sanity.  Read More

Digital technology has transformed photography over the past couple of decades, and the ch...

If you ever need an example of the exponential rise of technology, look no further than the digital camera. The ability to capture images on an electronic sensor has transformed photography and the way we record life's precious moments (and plenty of the un-precious ones as well) in less than 25 years. So how will we capture our holiday snaps when another two decades have passed? By 2030, will today's spanking new DSLR be as unrecognizable as a box brownie is today? Here's a look at some of the significant innovations and ideas we've encountered in recent times that may hold some clues.  Read More

The EMERG-E cruises past Goodwood house One of the most eagerly awaited runs at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on the weekend was that of the 402bhp (300kW) Infiniti EMERG-E, which appeared as a fully-functional demonstrator for the first time.  Read More

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