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The canals of Venice, Italy invade the Sahara

Desolate stretches of Saharan sand, bustling urban downtown – those two elements couldn't have less in common ... until artist Markos Aristides Kern and his visual design firm brought them together with the help of a beast of an automobile known as the Multimedia Offroad Vehicle, or MMOV.  Read More

Ford Focus Electric in New York's Chelsea neighborhood

Recently in New York City, Ford invited a handful of journalists to take a brand new Ford Focus Electric for a spin around the west side of Manhattan. I spent a half-hour in the latest version, which claims to get more range per charge than the Nissan Leaf, while also re-charging in half the time.  Read More

Manfrotto has just launched its SYMPLA modular camera rig, which can be customized for a w...

It’s April, which means that once again, the National Association of Broadcasters trade show has taken over Las Vegas. Amongst the various other film, video and photography-related gizmos that have been unveiled this week is an interesting new product from Manfrotto. Known as SYMPLA (for SYstem Moving PLatform), the modular camera rigging system can be configured in seconds, without tools, to accommodate a wide range of of DSLRs, camcorders and accompanying lenses.  Read More

The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is the world's fastest, most powerful roadster

As much as we love reading a spec sheet spouting figures such as 1,200-hp, nought to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.6 seconds, and a top speed of 255 mph (410 km/h), what we really want to see is the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse in action. Bugatti has granted that wish with the release of a new promo video.  Read More

Pirelli's job as the chosen control tire manufacturer for WSBK is one of finding a motorcy...

Motor racing in the premier categories has always attracted not only the bravest and most skilled performers in the physical sense, but also the best and brightest thinkers – engineers and technicians who are responsible for what those elite athletes are riding on, in every sense of the term. Pirelli's job as the chosen control tire manufacturer for WSBK is one of finding a motorcycle racing tire that will perform in a far broader range of conditions, and one that any sportsbike owner can then buy off the shelf. We recently spoke to Pirelli Moto Racing Director Giorgio Barbier and racing compound development engineer, Fabio Meni, about how the company meets this formidable challenge.  Read More

The TrekPak is designed to fit easily and snugly in the Deuter backpack

Sometimes you don't have to reinvent the wheel; you just have to add a more functional inflation valve or lightweight spoke. That's the direction that TrekPak takes in redesigning the photography backpack. The start-up uses a new, simple type of hardware to make organizing your camera gear fast, easy and secure.  Read More

Savage Rivale reveals the Roadyacht GTS' innovative roof system

Savage Rivale is in the process of building its anomalous Roadyacht GTS, a four-door, four-seat convertible supercar. Not only is the layout of the car a bit unconventional, but the Netherlands-based company gives us a new take on the retractable hardtop.  Read More

Yellowstone's Mt. Washburn

From the soaring heights of Denali (Mount McKinley) to surreal slot canyons chiseled below the earth's surface, the National Park System comprises some of the most stunning, superlative lands in the United States. To explore all of them would take an incredible amount of time and resources, but the new Nature Valley Trail View website is making it a little easier.  Read More

NHK's gyro-stabilized balloon camera rig

For those who dream of one day shooting aerial footage without the bulky cranes and cables to hold everything aloft, Japan's NHK may have just the thing: a tethered, balloon-mounted, four-axis gyro-stabilized camera rig that weighs in at about 2 kg and can soar up to 300 meters.  Read More

Magisto pumps out edited videos, adding transitions and a soundtrack along the way

Be it on increasingly powerful dedicated camcorders or via a smartphone, capturing hours (and hours and hours …) of video has never been easier or cheaper. That’s both a blessing and a curse, as even though you’re more likely to capture something worthwhile at some point, at the editing stage you’ll also have to wade through more crap to get to the good stuff. This can be time consuming to say the least and many just don’t bother, preferring to upload the whole kit and caboodle to their video-sharing site of choice. Now there’s an iPhone app called Magisto that is designed to take care of the editing for you and increase the chances of someone actually sitting through the video of Aunt Maude’s birthday dinner.  Read More

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