Some significant artifacts from 1963: Bob Dylan’s ‘Freewheelin‘; architect Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute; Andy Warhol’s ‘Eight Elvises‘; the Porsche 911. Argue as much as you want about the cultural importance of all of ‘em; truth is, Porsche’s flagship sportscar, now 50, is the only one still evolving (no disrespect intended, Mr. Dylan). So it was naturally our duty to take the car-shaped key fob of a Carrera S Cabriolet for a week to investigate this mark on the timeline of 911-dom.
The 2013 model is only the 911′s seventh generation, and although the redesign subtly tweaks and tones the aluminum and steel body, making it just slightly longer and lower, its quintessential sloped-back shape remains (as does its rear-engine layout). Those cosmetic updates made our test car, in Yachting Blue, look fit to fight; the street presence of the seventh gen is more athletic than the 911s of the past. But the significant transformations are underneath its sheet metal, so we took our Carrera top-down from Times Square up the Taconic to one of the East’s great driving roads, Route 7, near Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, to test its mettle. What we found and felt was that the Carrera S’s laundry list of new tech adds to the driving experience. It doesn’t take away from it, as Porsche purists perennially fear.
Italian motorcycle maker Moto Guzzi is rolling out a redesigned version of its long-running cruiser bike called the California 1400. The new motorcycle has a larger engine and new styling meant to help it compete with other muscular and prestigious “power cruisers” from makes including Harley-Davidson and Ducati.
The new bikes, which begin arriving in U.S. dealerships this week, are part of a strategy by Moto Guzzi’s parent company Piaggio Group to raise the brand’s profile among U.S. motorcyclists.
Over the years many innovative dental products have made their debut in the exhibition hall of the CDA Presents event in Anaheim, and the 2013 edition of the show is primed to continue that legacy.
New and enhanced technologies, materials and instruments will all be on display at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. The new product appeal of the 2013 Anaheim event is buoyed by the recent International Dental Show, as a number of new dental innovations that were showcased last month in Cologne, Germany will be on display in the United States for the first time this weekend.
There’s a lengthy list of products to check out, but the new CS Solutions CAD/CAM system from Carestream Dental has to be at the top of the list. While the digital dentistry arena is growing rapidly, CS Solutions will be just the third complete chairside CAD/CAM system available once it goes on sale later this year.
More advertising dollars are going to online video, according to the Q1 2013 report “State of the Industry in Online Video” by DigiDay and Adap.tv. In it, 72% of video buyers said they increased their budgets for online video spending within the last year. Budgets increased by an average of 53%, a bigger step up than the 20% in Q1 2012. That new money has to come from somewhere else, right? Indeed, 39% reported re-purposing funds from their TV video budgets.
Tire Rack Street Survival, a national non-profit that aims to improve young driver competence through hands-on experience in real-world driving situations, is working to host 105 programs around the USA this year. In 2012, the day-long, $75 program, which is taught by volunteers from local members of car clubs such as BMW Car Club of America, Sports Car Club of America and Porsche Club of America, trained over 1,900 drivers, says Matt Edmonds, vice president of Tire Rack, the primary sponsor.