concepts

Put all the iPhone 5 rumors together and you get this

iPhone 5 rumors are swirling about, as they have been since long before the release of the iPhone 4S. We do our best to keep track of all the iPhone 5 rumors, but Isaac Royo one-upped us and created this video that imagines what an Apple promotional video for the next iteration of the flagship phone might look like.

The video and phone concept are based off all the big rumors, including the notion of a bigger screen that we just heard about.

Watch the video below and you'll see that 3.95-inch screen, a Thunderbolt port, 12-megapixel camera, retina display, 4G LTE, and so much more. … Read more

The $1 million electric supercar goes on sale

Croatian automotive startup Rimac has officially opened the order books for the electric supercar it debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Only 88 of these exotic vehicles will be produced, but don't feel like you have to rush to order. Rimac may have a hard time finding buyers willing to throw down the near $1 million it will take to purchase the Concept One.

The Concept One went on sale at the start of the Top Marques Monaco, where Prince Albert II of Monaco spent some time behind the wheel of the EV. It's priced at $980,… Read more

Beijing auto show features everything from @Ants to Urus

China's international auto show in Beijing starts on Friday, April 27, but we have an early look at the production cars and concepts that will be on display.

The show features cars from Chinese automakers and their joint venture partners, the latter including such well-known brands as Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Jeep.

Click through for the full photo gallery and more details.

Some of the concepts will be the basis for new, global production models. Many employ electric or hybrid power trains.

Get a look at Chinese market production models from BAIC, Geely, GAC, and Brilliance, companies that may eventually … Read more

Lamborghini Urus SUV concept: Unconventional offroader

Following the example of Porsche, which used its Cayenne SUV to create more stable revenue, Lamborghini wants to add an SUV as a third model in its lineup. At the Beijing International auto show, Lamborghini finally revealed what its SUV will look like.

Using the sharp edges of its current design language, the Urus concept presents a very unique look for a vehicle designed to drive offroad. Although about 16 feet in length, similar to the Cayenne, the Urus concept is only about 5.5 feet high, making it more like a raised sedan. … Read more

Automaker innovation: 10 best concept cars

Concept cars make up our favorite displays at international auto shows. These cars show off the latest thinking within design departments, and often contain new ideas in cabin and power-train technology.

The latest season was particularly satisfying, featuring the return of an icon, promising new production-intent vehicles, excellent styling, and low- or zero-emission technology. … Read more

Crave readers imagine their dream Apple product

Last week, rumors of a potentially "revolutionary" product being designed for Apple by French designer Philippe Starck got lots of imaginations running. Apple put a kibosh on the whole Starck buzz -- which turned out to be a yacht design for Steve Jobs -- but we figured that shouldn't stop design enthusiasts from dreaming. So we asked you, dear Crave readers, to tell us what your ultimate Apple gadget would look like for a chance to win some iPrizes.

Dozens of you e-mailed us and commented in the original story with forward-thinking (and sometimes amusing) concepts, ranging from a double-sided iGlass transparent window/TV with a built-in Retina Display capable of using natural light for illumination during the day to an iEye augmented-reality contact lens.

Another reader suggested a waterproof unibody capacitive touch-screen MacBook Air. One commenter got excited about a line of AppleWear connected clothing, and still another mentioned an Apple panini maker. Delicious! … Read more

Audi gives China small and fast with the RS Q3 concept

Every automaker realizes the importance of China's growing thirst for cars, and the unique requirements of the market. Audi comes to the 2012 Beijing auto show with a concept vehicle that mixes practicality and excitement.

The RS Q3 concept is based on Audi's Q3 compact SUV. Not sold in the U.S., the Q3 seats five and has a little cargo area. It is similar to the BMW X1 that will be coming to the U.S. this year. If BMW is successful with its car, maybe Audi will follow suit.

The Q3 can be had with a … Read more

The 404 1,034: Where Jeff takes an ice nap (podcast)

Jeff took a spill on the ice during a hockey game yesterday, but he manages to limp his way into the studio to help us out with today's rundown. We wouldn't be The 404 if we didn't cover the 2Pac holographic concert at Coachella last weekend, and even though it's technically just a clever optical illusion, we're excited about the upcoming 2.0Pac tour and the potential of resurrecting our own favorite performers from history.

Meanwhile, Ikea furniture designers in Sweden have come up with a new way to vertically integrate their furniture with another … Read more

Tupac hologram raps from beyond the grave

Rapper Tupac Shakur was murdered in 1996. In 2012, he shared the stage at the Coachella music festival with Snoop Dogg.

The startlingly realistic appearance came courtesy of AV Concepts, a company specializing in holographic projection technology. According to AV Concepts, the holographic return of Tupac required months of planning in conjunction with Dr. Dre's production company.

There are quite a few YouTube videos of the performance floating around, showing the life-size hologram giving shout-outs to Coachella, Snoop Dogg, and Dr. Dre and rapping the song "Hail Mary." It gets even more impressive when Snoop Dogg comes out for a synchronized duet.… Read more

What's your dream Apple product?

Once again, the tech world is abuzz (well, haters aside maybe) with talk of a new Apple product that could debut in the next eight months.

French designer Philippe Starck, whose portfolio includes hotels, restaurants, and even toothbrushes, revealed today to France Info radio that he's working with the Cupertino, Calif.-based company to create a "revolutionary" new product.

Of course, he didn't provide any additional details on what that product might be, citing Apple's "religious cult of secrecy," but Starck did say he met with the late Steve Jobs once a month for seven years to collaborate on the project and talk about "all things interesting." The designer added that he continues to travel to California to meet with Jobs' widow Laurene Powell.

Now, we wouldn't fault anyone for thinking this product might be the much-rumored Apple TV set, but some sites, like Hardmac, think it could be a remote control for the TV. Maybe the iPhone will get a radical makeover?

Apple, for its part, has put a kibosh on the whole thing, so we're not sure if we'll actually see this revolutionary product, but hey, why should that stop us from dreaming? … Read more