Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Just too little Mercedes? (CNET On Cars, Episode 36)


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In this episode:

Mercedes CLA250 explored Glance technique: The driving basic you probably forgot. Mazda Skyactiv gas engine technology explained Top 5: MORE fuel economy myths!

As always, e-mail me your thoughts, suggestions, and comments.

Uber bans driver suspected of vehicular manslaughter

Uber banned a driver from its system after San Francisco police identified him as the driver of an SUV that allegedly hit and killed a 6 year-old-girl on New Year's Eve.

VentureBeat noted the updated statement from Uber on Thursday. The company, which previously said it would "immediately deactivate any Uber partner involved in a serious law enforcement matter," said the accident did not occur during an Uber trip.

Police have arrested Syed Muzzafar, 57, of Union City, Calif., on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. He … Read more

Tesla factory accident injures three workers with hot metal

Telsa has experienced a spate of bad luck as of late. Not only have three of its Model S all-electric cars caught fire in the past two months, but an accident at the company's Fremont, Calif., factory caused three employees to be injured by hot metal on Wednesday morning.

"There was a failure in a low-pressure aluminum casting press," Tesla said in a statement e-mailed to CNET. "Three employees were injured by hot metal from that press. We are making sure that they receive the best possible care."

Local firemen said the incident is being … Read more

2014 Corvette Stingray: America's Supercar (CNET On Cars, Episode 26)


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The new Corvette has arrived and it's both remarkably modern and thoroughly vintage Vette, right down to some quaintly old-school tech under the hood. I think you'll enjoy our drive and walkaround tour of what they've done to create this seventh-generation car.

I've been getting a number of e-mails lately about hydrogen fuel cell cars (i.e., what ever happened to them) and CNG natural gas cars. So we're taking on the basics of each starting … Read more

Insider secrets for taking car photos like a pro (CNET On Cars, Episode 25)


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On this episode, we do something really cool: take you out on a car photo shoot with renowned auto photographer Michael Alan Ross. After you watch our project with him, go right out and take a few photos of your car. Notice how much better they look than the last ones you took.

I really like our Smarter Driver segment this week: staged accidents and how to avoid them. You'd be surprised how many wrecks are bogus. We'll show … Read more

BMW 135is: The most 'BMW' of them all? (CNET On Cars, Episode 21)


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I remember when the first BMW 320i hit U.S. shores when I was in high school. It forever changed my idea of what a sporty car could and should be, and did the same for much of the world's car-buying public. Today's 1 Series is the nearest thing to the 320i, and I approached it that way when we got our hands on a 135is on the road and on the track. Turns out it may be BMW'… Read more

Where do most people accidentally destroy their iPhone?

Where exactly do most people accidentally ruin their iPhone?

If you guessed the toilet you'd be wrong, says a new survey.

According to device warranty provider Squaretrade, most people -- 21 percent to be precise -- damaged their device in the kitchen. The runner up, at 18 percent, is the living room, followed by the bathroom at 16 percent.

All in all, 51 percent of iPhone accidents happen inside the house instead of out in the wild, says Squaretrade. To find that out, the company tapped Survey Sampling International and asked 35 questions to 2,004 iPhone owners in … Read more

Cell phone battery catches fire, burns hacker's tail at Defcon

LAS VEGAS -- A cell phone battery spontaneously caught fire today, burned through a Defcon attendee's back pants pocket, and fell on the floor, creating burn spots on a carpet and leaving a burn-hole in the attendee's chair.

The man, who asked not to be identified, was not harmed but his trousers were ruined. He told CNET that he was sitting in a mid-day session at Defcon when he started to smell something burning and felt some heat underneath him on his seat. He stood up to find that his back left pocket was on fire.

"I … Read more

Hindenburg disaster 75 years ago abruptly ended zeppelin era

In Tom Clancy's sensationalist novel "Debt of Honor," a disgruntled pilot decides to avenge his lost honor by crashing a fuel-laden 747 directly into the U.S. Capitol, causing the giant building to explode and collapse. The scope of that fictional disaster was hard to fathom prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

But even before 9/11, anyone who had been in Lakehurst, N.J., on May 6, 1937, would have had a pretty good sense of just how big an explosion Clancy had in mind. Because that day, the Hindenburg, a German zeppelin … Read more

New cars get safety feature that can help prevent fatalities (video)

A certain safety feature in cars could cut the number of fatalities in single-vehicle accidents by almost half and by 20 percent in multi-car crashes, studies have shown.

Car crashes cost $300 billion a year, according to a recent AAA study, and the human cost is even greater. Consumer Reports says a technology known as electronic stability control can dramatically lower the number of deaths in car accidents. Not all vehicles are equipped with the safety feature; in the past, it was often offered as an upgrade. But starting with the 2012 model year, all cars must come with ESC. … Read more