Installing CyanogenMod on my Moto X made me want to switch to an iPhone

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My Moto X is working fine but over time, like all Android phones, it became slow. Instead of performing a factory reset, I decided to install CyanogenMod. For those unfamiliar, Cyanogen is a small software company that makes a fork of Android called CyanogenMod. It’s completely customizable and has a ton of innovative features not… Continue reading Installing CyanogenMod on my Moto X made me want to switch to an iPhone

Why I wear a normal watch

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I’ve always loved technology because it’s done so much to make our lives better. But when smartwatches started taking off, I was less than impressed. Even today, I do not wear a smartwatch. Instead, I wear mechanical watches, a technology that was superseded by battery-powered quartz watches and now smartwatches. For me, smartwatches don’t solve… Continue reading Why I wear a normal watch

11 reasons why I still love my Subaru BRZ

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  The Subaru BRZ isn’t perfect. I’ve already written about the 12 most frustrating things about the BRZ but after three years of ownership, I’ve never been tempted to sell or trade in the car. The BRZ has always been a controversial car with critics lamenting its lack of power and its fans lauding its… Continue reading 11 reasons why I still love my Subaru BRZ

Why I choose to drive a manual transmission

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My left leg is tired. It’s 10PM on the 4th of July and I’m stuck in traffic on Interstate 80 heading towards San Francisco. I glance at my Waze app and it’s a sea of red. I slowly inch off the clutch, add a tiny bit of gas and repeat. Clutch out, gas, clutch in.… Continue reading Why I choose to drive a manual transmission

How Subaru became the Apple of car manufacturers

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Subaru is killing it. Demand for Subarus is skyrocketing and the company is struggling to meet demand. The automaker's plants are at full capacity and its dealerships are asking for more inventory. According to Bloomberg, Subaru's profit margins are 9%, besting Toyota (8%) and BMW (7.2%). For a small automaker, that number is incredible. But… Continue reading How Subaru became the Apple of car manufacturers

The mystery of Asian apps that went viral

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There’s an interesting phenomenon that I noticed recently. Unlocalized Asian apps have been going viral in the United States. Users are curious enough about the apps that they're poking around blindly to figure out how things work. A few weeks ago, we saw the Chinese-made MyIdol take the US by storm. The app let users… Continue reading The mystery of Asian apps that went viral

The fatal flaw of all smartwatches

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Before this week's reveal of the Apple Watch, its designer Jony Ive famously told journalists that the Swiss watchmaking industry was "fucked." While the Appe Watch is by far the most beautiful and feature packed smartwatch to date, I don't think Swiss watchmakers are fucked at all. In fact, I don't think they're even making… Continue reading The fatal flaw of all smartwatches

The BRZ and FR-S don’t need more power

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A recently published report says that sales of the GT86 have been disappointing in Europe. According to Toyota's European Vice President of Research and Development, Gerald Killman, this is what's holding back the evolution of the GT86 and FR-S in the States. Jalopnik editor, Doug Demuro, thinks the only way for the car to sell better… Continue reading The BRZ and FR-S don’t need more power

Opinion: There are no great PC racing games

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After I built a kick-ass gaming PC last year, I vowed never to go back to a console again but one genre of games has given me second thoughts: racing simulators. While there are plenty of PC racing games, they just don't appeal to me. You have your hyper-simulators like Simraceway to your arcade racers like Need… Continue reading Opinion: There are no great PC racing games