If you listened to Paul Eisenstein on NPR this morning, you might think Japanese car companies and in particular, Toyota, are on the way down. Eisenstein is publisher of The Car Connection and a commentator on NPR. Check out his site's conclusions about what he and his editors took away from the Detroit Auto Show last week. My patriotic side hopes his affinity for GM is justified. But Eisenstein isn't alone in his belief that a reinvorated GM is at hand. The company's Saturn Aura (which looks like an older Honda Accord) took the top car award and its Chevy Silverado won the top truck honors against stiff competition from Japanese rivals. This was according to the 49 auto writers who vote on their favorites. And a restyled Chevy Malibu (my first car was a 1965 Chevelle 300, one step down from the original Chevelle Malibu essentially from Chevy) got high marks, too. When Eisenstein was talking about GM's comeback this morning, I prayed he would ask how much wishful thinking and patriotism figured into the voting. I wondered.
So who do you trust? Well, maybe it's these auto writers. But the real test is Consumer Reports, which has long favored Honda and Toyota models across the board. CR buys the cars its tests and has long been the most objective and squeaky clean reviewer of vehicles. Who doesn't check out the CR reports before plunking down big bucks for a new car?
Lo' and behold, even CR seemed swept up with domestic models taking the top three spots among its "Show Standouts." Nary a Toyota made the list! Let's hope the GM buzz coming out of this big show translates into sustainable progress.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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