Friday, February 28, 2014

Fast Car Fridays: 2009 SSC Ultimate Aero

The SSC Aero is an American-built mid-engine sports car by SSC North America (formerly known as Shelby SuperCars). The higher-performance limited-production version formerly held the Guinness Book of World Records record for being the fastest production car in the world. 

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Winter Fun in Niagara Falls - Day Trips From Toronto

By: Samantha E. Stewart 

Niagara Falls is one of the world's most popular tourist attractions, and residents of Toronto and surrounding cities are lucky enough to have it literally at their doorstep! The wonder of the powerful falls and their close proximity make it an ideal trip to take, even if it's only for a day. Toronto to Niagara Falls bus tours are one of the most popular day trips for visitors. Taking a winter day trip from Toronto has never been easier than with an organized tour operator like Niagara Day Tour!

Niagara Falls and Other Amazing Attractions

The Falls themselves are reason enough to visit the Niagara region, but there are so many other things to see and do while in the area. When you take a day trip to the Niagara Falls area, you'll be taken to all the hot spots that can't be missed, including:

Niagara-On-The-Lake - This historic town offers quaint little cafes and shops, all situated on a beautiful backdrop of well-maintained historical architecture and fantastic trees.

Reif Estate Winery - Sample some world-renowned wines, including Ontario ice wine, at one of the area's most amazing wineries.

Brock Monument - Witness up close the monument that represents the commander and chief of the British Forces, Major General Sir Isaac Brock, during the War of 1812. Catch an amazing viewpoint from the top of Queenston Heights overlooking the Niagara River below.

Floral Clock - This is one of the largest in the world, measuring at over 40 feet in diameter.
Hydro-electric power stations along the Niagara River - These incredible stations have a generating capacity of approximately 4 million kilowatts.

Niagara Cruise - Get up close and personal to the Falls themselves!

Winter Fun at the Falls!

Just because it may be cold and snowy outside doesn't mean that the Falls shuts down. In fact, there is just as much to do in the winter as in the summer in this popular area! All the attractions are still open, and are conveniently located adjacent to each other so you don't have to trek through harsh weather to see everything! A winter day trip from Toronto can offer you the same spectacular views as you would catch in the dead of summer and will help beat the winter blahs!

Day Trip Made Easy
Your tour guide with Niagara Day Tour will give you all the details necessary to make the most of your Toronto to Niagara Falls bus tours trip. You'll get free time on your own to venture through the area, and will also be given recommendations and information to maximize your trip's enjoyment. With all the local restaurants, souvenir shopping, large arcade, rides, sky wheel and casinos, there is no shortage of things to see and do!
Niagara Day Tours has a 4.8/5 rating from past clients on Trip Advisors. The advantage is a more personal, van size bus tour - so you can go right to the heart of the action rather than a bus parking lot. For less than the cost of a tank of gas, you can be picked up at your Toronto area hotel or other designated meeting spot and enjoy a full day in the Niagara region. You will be dropped back off after a full day with an informative guide and approximately 9 hours of fun!
Visit today and experience the best of the Niagara Region!

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Throwback Thursday : Black 1933 Ford Sedan

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Small Fleet Vehicles Not Always the Best Option

by Greg Donelson

Rising gas prices are a source of concern for fleet managers.

When the price for a barrel of oil spikes, some managers scramble to downsize their fleet with smaller more fuel efficient options. At face value, this makes sense. Smaller vehicles tend to get better gas mileage.

However, this type of kneejerk decision making can hurt your business in the long run. Fleet managers can sometimes get blinded by the term "fuel efficient."

It’s important to consider how your company uses fleet vehicles. Going from a six-cylinder to a four-cylinder engine may be good for gas mileage, but how does it affect your business operations? Will it impact your company’s ability to successfully complete responsibilities to customers and clients?

Take this example – a fleet manager for a construction company decides to purchase smaller less powerful vehicles because of high gas prices. While the vehicles save on fuel, the maintenance budget skyrockets because the vehicles are being pushed beyond their limits.

The key is to discuss your business operations with a fleet vehicle expert. Often times this might be a dealership, which specializes in commercial vehicle sales. They can help you find the right options that can help cut fuel costs without sacrificing on performance.

In fact, purchasing high-performing fuel efficient vehicles is only part of the solution. To control fuel costs, you also need to take a multi-faceted approach. This might include:
  • Educating drivers on driving and vehicle maintenance
  • Closely monitoring fuel usage and idling
  • Installing GPS technology to improve driving routes
  • Upgrading fleet management software to improve productivity
  • Reducing vehicle cargo weight
The point is that there isn’t a single, cure-all solution for containing fleet costs because of rising fuel prices. Fleet managers have been waging this war for more than a decade now.

What you need to understand is that it’s usually better to thoroughly review your situation and identify several solutions to help cut costs. Working with an outside expert can help you identify the right vehicles as well as the right options to help you reduce fuel costs.

When shopping for fuel efficient fleet vehicles, look for ones that offer impressive fuel economy, but do not sacrifice on power and torque. In fact, some truck manufacturers have significantly improved vehicle aerodynamics and engine efficiency to provide better fuel efficiency.

Vehicle manufacturers are continually developing new technologies to improve fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance. Some of the things you might see in high performance fleet vehicles down the road to improve fuel efficiency might include:
  • Auto start/stop technology to reduce idling
  • Active grille and wheel shutters for aerodynamics
  • Drop-down front wind spoilers to improve underbody airflow
  • Power running boards that tuck up against vehicle for better aerodynamics

While gas prices continue to fluctuate, it’s good to know that there are plenty of options to help you solve the problem. Just remember, there isn’t a cure-all solution to the problem.

Tech Tuesday: The Roku 3

Faster and more powerful than ever. Enjoy 1,000+ channels of movies, TV shows, sports, and more. Plug headphones into the motion-control remote to play games or watch late-night flicks without disturbing the household. Fully loaded with one-stop search, 1080p, dual-band wireless, Ethernet, USB, plus a free Roku app. The Roku 3—the new streaming standard.

Roku 3 Streaming Media Player

Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player

Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers

Monday, February 24, 2014

Taxi Driver: The American Dream

By Fausto Polanco

Over the last decade there has been a shift from American born drivers to immigrant drivers in the US. The Taxi and Limousine Commission reported that only 8% of For-Hire drivers in New York were born in another country. 

Which brings us the question, Why?

 Immigrants come to the US to find wealth that their native country lacked (most underdeveloped countries) and find the immediate struggle to land a job. The obstacles are those of language, skills, diplomas and degrees. Some of the occupations that individuals practice in their native country aren't qualified without the proper America education. So many resort to driving cabs because much isn't required and the pay can be really rewarding.
"I think all you need is a face!" Echoed Jerry Seinfeld in his famous stand up "I'm telling you but for the last time"

Many have contended that the quality of service has diminished because the educational background and the cultural difference has been misinterpret. On the other hand, some have enjoyed the service provided by individuals of a different ethnicity. 

But the census proves that people come to find the never fading desire of the 'American Dream' and see the benefits of driving people around only having to learn a little bit of English and a whole lot of directional corners. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Upcoming Events (Feb. 23 - Feb. 29)

Sunday February 23, 2014

Kanye West

8:00 p.m. @ Nassau Coliseum

Kanye West brings the "Yeezus" tour to Long Island, NY and you can only expect the unexpected. You can argue that Kanye has been on the top of music since his debut over ten years ago. And a midst the the rants and controversy the genius that is Kanye continues to deliver masterpiece after masterpiece.

Monday February 24, 2014

Digital Mystikz

Before dub-step reached its American saturation point with Skrillex's three Grammy wins and, the genre's international success had been primed by the tireless efforts of Mala and Coki, a/k/a Digital Mystikz.

— By Aaron Gonsher

Price: $15/$20

Tuesday February 25, 2014

Brooklyn Bowl

Shaggy received a Grammy Nomination for his tenth studio album, SUMMER IN KINGSTON in 2012. Shaggy appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The George Lopez Show and The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda promoting the album. On Tuesday he brings the RSNY tour to the Brooklyn bowl to capture his old and new tracks.

Price: $15

Wednesday February 26, 2014

After Midnight 
Brook Atkinson Theater 

Broadway sees a lot of jazz hands, but not much actual jazz. But the Main Stem should sound a lot more syncopated with this new musical, which features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Loosely based on Duke Ellington’s stint at the legendary Cotton Club, it features the likes of Babyface, Toni Braxton, and k.d. lang.

— By Alexis Soloski

Price: $60-$199

Tuesday February 27, 2014

Brooklyn Bowl 

American music legend ?uestlove is continuing his Thursday night residency at Brooklyn Bowl, accompanied by throwback Soul Train videos! His vinyl collection contains more than 50,000 records giving him the ability to tear up the dance floor with the most eclectic sets of hip-hop, house, 80's, rare grooves and a mix of everything in between.

For more event this coming week visit the Village Voice

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Black Ferrari 458 Spider

Pics of the Week

This dramatic pictures were taken by Miami Herald photographer Al Davis as a 5 month old baby stopped breathing in the middle of the highway. Pamela Rauseo was the aunt of the 5 month old baby who performed CPR , it wasn't after emergency responders arrived when they were able to get the baby to start breathing again.

All pictures taken by Al Diaz who did his part to save the 5 month old baby.

For the complete article read it at NY Daily News.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Ferrari: The Ultimate Driving Experience

By Liam A Brennan

You will begin your ultimate driving experience day by learning some of the much needed driving techniques. You may think that you can just get behind the wheel of a sports car and start driving but unfortunately you cannot. The driving experience of a sports car is completely different to that of a standard driving car.

You will need to learn how to handle the Ferrari so that you can appreciate this eye-opening and fascinating adventure of a lifetime. Racing fans and ordinary guys will all enjoy what the Ferrari can offer.

On a driving experience day the driving instructor assigned to you will take you around the track a few times to begin with to give you a sense of the speed and pace in full action.

What are the best tracks available to you?

Both Donnington Park and Three Sisters are considered excellent tracks. You will be able to drive a Ferrari 360 for over seven miles, giving you a sufficient amount of time to get the best out of this driving experience. Alternatively, Prestwold Hall will let you go around the track in the Ferrari 550 and at Thruxton; you will be able to get the thrill of your life going around the track four times in a Ferrari 355.
Ferrari is in a league of its own with its 500 horsepower engines giving you the power to feel every inch of its speed as you go around the track. Getting to full speed will take seconds as these cars impressively go up to 200 miles per hour in absolutely no time at all.

But you do not need to stay in England to drive a Ferrari on a driving experience day as Scotland is another fantastic place where you can learn a thing or two about sports cars. Sit behind the wheel of a Ferrari F360 and feel yourself be pushed back in your seat as it hits 410 horsepower and strikingly gets to 60 miles per hour in as little as five seconds. You will certainly be feeling your heart racing as you reach well over 180 miles per hour and then have to make a sharp turn into the track.

Whichever track you would like to go to, one thing is for sure, you are guaranteed to absolutely love your Ferrari driving experience. And once you have finished your driving experience you are very likely to fall in love with racing cars if you have not already and soon want to get back on the track in a Ferrari or other sports car such as the Mazda 3 or Audi R8.

To create new Ferrari driving experiences, opt for an alternative birthday present. Say goodbye to new tie or pair of socks, and get behind the wheel of a super car today. You won't be disappointed.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tips for Buying Your First Car

There is nothing as intriguing as purchasing your very first car. The process, however, can also be a little overwhelming. Some salespeople do not have the best interest of their clients at heart. They have mastered the art of manipulating emotion in order to close a sale. Hence, you need to do your homework before making that historic trip to a showroom or a dealer. Here are some important tips for buying your first car.

Take a full and realistic look at your budget

You need to have a monetary budget in mind. Having the required money means you are determined to buy a car - and show the dealer you mean business. Once you know the vehicle you want, you will be able to determine precisely how much you need to spend. If you want to borrow money from an individual or institution, make sure you are able to refund the money in a timely fashion.

Determine the car you want

You need to have an idea of what type of car you are looking for. Young men, for instance, may want to buy a car with the sole intention of impressing girls. Make sure to research a car that suits your lifestyle. In other words, before you set out to look for your dream car, take time to decide on its design, color, look, and other important features.

Test Drive the car

It is advisable not to buy a car before testing it. Ensure that you are comfortable with the vehicle's driving performance and design. If you are confused, don't hesitate to hire an experienced car technician to examine the interiors of the car. He will check the gears, the steering and the clutch. The engine must be able to run smoothly. Also make sure to look for signs of damage, tear, or wear.

Avoid impulse buying

Don't rush to seal the deal. You need to acquire all the information about the car, including its previous ownership and history. Do you have enough money for the high cost of repair and maintenance that comes with acquiring the car? Do you have enough space in your home to keep it safe? Never go for a classy car because the salesman has pressured you to do so, or because you love the way it looks. You might be surprised to find out some spare parts are not available in the market.

Do not pay the sticker price
A car is a negotiable product. Do not feel obligated to pay the price the dealer is asking. Most salesmen will be unable to decline your bid, as long as your price is reasonable.

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Throwback Thursday: Ford Mustang

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Video Blog: Hybrid Sedan Comparison Test: Toyota Camry vs Honda Accord vs Ford Fusion vs Volkswagen Jetta Video

This hybrid sedan comparison test matches the Toyota Camry Hybrid, Honda Accord Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid and Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid. Which one gets the best fuel economy? Which is the cheapest to fill? Which is the best overall sedan? To find out, the Edmunds editors went beyond their usual array of vehicle tests and evaluation by subjecting each hybrid sedan to 735 miles of fuel economy testing, with three driving "loops" that simulate driving in suburbia, the slower speeds of a rural highway and the higher speeds of an interstate. EPA estimates are certainly useful, but this is real-world data.

Video Blog: The Hire: Star (BMW short film starring Madonna)

The Driver now carries an arrogant rock star who is visiting a major city (not Pittsburgh as earlier believed). Played by Madonna, this title character wants to get away from her bodyguards in the Driver's BMW. He soon gets tired of her and decides to have a bit of fun.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Mazda Australia Keeps On Breaking Records

by Jess Amy 
When choosing a new car, there is a wide range of choice. However, the Mazda Australia figures, show that a great number of people have great confidence in this Japanese brand. Mazda has been a popular brand in Australia for many years and from the utility vehicles through to family hatchbacks, deluxe saloons through to super minis, the Mazda range has a car to suit all requirements and tastes.

Recent figures have shown that for the second year running, Mazda Australia has sold over 100,000 new vehicles. These figures confirm Mazda's place as one of the top three brands in the Australian car market. According to the FACTS figures, Mazda now dominates almost a ten percent market share with 103,144 new vehicles sold for 2013. These figures include utilities, cars and SUVs, which seats Mazda as the third popular brand in the country and the leading importer of a full line of vehicles.

The figures are bolstered by the Mazda 3. This is one of highest cars in demand for Mazda Australia. Annual sales for 2013 were over 42,000 vehicles. This included an astonishing figure of 4,022 Mazda 3's sold in December 2013. This provided a great boost to the sales figures as many car enthusiasts sought out an advantageous deal before the launch of the new design Mazda 3 in early 2014.

The Mazda titles don't stop there. The figures show that the Mazda 2 is the favorite light car for Australia. This is the second time in three years that Mazda has taken this title. The figures for 2013 show that over 15,000 Mazda 2's were sold through Mazda Australia.

However, Mazda is not just thought of as a hatchback manufacturer. The CX-5 managed to set a number of sales records for the 2013 sales period. Although the 2012 figures were very favorable at 15,861 vehicles sold, the 2013 figures have shown a huge improvement of twenty seven percent increase at over 20,000 CX-5's sold. This made the CX-5 Australia's favorite SUV.

Mazda Australia also managed to improve supply and boost sales of the BT-50. The BT-50 had an all time sales record high of 13,702 vehicles sold in 2013. This eclipsed the previous sales record by almost two thousand vehicles or sixteen percent.

With the recent award winning trend at the Australia's Best Cars and Drive Car of the Year, the Mazda 6 has also had its best sales year since the last high in 2008. 7,701 Mazda 6's were sold in 2013, which represents a thirty percent sales increase since 2011. This is thought to be due to the launch of the new look Mazda 6 which hit the show rooms in late 2012. The Mazda 6 has easily achieved the crown for Australia's top selling midsized import, outselling its nearest rival by almost 4,500 vehicles.

The company is understandably happy with the 2013 sales performance. According to managing director of Mazda Australia, Martin Benders, the company is very grateful for the support Mazda receives from the Australian public. 2013 is the second year, the company sold in excess of 100,000 new vehicles and they anticipate that the new developments for SKY ACTIV technology in the Mazda 3 will provide a "strong start" for sales in 2014.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Upcoming Events (Feb. 16 - Feb. 22)

For the eighth year in a row, Brooklyn celebrates both the beats and the man behind them with the roving “Donuts Are Forever” party, named for Dilla’s final album of instrumentals. This year’s roster of DJs appearing at Brooklyn Bowl includes Good Reverend Dr. J, DJ Prince, DJ Still Life, 6th Sense, DJ Parler, and headliner DJ Jazzy Jeff.

— By Nick Murray

Monday February 17, 2014 

Rock of Ages
Helen Hayes Theater

“Rock of Ages,” the celebrated hymn based on First Corinthians, will not appear in this Broadway musical. Instead expect the hits of Foreigner, Styx, Pat Benatar, and Journey. The nominal plot centers on a romance conducted in the insalubrious environs of the Sunset Strip circa 1987.

— By Alexis Soloski

Price: $70-$165

Tuesday February 18, 2014

Soledad Barrio 
Joe's Pub

Barrio delivers a particularly pure, profound form. Compact and tightly wound, she also interprets, with her superb musicians, Sophocles’s Antigone, in selections from a new production co-directed by Lee Breuer (Mabou Mines) and her husband, Martin Santangelo.

— By Elizabeth Zimmer

Price: $35-$45

Wednesday February 19, 2014

Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra
B.B. Kings Bar & Grill

The Grammy-winning NEA Jazz Master has spent the past half century taking the music of the barrio into the concert hall, but success hasn't dulled the Latin pianist's flavor or diminished his drive for live performance. At 77, Palmieri still pounds the keys Monk style with the same percussive fervor that he brought to Tito Rodriguez's band in the '50s or his own trombone-heavy Charanga groups in the '60s and beyond. 

— By Aidan Levy

Price: $30/$35

Thursday February 20, 2014

Russian Circles + Inter Arma
Bowery Ballroom 

Alongside Richmond's Inter Arma, a band known for their unique combination of psychedelic black metal and doom, Bowery Ballroom is bound to get heavy.

— By Maria Sherman

Price: $15

For more events this coming week visit the Village Voice

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Snowboarding New York City

Snowboarding in NYC with Casey Neistat

Name Your Street.

Travel Destinations That Took 2014 by Surprise

by Mary Wattson

Everyone wants to explore new destinations in this world. We all know that there are lots of beautiful places around us which can make our holiday exciting and unforgettable. Some places are very popular for their culture, history, tourist attraction and food. Those who wish to visit new destinations and love to travel always look for new places and explore something new every time. Here we share some top travel destination that you can take in your wish list.
Thimphu, Bhutan

Thimphu is the capital and largest city of Bhutan. It's a splendid place and one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Asia. It sprawls across the western slopes of the Wang Chhu River Valley. Thimphu that has unspoiled natural beauty is encircled with forests that create this place look greener and more beautiful. August to October is the best time to visit the Land of the Thunder Dragon. If you try to plan your trip around local festivals, it opens a whole new window to the vibrant Bhutanese culture.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is the capital and also the largest city of the Czech Republic, It's situated along the banks of the Vltava River. The picturesque scenery and the lovely charm that the city boasts of is the prime reason why tourists from all corners of the globe, flock to the city all round the year. Prague city has always been connected with intellectualism and artistic sensibilities. It's a historical centre of culture and art of European continent. Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, the Lennon Wall and Petrin hill. The city boasts more than ten major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas, concert halls, music clubs and other historical exhibits. Klasterni Pivovar, a brewery, must not be missed by beer lovers, after an amazing dip at the Spa of Mandarin Oriental.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is Southern Africa's most beautiful, most romantic and most visited city. Numerous of tourists fly to Cape Town for a rejuvenating holiday packed with adventure. You can enjoy Golf, trekking, driving, fishing, surfing, snorkeling and several other sports with the best facilities in the most marvelous landscapes in Cape Town. Some of the attractions that you can explore are the Castle of Good Hope, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Memorial and Two Oceans Aquarium. Be it a tour of wine farms, drive to the massive table mountain or just relaxing at the beach, Cape Town leaves people in awe of its beauty and magnanimity.

Manila, Philippines

Manila the capital of the Philippines is considered to be one of the most exciting cities in Asia for its interesting blend of culture and historic sites. If you wish to visit Manila, then the best time to go is between November to February when the usually oppressive tropical temperatures come down to a bearable level. You can enjoy nightclubs, historic churches, shopping malls, museums, everything when you reach this amazing city. You can also enjoy adventure sports like windsurfing, diving, snorkeling, trekking and mountain climbing. However, if you really want to experience Manila in all its glory, then you must see sites like; Old Town, Rizal Park, National Museum of Philippines, Malacanan Palace and Manila Cathedral. Trip to Manila is recommended for the young who are upbeat and the old who like life when it is at its rhythmic best.

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Picture of the Week

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: A woman attempts to hail a cab in the snow and rain on February 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Friday, February 14, 2014

The 5 Best Dashboard Cameras For 2014

Are you planning to join the growing number of people who install a dashboard camera in their car for that extra bit of evidence in case of an accident, road rage, or meteors falling from the sky? Then you may be wondering which one of the dozens of different models is the best choice for you!

It's easy to be overwhelmed at first, therefore we have selected the five very best dashboard cameras that you can possibly get in early 2014. We will be looking at dash cams from every price range, starting as low as $50 for a simple-yet effective G1W and moving up the price scale to almost 10 times as much for a top-quality, feature-packed dual-channel camera, the BlackVue DR550GW.

Note that the cameras featured in this article are not necessarily the newest cameras around. We have evaluated technical specifications as well as customer satisfaction for each camera during the course of 2013. Rest assured that the five winners presented here have been field tested by thousands of customers and received excellent feedback all around.

So What Sets A Dash Cam Apart From Other Cameras?

In case you are wondering why you can't just use a regular video camera, or even your phone's cam, it's because a dashboard camera should have all of the following features:

  • Connect to your car's cigarette lighter with a long power cable (at least 12ft) that you can run around the windshield, tucking it away neatly so it is hidden from sight.
  • Auto on/off: Dashboard cameras start recording when you start the car's engine, and stop when you park. That way, you don't have to worry about forgetting to turn your camera on or off.
  • Loop recording: Enables the camera to overwrite the oldest bit of footage when the memory card is full, so you never run out of disk space.
  • Impact detection / G-sensor: A G-sensor makes sure that if an impact is detected, the video footage immediately preceding and following the impact won't be overwritten by the loop recording feature, so you don't accidentally lose critical evidence.
  • Time and date stamp on video (and speed if we have GPS): useful should you ever need your video footage as evidence in court.
  • Resolution: 1080p (1920×1080 pixels) is pretty much standard in 2014. While there are still a couple of 720p (1280×720 pixels) dash cams available, most new cameras support 1080p resolution.
  • Interfaces: Dash cams generally come with HDMI, USB, and A/V interfaces.
Note that the cameras presented here come with all of the features listed above.

  • Storage: Most dashboard cameras support SD cards up to 32GB in size, with the notable exception of the Lukas LK-7900, which supports 128GB of storage capacity.
Having had a look at the basic features a dash cam should have, let's now check out our top camera choices for this year:

The Top 5 Dash Cams In 2014

G1W - Decent Video Footage For Tight Budgets
At around $50, this dash cam is an excellent choice if you can't spend a lot of money and just need a security camera, without being too concerned about video quality. The G1W has decent video at day, but night video quality isn't the best. Also, video footage from this camera can often be rather shaky.
Nevertheless, at this price the G1W makes for a decent security camera that will reliably capture what goes on in front of your car.

The G1W comes with an integrated 2.7" screen, which is great for adjusting the field of view and playing back video on the spot. The viewing angle is 120 degrees.

Mini 0801 Ambarella - Top Value For Money
The Mini 0801 is a small and stylish dashboard camera released in early 2013 that quickly became a best seller. It is available for less than $100 if you go for the basic version without GPS and internal memory. Video quality is great during the daytime, and average at night.

The Mini 0801 has a nice inconspicuous design and features a 1.5" screen for ease of operation. The angle of view is 135 degrees. A GPS logger and 8MB of internal memory are available optionally for around $10 extra each.

A nice feature of this camera is that the electrical contacts for the power supply are built directly into the camera mount, so if you want to remove the camera from your car you can do so without having to unplug the power cable.

DOD LS 300W - Excellent Video Quality

Another top seller, the DOD LS300W has excellent video quality day and night. Night vision is augmented by the WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) feature. This, combined with a large aperture of F/1.6 and a high bit rate of about 15 Mbps, makes for one of the highest quality dashboard cameras available to date.

The size of the camera is about the same as the G1W, but at 140 degrees the angle of view is larger. Boot up time is fast and a relatively large 2.7" screen is included for easy video viewing right in your car. The LS300W doesn't have GPS, but there is a newer version called LS330W which comes with an external GPS unit.

Lukas LK-7900 - Huge Recording Capacity And Great Heat Resistance
The Lukas LK-7900 is remarkable in two ways: One, it is the first camera to support 128GB SDXC memory cards, allowing for a whopping 28 hours of video footage. Two, this camera can withstand extremely high temperatures of up to 90 degrees Celsius (194 Fahrenheit), which is a great feature to have if you live in a hot climate, where lesser cameras might melt when leave your car parked in the sun for too long.

Due to the lower bit rate, the LK-7900′s video quality is not quite as good as the DOD LS300W's, but still very good at day and above average at night. The LK-7900 is small and round, making it hardly visible when affixed behind your rear view mirror. A GPS logger is included.

Optionally, you can acquire a so-called circular polarizing lens (CPL) separately for this camera. A CPL filter reduces reflections on the windshield when driving around in sunny weather (this is a problem that all dash cams have). Remember to remove it at night though, otherwise your video will be too dark.

BlackVue DR550GW-2CH - Full Featured Dual Channel Dash Cam

The BlackVue DR550GW-2CH dual channel cam tops off our list of the best dashboard cameras for 2014. At $450, this is the costliest and also by far the most luxurious of the five cameras presented here.

First of all, dual channel means it records out your front and rear windows. While the main camera unit is mounted on your windshield as usual, a smaller camera looks out through your rear window and records whatever is going on behind you. The two are connected by a long coaxial cable.

While the front camera records great quality 1080p video, the rear camera records at reduced resolution of 720p, which is naturally not as detailed as 1080p but the rear footage is still quite alright.

This camera doesn't have a screen, but it is one of very few dash cams that support Wi-Fi. This means you can connect it wirelessly to your smart phone or laptop. Moreover, this camera comes with an in-built GPS logger. It also has a voice menu feature, which allows you to easily operate it while driving.

Hopefully this selection has helped you decide which dashboard camera you are going to buy.

For an updated list of the best dash cams available at this moment, go 

At Dashboard Camera Reviews you will find extensive reviews, sample videos, technical details, a huge overview table with lots of different dash cams, and links to vendors around the world for easy price comparison.

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2011 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento ("Sixth Element" in Italian) is a two-door, two-seater, V10 high-performance lightweight limited edition car produced by Italian automaker Lamborghini, which debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The Sesto Elemento's name is a reference to the atomic number of carbon, in recognition of the car's extensive use of carbon fiber.

More info here

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday - 1958 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special

The Sixty Special name has been used at Cadillac to denote a special model since the 1938 Harley Earl-Bill Mitchell-designed Series 60 derivative. Although the 1938 model began in Cadillac's lowest price range, as a LaSalle, soon the Sixty Special name would be synonymous for some of Cadillac's most luxurious vehicles.

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Snowy Mess In N.Y.

Here’s what you need to know:

• Public schools in New York City are open; field trips are canceled.
Many public school districts in the region are closed or opening late, though.
So are many private schools and colleges in and out of the city. See list.

• Snow will fall heavily through the morning rush and probably mix with rain and sleet after noon, with a high around 33 degrees.
Winds of around 20 miles an hour will further limit visibility.

• “Because of its timing and intensity, this storm is going to make both the morning and evening rush hours extremely difficult,” Mayor de Blasio warned on Wednesday night.
“If you do not need to drive, you will help yourself and everyone else by staying off the roads.”

• On the rails, Metro-North is running reduced service. All other systems are trying to run normal service.

• Subways are running, with some delays. There are widespread delays on city buses.

• For drivers, speed limits are reduced on many highways and bridges. For details see “Commute” section below.

• Alternate-side parking is suspended through Monday. Meters are in effect.

• This mammoth storm has left 350,000 people without power as far south and west as Texas.

• Wet snow and ice on trees and wires could cause power failures here, too. So far, about 2,200 homes in the region lack power, mostly in New Jersey and on Long Island.

• The National Weather Service warned, “Heavy, wet snow may cause some weak flat-roof structures to collapse.”

• Government offices and New York Public Library branches are open. But nonessential New York State employees can seek permission to stay home, Governor Cuomo said.

• The city’s decision to open schools despite the snow drew furious responses on Twitter and elsewhere.

• The federal courthouse in Manhattan is opening at 11 a.m. Courts in White Plains and Middletown, N.Y., are closed. Most state courts north and west of Westchester County are closed.

• A winter storm warning is in effect till 6 a.m. Friday.
New York City has also issued a hazardous travel advisory.
A state of emergency has been declared in New Jersey.

• See what streets have been plowed via the city’s Plow Tracker.

• The snow, sleet and rain will taper off around evening-commute time, but the mix of wet and frozen stuff on the ground — about six inches will have fallen by then — will be treacherous.

• Later this evening comes a last heavy round. The precipitation will change to all snow after midnight, and it may keep falling until 6 a.m. Friday.

• North and west of the city, only snow is expected. Totals could approach 18 inches in parts of New Jersey and lower New York State.

• Long Island and the Jersey Shore will see less snow, as little as a few inches.

Read the full report here

Benefits of Eco-Taxies

Green Tomato Cabs have helped clean up pollution in the U.K. The Minicab Company is an environmentally friendly taxi service that use’s the Toyota Prius as its main source for eco friendly driving around. The Toyota Prius is a hybrid vehicle that has an emissions-free electric motor, which has provided marvelous results for fuel economy. Two lawyers Tom Packenham and Jonny Goldstone founded the “green” Cab Company in 2006. They wanted to help make people more aware about using eco-friendly vehicles. The great thing about the Green Tomato Cab Company is their cars emit less then half as much carbon as a black cab would. 

What are the benefits of using of their transportation?

a)If you’re all about keeping the environment safe, you don’t have a eco-friendly vehicle but still want to help out the environment in some way, then use the mini-cab service to take you from point A to point B. They are just like any other car with the added bonus of keeping the environment safe with their low emission motors and less polluting the air with less carbon dioxide.

b)They provide you with quality service; they have well-mannered drivers. They make your trip out as comfortable and efficient as possible and get you to your destination in a timely fashion. They also deliver excellent customer service.

c)Many vehicles are major contributors to the green house effect and other pollutants. Everyday the condition worsens with harmful consequences to earth’s o-zone layer. It’s a serious issue that must be tackled by any means necessary. 
The Green Tomato Cab company does it part by only using environmentally friendly cars. It’s a win/win situation for everyone with less damage occurring to the air we breathe and less cost to you, the consumer.

They don’t charge you extra for going green. The company is taking action in helping out the environment. One the first Green Car Company’s to be taken seriously. They plan on expanding their business across the U.K. It’s a one of kind company that actually cares about the environment we live in.

Toyota as a main Japanese brand maker has proved in 1997 after the launch of Toyota Prius ‘an advancement in technology leaving the grip of its predecessors.

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