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15 weirdest things on wheels at Maker Faire 2013

SPONSORED: This post is presented by the Toyota RAV4 EV. Because innovation can be measured in miles, kilowatts and cubic feet. Learn more at toyota.com/rav4ev

Maker Faire launched in 2006 as a place for makers to meet up and show off their stuff. 20,000 people attended that first year. It was a mind-blowing experience to witness such an exuberant celebration of ingenuity.

I just returned home from Maker Faire Bay Area 2013, and it was the best one yet. At least 120,000 people attended. The variety of projects was impressive, and the trend of "makers making tools for other makers" has accelerated. Who needs an organization to make and sell products when you can use low-cost, effective DIY versions of R&D, prototype development, vendor sourcing, funding, manufacturing, and sales & marketing? The level of sophistication I saw in many projects at Maker Faire is a sign that makers are going to make a difference in the world.

It was nice to see traditional companies come to Maker Faire to support it as sponsors, and to engage with makers in discussions about the future of manufacturing. For example, I checked out Boing Boing sponsor Toyota's RAV4 EV 2013 that was on display at Maker Faire.

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Sponsored Content Pretty Fucking Awesome

NEW YORK—Media consumers across the United States are reporting this week that sponsored content—articles and videos paid for by advertisers and distributed by print and digital publications—is easily the coolest fucking published material anyone could ever read or watch.

“I love, love, fucking love sponsored content,” said news and entertainment reader Erica Olson, adding that when she can tell a corporation is financially behind a piece of writing, she is even more inclined to click on it. “First off, it’s cool. That’s not debatable. Second, I don’t find it in any way insulting to my intelligence. In fact, it makes me feel smarter. And third, did I mention that sponsored content is just really fucking cool?”

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Sponsor shout-out: Upstream Color now on DVD and Blu-ray

We'd like to thank and congratulate our sponsor Upstream Color on this week's launch of their DVD and Blu-ray. It's a film written and directed by Shane Carruth, one The Los Angeles Times calls “intense and hypnotically powerful” and The Playlist describes as “a romantic examination of love, who we are as lovers, what our love does to one another, and how that’s connected to the nature of all things.” Visit UpstreamColor.com for more.

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Interview with Wrong director Quentin Dupieux

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There’s nothing quite right about this hilariously delirious clip from Wrong, which hits theaters throughout the country this Friday and is already available on iTunes, featuring a suspicious gardner explaining the impossible overnight transformation of an everyday Californian palm tree to an evergreen. Its one of the many, many things wrong with Wrong from director Quentin Dupieux.

After directing just a mere handful of features, Dupieux (aka international electro-musician Mr. Oizo) has already established himself as one of the modern cinema’s foremost fearless surrealists who refuses to play by the rules. The Cannes Film Festival selected Rubber about a serial homicidal tire (yes, a car tire), the viral short and soon-to-be feature Wrong Cops starring Marilyn Manson and now his latest comedic brainbomb Wrong all seem to be constructs of the same wholly original and strange deadpan daymare. With a laser-sharp eye, a pranksterish wit and the airy rhythm of a ballet dancer, this filmmaker has zapped a fully-formed artistic vision into our collective space.

Wrong follows “Reno 911”’s Jack Plotnick after he loses his beloved dog and encounters a barrage of bizarro human roadblocks in his journey including a feces-hunting pet detective (Steve Little from "Eastbound And Down") and an ponytailed, face-scarred guru (a flat-out brilliant William Fichtner). This surreal comedy guides you through a fascinating and hallucinatory universe to which you’ll want to book repeat accommodations. In this interview, Dupieux chats about Wrong, his unique brand of nightmarish comedy, the construction an unconscious dimension and working with Plotnick.

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LG Monitor Gives New Meaning to Color Precision

This post is sponsored by LG Electronics. Discover the LG IPS Color Prime Monitor.

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LG’s ColorPrime IPS LED Monitor is a must-have for anyone who makes a living or has a passion for graphic design, photography video creation, or any other design-related projects. That’s because the 27-inch monitor has 99 percent coverage of Adobe RGB, which is essential if color precision is a key part of your work.  

The picture quality even goes beyond the standard HD that you’re used to. In fact, the built-in Wide Quad High Definition (WQHD) is four times the resolution at 2560 x 1440, ensuring you can see all the detail necessary in everything you view.  

The LG ColorPrime makes multitasking a breeze, too, with it’s one-click 4-Screen Split feature, so you can work on multiple projects at once in various configurations without having to click back and forth.  

Whether you’re laying out design, editing video, or touching up an illustration, you can count on the LG ColorPrime Monitor for supreme color accuracy.  

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Eco-friendly stuffies and Postmodernist socks from American Apparel

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Stuff those stockings with stuffies and stockings! From the American Apparel/Boing Boing Style Gift Guide:

Scrappies: Environmentally friendly stuffed animals featuring 100% recycled stuffing, and an exterior made from reclaimed neon fabrics that, ordinarily, would have been destined for landfills.

Calf-High Memphis Sock: Inspired by the Memphis Design Movement of the 70's and 80's.

Check out more stylish gifts for happy mutants in the American Apparel/Boing Boing Style Gift Guide!

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Solar watch, colorful beanies, and other gifts!

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Dig the timeless timepiece and these bright beanies from the American Apparel/Boing Boing Style Gift Guide! Above, the Casio Batteryless Solar Stainless Steel Digital Watch, $78, and Unisex Cuffed Acrylic Lined Beanies, 36 colors for $20 each. Many more happy mutant gift ideas in the American Apparel/Boing Boing Style Gift Guide!

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American Apparel style gift guide

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Seeking stylish gifts for the happy mutants in your life? American Apparel has moved way, WAY beyond t-shirts and hoodies. Here's a fine selection of sweatshop-free items from the USA's most colorful and comfortable vertically-integrated manufacturer, along with some classic products from other iconic brands:

Casio Batteryless Solar Stainless Steel Digital Watch: A twenty-year old design that remains, er, timeless.

Quilted Laptop Bag: Nylon, front pocket, 10 1/8" x 14 3/8," durable.

Unisex Fisherman's Pullover: 100% cotton, choice of 21 (!) colors and patterns.

Calf-High Memphis Sock: Inspired by the Memphis Design Movement of the 70's and 80's.

Red Wing Chukka Boot: An American Heritage product, Red Wing Shoes have been handcrafted in the US for more than 100 years.

Nylon Cordura® School Bag: Adjustable straps, choice of 29 (!) color ways.

Unisex Cuffed Acrylic Lined Beanie: Available in 36 (!) colors and patterns

Scrappies: Environmentally friendly stuffed animals featuring 100% recycled stuffing, and an exterior made from reclaimed neon fabrics that, ordinarily, would have been destined for landfills.

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Epic Fun Day at the Beach

This post is brought to you by The New Santa Fe from Hyundai.


Our sponsor Hyundai asked my family and me to take a new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe on an "Epic Fun Day." What that meant was entirely up to us. The first step was coming up with where we wanted to drive! We chose a beautiful beach near our home in Los Angeles where I knew we could pack lots of fun activities into a short time. Then we invited our pal and video maker Eric Mittleman along to document our day. Watch the video above for a glimpse of the fun! Here's what we did:

• Used our homemade kite aerial video rig to shoot some bird's-eye-view video.

• Hunted for sea glass, which we brought home and used to decorate polymer clay creations.

• Made a bubble wand out of sticks and strands of seaweed.

• Explored the cool caves and tidepool lifeforms on the beach.

Keep your eyes out for future posts where I'll share the details of our kite aerial video rig and our polymer clay creations, and tell you how to make them yourself!

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Does your family rock? Enter this contest!

This post is brought to you by The New Santa Fe from Hyundai. Think your family rocks? Show us by uploading a photo of your family rocking out. Enter now for a chance to win great prizes.


Do your family values include kindness, sharing, and hard work? That's nice, but boring. How about loud music, pranks, epic adventures, and intergenerational rabble-rousing? In short, does your family rock? If so, you should enter the Hyundai and Rolling Stone My Family Rocks Contest. All you need to do is upload a photo of you and your kin at your most rocking, along with 500 words or less about you and your family. Prizes include a photo shoot in Rolling Stone, a trip to the Grammy Awards, and a sweet Hyundai Santa Fe "Custom Rock 'N' Roller" complete with a flaming paint job!

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Mass Effect Trilogy's Mordin Solus and other esteemed extraterrestrials

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Once you're immersed in the Mass Effect Trilogy, you'll come to know Mordin Solus, seen above center. A Salarian from the planet Sur'Kesh, Solus is a professor and geneticist who was formerly an operative in the Special Tasks Group. "Lots of ways to help people," Solus famously said. "Sometimes heal patients; sometimes execute dangerous people. Either way helps.”

Of course, Solus, featured in Mass Effect 2 and 3 of the Mass Effect Trilogy, is only the latest otherworldly celebrity in a long line of excellent on-screen extraterrestrials. Here are some other ETs we've known and loved...

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Great gear for your favorite photog

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You don’t take a photograph, you make it. - Ansel Adams

With that in mind, here is a fine collection of tools to make beautiful photographs. The rest is in the eye of the beholder.

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Timothy Ferriss: Cheat Sheets for Everything

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NewImageTimothy Ferriss's new book The 4-Hour Chef isn’t just a cookbook. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure guide to the world of rapid learning. Here's an excerpt:


CHEAT SHEETS FOR EVERYTHING

Any subject can be overwhelming. Magazines have to fill editorial space month after month with “new” recommendations and the result is predictable: clashing recommendations, uncertainty, information deluge, and opting out.

To stem the tide, I have a constant checkpoint posted over the walkway into my atrium: Simplify.

Above the sign rests the beautiful and brutal Nepalese khukuri, a curved knife symbolic of the legendary Gurkha military regiments. Field marshal Sam Manekshaw, a former chief of staff of the Indian Army, was quoted as saying: “If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or a Gurkha.” The blade is in my home to remind me of the importance of decision. The word decision, closely related to incision, derives from the meaning “a cutting off.”

Making effective decisions—and learning effectively—requires massive elimination and the removal of options.

The easiest way to avoid being overwhelmed is to create positive constraints: Put walls that dramatically restrict whatever it is that you’re trying to do.

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The Future of Outlook.com

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By now you may have heard that Microsoft is retiring it's Hotmail service and replacing it with the new Outlook.com. If you're in the market for a new email service or simply curious to see what other options are out there, head to www.Outlook.com to sign up for your free account.

If you're an existing Hotmail user you can upgrade your experience to the new Outlook.com right now and rename your email address from SteamPunk4Evar@hotmail.com to something that might look a little more professional on your resume (like Your.Actual.Name@outlook.com). Don't worry, you can keep your SteamPunk4Evar@hotmail.com address as an alias.

Outlook.com is currently "in preview" meaning that the boffins who build the service are still fine tuning the experience and adding new features. One of the features currently being worked on is Skype integration. Very soon you'll be able to launch and receive Skype video calls from within your Outlook.com inbox.

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Privacy Matters On Outlook.com

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Imagine you have an account with a major free webmail provider. You log into your account via your web browser and notice ads in your inbox and when you read a message. Now imagine that these ads are displayed based on what you write in the email you send as well as the content of the emails you receive. Oh, and the ads are also influenced by the videos you watch, the stuff you search for and the files you upload while on your webmail providers network of sites and services.

Sound unlikely? In 2009, Carnegie Mellon researchers conducted a study about behavioral online advertising and nearly 60% of the participants didn't believe that email providers (like Gmail) could serve ads in this fashion. In fact, a third of the participants thought laws or consumer backlash would put an end to this kind of advertising before it even started.

Outlook.com doesn’t force you to trade your privacy for a free webmail account.

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Conquering Graymail With Outlook.com

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Go and look at your inbox right now. Go on, I’ll wait. Done? Good. For the majority of you, over 80% of the email you receive is something called graymail. It’s not spam, but it’s also not higher priority messages from friends, family or colleagues that you’re more likely to read and respond to. Newsletters, social updates and daily deals are all examples of graymail and left unattended they can take over your inbox pretty quickly.

Now here’s a little secret; Microsoft didn’t entirely build the recently released Outlook.com preview from scratch. Under the hood, Microsoft took the best tools and features originally developed for Hotmail – such as those designed to tackle graymail – and incorporated them into the new service.

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How my VW won me the college presidency

Sponsored Post: This post is brought to you by Volkswagen. It's not the miles, it's how you live them. Read our stories or share your own at whyvw.com.

WeisBug1Naturally, the thing to do when one drops out of high school at 16 and enrolls in city college is to immediately run for student body president. I did exactly this. It turns out all you need to win is that logic and a 1970 Volkswagen Bug (with that ridiculous Autostick shifter).

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Outlook.com's social life

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For the majority of us, our online connections with friends, family, colleagues and internet celebrities are managed through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. When YASN (Yet Another Social Network) comes along and asks us to rebuild those social connections from scratch – but this time in "their" sandbox – most of us simply change the channel. Instead of asking you to re-create your social sphere, the new Outlook.com preview connects to the social networks you already use – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn (and even Google) – to take advantage of the connections and relationships you’ve already created and use every day.

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Android on eBay

This post is sponsored by eBay. From the new to the hard to find, when it’s on your mind, it’s on eBay.

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There are those who are dedicated to the fruits of Cupertino and those who, well, aren't. As we saw previously, there are plenty of Apple deals to be had at eBay. Three of the latest-and-greatest Android devices are available at discounts that may surprise you. The Samsung Galaxy S III is listed for various carriers and in both white and blue. If the S III is out of your budget, try the HTC EVO 4G at half the price. And if it's a non-iPad tablet you're after, the Google Nexus 7 won't leave you wanting. Check eBay for all your Android needs.

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Save on Apple at eBay

This post is sponsored by eBay. From the new to the hard to find, when it’s on your mind, it’s on eBay.

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No, that isn't the brand new iPhone in the center there. It's the iPhone 4S. And while the new phone grabs the spotlight, the 4S is hardly obsolete. Just back to school with a limited gadget budget? eBay currently offers the 16GB iPhone 4S used, refurbished, starting at around $300 depending on the carrier and color. New factory unlocked models are also available. Of course, iPhones aren't the only Apple product to be found on eBay at discount. Check out listings for the iPad 3 and Macbook Pro with Retina Display for significant savings.

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Pepsi Goes on a World Tour

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Listen up, soft drink lovers: Pepsi has embarked on its first “World Tour.” This summer, the beloved beverage company that’s always aligned itself with the hottest pop superstars and an overall party vibe has begun a summer “Live for Now” campaign. And, you can stay on top of it all by visiting Pepsi Pulse – Pepsi’s interactive website – which brings up-to-the-minute news on all the fun things going on in your city, as well as great deals and prizes. If you’ve seen the commercial spot featuring pop star Nicki Minaj, you’ve already gotten a taste of the fun.

And that fun continues with the "Summer Beats Concert Series." Pepsi is serving up three Twitter-enabled (twitter.com/pepsi) shows during the summer season featuring performances by Billboard chart-topping artists.

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Max Payne 3: Official Launch Trailer

For Max Payne, the tragedies that took his loved ones years ago are wounds that refuse to heal. No longer a cop, close to washed up and addicted to pain killers, Max takes a job in São Paulo, Brazil, protecting the family of wealthy real estate mogul Rodrigo Branco, in an effort to finally escape his troubled past. But as events spiral out of his control, Max Payne finds himself alone on the streets of an unfamiliar city, desperately searching for the truth and fighting for a way out.  

Presenting the Official Launch Trailer for Max Payne 3, which will arrive this week in North American stores for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 15th and in Europe on May 18th. Visit the Pre-Order page for a selection of retail options.  

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A Lifetime Car Lover Has Found His Match

This post is sponsored by Chevrolet Volt. Electric when you want it, gas when you need it.

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Note: The 2012 Chevy Volt offers an EPA-estimated 35 miles on a full charge based on 94 MPGe [electric] and an additional 340 miles with a full tank based on 35 city, 40 MPG highway [gas]. Actual range varies with conditions.

The Chevy Volt is unique among electric cars because it runs on two sources of energy. You have an electric source – a battery – that allows you to drive gas-free for an EPA–estimated 35 miles. And there's also an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can go farther. So if you want to drive using only electricity, you can. If you want to drive using electricity and gas, you can do that, too. Feeling all charged up? Check out what this current Chevy Volt driver has to say about his unique driving lifestyle…

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Having a Blast With New Driving Technology

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Note: The 2012 Chevy Volt offers an EPA-estimated 35 miles on a single charge based on 94 MPGe [electric] and 35 city, 40 MPG highway [gas]. Actual range varies with conditions.

The Chevy Volt is unique among electric cars because it runs on two sources of energy. You have an electric source – a battery – that allows you to drive gas-free for an EPA–estimated 35 miles. And there's also an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can go farther. So if you want to drive using only electricity, you can. If you want to drive using electricity and gas, you can do that, too.

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Take a minute to unclog your inbox

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Crafting your own Stormtrooper uniform from recycled bicycle tires takes time. As does constructing a TARDIS replica from discarded hubcaps. But to unclog your inbox, all you need is 60 seconds.

While you're busy with important projects, your inbox can fill up with dozens, if not hundreds, of unread email messages. Over 80% of this mail is graymail; newsletters, deals and updates that you signed up for but don't always want. But don't worry, Hotmail has powerful new tools that can help you identify and manage this graymail and to get started all you need is one minute.

View your newsletters by using the "Newsletters filter" and then move emails from multiple senders to a specific folder, or straight to the trash, with "Sweep". "Schedule cleanup" can then move or delete emails as they reach a certain age, or just keep the most recent message from a specific sender.

Now that your graymail is under control you can get back to more important, time consuming projects, like fashioning a full set of Vulcan wedding costumes out vintage bottle caps.

For more on how to conquer graymail, even if you don't have a Hotmail account, head to www.whatisgraymail.com

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How To Manage Your Inbox

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Are weekly steampunk paper craft enthusiast newsletters filling up your inbox? Too many daily deals on half-priced crocheted Cthulhu kitty hats? Finding it difficult to respond to those important messages from the co-authors of your Cylon romance fan fiction?

Your inbox is likely filled with graymail. Email you signed up for at some point but don’t always want. Over 80% of the average inbox is made up of social updates, newsletters, and deals. We call this graymail. Sometimes you love these newsletters and notifications but they can easily clog up your inbox making it difficult to find the really important stuff.

Hotmail has introduced some new tools to help identify and manage the graymail in your inbox.

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Your Inbox Weighs as Much as 5 Sumo Wrestlers

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Do you ever feel like newsletters, deals, and updates are weighing down your inbox? This isn't the spam of your inbox. It's the bacon. That's called graymail, and the amount you receive each year, if equated to the weight of real mail, would be the equivalent of 2,330 pounds. That's the same as 27.4 metal suits worn by a certain avenging billionaire. It's roughly 896 hardcover copies of the book on which a certain hit fantasy show is based. 2,330 pounds is the same weight as a dragon that, well, weighs 2,330 pounds! And as you'll see in this video, it's the same weight as 5 hefty, scantily-clad sumo wrestlers—yikes.

To lighten the load, Hotmail is taking the lead on managing your graymail.

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Gym membership? Check. Times I actually went? Once...

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Does this sound like you? All New years resolutions start with good intentions, but as the year unfolds, so do many of our resolutions… not to mention our waistlines. What if personal fitness was easy AND enjoyable, would you make the time? What if your exercise machine could also help you unwind and entertain with family and friends?

Introducing the Endless Pool, the intelligently designed personal fitness pool for the 21st Century.

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A New Driving Perspective

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Note: The 2012 Chevy Volt offers an EPA-estimated 35 miles on a single charge based on 94 MPGe [electric] and 35 city, 40 MPG highway [gas]. Actual range varies with conditions.

The Chevy Volt* is unique among electric cars because it runs on two sources of energy. You have an electric source – a battery – that allows you to drive gas-free for an EPA–estimated 35 miles. And there's also an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can go farther. So if you want to drive using only electricity, you can. If you want to drive using electricity and gas, you can do that, too. Hear what one proud Volt owner had to say about how the electric car has reinvented her driving experience.

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HP Offers a New Movie and Music Experience in Time for the Holidays

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A new laptop for Christmas sounds pretty awesome, right? What if it could play Blu-ray discs and output flawless audio, too? HP can make all of your dreams come true with its new dv6t, the perfect gift for yourself -- or someone else, if you're feeling generous -- this holiday season.

As if a 2nd-generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor wasn't enough to make you drool, HP dv6t laptop ups the ante with a built-in high-definition Blu-ray player and the exclusive Beats Audio™ interface.

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