In the market for an Audi A7 but want something a bit smaller? There's an Audi for that in the form of the A5 Sportback -- an A7 that has been shrunk in the dryer just a bit. We're a little surprised Ingolstadt's latest addition to its stateside lineup took this long to get here: The A5 Sportbacks have been on sale in Europe and other markets since 2009, and they've just received a complete redesign. This means North America joins this regularly scheduled program already in progress, with almost a decade of sales elsewhere in the world having shown demand for the fastback sedan with four rings on the grille.The Audi A5 Sportback is actually based on the A4 sedan, but it trades the three-box sedan formula for something a little more coupelike, complete with a positively huge hatch, a sleek greenhouse, room for five passengers and frameless doors. BMW has mined this segment in the U.S. with the 4-Series Gran Coupe (and, as we all know, German automakers seldom exploit newly discovered … [Read more...] about 2018 Audi A5 Sportback first drive: The best of both worlds
Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger Over the years we have been witness to some of the greatest car appearances in film and TV history – from the Mini’s stunning performance in The Italian Job to the Lotus Esprit’s appearance in The Spy Who Loved Me. When it comes to choosing which are the best ones, though, things get tough. So tough, in fact, that most lists draw furious debate. So, we thought we’d jump on the opportunity to cause a stir with our 5 favourites. Enjoy! 1. Aston Martin DB5 – Goldfinger First place on our list goes to the stunning Aston Martin DB5, which was made timeless thanks to its appearance in Goldfinger. Not only did 007’s car have lots of incredible gadgets, such as machine guns, a bulletproof shield and an ejector seat, but it raced against a beautiful white Ford Mustang in the Swiss Alps. Bristol Street Motors Vauxhall Carlisle thinks that this car is the best of all time, and we’d have to agree. 2. DeLorean DMC-12 … [Read more...] about Guest post: What 5 Film and TV cars are the best of all time?
Fear not, America. Even though many of the products announced here at IFA won't come to the US, Europe's largest trade show, we still saw plenty of new things to get excited about that will hit the market globally. For every Europe-only smart oven from Bosch or AEG/.Electrolux, we found an exciting TV, a laptop, a wearable and even networking hardware that will show up at your US retailer, online or otherwise. If you'd like to see a deep dive into the announcements from IFA, we've wrapped it all up for you here. Here you'll find just the stuff we thought stood out the most this year.Samsung Q900 8K televisionEven if there's not enough content to really take advantage of an 8K screen yet, the march toward ever-finer TV resolution seems likely to resonate with consumers more than curved displays or 3D support. LG also made 8K news by reiterating its commitment from CES 2018 to bring out an 8K OLED display, but it was Samsung's 85-inch Q900 that made the biggest impression at … [Read more...] about Best of IFA 2018: 8K TV, an epic gaming throne, Google’s new wearable OS and more
Best of Lifehacker Whether we’ve made a complicated recipe absurdly simple, illustrated how to survive a natural disaster, or explained a political crisis in terms even your great-grandma would understand, these are some of our favorite stories from the past year. Another year in life hacks come and gone! We’re celebrating our favorite moments, hacks, guests and episodes of 2018 with this, our annual Best of The Upgrade episode. Whether you’re a lifelong listener taking a trip down memory lane, or new listener looking to dip a toe in the magic that is The Upgrade, we’re here for you. And what would an end-of-year episode be without our annual tradition of Alice and Melissa singing Auld Lang Syne? Just kidding! It’s our Upgrades of the Year, of course. Listen to The Upgrade above or find us in all the usual places where podcasts are served, including Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, and NPR One. Please subscribe, rate, and … [Read more...] about The Best of The Upgrade 2018
Now that everyone’s had a chance to peruse The A.V. Club’s best movies of 2018, it’s time to address a timeless question, lobbed our way every December: How could we include that film and not this other film? Some kind of answer lies in the deconstruction of our list. Ten critics, each with their own sensibilities and priorities and tastes, provided a ranked rundown of their personal favorites of 2018, which we then combined into a single hierarchical vision of the year in cinema. Below, we’ve included each contributor’s ballot, featuring their top 15 of the year and a few superlatives, including an “Outlier” choice: a movie one of us loved that the rest of us didn’t. Want to know who to blame for that glaring oversight or boneheaded inclusion? Keep reading. Top 15 1. BurningCold WarLean On PeteHereditaryFirst ManMinding The GapYou Were Never Really HereZamaThoroughbredsShopliftersIf Beale Street Could TalkRoma Spider-Man: Into The … [Read more...] about The best of film 2018: The ballots