A diesel engine option is new for Audi’s A8 flagship in the U.S. Our Test A8 L TDI listed for $99,445, including the $6300 Bang & Olufsen audio system. 2014 Audi A8 L TDI Miles Driven: 423 Fuel Used: 12.3 gallons diesel Real-world fuel economy: 34.4 mpg Driving mix: 35% city, 65% highway Base price: $82,500 (not including $895 destination charge) Options on test car: Bang & Olufsen audio ($6300), Premium Package ($4000), Driver Assistance Package ($3250), Panorama Sunroof ($1300), Cloth Headliner ($1200) Price as tested: $99,445 Quick Hits The great: Great power, impressive fuel economy The good: Gorgeous cabin, lots of space The not so good: Complicated controls 2014 Audi A8 TDI Rick Cotta A few years ago, a friend was looking to buy an all-wheel-drive car with either hybrid or diesel power, and asked for my advice on what to consider. It didn’t take long to answer. For while all-wheel-drive cars were common, and hybrids and diesels were common, it was the … [Read more...] about Test Drive: 2014 Audi A8 L TDI
What the heck is a Urus? Sounds like a bear constellation in the Big Dipper, or some kind of… tract infection. Technically Urus refers to an extinct species of wild cattle that once inhabited Europe. Really, Lambo? You couldn’t come up with anything better than that? I can do better than that off the top of my jet-lagged head: How about, “The Stomper,” “The Badger,” or “The Squealing Weasel?” Any of those would be better than Urus. The irony is that Urus is just another name for Aurochs, which sounds better and at least capable of four-wheel drive. We should be thankful Lamborghini isn’t a North American company or we’d have Brahma, Angus and Hereford for names. But Lamborghinis apparently have to be named after European bulls, so you get: an extinct species of wild cattle.It’s too bad because the Urus is an extraordinary vehicle, by the standards of SUVs or even by the standards of generic supercars. On the track, it … [Read more...] about 2019 Lamborghini Urus first drive: Loaded for bear
Where it all started: the physical hard drive. iStockphoto/Thinkstock As more and more of our lives began to be stored on a computer, tablet or phone that replaced filing cabinets, book cases, rolodexes, photo albums and CD towers, we quickly had to confront the fact that there's only so much space on a device for your work documents when you have such a staggering array of anime that needs digital room to live. One solution is the hard drive. This is the physical place in your computer that holds the hard disk where all the files and information on your machine is digitally stored. For what seems like forever -- or at least since the advent of personal computing -- this has been a handy and completely sufficient option. For one, we didn't always have that large of a digital footprint; after all, we've only been using computers and digital technology for a short period of time. But as time went on and more of our lives started collecting inside our computers and devices, more … [Read more...] about What is a virtual hard drive?
Start the Countdown Medioimages/Photodisc DCL Remember when AOL would send us a floppy disk for its latest upgrade. You know, the upgrade that was compatible with the 56k dial-up modem. "Lucky day," we'd shout as we pushed the floppy into our disk drive. The computer would make that horrible Matrix noise as it tried to connect to the first number. Oh, Noes! The server is full. Oh, Yeses! The back-up number worked. Can't wait to chat about Korn! Times have changed. Floppy disks have not. That's the problem. They are incompatible with everything. Universities and companies are lousy with floppy disks, and I'll bet that most of us have a floppy disk or two stashed in a drawer. Well, folks, here are some ideas on how to reuse them. … [Read more...] about 10 Ways To Reuse or Recycle Floppy Disks
If you have spent any time at all working with a computer, then chances are good that you have used a floppy disk at some point. The floppy disk drive (FDD) was the primary means of adding data to a computer until the CD-ROM drive became popular. In fact, FDDs have been a key component of most personal computers for more than 20 years. Basically, a floppy disk drive reads and writes data to a small, circular piece of metal-coated plastic similar to audio cassette tape. In this article, you will learn more about what is inside a floppy disk drive and how it works. You will also find out some cool facts about FDDs. … [Read more...] about How Floppy Disk Drives Work