In a break from our usual programming, Nick and I went on something of a road trip in the old Mini JCW hatchback. It's a truly great car -- fun, fast and good looking -- but is it suitable for a 1,000 mile drive in less than 24 hours? We found out.
I firmly believe we're entering an era where those who have never seen a "proper" Mini will outnumber have. We're coming to a time when, for most people, a BMW Mini is a "real" Mini and the old one will simply be a historical oddity. A cool one, but still.
John Cooper's involvement with Alec Issigonis' Mini wasn't a simple one. To get a racier Mini on the roads, Cooper had to do some pretty solid convincing. Thankfully, Issigonis took the bait and a legendary car was born. The Mini Cooper would … Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Given the ever-increasing waistline of new Mini Cooper variants, such as the Countryman and Paceman over the years, I feared the update to the basic Mini Cooper hatchback would similarly increase, sacrificing all the fun for which the Mini had been known. But the generation released in 2001 was long overdue for a significant update, and Mini obliged at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
And thank the wiser heads at Mini HQ, the new model looks like it preserves what made the previous Mini Cooper so special.
Mini unveiled both the Mini Cooper and the Mini … Read more
When BMW bought Mini and launched its version of the venerable Cooper in 2001, the car was lauded for its go-kart handling and updated British style. Beyond engine and tech changes, that car remained pretty much the same for over a decade, Mini seeming to concentrate its resources on new Cooper variants, such as the Countryman and Paceman.
Now Mini is set to release a fully updated Cooper hatchback, the mainstay of its brand.
Beyond some technical information released by Mini and a few spy shots that have emerged, we don't know too much about the car. It will … Read more
The passengers onboard a 12-person Dassault Falcon 900B were traveling at nearly 500 mph, yet they still had only 1 second to witness the totality, or the moment during a total solar eclipse when the moon entirely obscures the sun and ushers in a special kind of darkness across a narrow track 100 miles wide on the Earth's surface.
It was last Sunday, November 3, and the date marked the first hybrid solar eclipse since 2005. Hybrid solar eclipses are rare and involve a transition from an annular eclipse -- where the moon appears slightly smaller than the sun, … Read more
Classic Minis may be known for being spartan and simple, but today's Mini Cooper features some of the most advanced and quirky tech that its parent company, BMW, can throw at it. The next-generation 2014 Mini Cooper hardtop, scheduled to debut at the 2013 LA Auto Show in November, will boast even more tech, including a head-up display and an array of active and passive driver assistance technologies.
The head-up display, or HUD, appears to be a full-color display that will be projected onto a semitransparent lens atop the dashboard and in the driver's field of vision, rather … Read more
As I swooped the 2013 Mini Cooper S Paceman into turn after turn, window open so I could hear the tires sing their tortured song, the car repeatedly admonished me about "Dangerous cornering." At first I thought it was a compliment, but it was apparently too much excitement for the Driving Excitement feature in the Mini Connected app.
The Mini Connected app is one of the coolest features of the Paceman, combining Google local search, Web radio, social media, and a unique connection to the car for driving enthusiasts.
However, for the Paceman, the app might have been … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- The first call from a cell phone was made 40 years ago today.
- The Verge interviews Marty Cooper, father of the cell phone.
- Recalling 1993: Step back 20 years in NYC's past.
Martin Cooper changed the world when he made the first cell phone call 40 years ago.
The former Motorola vice president and division manager made the call on the company's DynaTAC phone while standing in front of the New York Hilton on Sixth Avenue. His first call: to the head of research at Bell Labs, a company that also was attempting to build the first cell phone.
Cooper's call did more than untether people from their fixed phone lines; it opened the door to true mobility and continues to affect virtually every aspect of our lives. … Read more
Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, is taking issue with a description of how a discussion with one of his aides led the late Aaron Swartz to campaign against Hollywood-backed copyright bills.
At an event in San Francisco last weekend, Peter Eckersley, Swartz's former roommate and the Electronic Frontier Foundation's technology projects director, told an audience that the late activist created the advocacy group Demand Progress after a fruitless meeting with one of Leahy's aides.