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A souped-up hatchback: the 2017 Kia Forte5 SX

Four-door hatchbacks are still the same. Yet they’ve come a long way. Sure, they’re utilitarian runabouts that are economical to run. And yet they often look better than ever, drive like they don’t need modifications and offer the creature comforts formerly limited to higher-end models. You can expect all

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The Zero Dollar Car?

Many people use free email services and social networks without much thought as to why they’re free. There may be a grudging acceptance of companies using information about you in their marketing efforts. (Conspiracy theorists spell out more nefarious motives.) John Ellis follows this topic more closely

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Sensible, yet stylish: the 2017 Mazda6

Sensible sedans abound in today’s marketplace. To stand out from the crowd takes a mix of understated good looks, interior comfort and a balance between power and fuel economy. That seems to be the philosophy behind the 2017 Mazda6. First impressions This 6 is a refinement of the one

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Why rely on flight data recorders?

Planes don’t often fall from the sky, but when they do, the impact is felt far and wide, and not just physically. These tragedies prompt people to demand answers, yet the air transport industry doesn’t seem to prepare itself adequately to provide those answers. Note: I’m not an

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A hotter hatch: the 2017 Ford Focus ST

Four-door hatchbacks have always been the way to go. This might be my respect of cars popular in Europe, but they’re utilitarian, they maximize access to space, they offer decent fuel economy – what’s not to love when you have a hatchback as a dally driver? OK,

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The return of a classic cruiser: the 2017 Lincoln Continental

There’s a well-defined market for large, luxury highway cruising sedans. Their buyers may drive themselves, but don’t be surprised to see them in the back seat as a chauffeur takes care of the driving. American automakers have a long history of excellence here, and one of them recently

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Top Five Keyboard Shortcuts

If you’re of a certain age, the first computers you used did not have mice. They certainly had no graphical user interface, or GUI, a term now as archaic as WYSIWYG — what you see is what you get. Then along came Steve Jobs and his merry

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A hot car for hot weather: the 2017 MINI John Cooper Works Convertible

During ten days of hot weather, I had to decide whether to shield myself from the sun or enjoy windy open-top motoring in the 2017 MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) convertible. Lesson learned: if you buy this car, stock up on sunscreen. If you don’t, stock up

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How Screen Shot Tools Help You Communicate

A picture is worth a thousand words, and pictures of your device’s screen are no exception. Those screen shot images can help people troubleshoot problems with your device — and help you better communicate how-to instructions as well. Sometimes you will see people taking pictures of their

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Many names, one great car: the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM

Sometimes, carmakers create models that practically sell themselves. Toyota has developed a few perennial bestsellers, among them the economical Corolla. Back in the 2000s, it also produced the Matrix. This tallish four-door hatchback had been part of Toyota’s lineup for about a decade before it was moved to the

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