10 Cars That Hold Their Resale Value

Jason Notte:

There’s a bit of logic in making a long-term investment in a commodity that depreciates in value as soon as it leaves the lot. That vehicle’s value drops, but it doesn’t just go crashing to the ground. Unless you decide to drive it until it’s a pile of parts or buy a less reliable model to save money in the short-term, your vehicle with still have significant resale value of tens of thousands of miles down the road.

Spoiler Alert!

  • Dodge Challenger
  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • Honda CR-V
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Toyota Tundra
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Toyota FJ Cruiser

Lots of Toyotas and trucks on that list.

Didn’t See That Coming

Take this with a grain of salt, considering it came from Inquisitr.

George Clooney was all set to marry British Lawyer Amal Alamuddin, but he overlooked one crucial factor. Amal comes from an Orthodox Lebanese Druze family and her mother, Baria Alamuddin is not happy that her daughter is intending to marry “outside the faith.”

And:

There are claims that Baria has contacted George Clooney and asked him to consider becoming Muslim, and converting to Druze. However, there are no signs that George is very interested in doing that, and there is no evidence that think Amal would want him to.

Didn’t see that coming, did you?

Way To Go Dave!

Natalie Abrams:

Days after walking out on CNN Newsroom host Fredericka Whitfield in the middle of an interview, Rivers was on the flip side of things while appearing on The Late Show.

After explaining that Whitfield was “very judgmental, very nasty, very opinionated … like my wedding night,” Rivers told David Letterman that she was recently passed over for a Depends commercial. “While I’m talking to you, I’m taking a dump,” Rivers joked of the commercial dialogue, to which Letterman promptly walked out.

Simplenote vs. Evernote: A Tale Of 2 Mac Notes Apps

Mac users will find there is no shortage of apps to take notes. Many are free, most cost a few dollars, some record audio to match the notes, and the number of notes apps continues to grow. Why? What’s so special about taking notes? Which app is the best?

As usual, the answer to the latter is, “It depends.” The answer to the former is much the same. Here’s my look at two notes apps for the Mac and I love and use, both free, and both sync up nicely between devices.

Simplenote:

This rather simplistic Mac notes app is from the same folks who create WordPress. Simplenote is free, instantly backed up, and works on multiple devices– from iOS to Android, Kindle to Mac, but, oddly enough, there’s not a version for Windows PCs.

You’re required to organize your notes files yourself in Simplenote, but the app keeps multiple versions of a note document, and makes it easy to search with built-in tags. Simplenote is a good way to create a list, capture an idea, write an article, and not be encumbered with a learning curve (no buttons, no toolbar).

What else do you need? If you need more, Evernote provides it.

Evernote:

Evernote should probably be renamed EverywhereNotes but that’s a bit cumbersome. Evernote is free if you don’t use too much storage, but unlike Simplenote, this app runs everywhere and is packed with features.

Notes stay in sync between devices, but organizing tools are more extensive, and the notes app itself is more like a mini-word processor. Evernote saves almost everything; from webpages to photos, audio notes, maps, plans, documents, itineraries. Everything but email. Each platform– from Mac to Windows, from iOS to Android, and others– has its own app, and each app has companion products that extend Evernote enough to compete with Microsoft Word in usage.

Evernote, while free for many of us depending on how much storage we need and which features we want, isn’t expensive even in Premium or Business class, starting at $5 or $10 per month (even with a $45 annual discount, and $450 over 10 years, Evernote remains a bargain when compared to the capability), but workgroup capabilities make it easier to justify the price tag.

So, which do I use?

Both.

I prefer to segregate business notes from personal notes. Evernote gets the former while Simplenote gets the latter. I don’t do Windows so Simplenote’s one platform misfire doesn’t count. Evernote, while not as simple to use is sufficiently packed with features that there’s a true world learning curve. If you can type then you’ve already mastered Simplenote.

Families Aboard The Enterprise

If you’ve ever wondered why StarFleet allowed families about the Enterprise in Star Trek TNG, Dan Holliday has the answer:

So the reason is rooted in Gene Roddenberry’s half-baked ideas about the future and his obsession with peace. Roddenberry was incredibly scarred by World War II, and he was obsessed with a future of peaceful exploration of the galaxy. While he accepted that there might be “others” outside of the Federation that were not idealists, for him the size of the United Federation of Planets’ space was so vast that the Galaxy-class ships would have families for their pathfinder voyages.

And what happened to Star Trek after Roddenberry died?

Roddenberry’s idea sucked. The moment he died, the producers backpedaled as quickly as possible from everything he wanted. And like George Lucas, he could not be trusted to materialize his dream because it was far too meta for most audiences to grasp. A TV show needs to make money, and to make money they need drama.

Who was the best Star Trek Captain?

Comeback: The MG

I can’t wait for this one. While Mazda’s Miata evokes the two-seater sports car of yesteryear, most of the famous names have been absent for decades. George Kennedy with a look at what lies beyond the MG TF (MG now owned by China):

The roadster will be built on one of two new vehicle architectures under development. These platforms will be designed to be flexible enough to develop multiple vehicles under it. This is much the way that Volkswagen employs several vehicles under its MQB platform, thus lowering production costs.

Alright, a new MG. When?

Someone inside MG that confirms the (originally) British automaker is bringing back a roadster, which will be a spiritual successor to the MG TF (seen below, with its own predecessors in the background). Details were vague, citing a return date of “before the end of the decade.”

2020? Who will be around to remember the MG legacy when the new model arrives?

Corvette vs. Beamer

Everyone loves a shootout and Patrick George delivers a good one with look at a Corvette Stingray vs. A 2015 BMW M4.

While the Stingray’s starting price is considerably less than the M4′s, both ended up in the same ballpark in terms of power, weight and technology.

The M4′s twin-turbo inline six puts out 425 horsepower and it weighs in at about 3,600 pounds; the Corvette’s V8 has 460 horsepower, and it’s around 3,300 pounds. And of course, both send power to the rear wheels.

Mano o mano? Nope. The video is more of a love fest for the Corvette.

DARPA: The Pentagon’s Mad Science Division

Mariella Moon writing on the history of DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), a Pentagon entity famous for building killer robots, which many fear could wipe out mankind and overtake the world.

DARPA was created as a response to the Soviet Union’s successful launch of Sputnik, which, according to DARPA itself, signaled that “a fundamental change was needed in America’s defense science and technology programs.” Since then, it’s been involved in several technological milestones; for instance, it developed an early networking system that went live in 1969 called the ARPANET. It’s one of the networks that eventually led to creation of the internet, which, suffice it to say, changed the world.

Mankind isn’t looking all that good in the internet age, so maybe the internet is a killer robot.

3D Comes To The Mac’s Desktop Wallpaper

Alright, it’s not real 3D. And it’s not even the 3D you see in movies (with glasses). But Digital Clock 3D might be the coolest looking and totally functional 3D-like Desktop wallpaper ever on a Mac. Think Dr. Who clock. Think Warehouse 13 clock. Think Jules Verne clock.

What does a Mac user want in Desktop wallpaper? A glorious image of renown, and maybe a little functionality thrown in for good measure. That’s Digital Clock 3D.

If ever a picture was worth a thousand words (or, maybe a little less), this is it.

Digital Clock

Digital Clock 3D is Desktop wallpaper with six different types of clocks which appear similar to 3D graphics (ready for MacBook Pro Retina displays, too). There’s also an original music track to add a clever and unique effect.

The package of clocks also functions in screensaver mode and can be used with a password.

More Digital Clock 3D

The app can be setup to start up when your Mac starts, even with auto login. It works on Macs with multiple connected displays, and won’t prevent your Mac from going to sleep.

If you like the designs you’re likely to be impress with others by the same Mac app developer who specializes in clever Desktop wallpaper and screensaver apps. Some are free, but most cost a few dollars. One of them, the Mechanical Clock, has been on my Mac for over a year. During Shark Week you’re likely to enjoy using Sharks 3D which makes your Mac’s screens (works on multiple displays) look like an aquarium for sharks.

Shark 3D

Be careful, though. These Desktop wallpaper screensaver apps are highly addictive and most come with Mac App Store in-app purchase options (for example, add more sharks). Otherwise, these are best of breed and highly recommended.

Size Matters

Latest images and details on Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone 6, due ‘this fall.’ Marc Saltzman:

Citing various sources, sites like Chinese web portal Tencent and carriers including Germany’s Deutsche Telekom claim a 4.7-inch iPhone will launch on September 19. This would be a much larger phone than the current 4-inch (diagonal) screen found in the iPhone 5, 5C and 5S.

Bloomberg last week also claimed Apple may launch the rumored 5.5-inch “phablet” version of the iPhone 6 along with the 4.7-inch version at the same time – though other sites predict there will still be a 2- or 3-month delay between the two models due to screen and battery issues with the larger iPhone 6.

Of all Apple’s iPhone launches, other than carrying iOS 8, this one has the least stable list of potential features and functions. Even the iPhone name might be changed. iPhone Air, anyone?

Goliath Tarantulas

The one creature that shows up in nearly everyone’s nightmares. Bahar Gholipour on the ‘Spiders Alive‘ exhibition in the American Museum of Natural History:

Among the live spiders in the exhibition is the Goliath bird-eater tarantula (Theraphosa blondi), one of the largest spiders in the world, which measures about 12 inches across. Other arachnids on display include the Chilean rose hair tarantula (Grammostola rosea) from the deserts of Chile, the emperor scorpion (Pandinus imperator) native to rainforests of West Africa, African whip spiders (Damon variegatus) with whiplike antennas measuring up to 10 inches long, and a giant vinegaroon (Mastigoproctus giganteus), which can spray a vinegarlike chemical when it is bothered.

I won’t bother.

707 Horses

Steve Siler on the details of Chrysler’s 6.2-liter ‘Hellcat’ V-8 with 707 horsepower:

This makes the Challenger Hellcat the most powerful Challenger ever, Dodge’s most powerful V-8 ever, and the most powerful muscle car ever. (So you don’t have to look it up, Ford’s previous-generation lighter, smaller Mustang GT500 currently boasts a huge 662 hp and 631 lb-ft of torque, while the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 makes a comparatively wimpy 580 hp and 580 lb-ft of torque. Yep, they’ve been served.)

I’ve never ever had a good experience with a Chrysler product. Ever.

Free: My Favorite Mac Maintenance & Optimization Tool

There is no shortage of apps to enhance your Mac, perform various and sundry maintenance procedures, customize and personalize, and optimize. A few are free. Most cost a few dollars. Some are downright expensive. If what you’re after is the most bang for the buck, Onyx should be on your Mac. It’s the simple, quick, effective way to maintain and optimize your Mac. Onyx is free.

First, the list of what you can do with Onyx is extensive, ranging from simple cache deletions to verifying your Mac’s storage, to repairing permissions and running maintenance scripts.

Wait. Doesn’t the Mac already do some of those chores?

Yes, but Onyx does more, and puts all the maintenance and optimization options into a single, multi-tabbed interface. Starting at the top and going toward the right, Onyx performs a limited S.M.A.R.T. status check, verifies the structure of your Mac’s disk, and even double-checks the files in Preferences.

Onyx for Mac

Under Maintenance, Onyx lets you manually run Daily, Weekly, and Monthly system maintenance scripts, as well as repair system permissions and rebuild LaunchServices.

The Cleaning tab displays both System and User options for cache deletion, including browsing, fonts, and logs. The Automation tab allows you to select which functions to run when you start up Onyx. Parameters displays dozens of options that can be scheduled to run automatically in the background.

That Onyx is free and does so much to help keep your Mac running well and optimized is a tribute to a devoted Mac developer. You can spend money to do much of what Onyx does, but Onyx does it for free. Highly recommended for every Mac user.

More Expensive Than A Rolls-Royce

Dorothee Tschampa on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman (as in ‘train?’).

Priced at about $1 million with armor plating, the vehicle will be reminiscent of past Mercedes models owned by the likes of designer Coco Chanel and former Philippine leader Ferdinand Marcos. The four rear seats will face each other and be separated from a front chauffeur compartment by a partition window to guarantee discretion

A mini limousine for a million bucks.

Texting In Real Handwriting

To be honest I’ve thought about doing this, but not in handwriting, but a handwriting font. Cristina Vanko:

Before I started, I established rules for myself: I could create only handwritten text messages for seven days, absolutely no using my phone’s keyboard. I had to write out my messages on paper, photograph them, then hit “send.”

Reactions?

Apple’s Most Underused, Underrated Mac App Is Free

When it comes to electronic books, our favorite Mac maker hasn’t had much success. Other than getting publishers and Amazon to change their contract arrangements, it’s been most downhill for Apple. First, the company was sued by the Justice Department for alleged price fixing, then assigned a monitor to prevent the company from doing it again, and along the way the publishing industry decided to stay in the 19th century instead of embracing Apple’s vision for an interactive publishing future.

Estimates put Apple’s iBook Store share of the electronic books market at about 20-percent, far below behemoth Amazon. Not long after launching iBooks Store, Apple published the iBooks Author apps so Mac users could create and publish iBooks for iPad.

Unfortunately, modern technology seems to have found a black hole in the archaic publishing industry, and few new titles have been authored and published with iBooks Author.

Why not?

After all, iBooks Author is to modern ebook publishing what PageMaker and InDesign were to publishing in the 20th century. Except iBooks Author lets writers and publishers create totally interactive electronic books, fully equipped with video, audio, interactive diagrams, objects in 3D and much more.

iBooks Author for Mac

Think desktop publishing but for electronic books that run on the iPad vs. Amazon’s popular Kindle device which merely displays text. It’s almost as if 21st century publishers are embracing the 19th century.

I consider iBooks Author to be one of Apple’s most underrated and underused applications on the Mac. Creating and interactive multi-media electronic book isn’t child’s play, but it’s simple enough to create books that go far beyond what Kindle or Kindle Fire devices can display.

A book created in iBooks Author can have swipe-friendly photo galleries, scrolling sidebars, pop-up widgets, and built-in animations.

For readers with disabilities, iBooks Author is typical Apple, with instant and accessible table of contents, glossary, and VoiceOver technology, as well as accessibility descriptions so those with vision impairments can read an electronic book.

iBooks Author

iBooks Author is a great tool for manuals and handbooks, brochures and textbooks– fully interactive, fully customizable. The app begins with plenty of templates to get started, and the third party market has many others available from free to nominal prices. Each can be customized and personalized so each electronic, interactive book is easily differentiated from others.

Books are easily created in either portrait or landscape mode, and made specifically for Apple’s iPad, and that might be the problem. Export options are nominal with iBooks Author and include the iBooks format, plain text, and PDFs. These books won’t make nice-nice on a Kindle device.

That said, Apple couldn’t make publishing a book from your Mac to the iBook Store much easier. All it takes is a description and a few clicks and your publication is, well, published and ready for purchase. It’s unfortunate that the US Justice Department decided Amazon’s publishing and distribution monopoly was acceptable, while Apple’s entry into the industry was not.

If you’ve ever wanted to write your own book and have it published for sale online, there is no easier way than Apple’s iBook Author app. And it’s free.

No Plan ‘B’

Dylan Love writing for Business Insider on the fate of Aereo, the startup television streaming company.

The long-awaited ruling on TV-streaming company Aereo is in. In a 6-3 decision, Supreme Court justices ruled that the company’s operation is illegal. The decision will effectively end Aereo. CEO Chet Kanojia has previously said that there is “no plan B”

Kanojia:

We believe in our merit and we do think it’s the right thing. Progress is important. The mission of this company was to try to create an open platform, to try to wedge the system open a little bit. And if we don’t succeed in that despite our best efforts, good law on our side, and the merits of our case, it will be a tragedy but it is what it is.

Investors just kissed $100-million goodbye.

Bigger iPhones Coming

Doug Gross on CNN:

The phones will have display screens that are 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches across, when measured diagonally — a major leap from the 4-inch displays on the iPhone 5S and 5C.

Duh. Way to stay on top of the news, CNN.

11 Most Contaminated Foods

Lots of my favorites from this list by Alexandra Gekas:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year one out of six Americans gets sick from foodborne illness, and of those people, 128,000 are hospitalized.

The riskiest foods?

the Center for Science in the Public Interest compiled a list of foods regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that are most likely to infect people with foodborne diseases, such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria.

Spoiler Alert!

  • Leafy Greens
  • Eggs
  • Tuna
  • Oysters
  • Potatoes
  • Cheese
  • Ice Cream
  • Tomatoes
  • Sprouts
  • Berries
  • Meat and Poultry

Potatoes?

This Car Slows Down For Speed Cameras

Tom Warren on details about Hyundai’s expensive Genesis feature:

The Hyundai Genesis combines GPS and braking technology to slow the car down if drivers are speeding when they approach a speed camera… The speed camera detection system will also alert drivers 800 meters in advance and sound a signal if the car is speeding ahead of a camera. Fixed-speed cameras and average-speed cameras are detected by the car, but the system will obviously not work with mobile cameras or highway patrol cars.

Genesis is Hyundai’s luxury brand.