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AMD has a 5W Fusion APU to put in your future tablet of choice


The same Singapore event that brought us our first look at AMD's humongous Radeon HD 6990 has also served as the stage for the company's first showing of a new, even lower-powered Fusion APU. The regular dual-core Ontario (C-50) variant requires a 9W power budget to operate, but AMD's managed to shrink that down to 5W in a chip designed specifically to be used in tablets. Clock speed remains at 1GHz and the core count hasn't bee touched, but the memory controller has been dumbed down and peripheral ports have been reduced to one of each type. This streamlined C-50 has already found a home in Acer's 10.1-inch Windows 7 tablet and should prove decently popular among manufacturers looking for an x86 alternative to the coming tidal wave of ARM-based devices.

AMD has a 5W Fusion APU to put in your future tablet of choice originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 Jan 2011 06:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New upcoming car launch 2011 in India


January 28th 2010 it is when India?s best selling car brand, Maruti Suzuki, will unveil it?s D segment contender in the form of the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi. Touted to be a budget challenger to the likes of the Mercedes Benz C Class and the Audi A4, the Kizashi has been designed to be a value for money luxury car offering that offers both power as well as superlative handling. The global model of the Kizashi comes with a 2.4 Liter inline four petrol engine good for about 180 horses.This, allied to an All Wheel Drive option would just be what the doctor ordered in terms of a car that has enough go to match it?s show. Talking of which, the Kizashi comes loaded to the gills with safety and comfort features that rivals the best amongst the D segmenters.Now, Maruti could pull off a coup by bringing in a 2 Liter, 150 Bhp petrol engine and assembling the Kizashi through CKD kits.If this does happen, expect the Kizashi to take on the likes of the Civics ad the Corolla Altis? of the world with a killer price of under INR 15 Lakhs to boot. The other end of the spectrum, which involves the Kizashi being brought in as a CBU at a price upwards of INR 18 Lakhs is one which is pretty grim though2011 Toyota Etios Liva Hatchback12,000 bookings in just a few weeks of the Toyota Etios Sedan?s launch is a stark reminder of the immense trust that Indian car buyers have in Brand Toyota. With the commencement of the Etios Sedan?s production, it is time now for Toyota to focus on the next big thing for the Indian market, the Toyota Etios Liva Hatchback. Indians love their small cars and the Indian government does too. How then, can car manufacturers be left behind?Toyota, though a late entrant to the premium hatchback market, is all set to make major inroads through it?s very first small car for India, the Toyota Etios Liva Hatchback. The light weight Etios Liva Hatchback will offer plenty of space and along with that some frugal performance through the 1.2 Liter, 70 Bhp Petrol engine.While the quality levels of the Liva hatchback simply cannot match the extremely high standards Toyota traditionally has been delivering in it?s other cars, this is perhaps a sign of just-enough-engineering as opposed to the over engineering Toyota is famous for. While plenty of cost cutting is evident on the Liva Hatchback too, one can?t really complain as all this cost cutting has resulted in a brilliant price of INR 4.3 Lakhs. Meanwhile, a diesel engined variant might join sometime in late 2011 or 2012The Maruti Suzuki SX4 has been in-the-coming for years now and finally production of the SX4 Diesel is set to commence as soon as the Maruti factory resumes production after it?s annual maintenance break. Powering the Maruti Suzuki SX4 Diesel will be the highly acclaimed, refined, powerful and frugal Fiat Multijet Diesel Engine in VGT guise. So, expect about 90 Bhp of power and 200 Nm of Torque to haul the SX4?s bulk around.While the power and torque figures might not sound earth shattering, the 1248cc Multijet engine will ensure that the going will be rapid enough to keep all but the hard core performance hungry folks grinning. The other biggest bonus of this reliable engine is the brilliant fuel efficiency it delivers. We?re hoping that Maruti Suzuki rings in the new year with the facelift of the SX4, just like the one the Chinese Domestic Model of the SX4 has gotten itself very recently.The facelift apart, the SX4 will remain a butch, big sedan with plenty of ground clearance that ensures that it can be driven hard on bad roads too. Meanwhile, the Maruti Suzuki SX4 Diesel is expected to come for about INR 7-7.5 Lakhs Ex Showroom and going by Maruti standards, expect some yawn inducing waiting periods given the fact that Maruti Diesel cars have always had very stiff demand.2011 Maruti Suzuki SwiftFive years ago, the Maruti Suzuki Swift opened to almost no competition in it?s segment and it being an example of a punchy little car that could go around corners as well as it could go in the straight line, quickly earned itself a loyal fan bas[...]

ProForm Trailrunner 4.0 treadmill tricks you into exercising with 10-inch Android tablet


Looking for a New Year's resolution to break? Look elsewhere. If you commit to banging out three solid miles on a Trailrunner 4.0 treadmill each day, there's a better-than-average chance you'll actually be able to do just that throughout 2011. In a presumed effort to keep nerds and internet junkies "in shape," ProForm has slapped a 10-inch Android tablet (non-removable, sadly) up top, offering users the ability to check the news, browse their email and surf the web so long as a WiFi network is within range. Once you're done with that, you can scroll through workout stats and options including speed, time, distance, calories burned, pulse, incline and pace. Moreover, it's integrated with iFit Live in order to give users the ability to map their progress, and the inbuilt speaker system and auxiliary input lets you jam to your heart's content, too. At $2,999, it's hardly an impulse buy, but considering that you were already budgeting $500 for a new Android device... actually, nah, it's still no bargain. [Thanks, Justin]ProForm Trailrunner 4.0 treadmill tricks you into exercising with 10-inch Android tablet originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 15:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  ProForm  | Email this | Comments banking security securities bonds [...] and officially shut down


(image) At the end of October, Facebook acquired and set about integrating the media sharing service into At that time, they spelled out December 15th as the final shutdown date -- and while it's taken a few extra days, has finally flatlined. Unsurprisingly, the company's less-talked-about screen sharing service has also been shuttered.

Both sites now display a no-nonsense "discontinued" message that lets you know you can still email with your inquiries. As for what Facebook plans on doing with's assets -- we're just going to have to wait patiently. Perhaps we'll see some sort of video chat feature? and officially shut down originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 21 Dec 2010 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Just got an iPhone? The best apps, accessories, and tips


Someone must really like you -- otherwise, how did you end up with an iPhone this holiday season? Yeah, we know, iPads don't really fit into stockings. Besides, your parent or significant other got you an arguably better gift in the cheaper (with two-year contract, of course), more compact, and more recently updated iPhone 4. We've given you some app suggestions before when the device first launched, but that was six months ago, and in technology time, that's like seven years. Want a run-down of the best apps, our favorite accessories, and the essential tips and tricks? Just follow along after the break! Hey Android friends, we got you covered, too! Did you get an iPad? Check out our guide here!Continue reading Just got an iPhone? The best apps, accessories, and tipsJust got an iPhone? The best apps, accessories, and tips originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 11:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments bond gold dollars pounds [...]

StyleHop?s Hunt For Hot Fashion Comes To An End As It Heads To The DeadPool


(image) Over two years ago I wrote about a startup called StyleHop that set out to identify hot fashion items through the use of casual games ?�instead of having to fill out a survey or poll, it would generate fashion recommendations based on how you played these games. Unfortunately, that didn't work out (nor did the startup's second business plan) and today the company is announcing that it will be shutting its doors early next month. Some of the company's struggles stem from the financial meltdown of 2008 ?�founder David Reinke explains that after raising some�seed�money, StyleHop was planning to close a Series A in October 2008, which happened to be right when Sequoia's RIP: Good Times was making the rounds. (image)

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IncrediMail Inks New Two Year Deal With Google, But Are They Too Dependent?


(image) IncrediMail, an Israel-based, NASDAQ-listed company that develops email clients and desktop software, has inked a new 2-year agreement with Google, which will go into effect January 1, 2011. This is good news for the software company - the partnership between the two firms is quite crucial for IncrediMail's bottom line. The relationship between Incredimail and Google has always been a little rocky, to say the least. Three years ago, Google terminated its AdSense partnership with the company, sending IncrediMail's shares down more than 45 percent.(image)

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Adventures in Unconventional Collaboration


(image) The conference is the tip of the PopTech iceberg, and what lies under the surface is a series of "unconventional collaborations" in which the organization staff find creative ways to bring dissimilar and disparate actors together in order to see how their different perspectives and resources can amplify and augment one another. They've announced two more of their collaborations during the event, demonstrating some of the best experimental impulses of the network.

PeaceTXT: Violence is rampant in urban areas like Chicago. A few years ago, epidemiologist Gary Slutkin began to wonder if the spread of violence looked like (and could be stopped in similar ways to) the spread of infectious diseases. The result was an organization called CeaseFire, which uses a network of community members as "violence�interrupters." These community members are usually people with a sorted past who have seen the long-term results of violence, and can speak from experience that it just isn't worth it. The organization has produced amazing results, reducing homicides in some places by more than 75%.

The challenge for CeaseFire is to figure out how to meet the incredible demand for their services, successfully scale up, and even think about how to apply their model in new settings, such as combatting international terrorism. To explore whether there is a technology opportunity to help them, PopTech connected CeaseFire with the folks behind FrontlineSMS and Ushahidi. The teams have spent the last few months getting to know one another and brainstorming ways that technology can improve CeaseFire's work. If they figure something out, it would truly be a radical collaboration -- CeaseFire could hardly be more focused on real, local relationships and credibility.

Own Your Future: Again coming out of the PopTech Accelerator program and anchored by organizations from the Social Innovation Fellows program, Own Your Future is a collaboration between PopTech and the Brooklyn Community Arts and Media (BCAM) high school. BCAM is a highly innovative school that uses creativity and digital multimedia to engage students in a more significant way.

Own Your Future is a program that will help students make money from the creative works they produce. While the exact mechanisms haven't been figured out yet, the core of the program will be a one year experience that includes entrepreneurship training and financial literacy. Money that students make from their works will be put in savings accounts that they gain access to upon graduation.

These sort of collaborations are the hallmark of the PopTech network. I think both of them have huge potential not just for the actors involved, but as demonstrations of broader opportunities.

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30% More Light, 75% Less Energy for Senior Community Network


(image) Brookdale Senior Living has completed its nationwide lighting retrofit throughout the company’s 546 senior care communities. The initiative is estimated to save $5 million annually in electric utility costs and deliver a return on investment over about one year. The project also provides energy savings of approximately 75% and gives 30% more light to the [...]

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iPod nano hack nixes an app, can't add your own yet


We're still a ways off from living our dream iPod nano watch scenarios, but here's a small step in the right direction. As the story goes, on a flight home James Whelton booted up an iPod nano with a modified SpringBoard plist file that "removed" an app from the screens and replaced it with a blank space. What does this mean? Not much at this point, but it could provide a pathway to further hacking, jailbreaking, and yes, writing and installing those dream apps that make this a great wrist accessory. Video proof after the break.

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iPod nano hack nixes an app, can't add your own yet originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 27 Dec 2010 23:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Arduino, iPod touch turns an LCD into a browser-based sketch pad (video)


Of all the Arduino projects we've seen 'round here, this is certainly one of them! Using nothing but a Graphics LCD, an Arduino, and a WebSocket server he wrote using Python / Tornado, this young engineer created a system that allows him to connect to the server with his iPod touch (or any browser, we suppose -- although he's apparently only tested this with Chrome on his desktop PC) and draw a design on the web browser. In turn, his movements are recreated on the LCD. Pretty mean feat, if you ask us. If you'd like to marvel at his code -- or even try it out for yourself -- hit up the source link. If not, be sure to at least check out the thing in action. Video after the break.Continue reading Arduino, iPod touch turns an LCD into a browser-based sketch pad (video)Arduino, iPod touch turns an LCD into a browser-based sketch pad (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 01:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Make  |  Engineering Etch-A-Sketch  | Email this | Comments income interest rates cash [...]

Former Shell Oil President: $5 Gasoline in U.S. by 2012


(image) Americans will pay $5 for a gallon of gasoline by 2012, thanks to growing global demand for oil, tighter supplies and inadequate responses by the U.S. government, the former president of Shell Oil said Sunday in an interview with Platts Energy Week Television. John Hofmeister also predicted little or no new drilling in deep waters of [...]

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Opera 11 final brings add-on support, tab stacks, and big-time performance gains


Less than two days ago, the first Opera 11 release candidate appeared. After a frenzy of developer activity to patch any remaining bugs -- and two more RC builds in the next 20 hours -- Opera has released version 11.

Perhaps the single biggest addition to Opera 11 is extension support. With Download Squad favorites like LastPass now starting to appear, and with the process to port extensions from Chrome and Safari a trivial task, Opera 11 users will have plenty of additional customizations to choose from. Opera also announced a holiday extension contest to get the ball rolling. The closing date is December 31st, so if you've got an idea for a slick add-on get it in fast an you could a nice little prize pack and $200 to spend at the online shop of your choice.

So what else is new in Opera 11? It's faster than ever, with updates to Presto (the layout engine), Carakan (the JavaScript engine), and Vega (its graphics library), resulting in a big performance bump over Opera 10.6x. Opera 11 also features a number of privacy and security enhancements, improved gesture support, and a better integrated email app. For control freaks, Opera 11 adds on-demand loading for plug-ins like Flash and Silverlight, and more flexible rules for accepting and rejecting cookies.

Support for the latest Web code is built-in, too -- including HTML5 features like geolocation, Websockets, and push notifications. It's also easier than ever to run Opera from your USB flash drive, thanks to the new portable install option. All in all, Opera 11 is an alternative browser which is well worth your consideration.

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Opera 11 final brings add-on support, tab stacks, and big-time performance gains originally appeared on Download Squad on Thu, 16 Dec 2010 07:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nissan Has Turned Real-Life Driving Into an Environmentally-Friendly Game [Cars]


If you weren't impressed with the Nissan Leaf's all-electric engine, maybe you'll at least raise an eyebrow at this Xbox-esque achievement system Nissan worked into the Leaf's software, which ranks your energy efficiency against other owners. More » pounds pence cents business [...]

ICLEI Names Nine STAR ?Beta Communities?


(image) ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability?s STAR Community Index (STAR), a sustainability rating system and performance management tool in development for local governments, selected nine cities and counties to help design and test its online platform. Cities chosen are Atlanta, Boulder, St. Louis, New York, Des Moines, Chattanooga, and the District of Columbia, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, and [...]

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LG looks set to unveil mobile 3DTV at CES


We don't know much about it yet, but it's looking like we might be getting a taste of 3D on the go after all at CES. We'd hoped it would be with Nintendo's 3DS, but that report turned out to be a bust, and now LG is apparently going to pick up the slack with a new mobile digital TV that has a 3D display. We know virtually nothing about the set at this point, but we're thinking it will be glasses-free and are speculating that, after its appearance in Vegas next week, it'll never be seen in the US again.LG looks set to unveil mobile 3DTV at CES originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 27 Dec 2010 20:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Akihabara  | Email this | Comments interest rates cash loans [...]

Llewellyn: "Get your back into it."


Karl Nickerson Llewellyn

You expect me to tell you that you should be earnest about your work, and get your back into it for dear old Siwash, and that he who lets work slide will stumble by the way.

Our guess is that he was not a fan of "going through the motions". We can safely assume he would have never twittered (or at least not have disclosed that activity to sane and serious clients; it might have made them and him nervous). And that he would have been deeply saddened by the current professional trend of doing all things in a way to "please the professional"--rather than to advance the interests of the entity served: Client, Patient, Buyer, Customer.

The above of course is from the opening chapter of the The Bramble Bush: On Our Law and Its Study (1931), which sprung from a series of introductory lectures Karl Llewellyn (1893?1962) gave to first-year law students during the 1929-30 academic year, when he was appointed the first Betts Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia. The book's title is from a poem "The Bramble Bush" by Robert Penn Warren, excerpted here:

There was a man in our town
and he was wondrous wise:
he jumped into a bramble bush
and scratched out both his eyes--

and when he found that he was blind,
with all his might and maine,
He jumped into another one,
and scratched them in again.


(from past WAC? JDH/HBO posts)

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How to Whiten Teeth in Your Photos [Video]


In reality, we can't all have perfect, shiny white teeth. Fortunately Photoshop was basically designed to break the bounds of reality, letting you do whatever you'd like, but let's be a bit more humble and just learn to whiten some teeth. More »

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App Launcher for Chrome is like a start menu for Web Store apps


(image) If opening Google Chrome's new tab page just to fire up an app feels a bit too clunky for your liking, check out a new extension from Google itself: App Launcher.

Once installed, you'll have access to a drop down menu which lists all your apps in alphabetical order -- unlike previously reviewed AppJump Launcher, which doesn't appear to list them in any particular order. Google's offering also features built-in search -- which could be handy if you've been able to find a whole pile of apps you decided to keep installed. Keyboard navigation is supported as well, allowing you to arrow up and down and tap enter to launch.

The extension currently lacks an options screen -- which would be a great place for Google to slap in another missing feature: hotkey support.

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WordPress gets Windows Phone 7 app, edit your blog on the go


Automattic has officially brought WordPress to Windows Phone 7 for blogging on the go. The WordPress app stays faithful to the general Windows Phone 7 aesthetic of huge typography that goes beyond the current view, and horizontally scrolling screens. But the app isn't really meant for writing epic posts (although you can compose new posts). Like its Android and iOS counterparts, it lets you format text, set categories and tags, and even add pictures to a post. You can then publish your post on the spot, or save it for editing later when you're sitting at an actual computer.

More useful, perhaps, is the WordPress app's ability to moderate comments on-the-go. The app lets you bulk-edit comments, so you can de-spam your blog in one fell swoop from the road.

Last but not least, if your blog is hosted on, the new app lets you monitor a host of stats such as Views, Post Views, Clicks and more. All in all, this looks like a must-have for any WordPress blogger who also sports a Windows Phone 7 device. Jump on over to for the full details or download the app here [Zune link].

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Coby Kyros MID7015 7-Inch Android Internet Touchscreen Tablet


The Coby Kyros MID7015 tablet runs Android 2.1 and has a 7″ resistive screen. �It offers internet connectivity with WiFi 802.11b/g. �There’s 4GB of internal memory, and you can add up to a 16GB microSD card. �The Kyros tablet is preloaded with a variety of apps: alarm clock, calculator, mobile YouTube browser, and more like [...]

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Daily Crunch: On Watch Edition


Get Equipped With Mega Man E-Tank Mug CES 2011: Let The Boredom Begin! JVC Announces Three New Everio Camcorders A DIY Gorillapod Right In Time For Gift Giving Video: Yes, These Kids Are Google Earth Sky-Diving

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McDonalds hacked, customer database stolen, your burger preference now in the wild


(image) Don't worry, this one isn't quite as bad as the Gawker hack: McDonalds -- and over 100 other firms -- have had their marketing databases compromised, and summarily stolen. An email marketing company called Silverpop is to blame for the breach -- and fortunately, 'only' real names, interests and email addresses were breached; no passwords, and no Social Security or credit card numbers were stolen.

While McDonalds is probably the biggest name on the list, it seems the creative users of deviantART are also affected -- and a brief look at Silverpop's site suggests it might have upset some other very big names, such as Mazda and the banking giant Santander.

There's no information about how the hack was achieved, but the FBI has said that the attack originated from outside the US. In all likelihood, the attack was probably carried out by spammers, or the operatives of spammers. An email address database the size of Silverpop's would sell for millions.

McDonalds hacked, customer database stolen, your burger preference now in the wild originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 15 Dec 2010 07:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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You Know About Upcoming Electric And Hybrids Cars In India


The Indian car market is growing rapidly. It has just overtaken Japan and emerged as the largest small car market in the world. It is slowly becoming a hub for luxury cars as well. Moreover, in near future the Indian car market will witness a slew of electric and hybrid car launches. Most of these green cars will be displayed at the upcoming Delhi Auto Expo. Below listed are the electric cars and hybrid cars that will be displayed at the 2010 Auto Expo.REVA NXR AND NXGREVA NXR and NXGThe main attraction of this Auto Show will be the NXR and NXG from REVA Electric Car Company, India?s lone electric car maker. These two cars were the show-stoppers of the2009 Frankfurt Motor Showwhere they made their first public appearance.The Reva NXR and NXG are technologically a step ahead of the customary battery operated REVA electric cars that we have here. General Motors was so fascinated by their technology that it decided to sign an alliance with the car company to build an electric version of the Spark.CHEVROLET SPARK ELECTRAChevrolet Spark ElectraThe Spark is marketed in India by General Motors through itsChevrolet brand. Now this beleaguered car company has decided to exhibit the electric variant of the Chevrolet Spark at the 2010 Delhi Auto Show. The Spark that we have in India presently will be fitted to an electric motor replacing the petrol engine.The Spark also comes in a CNG model in Chevy?s portfolio. The Spark Electra will go into production by 2011. The price of this electric Spark will be at the higher-end considering the feasibility of electric cars in India. MAHINDRA SCORPIO HYBRIDMahindra Scorpio HybridSUV maker Mahindra & Mahindra is also set to try its hands at making hybrid cars. It has already designed a micro hybrid Scorpio keeping in mind the Indian market. The Hybrid Scorpio will carry a diesel-electric engine. It will come with a 2.2L 4-cylinder common rail diesel engine (CRDe) that can provide 115 bhp. The engine also has a complementary 288-volt NiMH battery. The Hybrid Scorpio is expected to launch in the United States in 2010 and will be displayed at the Auto Show.TOYOTA PRIUS HYBRIDToyota Prius HybridJapanese car behemoth Toyota will be launching its much-acclaimed Prius Hybrid in India at the Auto Expo 2010. This car is a big hit with Hollywood celebrities and will certainly wow the Mumbai Cine world community as well. The Prius will come to India as Completely Built Unit (CBU) and will be taxed above 100 per cent. This means that the price prices would be above Rs 20 Lakh. The Prius will carry a 98 bhp 1.8-litre petrol engine that is supplemented by a 36 bhp electric motor. The car will grace showrooms in mid-2010.TATA NANO ELECTRIC AND HYBRIDTata Nano Electric and HybridTata Motors will be coming out with an electric version as well as a hybrid variant of its most talked-about small car, the Nano. At this point, nothing is much known about the development of the electric and hybrid versions of the Tata Nano. But we are sure that it will hit the market by 2012. A prototype of the electric and hybrid version of the Nano will be displayed next month at the Auto Show.TATA INDICA VISTA ELECTRICTata Indica Vista ElectricTata Motors is also considering in bringing out an electric version of the Indian Vista hatchback. The car is under development and testing in Norway. The Tata Indica Vista Electric will be launched in India at the same time[...]

Redux: Sarah Silverman for Something in 2012.


Americans and Speech. We've become too thin-skinned and polite with Words. Many of us still live by a script. We've made progress in the last few years with efforts to retire PC-Speak--but it's still a Mr. Rogers-Fest. Maybe Sarah could help.

We'll say it again. The idea of Bedford, New Hampshire's Sarah Kate Silverman temporarily chucking writing and performing mega-edgy comedy, and holding elected office for a few years, does appeal to us. Greatly. And why not? She's smart, energetic, outspoken, attractive, photogenic and young. Three weeks ago, on December 1, she turned 40.

She's not PC, either--she intuitively gets and uses the First Amendment--and America sure could use that. And use it right now. Everyone is so offended by Everything, and so smug, morally superior and emotional on All Subjects, that the inevitable has happened: no one can think straight. Ideology is the new substitute for thought. Contempt prior to investigation is the reigning methodology to process remotely alien or threatening ideas.

So try to picture a couple of years from now a new mainstream and new public but more serious Sarah: Rep. Sarah Silverman(D-NH). She could fix PC culture quickly, and just by being herself, provided of course that her language and persona(s) stay the same. No one could profess any longer to be shocked and offended by anything anymore.

Traditionally, of course, and with infrequent but near-heroic past exceptions in Great Britain (Churchill, often Disraeli), the U.S. Senate (Jim Abourezk of South Dakota) and the House (the late Bob Eckhardt of the 8th district in Texas), politicians don't tell you what they really think unless it's convenient.

For centuries, the West has given pols a pass on candor. We get it. Not a problem.

Silverman is a Total Betty, too.

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