November 12, 2012 |
Stung by criticism from consumers, its own dealers and auto reviewers, Honda Motor Co. is about to begin selling a significantly redesigned Civic. The changes come after only a year of the current-generation model. Automakers rarely rush to remake a vehicle so new to the market. Honda is making changes to the sheet metal on the vehicle to give it a more aggressive, sportier look. Inside, it is improving comfort, changing the much-criticized interior and is revamping the sedan's driving characteristics.
November 1, 2012 |
Facebook is testing a redesign of its Timeline feature that could make reading old posts slightly easier. The Menlo Park-based company confirmed that it is testing an experimental version of the redesign on a small number of users. The experimental design was discovered by Inside Facebook . It is similar to older designs Facebook used when its members had "Walls," in which status updates showed up in a linear fashion rather than zigzaging from left to right as they do now with the Timeline.
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October 11, 2012 |
Movie producer Joel Silver brought his Hollywood panache to Venice on Wednesday, unveiling plans for revamping the former Venice Post Office as the new headquarters of his Silver Pictures. With Tom Hanks putting in a cameo appearance, Silver and his design and construction team spoke to dozens of invited guests amid the exposed concrete and wires of the 1939 Works Progress Administration building that the producer of "The Matrix" and "Lethal Weapon" franchises recently bought from the downsizing U.S. Postal Service.
October 3, 2012 |
Honda's nerds have done it. They've cracked the code, solved the riddle, unscrambled the jumble that, until now, has perpetually confounded a large swath of the automotive engineering teams around the globe. What'd they figure out? A worthwhile transmission. A part of the car that's traditionally as sexy as a pair of adult diapers. Yet it's a part that contributes mightily to the overall excellence of the 2013 Honda Accord. Honda's venerable mid-size sedan has gone through a clean-sheet redesign that overhauled the car's engines, transmissions, styling and size.
September 24, 2012 |
There's a new Myspace coming, and it looks....pretty. The site that once ruled the social networking space released a preview video Monday showing a newly imagined Myspace that provides an airy environment for artists to connect with their fans. Whether it is enough to save the troubled site remains to be seen. Like Facebook, the new Myspace will let users make connections with friends, and post photos and comments to what looks like a visual combination of Facebook's timeline and Pinterest.
September 19, 2012 |
Few cars have left a mark on the auto industry as indelible as that of the Honda Accord. Credited with helping open up the American market for Japanese autos, the "reliable" Accord was once the bestselling car in the U.S. before it began losing ground first to Japanese rivals and more recently to resurgent domestic automakers and South Korean upstarts. On Wednesday, shoppers will get to check out a redesigned Accord as Honda launches a comeback push that is crucial to the automaker's recovery from recent missteps in the U.S. After getting panned for last year's redesign of the smaller Civic and letting South Korean rival Hyundai grab a slice of Honda's reputation for fuel economy, the car company needs the new Accord to be a home run. "For 20-plus years, Honda has had a customer base that says, 'I always buy an Accord, and that is all I will ever buy.' But that is no longer true," said Karl Brauer, editor of TotalCarScore.com, a car-rating website.
September 14, 2012 |
The newspaper that introduced the world to the infographic is getting a makeover. Thirty years after the launch of the new national newspaper, USA Today unveiled a new logo, a more colorful look and bulked-up coverage of technology and travel. It also unveiled a digital redesign that gives the news operation a consistent look on its relaunched website and on mobile devices. “We're trying to reinvent news here,” said Larry Kramer, who took over in May as president and publisher of USA Today.
September 12, 2012 |
Apple introduced new headphones for its devices called "EarPods. " They will be included with the new products Apple announced Wednesday, which are the iPhone 5, the fifth generation iPod Touch and the sixth generation iPod Nano. The new headphones are also available separately starting Wednesday. The EarPods are available for $30, according to the company's website, which has been updated to include Apple's new products. Apple said it has worked on redesigning its headphones over the last three years.
September 6, 2012 |
LinkedIn announced it has introduced redesigned business profiles, which are officially known as Company Pages, to make them more helpful to users than they previously were. However, one of the new features looks a lot like that of a LinkedIn competitor's, and that's because the professional social network has added new images to the top of Company Pages that look like the Cover Photos used by Facebook for user profiles and their business pages. "We know a picture is worth a thousand words, so we've provided companies with the ability to easily add an image that best represents their company and brand," LinkedIn said in a press release.
September 6, 2012 |
Female diners are carving out their own space in the restaurant industry, with actress Eva Longoria's women-focused steakhouse SHe as the latest entry. The former star of "Desperate Housewives" is closing her restaurant Beso and nightclub Eve in Las Vegas, and reopening the space as a haven for the ladies, complete with small plates and a catwalk for fashion shows. But men will still be welcome. The restaurant venture is being backed by Tilman Fertitta's Landry's Restaurants Inc., which owns classic steakhouse chain Morton's.