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Honeywell’s Bluetooth air purifier gets pollen alerts from your smartphone

Your air conditioner may already be connected to the web, but what about that lowly air purifier gallantly battling dust in the corner? If a completely connected home is on the docket, prep your 270 bucks and get ready for an upgrade. Honeywell’s…
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Tesla Model S gets not-quite-official makeover as a convertible

Let’s say you love everything about the Tesla Model S except its static roof. Well, Newport Convertible Engineering wants to help fix that. The aftermarket company has announced that it’s received an order for 100 of its new droptop conversions from…
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Raspberry Pi gets Commodore 64 makeover

If you’re feeling nostalgic for your long-retired Commodore 64 and you’ve a spare Raspberry Pi laying around, the Commodore Pi is right up your alley: an emulated Commodore 64 operating … Continue reading

Jay Leno gets behind the curtain on the design of the Toyota FT-1 concept

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Jay Leno with the Toyota FT-1

Hinting at the future of Toyota performance vehicles, the FT-1 concept was one of the stars of the Detroit Auto Show this year. It even nabbed fourth place in our Editors’ Choice list. While he’s a few months behind the car’s official reveal, Jay Leno managed to get the only existing concept of the sports coupe wheeled into his garage to take a closer look, and he’s pretty impressed.

Leno speaks with Alex Shen and William Chergosky, the exterior and interior chief designers of the FT-1 respectively, to get a better idea of the inspirations behind the concept. Jay heaps high praise on it for mixing Italian and Japanese design and says he likes the look even more than the Lexus LFA. The coupe isn’t a product of either country, though. It was penned at Toyota’s CALTY Design Research center in Newport Beach, CA.

The designers go into the entire history of the FT-1, and Shen even admits that Toyota design lacks an emotional factor at the moment. It’s a fascinating interview behind some of the little touches you might miss at first glance. Unfortunately, the model doesn’t have the green light for production yet and may never get made. In any case, scroll down to watch Leno swoon over the coupe.

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Matthew Stafford gets engaged to Kelly Hall (and check out the huge ring)

The old rule of thumb is that a man should spend about three months salary on an engagement ring. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford signed a three-year, $ 53 million extension last year, work out the annual average and it comes to about $ 4.4 million for a ring.

Stafford probably didn’t hit that mark on the ring he gave to his longtime girlfriend Kelly Hall when they recently got engaged, but it sure seems like he came pretty close.

Judging by a few photos on Instagram, one by Kelly’s brother and NFL receiver Chad Hall (which is at the top of the post) and another from Kelly Hall herself, she might need an assistant to help her carry around her left hand from now on. (H/T to TMZ for pointing out the massive rock.)


Well done, Matthew.

Of course, Kelly Hall is pretty well known. Hall was a cheerleader at Georgia, where Stafford played quarterback, and she has a lot of fans on the Internet. She has more than 15,000 Twitter followers.

All the best to the happy couple. Given the long extension and the engagement, Stafford is on a heck of a run. Lions fans hope Stafford’s next trick is getting a big freaking ring of his own.

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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Insurance boss gets insight from books

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(CNN) –  Prudential CEO Tidjane Thiam opens up about his reading habits and preference for tablets.

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Kim Dotcom gets into politics with launch of an ‘Internet Party’ in New Zealand

While he’s still considered to be a dangerous internet pirate by the world’s law enforcement agencies, Kim Dotcom is using his notoriety to branch off into politics. With the emphatic tagline “this is going to be awesome,” the giant German today…
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Skitch for Android gets new, finger-friendly toolbars to make mobile annotation easier

Are you a digital doodler? Odds are, then, that you’re familiar with Skitch, an annotation app from the folks at Evernote that lets users mark up PDFs, screenshots and pictures on phones and tablets. Today, the Android version of Skitch got a bit…
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Ravens receiver Steve Smith gets pulled over during radio show, and it’s hilarious

The newest Raven hasn’t taken long to make his presence felt. Steve Smith has joined the team after being released by the Carolina Panthers, and he has been humble, deferential and excited about the possibilities of this next phase of his career.

He also has shown he’s a pretty interesting and entertaining guy, despite the reputation he carries with some about being an uncontrollable hot head. That’s just nowhere near the whole picture of Smith.

Joining Dan LeBatard’s ESPN Radio show, Smith is in the midst of answering a question about players he doesn’t like in the NFL — dang it! — he is pulled over by the cops. It’s about 1:24 into the video. Pretty funny transcript, if you ask me:

Smith: “Oh … see, you guys got me in trouble. I’m getting pulled over by the police.”

Le Batard: “Right now? While we are talking to you?”

Smith: “Yep.”

Le Batard: “Were you speeding?”

Smith: “No, I’m not speeding. I guess I’m on my cellphone. … How about I keep you on hold while I go through the procedure?”

Le Batard: “And you’ll tell us about it when you come back?”

Smith: “Yep.”

Co-host Bomani Jones suggests at this point that it’s possible that Smith was pulled over for something other than a cell phone. “Sounds like a man his height, driving a car that nice, they don’t believe it’s his,” Jones says. After about three minutes, Smith is back at around the 4:30 mark. Turns out, Jones was right about this much: The cell phone was not the reason why Smith was pulled over. 

Dan Le Batard: “You must have gotten out of the ticket if you’re back that fast, right?”

Smith: “Hey, when you don’t have any warrants or prior arrests, you know, it goes a long way with being a good citizen.”

Co-host Jon “Stugotz” Weiner: “Did you drop the Steve Smith card at all?”

Smith: “No I didn’t. My ID does that.”

They all belly laugh.

Weiner: “Does your ID say ‘NFL wide receiver’? Is the cop a football fan?”

Smith: “No, my ID is cleared as no priors, so I was good.”

Dan Le Batard: “What did you get in trouble for? Being on the cellphone?”

Smith: “Nah, you know. Uhh, hey, a brother driving a nice car … you know, sometimes they got to make sure … it all matches up.”

Jones couldn’t help later on Twitter but to be amazed at what Smith has become in the NFL, despite two prior fights with teammates that easily could have derailed his career.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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Android Wear details stack up: Pocket app gets round

Pocket, the handy app that allows users to store something interesting for viewing later on, is preparing for the upcoming Android Wear-powered wearables future. Today on its website, the company … Continue reading