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Voyage to Alfa. A childhood story

     

I had landed at Charles De Gaul Airport in Paris, France and wounded up spending two nights in this beautiful city.  I will visit Gilbert Joseph's bookstore where I have a catalog of media being sold, enjoy fine dining and will eventually voyage onto Barcelona in Spain.

While in Barcelona, I will visit the NBA store along with a variety of record shops and in the midst of all…

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Added by Toyz Nation on November 20, 2018 at 2:56pm — 14 Comments

DC to Hong Kong to Seoul in search of the future of Industrialization. First stop Hyundai

      

It was not my first trip to South Korea.  I had already made my maiden voyage in 2017 and landed in Incheon before visiting both Seoul and Samcheok.  During my initial journey, I was fascinated with how modern Seoul was and South Korea, in general.  Seoul is a metropolis of around 10 million people with every modern accouterments you would expect in any metropolis in the world.  It is gorgeous, in the nighttime especially, exceptionally…

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Added by Toyz Nation on October 9, 2018 at 2:39pm — 18 Comments

Tahmell The Prince

The weight of following in the footsteps of a legendary father can be overwhelming for many talented children, but Tahmell is built for this and the…

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Added by Toyz Nation on April 11, 2018 at 11:00pm — 10 Comments

Owners Illustrated Magazine & Toyz Electronics, LLC Collaborate to Bring VR, Coding & STEM Outreach to the Washington Auto Show

Wole Idowu & the Betterville Mavens. A group of Washington DC & PG County Students He mentors and teaches coding



Wole teaching the Betterville Mavens…

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Added by Toyz Nation on December 22, 2017 at 11:00am — 8 Comments

Thomas Moorehead. Luxury Dealership Owner and Philanthropist with over 30 Years of Sterling Service in the Auto Industry

 

With a history that spans more than 30 years in the automotive industry, Thomas Moorehead is a national treasure and a pioneer.  Becoming the first African American to own a Rolls-Royce dealership is no small feat, but in his usual understated manner, that is not the only dealership he owns.  In Sterling, Virginia, Mr. Moorehead is also the owner of BMW, MINI,…

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Added by Toyz Nation on November 26, 2017 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

POWERING THE CONNECTED MOBILITY FUTURE. An Exclusive Interview With Parkmobile CEO Jon Ziglar

An Exclusive Interview With Parkmobile CEO Jon Ziglar



Since the dawn of invention of the internal combustion engine and the patent for the precursor to the modern automobile by Karl Benz, we have not witnessed as much transformation and change in the world of automobiles and in a greater sense, mobility.  The advent of semiconductors and mobile operating…

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Added by Toyz Nation on August 14, 2017 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Toyz Electronics Joins Event Against Violence Startup helps merge technology and urban culture for youth event

Toyz Electronics, LLC will be giving back to the community by participating in the Music Over Violence Experience and Survivors of Violence Conference in Cleveland,…
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Added by Toyz Nation on May 9, 2017 at 2:07pm — 3 Comments

BRANDEN COTE THE WORLD OF AMG

AMG has grown from performance and cosmetic upgrades to existing Mercedes-Benz models to an actual division with its own unique product portfolio and as usual, performance models of existing Mercedes-Benz vehicles. With AMG you get handcrafted…

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Added by Toyz Nation on March 20, 2016 at 6:54pm — 11 Comments

ROD MCLAUGHLIN BUILDING THE WORLDS MOST ACCESSIBLE SPORTSCAR

Mazda, since its departure from the Ford umbrella, has forged a new direction based on a core fundamental driving experience, SKYACTIV, and new design language, KODO, and an ability to create vehicles that are distinct in their segments. To stand…

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Added by Toyz Nation on March 20, 2016 at 6:38pm — 12 Comments

MORAY CALLUM DESIGNING THE BLUE OVAL OF THE FUTURE

As Ford has divested all of their luxury brands, save for Lincoln, and shuttered the Mercury brand, the focus of the design team can be concentrated on their core products. In addition to slimming down the design portfolio, a change of…

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Added by Toyz Nation on March 20, 2016 at 6:32pm — 6 Comments

MERCEDES-AMG GT S COUPE TEST DRIVE

The all-new Mercedes-AMG GT S coupe has become the new standard bearer for the AMG brand as the venerable SLS has been recently retired. The GT S coupe slots better with the new direction of AMG as it is less expensive than the SLS which I have driven and has a smaller engine which has found its way into other models in different configurations. As an entirely new…

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Added by Toyz Nation on March 20, 2016 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

KARIM HABIB Sculpting the future of BMW with a UNIQUE and ICONIC APPROACH

The past generation of vehicles by BMW were designed under the stewardship of the legendary Chris Bangle. His signature rear-end treatment received both praise and scorn, yet sales triumphed. Chris is no longer with BMW and the Chief of Design duties…

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Added by Toyz Nation on March 20, 2016 at 6:25pm — 3 Comments

JULIUS MARCHWICKI CONNECTING FORD TO THE WORLD THRU SYNC

Mobility will have dramatically changed by the year 2020. With the advent of carsharing, electrification, smartphone integration, and autonomous technology, cars have essentially become robots and by 2020 they will be able to drive themselves.…

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Added by Toyz Nation on March 20, 2016 at 6:20pm — 5 Comments

BILL GIESE TURNING A REVOLUTION IN VIRTUAL MOTOSPORTS

The convergence of gaming and the automotive industry has been a long time coming. As the graphics details in video games become more realistic and as hardware advances to points where it can handle the heavy computational duty required to simulate…

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Added by Toyz Nation on March 20, 2016 at 6:16pm — 6 Comments

Mercedes Benz S550 4Matic Review

 

 

When you create the very first automobile and subsequently define the benchmark for luxury flagships the release of a new edition is a global event weighed with anticipation and massive expectations.  With the new S class Mercedes did not disappoint and in the process introduced a slew of new technologies that not only set precedence also…

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Added by Toyz Nation on February 11, 2015 at 1:21pm — 5 Comments

Must Have Headphones

Plantronics BackBeat PRO Bluetooth Headphones

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Added by Toyz Nation on January 3, 2015 at 5:29pm — 3 Comments

Toyz Tower Multi-Media Production and Gaming PC

Toyz Tower Multi-Media Production and Gaming PC

I have been involved in the multi-media business for over 20 years. Prior to editing and publishing magazines, we published music and in fact, we still publish and produce videos from time to time, so the needs of multi-media entrepreneurs are quite familiar to us. In addition, many of the people who work with us are…

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Added by Toyz Nation on January 3, 2015 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

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Audi hopes its off-road hybrid will win the 2022 Dakar Rally

The Volkswagen group's desire to crush records with electrified cars now extends to one of the world's toughest off-road challenges. Autoblogreports that Audi has started testing the RS Q E-Tron, a from-scratch hybrid off-roader it hopes will score overall victory in the 2022 Dakar Rally. If so, it would be the first electrified vehicle to win the gruelling competition.

 The RS Q E-Tron relies on an electric drivetrain with two modified Formula E motors, one at each axle. As you won't find a charging station in the middle of the desert, however, Audi uses a race-ready TFSI engine as part of an energy converter that charges the battery while driving and braking. This isn't a zero-emissions car, then, but it stays in a relatively efficient power band (between 4,500RPM and 6,000RPM) that should reduce the racer's environmental impact.

The machine should be highly adaptable, too. Unlike many EVs, the front and rear axles aren't mechanically connected — software handles torque distribution instead. That not only allows for an easily reconfigurable center differential, but saves the bulk that would normally be used for a conventional differential and propshaft.

Audi plans to enter the machine into multiple cross-country rallies in 2021 before participating in the Dakar Rally in January.

If Audi is successful, the RS Q E-Tron will make a stronger case for eco-friendly endurance racing. While not a pure EV, it will handle extremely long stages (up to 500 miles) with a significantly reduced emissions footprint. It also won't surprise you to hear that Audi wants more than just bragging rights. It expects lessons learned from the car to reach production cars. We wouldn't count on something with a similar drivetrain when the VW group is transitioning to EVs, but it's easy to imagine electric SUVs and crossovers that are better-suited to off-roading.

Hitting the Books: Digital youth activism can help save America from itself

Social media routinely proves itself a cesspool of racist, bigoted and toxic opinions — and that's just coming from the adults. But for the younger generations that have never lived in an unconnected world, these seemingly unnavigable platforms have proven to be a uniquely potent tool for organizing and empowering themselves to change the real world around them. In Digital for Good, author Richard Culatta walks parents through many of the common pitfalls their kids may face when venturing into the internet wilds and how to best help them navigate these potential problems.

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Reprinted by permission of Harvard Business Review Press. Excerpted from Digital For Good: Raising Kids to Thrive in an Online World by Richard Culatta. Copyright 2021 Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation. All rights reserved.


Young Voices Matter

The first step for creating engaged digital citizens is making sure we’re teaching young people that their contributions and opinions matter. I think deep down we all believe this and want it to be true. But there are many elements of our society that are set up to communicate the opposite message. Much of school is designed in a way that tells our kids that they are to apply the skills they are learning some day in their hypothetical future, not now. They are taught to learn math because they will need it to get into college. They are taught to write because it will be an important skill when they get a job. In history, the people they learn about are always adults, not kids. They have little choice or control over the learning experience itself; they are handed a schedule, given assignments (that they didn’t have any input in designing), and told to complete by a date that they didn’t choose. The message that young voices don’t matter is reinforced by the fact that they can’t vote until they are eighteen. One of the most important tenets of democracy is the idea that everyone has a voice. We teach that to our children, yet we offer very few ways to actually use that voice before they’re no longer kids. Fortunately, the digital world gives a wide set of tools that can help change that narrative. These tools allow youth to have a voice and learn how to make a meaningful impact on their community, family, and in some cases, the world as a whole—right now, not decades down the road. 

Just Some Students from Florida

In February 2018, Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, was in the news worldwide when nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz entered the school with a semiautomatic rifle, killing seventeen people and injuring seventeen others. This horrific event became one of the deadliest school shootings in US history. Yet there was a unique ending to this tragic story that set it apart for another reason. In other school shootings, traditional news media and political leaders quickly shape the national conversation around the event. A narrative emerges around what actually happened, with speculation about the causes, who is to blame, and the political responses to justify action (or lack thereof). But in the case of Parkland, it was the students who shaped the national conversation. Frustrated about viewpoints and conclusions from adults that they did not share or agree with, they used their access to social media to reset and redirect the conversation into what has now become one of the most powerful examples of youth engagement ever seen. Within a week of the shooting, the students had appeared on nearly every major news program and had raised more than $3 million in donations to support their cause. Emma Gonzáles, one of the most recognizable faces of the movement, has over 1.5 million Twitter followers—about twice as many as the National Rifle Association. 

Not long after the shooting, I met Diane Wolk-Rogers, a history teacher at Stoneman High School. As she explained, nobody could have prepared these students for the horror they faced on that day. But they had been prepared to know how to use technology to make their voices heard. Wolk-Rogers says, “They are armed with incredible communication skills and a sense of citizenship that I find so inspiring.” So when it was time to act, they knew the tools of the trade. 

Engaged digital citizens know how to use technology to identify and propose solutions and promote action around causes that are important to them and their communities. Micro-activism is a term used to describe small-scale efforts that, when combined, can bring about significant change. While young people might not be able to vote or run for office, they have a whole range of micro-activism opportunities—all made possible by their participation in the digital world. For youth who have access to social media, micro-activism can be as simple as using their digital platforms to call awareness to issues that matter to them—eradicating racism, protecting our planet, or funding their school, and so on. Most states have a function on their website to submit ideas or feedback directly to the office of the governor. Through sites like Change.org anyone, regardless of age, can submit suggestions to political leaders or private sector entities. You can also add your name in support of other petitions that are gaining momentum. There are many compelling stories of youth who have used Change.org to call attention to issues that matter to them. Examples include a ten-year-old who used the platform to convince Jamba Juice to switch from Styrofoam cups to a more environmentally friendly alternative. Or a seventh grader who used Change.org to successfully petition the Motion Picture Association to change the rating on a movie about school bullying so students in her junior high would be allowed to see it.

Not all acts of micro-activism will immediately result in a desired change. But regardless of the outcome, learning how to impact community issues using digital tools is an important skill to develop in and of itself. The ability to motivate others to act for good in a virtual space will be a significant (if not the significant) determining factor in the effectiveness of future civic leaders. Young people need to practice using tech to make a difference now, if they are going to be prepared to lead our society when they grow up. 

Apple Watch Series 6 Product Red drops to $265 at Amazon

Now might be a good time to buy the Apple Watch Series 6 — at least, if you're fond of red. Amazon is selling the 40mm Product Red edition of the Apple smartwatch for just $265 at checkout, well below the official $399 price. That's lower than the price we saw in April, and makes it more affordable than a brand-new Apple Watch SE. Unless you find a huge sale for the SE, this is clearly the better buy.

Buy Apple Watch Series 6 at Amazon - $265

The Series 6 is ultimately a subtle evolution of the Series 5, but that's not a bad thing. The always-on display is still very helpful, and on Series 6 is brighter to help you see it during outdoor expeditions. It's slightly faster, lasts slightly longer on battery and charges quickly. We'd add that the Apple Watch remains the go-to wristwear for iPhone users between the tight integration, deep app ecosystem and wide range of bands and accessories.

Timing is the main concern at this point. It's no secret that the Series 6 is nearly a year old, and Series 7 is likely just a couple of months away. If money isn't your main concern, it might be worth waiting for the updated hardware. With that said, the Series 7 likely won't see discounts like this for a long while — the Series 6 is still a good value if you either can't afford to wait or just want a full-featured Apple Watch at the lowest possible price.

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