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Review: Ford crosses over into the mini-SUV segment with tiny EcoSport

Ford EcoSport on the road

Enlarge / The Ford EcoSport out on the highway. (credit: Ford)

The crossover and SUV market, being what it is, has been sliced and diced into discrete chunks. There are the behemoths: true full-size SUVs like the Chevy Suburban. There’s the luxury market, where the relevance of “utility” sometimes falls into question. Then there are the subcompacts, cars like the

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Ford

New to the US market in 2018, Ford’s bite-size crossover sits below the Escape in Ford’s soon-to-be-sedan-less lineup, and it has an attractive sticker price. The base model, the EcoSport S, starts at $19,995 and offers a 1.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injected three-cylinder engine. The model we tested, the SES, begins at $26,880. Engine size is doubled, with a 2.0L four-cylinder direct-injection Ti-VCT engine. That’s paired with a six-speed transmission and all-wheel drive (on the SES only; the other three models are front-wheel drive). Safety-wise, the EcoSport has side air-curtain tech for both the front and back seats, roll stability control, and Ford’s SOS Post-Crash Alert System.

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Netflix comes to Sky Q boxes in November

Earlier this year, Sky announced that it would allow its customers to access Netflix through its set-top boxes. Now the company has revealed that the streaming giant will hit Sky Q boxes in November, and how exactly the whole thing will work.

American Airlines offers free live TV through Dish

You might not be stuck watching a handful of mediocre movies (or your offline copies of streaming shows) the next time you're on a long-haul flight. American Airlines and Dish recently started offering free live TV for domestic US flights aboard 100…

Mirai botnet creators praised for helping FBI, won’t serve prison time

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Enlarge / Fiber optic cables, center, and copper Ethernet cables feed into switches inside a communications room at an office in London, U.K., on Monday, May 21, 2018. (credit: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Over nine months ago, three men pleaded guilty to creating and operating the Mirai and Clickfraud botnets.

However, on Tuesday, after prosecutors announced that the men had provided “extensive” and “exceptional” assistance to federal law enforcement, a federal judge in Alaska sentenced each of them to just five years of probation—no prison time.

The men, Paras Jha, 22, of Fanwood, New Jersey; Josiah White, 21, of Washington, Pennsylvania; and Dalton Norman, 22, of Metairie, Louisiana, will continue to cooperate with the FBI.

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Sony joins the classic-console fray with $99 PlayStation Classic on Dec 3

On the eve of this year’s Tokyo Game Show, Sony took the wraps off what will likely be its biggest hardware launch of 2018: the PlayStation Classic.

This $99.99 system, shrunken roughly 45 percent from the original PS1′s size, will reach international store shelves on December 3. It will include two wired PlayStation 1 controllers (the same size as the originals, only now with USB plugs) and 20 pre-installed games. Five of those games have been confirmed, and it’s a solid starting set, in terms of popularity and acclaim: Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII, Bandai Namco’s Tekken 3 and Ridge Racer Type 4, and Sony’s Jumping Flash and Wild Arms.

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Sony Just Announced The $100 PlayStation Classic Console

If Nintendo can do it, Sony can too: the company just announced the PlayStation Classic, a small retro console that comes bundled with a range of the original console’s best/most popular games (including Final Fantasy VII).

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There’s So Much to Love About This Z06-Swapped Datsun 240Z

I have long lamented that Datsun 240Z prices have skyrocketed so much in recent years. But I remain optimistic because it seems like most owners of those cars are committed to keeping them nice, or at least doing something truly interesting with them. One of those owners is Tyler Powell, who’s done a monster…

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Scottish Police Want to Arm Residential Vigilantes With Their Own Speed Guns

Here’s a scenario: You live in a nice, quiet, residential neighborhood. You let your kids play outside. It’s idyllic. Except for the hoodlums that come speeding through from time to time. There’s only so much the police can do, right? Maybe it’s time to take things into your own hands.

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Now That Porsche’s Retired LMP1 Car Owns The Nürburgring Lap Record, It Needs to Go to Talladega

Perhaps the greatest moment in Porsche lore is when Mark Donohue set a world closed-course record for the fastest average lap speed in history. All that time ago, Donohue managed to run an incredible 221.12 miles per hour in a modified Porsche 917/30, a record that would stand until 1987. Porsche has a retired mega…

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Russian surveillance plane got shot down by Syria—and Russia blames Israel

Four-engine military propellor plane.

Enlarge / An Ilyushin IL-20M intelligence collection aircraft, the type shot down Monday evening by Syrian air defenses. (credit: Kirill Naumenko)

On Monday night, a Russian Air Force Ilyushin IL-20 “Coot-A” electronic intelligence and radar reconnaissance aircraft monitoring the Idlib province of Syria was mistakenly shot down by Syrian air defense forces after an Israeli air strike on facilities in Latakia, Syria. The Russian aircraft went down in the Mediterranean, about 27 kilometers (17 miles) off the Syrian coast near Latakia, with a loss of all 15 crewmembers aboard. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the downing was the result of a “chain of tragic accidental circumstances.” But the Russian Defense Ministry has laid the blame for the downing on the Israelis, saying that they failed to provide enough warning to the Russians to give the IL-20 an opportunity to steer clear of danger.

“The Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air defense forces,” a Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson said. “As a consequence, the Il-20, which has a radar cross-section much larger than the F-16, was shot down by an S-200 system missile.” The Russians also claimed Israel only warned them a minute before the attack.

Russian Army General Sergei Shoigu told Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in a phone call that the fault for the reconnaissance plane’s downing “rests entirely with the Israeli side.”

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