Technology has come a long way in the last eight years. Catch your older Ford up in just one step with the FordPass SmartLink. Developed in collaboration with Aptiv and Verizon Connect, this small device attaches to the OBD II port of your 2010-17 model year Ford, giving it connected features via a Verizon LTE connection and doubling as a Wifi hotspot. Once connected, it lets you do things like lock/unlock your vehicle and start your engine from your phone, get vehicle health and security alerts, and track your vehicle's location. All the stuff you'd expect on a new car, compatible with your old(er) ride. Available directly from Ford dealers later this year.
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1962 MONACO GRAND PRIX
The Monaco Grand Prix is one-third of the Triple Crown of motorsport, along with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500. The glamour and pageantry of the race are unparalleled and the drivers who have won it are legendary. This footage from the 1962 Monaco GP is from one of the best eras of F1 when safety was an afterthought and the mid-engine layout had come into full supremacy. Taking from the German film Flying Clipper, it shows what the Golden Age of racing was like.
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THE HISTORY OF THE ORCHESTRA HIT
In 1910, Russian composer Igor Stravinsky invented what would become known as the orchestra hit. Fast-forward to 1979, and Peter Vogel and partner Kim Ryrie would introduce the Fairlight CMI to the music world — and launch the orchestra hit into the pop music lexicon. The Fairlight was a synth with a built-in sampler, allowing musicians to record a sample and play it back at any pitch. The sampler would go on to become a mainstay of pop, from Peter Gabriel to Michael Jackson to Bruno Mars.
BIG RED BEARD COMBS
They aren't literally red, although they are pretty big. But most of all, Big Red Beard Combs are made to last from high-quality materials. The bodies of both their fine and wide tooth combs are crafted from stainless steel, while the optional scales are made from rosewood, and the No. 88 models even include a bottle opener. Also suitable for use on your actual hair.
TIME SINCE LAUNCH CLOCK
It's not a clock in the traditional sense, as it doesn't tell the current time. Instead, the Time Since Launch Clock marks the passage of time since an event of your choosing. Pull the pin and it begins counting up, showing the days, hours, minutes, and seconds on a pair of LCDs, stored safely inside a handsome borosilicate glass tube with galvanized aluminum endcaps. Use it to mark the birth of a child, a personal achievement, or any other momentous event and know that you'll be reminded every time you look at it — or at least until the 40-year battery runs out.