Brand Loyalty Is for Suckers

Every year, when a new tech product is announced, the world divides into two kinds of people: people who line up to buy the New Shiny Thing, and people who rant about how New Shiny Thing sucks. Both of those groups of people are chumps. Loyalty to a brand—whether it’s love or hatred—is a poison that makes you stupid. »10/01/15 11:53amThursday 11:53am

Working Retail Taught Me Everything I Need to Know About People

People say that “everyone should work retail or service at least once in their lives.” I couldn’t agree more. Like many people, some of my first jobs were retail service gigs. One in a department store, another in a bookstore. I’ve long since moved on, but I learned a lot about the nature of people—and how that battle… »8/26/15 1:06pm8/26/15 1:06pm

How to Unlock a Treasure Trove of Useful Data from Your Car

This is 2014. Isn't it time your car was as smart as your phone? Actually, it is. Your vehicle generates a ton of data and most of us don't realize it. With the right hardware and apps, you can use that data to save gas, find where you parked, and even diagnose those pesky check engine lights. »4/15/14 1:24pm4/15/14 1:24pm

The Awesome DSLR Features You (Probably) Never Knew Existed

When compared to point-and-shoot cameras, DSLRs come with the promise of superior image quality and increased shooting flexibility. It’s much more than that, though: many upgrade and completely miss major benefits of using a high-end camera. If you’ve got a DSLR, make sure you know about these features before you… »7/22/13 12:00pm7/22/13 12:00pm

How to Bring Your Car into the 21st Century with a Few DIY Upgrades

Whether you bought a new car yesterday or you’re riding along in a decades-old junker, your vehicle of choice may not have all the modern capabilities you desire. A few key upgrades can fix that, providing you with everything from a killer Bluetooth audio system to a smoother, more enjoyable ride. »5/06/13 11:30am5/06/13 11:30am

Why Are Japanese School Buses So Much Better Than Our School Buses?

Remember going to school as a little kid? Specifically, think about that moment in the morning, waiting outside in the cold, barely awake and wondering if you actually did your math homework or just dreamed you did. Now picture seeing the school bus come lumbering down the street to collect you. What's the feeling in… »2/04/13 4:00pm2/04/13 4:00pm

Information In America Moves 33,480,000 Times Faster Than It Did 200 Years Ago

Occasionally, after a day immersed in reading about cars, writing about cars, driving in cars, sobbing in cars so no one can see my shame, and generally having my brain defined by cars, I'll have to step back and remind myself just why we even have cars at all. To get our asses and our information from one point to… »1/11/13 1:20pm1/11/13 1:20pm

Stolen Ferraris, Lambo Owners, And A Plan To Steal The Shuttle: Jalopnik's Best Features Of 2012

People are more interesting than cars. It's a basic premise that guides a lot of our coverage and differentiates us from other publications. A Shelby GT40 is a beautiful piece of machinery, but it's so much better if you know who Carroll Shelby and Dan Gurney are. A Lamborghini is a way for some to show off, but it's… »12/31/12 9:00am12/31/12 9:00am

Why You Still Haven't Seen The Greatest Modern Car Documentary

In 2004, production began on what was supposed to be the greatest modern car documentary. 32 Hours 7 Minutes was intended to tell the stories of the record breakers of the US Express cross-country races of the 1980s while adding a modern element: Alex Roy's world record drive across the USA in a BMW M5. The US Express… »12/21/12 2:00pm12/21/12 2:00pm