Honda took a crazy electric CR-Z to Pikes Peak — and won

The normal CR-Z, a small hybrid coupe, is an unassuming car by almost any definition. (It’s fallen a little flat in that regard, considering it’s a spiritual successor to both the CR-X and the groundbreaking first-generation Insight.) But then, out of nowhere, Honda goes and swaps out the drivetrain for a high-strung all-electric situation with all-wheel drive and steering. Now you’re talking.

The jacked-up CR-Z that Honda threw together competed at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb last weekend, placing first in the Exhibition class with a time of 10:23.829. (For comparison, the fastest time for the entire event was turned in by drifting star Rhys Millen, who won in an all-electric prototype — another Pikes Peak first — with a time of…

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Gmail’s latest update will add wallpapers and emoji

Dozens of apps are bringing innovation to email, including Google’s Inbox. Meanwhile, Gmail is getting more… wallpapers. Google announced today that Gmail’s latest update will add hundreds of themes and give users new ways to customize them with blur, vignettes, and custom text. The update will also expand Gmail’s weird emoji library, and should roll out in the next couple of days. All we can say is, there better be a taco emoji.

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Listen to everything Zane Lowe said during the first hour of Beats 1

IS THERE AN ARTIST OUT THERE THAT MORE PERFECTLY EMBODIES THE FREEWHEELING NATURE OF CREATIVITY THAN BECK?

This question, followed by an endless list of cities and countries, and the sound of Zane Lowe’s voice yelling the words ALWAYS ON during the quiet parts of songs, is really everything you need to know about the first hour of Apple’s new Beats 1 radio station. Shoutout to Wisconsin. Kentucky, Manchester, Ottawa, BROOKLYN. Shoutout to New Zealand. The finance people, the lawyers, the BOSSES. This is BREAKING. Let’s make this human. Let’s make this REAL.

This is the 18 minutes of Pure Zane we have condensed for you from the first hour of Beats 1. Always on. Worldwide.

Be careful with stimulants.

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Watch Kendrick Lamar’s bold, cinematic video for ‚Alright‘

Kendrick Lamar’s magnum opus To Pimp a Butterfly didn’t have many obvious single candidates, but the smooth, soulful Pharrell production „Alright“ was one of them. It now has an ambitious music video to match that candidacy, one directed by Colin Tilley and The Little Homies. (Tilley is a veteran music video director, one who has done fine work for Nicki Minaj and Kelly Rowland.) It’s consistent with the righteous anger and fear that defined its parent album.

There’s no shortage of striking imagery throughout „Alright“: graphic police brutality, the Los Angeles skyline cast in soft, smoggy light, and Kendrick floating through the city’s streets with fire in his eyes. There’s a piece of new music, too, which you can hear from 2:03…

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