Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Volvo 90 Series – Volvo S90 and XC90 Recharge T8 eAWD Inscription

by Jonathan Spira

We were as excited as a group of auto writer can be when we welcomed the first of the Volvo 90 Series vehicles – a 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD R-Design – into our short-term press fleet in the spring of 2016.  That was followed – in the winter of 2017 – with the arrival of a 2017 model year Volvo S90 T6 sedan and a trip to drive the …

With $80 Billion, Amtrak Wants to Be a Better Alternative to Flying and Driving

by Kurt Stolz

Amtrak, which is receiving $80 billion as part of President Joseph Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure package, released a 14-year plan detailing how it plans to modernize rail service in the United States, and it’s clear that the railroad wants travelers to consider it when planning short flights as well as long drives.
The plan calls for dozens of new routes as well as for the modernization of existing routes, many of …

The World Needs to Continue to Don Masks Until Science Says Otherwise, Says Fauci

by Anna Breuer

Even though 40% of Americans have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, it’s imperative that people continue to don face masks for the time being, until we learn more about whether inoculated individuals can transmit the coronavirus, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical advisor.
“It is likely that if you are vaccinated, that you are not going to spread infection, if you get infected without any …

Review: ‘Blindness’ at the Daryl Roth Theatre – A Sound-and-Light Piece for the Pandemic Age

by Jonathan Spira

It was an odd thing, preparing for my first foray into a theater yet I was now entering one with (gasp!) other theatergoers.  Indeed, the Daryl Roth Theatre, which is presenting an audio adaptation of the novel “Blindness” with no live actors, has  made the experience pandemic-proof. Instead of actors on stage, the audience listens, via sanitized binaural headphones, to a story narrated by the British actress and Olivier winner …

Voltswagen is Dead. ‘Long Live Volkswagen’ Says Automaker After April Fool’s Stunt Fails

by Kurt Stolz

In a move reminiscent of when the International House of Pancakes said it was changing its name to IHOb, the International House of Burgers, a PR stunt that brought that brand great attention, Volkswagen of America said Monday it would change its name henceforth to Voltswagen.
The move, the automaker said, was to call attention to its new lineup of electric vehicles.
While VW intended this to be an April Fool’s Day …

Apple is 45 Years Old Today

by Anna Breuer

Apple, known until 2007 as Apple Computer, was founded 45 years ago today on April 1, 1976.
The company had three cofounders, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, although Wayne sold his 10% share back to the company just 12 days after the company opened its doors.  Apple Computer, Inc. was incorporated in January 1977, to develop and sell Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer.
With a production line in Jobs’ garage, …

Study Urges Large Companies to Continue the Work-at-Home Culture into the Post-Pandemic Age

by Paul Riegler

ASSHOLMEN, SWEDEN, April 1 — On the opening day of its annual meeting, this year held as a hybrid-online event due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the American Service Society of Corporate Ambulatory Managers, or ASSCAM, announced the findings of a research report that revealed that the stay-at-home culture associated with the pandemic is working so well in lowering corporate travel costs that it should be instituted permanently.
Last year’s event …