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261MPG Volkswagen, Costs $10 For Full Tank

Volkswagen has just announced its most fuel-efficient car, the XL1, a truly inspirational prototype. The car is powered by an 800CC turbodiesel engine and a small electric motor. The two seater holds 2.5 gallons of gas, so at $4 a gallon, will only cost $10 full a full tank. Since each gallon of gas brings 261 miles of driving, $10 buys you 650 miles on the road. Just to be clear, that’s like driving from San Francisco, California to Mexico on a single tank, for a single $10 bill. Truly impressive.

M-Pad: The Next Gen Tablet

The M-Pad was designed by German developer Volker Hübner and was built to meet the needs for professional designers and developers. The M-pad has a number of features that makes it distinct in its class of tablets. The device features an intuitive multitouch display, with a pressure sensitive stylus. The unit carries multiple “fixed” buttons and boasts a 15.6-inch OLED display. The M-Pad has a surprising nine fixed buttons at one end of the front panel. The purpose of this design is to allow users to control the touchscreen with the right hand while using the left hand for “keyboard input.” What I mean by keyboard input is of course, standard key functions; Alt, Ctrl, Escape, Space, Shift, etc.

Google Invests $5 Million In Solar Technology

It has been reported that Google spent $5 million on a 18.7MW solar power plant near Berlin, Germany. Google partnered up with a private German company called Capital stage and will only have 49% of the stake. The solar plant is 116 acres and is designed to provide clean energy to over 5,000 households in the area. Google has backed renewable energy projects for a number of years but this is the first time they have branched out of the country.