The Advocates: California Dreaming

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com August 04 2009 11:00 PM ET

Ferrari set out to create an everyday touring car that is as enjoyable on your daily commute or during a weekend drive as it is on the racing track. And after racing the new 2009 California the 120 miles between San Diego and Los Angeles, we can report that the company succeeded on every count. From the car's aluminum construction to its mid-front-mounted V-8 engine and dual clutch to its retractable hardtop, just about every aspect of the $193,000 vehicle represents new technology. The improved navigation system and digital display, Ferrari's first pass-through trunk, heat-resistant leather, and complete customization also make the California a pleasure to drive.

Speed Trapster

You don't need to drive a Ferrari to get a kick out of one of the hottest new mobile-phone apps. Trapster is a free application that sort of serves as a substitute radar detector. Users tag locations on a map where they have seen speed traps, building a continually updated database. Of course, the jig is up if nobody participates, so we're counting on a few more users before we hit the road for another test drive. Trapster.com

Shaved Nice

The cost and ecological impact of razor blades has us checking out electric razors these days. Though we miss the classic style of the Dieter Rams-designed Braun shavers, we found Braun's new 760cc ($239) to excel in just about every way. Technical improvements allow the head to follow the contours of your face and the blades to cut closer then ever. Bonus: The stand doesn't just charge the shaver, it also cleans and lubricates it so you don't have to. Braun.com