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On the less serious side of auto news, here’s a vid of a Ford Mustang Cobra Jet doing a wheelie before crashing into the wall at a Maryland drag meet.

Considering this car has a 690-hp engine that costs $93,000, well, that’s a costly drag run.

Furthermore, there were only 50 of the purpose-built, limited-edition drag racers made by Ford this year. So the crash is even more crushing, if you will.

We’re afraid no security system could’ve saved this driver from a meeting with the wall.

Think this one is kind of a “meh” story? Well, it’s already gotten over 800,000 hits on YouTube!

A video captured from inside the Cobra Jet shows the driver jerking the wheel while still in the air — a mistake that increased the chances the vehicle would drift in the wrong direction when it came back down to the ground.

Read the full story from Yahoo here or check out the full video of the $93,000 Cobra Jet crash below:

Hey Viper fans, we hope you didn’t miss out on the Viper SmartStart shout-out from “They Call Me Baba Booey” with Gary Dell’Abate (via his web show on the Nerdist).

This was one of the best product demos for the Viper SmartStart that we’ve seen in awhile.

For those of you who DID miss out on Baba Booey’s review, here’s a little synopsis to help get you caught up.

Dell’Abate first emphasizes how cold New York can get in the winter and how he leaves for work at the Howard Stern show in Manhattan at 4:30 am. He says the numbers are often in the single digits when he leaves his house during the winter months.

Baba Booey asks his viewers to “imagine” what it would be like to start their car from their house on “a brutally cold day” and have it all heated up and defrosted by the time they got in the car.

Even better, Gary says that drivers can start their car from their smartphone — Viper already makes a mobile app that does just that and they’ve “improved it dramatically.”

Baba Booey does a great job running down the app’s features.

A snapshot:

SmartSchedule: “Enter in your schedule and have your car ping you at certain temperatures to tell you to warm it up.”

Auxiliary Channel Buttons: “Lets users interact remotely with any part of their car: Roll down your windows, blast the radio — anything you can imagine!”

Teen-Tracking Features of the SmartStart GPS: “My son is a teenage driver. I have an alert set that will text me every time he goes over 70 mph. If I wanted to, I could set a zone called a SmartFence so that I’m alerted every time he [my son] leaves the zone.”

“You can also set an alert that lets the user know if the vehicle has reached a certain destination. Why? In the words of the creator who demonstrated this at CES, ‘So you can get an alert if your daughter goes to see her dirtbag boyfriend you told her not to go see anymore.” [Make sure to check out that full speech from CES 2012.]

Getting a little Orwellian, aren’t we? Oh well, the age of spying on your kids and making them miserable is here!

Dell’Abate names more of his favorite features (just a snapshot, watch the full video for all of them):

SmartPark: “Notes a vehicle’s location every time you press the door lock button.”

Viper Motor Club: “Locked out? Dead battery? Need a tow? It’s a lot like AAA, but Viper Motor Club is included with all SmartStart Secure plans.”

He ends by saying: “I love when a company takes something I’ve used for years and vastly improves it, and Viper has done just that.”

Thanks Baba Booey for your shout-out and kind words, we’re proud to have you plugged in and living the Viper SmartStart lifestyle!

(Keep warm this winter, it’s supposed to be a doozy!)

Check out Baba Booey’s Nerdist clip here — or check it out below (keep in mind, the link below will jump to the latest show, to see his Viper SmartStart plug just jump back to episode 3. Because of that little annoyance, it could be best to click here and jump to the Baba Booey tab on the Nerdist’s YouTube channel.):

Everyone is still talking iPhone 5 but frankly we’re more excited about the new iPad Mini.

We can see car audio shops already getting ready to devise a way to integrate it into the dash. One analyst says that the Mini will have a superior design to the regular iPad with a still-healthy 7.85-inch screen — and even “feel better” in consumers’ hands.

It’s possible that the device will be available for sale sooner than we thought — think weeks, not months.

(Gasp … omg!!!!)

When the new iPad Mini product eventually launches, it could be a sales beast. On Oct. 7, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has placed more than 10 million iPad Mini orders for Q4 of this year.

“Apple did not skimp on the aesthetics of the much-anticipated iPad Mini,” Brian White, an analyst at Topeka Capital Markets, recently said in a research note obtained by All Things Digital. “In fact, we believe the iPad Mini could outshine the new iPad in terms of how the device feels in a consumer’s hands.”

For full coverage on the hype around the iPad Mini roll-out, read more from CNET below:

iPad Mini Design to Top Apple’s Earlier Tablets, Analyst Says

Check out a leaked HD video of an iPad Mini below here:

This is not exactly the most scientific test we’ve ever seen, but it still seems likely that the new iPhone 5 is a little more robust than Samsung’s Galaxy S III.

Even after a swim in the pool, the former functioned more or less as it should while the latter seemed to have drowned. Consumers probably care more about features and technical functionality but some may see this as an additional selling point — or a reason to stay away.

The Galaxy quickly went kaput after both smartphones were dunked underwater while playing Psy’s “Gangnam Style” music video. The water apparently only causes the iPhone screen lock up at first — but it keeps playing the tunes.

In a final exhibition, the testers drop rock-hard household items like canned goods and TV remotes onto both smartphone models. The iPhone seems to emerge from the abuse unscathed, while a smack from a glass bottle puts the GS3 down for the count again.

Yeeeeeeeaaaaah …. not the most scientific survey.

Let us know what you think in the comments, and read more coverage from Mashable here.

Watch the full video of the crazy smartphone torture test below here:

Photo courtesy of Boosted Boards.

You might see this electric vehicle in the X Games someday.

Well, you already see its manual version in the annual competition — the skateboard!

The folks at Boosted Boards have created what they’re calling “the lightest electric vehicle that’s ever been made.” It’s a longboard that’s designed to carry you the “last mile” of your commute. The prototype probably weighs less than your dumbbell and even climbs steep hills.

But don’t try any tricks; you might break the expensive motor.

“The last mile of transportation is this huge problem that hasn’t been solved yet,” the small company’s co-founder Sanjay Dastoor says in a YouTube video that promos the contraption (check it out below). “Once you get off of a public transit system, whether it’s a bus or a train or anything else, how do you get along that last mile to your destination? What Boosted Boards does is gives you a really portable vehicle that you can use in conjunction with public transit.”

The tiny board’s throttle and braking are all controlled by a small hand-held remote that users wear on their thumb — and the vehicle’s brakes are “regenerative,” meaning they charge the battery a little bit every time you stop.

Don’t hang up your walking shoes just yet! Right now, the company is still just working on prototypes, which weigh something in the area of 12-15 pounds.

Check out full coverage on the little electric longboard that could from GrindTV.com here.

And check out the hot YouTube promo video below: