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Illustration: Sean McCabe; top: Fiat; mIddle: ChrIstine Balderas/iStockphoto; bottom: BugattI Automobiles S.A.S.

Illustration of Bugatti automobile set on a trophy.IllustratIon: Sean McCabe; Top: Fiat; Middle: Christine Balderas/iStockphoto; Bottom: Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

Big-circulation magazines do some things well, but serious coverage of technology generally isn’t one of them. First there are the biz mags, for which technology coverage usually means accounts of financial developments at companies that happen to offer tech-related products or services, as opposed to, say, plumbing fixtures or hockey pucks. Then there are the popular science and technology magazines, which offer a monthly feast of gizmos, vehicles, and pipe dreams. One of them takes UFOs seriously; another put the Bugatti Veyron supercar on its cover recently to pitch its annual roundup of innovation.

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