Archive for August, 2010

More power for the Panamera – at a price

New £11,000 Powerkit gives Porsche’s Panamera Turbo a 190mph top speed.

Sport Design Package complete with 20in wheels can be fitted to the Panamera from October

Porsche Panamera Turbo customers can now pay for a higher top speed – and more acceleration – with the newly-launched “Powerkit”.

Costing £11,118, the performance package raises engine output by 40bhp to 533bhp, but you’ll need a good stopwatch to spot the difference. According to the Germany sportscar manufacturer the 0-62mph time will drop by 0.1 seconds compared to the standard Panamera, enabling the car to reach the magic benchmark from rest in 3.9 seconds.

Top speed (unlikely to be reached by anyone while driving in the UK) is increased from 188 mph to 190 mph, while the engine still returns 24.6mpg, the same as that of the 493bhp version. There’s good news for existing Panamera Turbo owners too; the kit can be retro-fitted, from November.
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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen sues Google, Apple, Facebook, eight others over patents

Billionaire Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, has sued 11 major Web-based companies, including Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube and eBay, alleging they infringed internet patents he owns.

AOL, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, and Staples are the other companies accused of violating four patents said cover fundamental web technologies first developed at Interval Research in the 1990s.

The suit has been brought by Interval Licensing, which is controlled by Mr Allen.

It owns the patents of Interval Reserach, a defunct computer science and communications research company founded by Mr Allen and David Liddle in 1992.
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YouTube adds movies on demand

Video service YouTube is adding more than 400 full-length films and starting a new movie category that it ‘hopes will grow in time’

YouTube has added a new section for on-demand movies

More than 400 movies will be available on YouTube for viewers to watch in full for free, the website has announced. Titles on youtube.com/movies will include a range that “brings together a library of film ranging from past mainstream hits to cult classics and beyond, and YouTube hopes the Movies section will grow in time”, the company said.

YouTube has also announced a new partnership with http://www.blinkbox.com, the British online film and TV aggregator. The site will be making 165 films available as part of the new Movies section, with titles including The Addiction, which was nominated for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, Dark Side Of The Sun, starring Brad Pitt and Death Train, starring Pierce Brosnan.

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Honda CR-Z Achieves Top Euro NCAP Overall Safety Rating

The Honda CR-Z has been rated one of Europe‘s safest cars, following on from the success of the Honda Insight, according to the new independent crash testing results from Euro NCAP.

Euro NCAP’s rating scheme focuses on the vehicle’s overall safety performance which gives consumers an easy to understand single score. The system considers occupant protection in frontal, side, pole and rear impacts, child protection, pedestrian protection and the availability of driver aids. The Honda CR-Z has been awarded the maximum 5-star rating.

The new rating scheme, introduced in February 2009, uses a weighted score, combining many aspects of a car’s safety performance: adult (50%), child (20%) and pedestrian (20%) protection assessment results with the availability of safety assistance devices (10%). To qualify for inclusion, safety assistance devices (VSA for Honda) must be fitted as standard across 90% of the EU 27 2010 model range.
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Facebook now ‘worth $33 billion’

Facebook is now worth as much as $33.7 billion, after investors have paid up to $76 for a share in the company ahead of its much-hyped flotation on the stock market, according to a report.

The Financial Times has said that the implied valuation means that Facebook is now has a higher valuation than technology giants such as eBay and Yahoo!, which have capped market values of $30.1 billion and $18.3 billion respectively.

David Gelles, a reporter for The Financial Times wrote: “Common stock in Facebook is trading as high as $76 a share as investors scramble to get a piece of the company before it files for an initial public offering, which analysts say could be the biggest technology IPO since Google’s $1.67bn flotation in 2004.

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New Amazon Kindle sells out

Amazon‘s new eReader has sold out before it has even shipped to the public, according the retailer’s website

Amazon’s Kindle eReader has sold out before it was supposed to ship to the public tomorrow. The £109 device, which can store up to 3,500 books and access the internet via an “experimental” browser, will not now arrive with new customers until the middle of next month.

A statement on Amazon.co.uk said “Due to strong customer demand, Kindle is temporarily sold out. Order now to reserve your place in the queue. Orders are prioritised on a first-come, first-served basis. Orders placed today are expected to dispatch on or before September 17.” The device is also sold out on the company’s US website.

The company haD announced that two new, lighter and smaller versions of the Kindle would ship on August 27, retailing at £109 for a Wi-Fi only version and £149 for a 3G wireless version. The long-awaited launch follows the American launch of the original Kindle in November 2007. The ebook reader has subsequently been the top selling product on Amazon.com for the past two years.

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YouTube launches new mobile site

New YouTube mobile site offers faster browsing, better quality videos and is built on HTML5

Google has launched a new mobile version of its video-sharing site, YouTube. The refreshed site is designed to offer a better video experience across mobile devices, and deliver better quality videos to viewers, faster.

The new site, which is built on the HTML5 standard and accessed through the phone’s web browser, will offer an even better user experience than native mobile applications, claims Google. There are also enhanced social networking features to make it easier to share video links on Twitter, Facebook and Google Buzz.

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