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Maserati Quattroporte: car review | Martin Love

| June 27, 2016 | | 0

Feel the force: Maserati’s Quattroporte – or ‘four door’ Price: £69,560
Top speed: 190mph
0-62mph: 4.7 seconds
CO2: 163g/km
MPG: 45.6
“This is the coolest job in the world,” laughs David Millar. He’s speaking about his role as the newly appointed cycling ambassador for Maserati, which is also the title sponsor of the Tour de Yorkshire, now in its second year. You might think there is little crossover between an expensive Italian sports car and a tough bike race over the moors, but the mutual be..

From Berlin to Barcelona; will Airbnb ruin our most loved cities?

| June 27, 2016 | | 0

Airbnb encourages homeowners to open their doors to visitors. Photograph: Carmen MartA-nez BanAs/Getty Images To use the industry jargon, it is the ultimate “disruptor”. Airbnb, the website that allows homeowners around the world to rent out their spare rooms, has had a seismic impact on the travel market.
Hotel chains are reportedly feeling the squeeze as the US upstart – which has attracted $2bn in funding in less than a decade – eats into their business model by offering travellers the oppor..

Toyota Prius car review – ‘I hurtled like a country driver in this goody-two-shoes of the road’

| June 27, 2016 | | 0

Toyota Prius: ‘It’s packed with safety features.’ It is commonplace to remark that the Toyota Prius surprises pedestrians by sneaking up on them when they, in their bovine 20th-centuriness, are still expecting cars to make a noise. What I didn’t expect was how much it would surprise me while I was actually driving it.
It is so noiseless, and I am so conditioned to associate cars moving with engines revving, that even while my foot was on the accelerator, I was still astonished to find myself hu..

Look, no hands! On the autobahn in Audi’s driverless car

| June 27, 2016 | | 0

Kate Connolly in an Audi driverless car on a German autobahn. Photograph: Audi Giving up the controls was as breathtakingly simple as touching two turquoise coloured buttons below the steering wheel with both thumbs. A melodious bell chimed, a line of LEDs stretching across the dashboard switched from red to yellow to aqua blue, and the steering wheel withdrew slowly and serenely from my sweaty grasp.
But any nervousness I felt stemmed far more from being required to steer a multimillion-euro r..

Zuckerberg and Obama discuss startups, ‘nerd cool’ and Brexit at conference

| June 27, 2016 | | 0

President Barack Obama and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wave after speaking at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Stanford, California Friday. Photograph: Jeff Chiu/AP To hear Barack Obama tell it, if the UK’s vote to leave the European Union represents the fears and disruption that come with globalization, startups represent the promise and growth.
The president on Friday joined a T-shirt-clad Mark Zuckerberg and several young startup founders on stage at Stanford University for a White..

British tech firms eye relocation after Brexit vote

| June 27, 2016 | | 0

Old street roundabout, also known as Silicon Roundabout, the heart of London’s ‘tech city’. Will Brexit spell the end of the good times? Photograph: Justin Kase zsixz / Alamy/Alamy Brexit has left the UK’s technology industry reassessing its position, with major firms putting expansion plans on hold as they consider a move to a continental location.
Britain’s financial technology sector is particularly hard-hit, with the prospect of losing access to European markets an unappealing one. “Fintech..

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