Friday, 1 February 2013

Interview: Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda's Two-Way Bet For The Title

Everyone knows that Honda Motor Company have, without a shadow of doubt, been the prime movers behind the return and development of four-stroke engines in the Motorcycle Road Racing World Championship in the past decade. The MotoGP 990 era (2002-2006) saw the Japanese manufacturer achieve their greatest success - running an exotic V5 engine - first in the hands of Valentino Rossi and later in those of Nicky Hayden. The years on the 800's (2007-2011) were finally rewarded with a solitary crown at the very last attempt, thanks to the most successful rider of the 800cc class, Casey Stoner.

However, Honda's efforts to repeat that victory in the class they more or less invented translated into the slower development of the new-for-2012 MotoGP 1000cc prototype, and this time the closest man was the Spaniard, Dani Pedrosa. By the end of 2012 it was clear that Honda had the best 1000cc machine, but even if it was too late to close the gap to Yamaha and Jorge Lorenzo, Pedrosa got one more victory than Lorenzo and got extremely close to the world title.

With Stoner now caught between fishing and racing V8 cars, Honda will make another strong bet on the 2013 title race, lining up Dani Pedrosa plus 2012 Moto2 World Champion Marc Márquez. had this correspondent in Madrid, attending the Repsol Honda Team official presentation last Friday, and had the chance to speak with both riders after the show. I thought I would never see some hallucinatory images in my life, such as seeing Shuhei Nakamoto walking and smoking on Méndez Álvaro Street, a very depressed area in the south east of Madrid for last two decades, now in a renovation process thanks to some big companies choosing the place to built their new aluminium/glassed headquarters. Designed around three colossal buildings, the surrounding garden seems to be inspired in the film "2001, a Space Odyssey", even more so with the signals and 'racetrack-look' small roads placed for the occasion.

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Could Google Fiber Competition Cause ISPs To Cut Rates and Increase Bandwidth?

Google Fiber is, in a word, awesome. In addition to bringing unprecedented Internet speeds to a few lucky areas in Kansas City (at an attractive price point no less), the presence of the service has apparently been attracting startups to the area and has people calling it the “Silicon Prairie”. Google is also on the record as saying...


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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Backpacker-photographer shows China through unfiltered lens

TORONTO (Reuters) - Tom Carter found himself homeless, jobless, with little money and 6,000 miles (9,656 km) from home after answering a job posting on Craigslist that turned out to be a scam.


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Nexus 4 charging orb listed online for $60, but it's out of stock

Nexus 4 charging orb

We're not sure if this is a placeholder or if the information is accurate, but retailer Pure Mobile has the Nexus 4 charging orb in their online catalog. Currently listed as "out of stock", the OEM built charger is listed for $59.99, with free shipping. If you follow the link below and go to the source, you'll find you can hover over the thumbnail for an expanded view, and it certainly looks to be the real deal -- Nexus logo and all.

We're not sure if this is a sign that we'll soon be seeing the charging orb for sale as we saw with the Nexus 7 dock, and it's a little more pricey than we had hoped (although far less than the last time we saw the charger listed online), but we're certainly keen on getting one. I've reached out to Pure Mobile and will update everyone when they reply.

Source: Pure Mobile


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Ticketmaster Trashcans Annoying Captcha Verification System

Have you ever found yourself caught in a Captcha loop? It's where you do your best to decipher strings of text that sometimes look like a bunch of hieroglyphics, only to get it wrong over and over again until finally, you punch in the correct characters and are granted to access to a site you're now too frustrated to visit. Even more annoying...


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Clippers push Minnesota Timberwolves away

Blake Griffin leads Clippers with 26 points in L.A.'s 14th road win of the season.

Blake Griffin leads Clippers with 26 points in L.A.'s 14th road win of the season.


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Another Blow for Zynga as Chief Game Designer Leaves Company

Boy, the hits just keep on coming for social game maker Zynga. In the last few months alone, the company has been sued by Electronic Arts, fumbled in its efforts to transition to mobile, broke up with Facebook, killed off 11 of its games, and has been bleeding talent like crazy. All of that is in addition to a weak financial performance. Now,...


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