Tuesday, 9 December 2014

This Clever Device Makes Your Bike Safer And Smarter

Texting and driving might be bad, but have you ever tried riding a bike through traffic, whilst trying to read Google Maps and texting your girlfriend? You'll probably end up with a wing mirror in the kidneys, if you're lucky. Thankfully, Kickstarter is On The Case. 

The COBI system wants to be a one-stop shop for everything bolted to your handlebars. To that end, it's offering two main features: illumination, and integration with your smartphone. The lights are pretty good on their own: a bright LED front light, and a rear light that indicates when you're braking and turning. But the smartphone integration is what could make this more than just an overpriced set of lights. 

When you're riding, the waterproof mount for your phone (allegedly iOS and Android compatible — presumably it's device-specific) and the app let you monitor weather, gives directions and music controls, all while charging your handset from the included 6000mAh battery. When you detach the phone and move out of Bluetooth range, the same mount uses an internal accelerometer to act like a car alarm — basically, making a lot of noise if anyone tries to move it. You can also add on accessories like a thumb controller, which communicate over Bluetooth. 

All in, it's a well thought-out package that could add impressive levels of functionality, especially for anyone navigating a bike around an unfamiliar part of town at night. It's probably a little overkill for weight-weenie road bikers, but provided the COBI can make it past the usual Kickstarter pitfalls (promising the world, delivering a product made out of aluminium foil and pipe dreams), it could make life that little bit easier for commuters. $159 for the basic package, or $205 for the all-singing-all-dancing version

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Kawasaki Z250 launched at INR 2.99 lakhs

Bajaj today launched the Kawasaki Z250 and the ER-6n in India. The Z250 marks a new chapter for the Japanese manufacturer, as it is the most affordable product in the lineup priced at INR 2.99 lakhs, ex-Showroom, New Delhi.

The Z250 borrows its styling from the larger and more expensive Z800. Based on a tube diamond steel frame, the motorcycle measures 2,010 mm in length, 750 mm in width and 1,020 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 1,400 mm and a ground clearance of 145 mm. The Z250 weighs 168 kg and has a 17-liter fuel tank.

The street-fighter is assembled with a 37 mm telescopic fork at the front and a Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock and 5-way adjustable preload at the rear. Even more impressive are the dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs at the front and the 220 mm single petal disc at the rear.

However, the highlight of the Z250 is its liquid-cooled, four-stroke, parallel-twin, 249 cc 8v DOHC engine. This fuel-injected unit is paired to a 6-speed transmission, and sends out 32 PS (31.54 hp) at 11,000 rpm and 21 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm.

Kawasaki says that the engine is fitted with a sleeveless, plated, die-cast aluminium cylinder and lightweight coated pistons to ensure reliability.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Long hairstyle

Not only does long hair allow you to generate great looks such as half up half down hairstyles and elegant updos, it's also the just right way to glass case luscious waves and cascading curls! You can also style your tresses in a braided updo. For a braided updo, divide your hair in two sections and braid. Once you have finished making the braids, coil them into a bun at the nape of the neck. This series features long hairstyles on round facial shapes. The key to good, long hairstyles on round facial shapes is to create a low-fat effect as well as possible softening features.
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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Toyota turns to BMW to power European rebound against VW

STOCKHOLM (Bloomberg) -- Toyota Motor Corp., which was overtaken by Volkswagen Group in global vehicle sales last year, is striking back on the German automaker's home turf.

Toyota is rolling out the Yaris hybrid, Europe's first hybrid subcompact, and the image-boosting GT 86 sports coupe this year in a bid to claw back market share in the region after sales plunged 41 percent since 2007.
 
Toyota will further bolster its European business by outfitting its vehicles with diesel engines from BMW from 2014.

"It's unacceptable for Toyota to be at this volume level in Europe," Didier Leroy, Toyota's European chief, said in an interview. By cutting management layers to streamline decision-making over the past two years, "we made ourselves much leaner, much more agile. We strongly went for the fighting spirit in everything we do."

That shakeup is likely to pay off this year, with Toyota predicting its first profit in Europe in five years. Market share in the European Union is set to rise to 6.6 percent from 5.7 percent last year, while the VW brand slips to 18.2 percent from 18.5 percent, according to data from IHS Automotive.

By making gains in Europe, Toyota aims to halt VW's march to become the world's biggest automaker, overtaking General Motors Co.

Toyota lost the top spot last year when disruptions caused by the earthquake in Japan and the lingering effects of global recalls in 2009 and 2010 caused the automaker to drop to third as VW leapfrogged Toyota to become number two.

Hybrid Yaris

"The real issue for Toyota is winning back customers," said Jonathon Poskitt, head of European sales forecasting at LMC Automotive in Oxford, England. "Toyota really needs to refocus on the requirements of what are sophisticated European customers that already have a great choice in new vehicles."

The hybrid version of the Yaris, which competes with VW's Polo, is part of the campaign. Toyota's hybrid lineup in Europe currently comprises the UK-built Auris compact hatchback and the Japan-built Prius.

Production on the gasoline-electric Yaris started at Toyota's factory in Valenciennes in northern France earlier this week after an investment of 25 million euros ($33 million).

The hybrid variant of Toyota's European best-seller has a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor that gives it fuel economy of 3.5 liters per 100km (81 UK mpg; 67 U.S. mpg) and CO2 emissions of 79 grams per kilometer.

On the other end of the scale is the GT 86, which accelerates to 100 km (62 miles) per hour in as little as 8.2 seconds and sports a low-slung grill and dual exhaust pipes. The aggressive design is meant to challenge VW's Scirocco and the Peugeot RCZ and pep up Toyota's image.

Impressing the neighbors

The brand's current models "haven't seemed to capture the customer's imagination," said Ian Fletcher, an analyst at IHS Automotive in London. The GT86 "might be a car that brings people back into the showroom."

Still, with hybrids lacking widespread acceptance in Europe and Toyota targeting a modest 15,000 GT86 deliveries in the region, the Japanese carmaker will need to do more to reach its goal of selling over one million cars in Europe, Russia, Turkey and Israel, 20 percent more than its 2012 target of 835,000.

Facing tough competition and lacking in-demand technology, Toyota's performance in Europe has declined faster than elsewhere. In 2007, when Toyota's sales reached a record of 9.37 million vehicles, deliveries in Europe accounted for 13 percent of the total. Last year, Europe accounted for 10 percent of Toyota's 7.95 million auto sales globally.

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"Toyota's strengths are in hybrid cars, and this has led to strong sales in the United States and markets that are sensitive to increases in gasoline prices," Satoru Takada, a Tokyo-based analyst at Toward the Infinite World Inc.

"Europe is already dominated by the German carmakers, because diesel cars are popular. Eastern Europe is one area where Toyota may be successful, but every company is targeting those markets, so competition there will be tough for Toyota too."

A lift in Europe could come when BMW starts delivering diesel engines to Toyota in two years. Diesel, which is taxed less than gasoline in many European countries, fueled nearly half of the new cars sold in Germany last year.

BMW agreed to supply Toyota with diesel engines in Europe as part of a cooperation pact on research into next-generation batteries.

'A bit boring'

Toyota's thrust in Europe comes as VW makes a push in the U.S., where the Japanese company outsold VW five-to-one in 2011. Volkswagen last year opened a $1 billion factory in Tennessee to build as many as 150,000 Passat sedans a year.

Toyota's improved finances in Europe are in stark contrast to some rivals. Ford Motor Co. predicted a loss of as much as $600 million in Europe in 2012. GM lost $747 million in Europe last year and is considering further cost cuts. Even with the improvements, gaining and holding onto customers in VW's home region will remain a challenge.


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Friday, 11 September 2009

Reese Witherspoon

Full Name: Reese Witherspoon [Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon]
Nationality: American

Profession: Actress
Why Famous: Rose to fame with the breakout role as Elle Woods in the box-office hit "Legally Blonde". She received worldwide praise and an Academy Award for her role in "Walk the Line".

Born: 22nd March, 1976 (39 years old)
Star Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Married Life
1999-06-05 - Actress Reese Witherspoon (23) weds actor Ryan Phillippe (24) at the Old Wide Awake Plantation along the Sono River in Charleston, South Carolina
2007-10-05 - Actress Reese Witherspoon (30) divorces actor Ryan Phillippe (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 7 years of marriage
2011-03-26 - Oscar winning actress Reese Witherspoon (36) weds talent agent Jim Toth (34) at Libbey Ranch in Ojai, California

Historical Events in the Life of Reese Witherspoon
2006-03-05 - 78th Academy Awards - "Crash", Philip Seymour Hoffman & Reese Witherspoon win
2008-01-08 - 34th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Katherine Heigl win (TV)
2009-01-07 - 35th People's Choice Awards: Will Smith & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Hugh Laurie & Christina Applegate win (TV)