Exclusive first look: Hennessey’s Venom F5

Image result for Exclusive first look: Hennessey Venom F5Internet, you may want to take a seat. As Top Gear can exclusively reveal the first official drawing and mission statement of John Hennessey’s Venom F5, Texas’ V8 twin-turbo hyper-thing that’s got its sights set firmly on Bugatti’s 1,479bhp Chiron.

Like the F5’s predecessor – the Venom GT – the Venom F5 has one overarching goal: going fast. Really bloody fast. How fast? Well, given it’s named after the fastest and most powerful wind on earth – the F5 tornado – a gust capable of anything between 261 mph and 318 mph, it looks like the new F5 is set to have some big numbers on its speedo.

“I think something in the 290mph range will be possible,” boss John Hennessey told TG in an exclusive interview. Normally a claim so big from a manufacturer so small should be taken with a pretty hefty helping of scepticism. But don’t forget Hennessey has form. Could this be the first 300mph production car?

Unlike the Venom GT that was panned by naysayers as a mutated, boosted Lotus Exige, the F5 will have its own unique chassis, design and aerodynamic package formed around a carbon fibre tub housing a big ol’ American V8 with two big ol’ turbos attached for lots and lots of power. We were told last year that this could be in excess of 1,400bhp – all going through a single-clutch paddle-shift transmission (a dual-clutch ‘box was rejected on grounds of weight and durability), or, if you’re brave, the same six-speed manual from the old Venom. Yee-haw.

The F5 will continue Hennessey’s raison d’être of maximum power and minimal weight (nearly 500kg less than a Chiron) in a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive package. Something John cunningly calls ‘Minimal Maximus’. That’s Texan Latin, for you.

As you can see from the rough silhouette sketches, the F5 has a low, mean outline designed purely to pierce the air as efficiently as possible. That gaping air vent in the bonnet will aid cooling but also channel air up and over the car to a spoiler suspended from two hydraulic struts that has potential to double up as an air brake a la Chiron and Ford GT. Handy when travelling at potentially twice the speed of a commercial airliner at takeoff. Apparently, this new design also gifts a roomier and comfier cabin than the previous-gen Venom.

But before you spool up your thoughts and call poppycock on the claims, don’t forget Hennessey has been Bugatti’s dirty dancing partner for years. As you’ll likely be aware, Hennessey’s first hypercar, the 1,244bhp Venom, hit 270.49mph on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center runway: faster than the Veyron Super Sport’s 269.86mph recorded vmax (the Bugatti’s official 267.86mph figure, if you’re wondering, was the average of its upwind and downwind runs at Ehra-Lessien).

That run wasn’t enough to pinch the official Guinness top speed crown from Bugatti – the Venom’s run was only made in one direction, not both ways as required – but still emphatically proved the point. The Venom wasn’t slow. And is yet to be beaten by the as yet untested top speed of the Chiron.

To make the F5 happen, a new division has been set up – Hennessey Special Vehicles – that will design, build, develop and sell the F5 from Hennessey HQ in Sealy, Texas. However, we’ll see what the F5 looks like with the lights on later this year. Let the high-speed games begin!

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AdSense Unveils a New Look for Mobile Text Ads

Google has given AdSense mobile text ads a sleek new look. In a recent article on the official Inside AdSense blog , the search engine giant has unveiled the new format that “allows for higher performance with a more beautiful and user-friendly appearance.”

The redesigned version has been rolled out on mobile devices, so you should be able to take a look at it right now.

Changes to Ad Appearance

Compared to the previous look, the headline and body copy appear bigger now. Google has also changed the font that makes the ads look more visually appealing than before.

Another key highlight is the text ads now feature elements such as a shaded background and a centered button, which according to Google “bring together the parts of the ad into a cohesive whole.” In the blog post, Clyde Li, AdSense Software Engineer explains that “the look and feel is inspired by material design, like richer text ads” that were launched earlier in 2015.

Looking at the comments left by users on the blog post, it would seem the response to the changes is largely positive.

Facebook Catching On

Google’s latest move to give a new look to text ads on mobile seems largely influenced by Facebook’s growing interest and popularity in this space.

Facebook has been eyeing mobile ads for some time and trying to catch up to Google. Last year, the social networking company reported mobile ads represent 59 percent of its overall ad revenues. For Google, on the other hand, the ride is turning out to be quite bumpy. Even though Google’s ad business grew 16.5 percent in the same quarter, it was less than what was expected.

To stay on top of its game, Google is taking some important steps. In October, the company announced its AMP project to accelerate mobile page loading times. The following month, Google revealed the fast loading mobile pages with ads will be coming in 2016.

The AMP initiative will reduce mobile data usage and curb ad-blockers that have impacted the company’s ad revenue.

The message is pretty clear: Google doesn’t want to lose its share of the mobile advertising pie. Updating the look of mobile ads is probably one of the many changes it has in store. It will be interesting to see what the next move is.

Image: Google

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AdSense Unveils a New Look for Mobile Text Ads

Google has given AdSense mobile text ads a sleek new look. In a recent article on the official Inside AdSense blog , the search engine giant has unveiled the new format that “allows for higher performance with a more beautiful and user-friendly appearance.”

The redesigned version has been rolled out on mobile devices, so you should be able to take a look at it right now.

Changes to Ad Appearance

Compared to the previous look, the headline and body copy appear bigger now. Google has also changed the font that makes the ads look more visually appealing than before.

Another key highlight is the text ads now feature elements such as a shaded background and a centered button, which according to Google “bring together the parts of the ad into a cohesive whole.” In the blog post, Clyde Li, AdSense Software Engineer explains that “the look and feel is inspired by material design, like richer text ads” that were launched earlier in 2015.

Looking at the comments left by users on the blog post, it would seem the response to the changes is largely positive.

Facebook Catching On

Google’s latest move to give a new look to text ads on mobile seems largely influenced by Facebook’s growing interest and popularity in this space.

Facebook has been eyeing mobile ads for some time and trying to catch up to Google. Last year, the social networking company reported mobile ads represent 59 percent of its overall ad revenues. For Google, on the other hand, the ride is turning out to be quite bumpy. Even though Google’s ad business grew 16.5 percent in the same quarter, it was less than what was expected.

To stay on top of its game, Google is taking some important steps. In October, the company announced its AMP project to accelerate mobile page loading times. The following month, Google revealed the fast loading mobile pages with ads will be coming in 2016.

The AMP initiative will reduce mobile data usage and curb ad-blockers that have impacted the company’s ad revenue.

The message is pretty clear: Google doesn’t want to lose its share of the mobile advertising pie. Updating the look of mobile ads is probably one of the many changes it has in store. It will be interesting to see what the next move is.

Image: Google

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Six new gadgets to look forward to in 2017

With the year wrapping up, there’s renewed hope in new technology.

With the year wrapping up, there’s renewed hope in new technology.
Office, home or on the go modern life is a constant buzz. And it’s here that new gadgets and gizmos help save time make life simpler. With the year wrapping up, there’s renewed hope in new technology. We give you a sneak-peek into six gadgets that are likely to hit the mart in 2017.

Samsung foldable smartphone:
Samsung has been reportedly working on the foldable phone for years. Reportedly, the Korean giant is brainstorming over two kinds of foldable phones, including a dual screen one with a flat screen on both sides. One of them is slated to hit the market mid next year. The smartphone is rumoured to have two flat displays on each side, with a hinge between the two displays that will allow the smartphone to have a foldable design. And once the device is folded, the displays will be inside and will be no longer visible.

The leaked pictures of Samsung foldable smartphone. (Image source: YouTube)

iPhone 8:
Well, an Apple product and no rumours? Unlikely! The buzz is strong that the new iPhone 8 is going to be a major refresh, with the Home button, which will allow an edge-to-edge glass display, getting booted out! Apple also intends to include a new kind of technology that will allow the screen to act as a fingerprint sensor. Rumours are also rife about Apple intending to use a flexible OLED display rather that the LCD panels, that will eventually make the device lighter and also offer more vivid colours and contrasts. With the iPhone’s 10th birthday bash coming up, Apple might also include long-range wireless charging.

The leaked picture of iPhone 8. (Image source: Twitter)

iPad Pro:
Staying with Apple, there is a buzz about the new iPad Pro as well. The upcoming iPad Pro will be seen in three different sizes – 12.9 inch, 7.9 inch and 10.9 inch – with some design changes, too. The tablet’s bezels may be tweaked too to make more room for the display and the new tablet is expected to come with 32GB RAM native storage, housing the brand’s yet-to-be introduced chipset A10X.

Google Smartwatch:
Google is expected to launch its smartwatches next year. The two Android Wear smart watches have been codenamed Anglefish and Swordfish. Anglefish is the high-end variant of the two and will be larger and thicker than the latter. It will have a distinct crown button on the left with a small shoulder button on the top and will be equipped with cellular connectivity, which will support both GPS and LTE. Meanwhile, the Swordfish will have a single button protruding to the left and will be compatible with the Android Wear Mode watch bands and will not support cellular connectivity.

The leaked picture of Android Wear smart watches. (Image source: YouTube)

Nintendo Switch:
Next year looks good for gamers! The iconic video game company will release its new gaming console, the Nintendo Switch. This will feature a multi-touch screen and will support up to 10 touch points. It will also feature a 6.2 inches display screen with 720p resolution.

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