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New cars: what the critics say
Overall – across tarmac and gravel – the
The Sunday Times WRX shows a superb blend of “go-hard
The Impreza WRX sedan is something poise” and daily drive compliance.
you can happily put in your driveway “That’ll do Rex, that’ll do.”
without the neighbours sneering. Unlike
the WRX hatch, the new sedan is “in Open Road
proportion”, with sufficient styling to The latest and greatest Impreza WRX
“draw attention”. The 2.5-litre, flat appeals as much to “yummy mummies
4-cylinder engine is a success, and the and golfing grannies as it does to rally
seats are a compromise between sports fans and gym junkies”. It wins points
Subaru Impreza WRX for performance, safety, refinement,
and comfort – so “tired bodies can plop
in and creak out” with ease. From $39,990 responsive steering, ergonomics and
value. On the downside, it has modest
The Daily Telegraph power, 23Nm of urge and a suspension boot space, it’s a bit thirsty on the road
Subaru have put the bite back into package that brings back dynamic and it does lack some “edginess and
“Rex” with the arrival of the sedan. handling. They have also managed to trim charisma”. Nevertheless, it’s an
Upgrades include an extra 26kW of combined fuel efficiency to 10.4L/100km. “undeniably effective tool”.
SourCe: T3, herAld SuN, AuSTrAliAN fiNANCiAl review
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staying secure online have everything… the Twitter experience
● don’t recycle passwords between sites. www.twitpic.com This site allows you to
if a hacker steals your details from one site, tweet with pictures. log on and upload
then they might be able to access your your picture, add some words and your
savings accounts on another. tweet goes out with a link to your image.
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to be from a bank and asking for login lists tweets about songs. it‘s linked to
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● opening dodgy url links can be like recommended by your favourite twitterers.
releasing a “cyber-poison” into your PC. www.twitqa.com A question-and-answer
links to corrupt websites are one of the forum for the twittersphere. Just log on,
main methods used by viruses, spyware type in a question, press search, and
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● Anti-virus software alone won’t cut it any With the BluAlert vibrating bracelet you appropriate answers.
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mobile phone. Using Bluetooth technology
● Never put personal information online. users who organise around similar
you simply pair the bracelet with your
By uploading things like your date of birth interests such as foodies, or 6wS for
and address to social networking sites, for mobile phone and it will vibrate if you’re writing six-word stories.
example, you’re giving hackers what they ever separated by more than five metres. It
www.nearbytweets.com Tell this site where
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24 July 2009 THE WEEK