Toyota Prius: car review | Martin Love

Whether for taxi drivers or Hollywood stars, the world’s most famous hybrid always puts in a great performance

Price: £23,295
0-62mph: 10.6 seconds
Top speed: 112mph
CO2: 70g/km
MPG: 94.1

Years ago a reporter arrived at Leonardo DiCaprio‘s home in Los Angeles to interview him. Parked in the drive was a pimped-up BMW X5 and a small Toyota. The reporter presumed the big off-roader must be Leo’s, but when she asked the star about it he burst out laughing and said: “No, the Toyota’s mine. That BMW is my cleaner’s!”

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Canyon Commuter 8.0: bike preview | Martin Love

A radical new design brings multiple benefits to the humdrum city slicker

It seems incredible that the basic ingredients of a bicycle – frame, wheels, saddle and bars – can be almost infinitely reworked to produce dynamic bikes of endless variety. Take a look at this one. It’s the new Commuter 8.0 from Canyon. The German firm, based in Koblenz and set up in 1985, has always championed cutting-edge design. But doing away with the traditional headset to create a ‘cockpit’, in which the handlebars, stem and lights all form a single unit, seems drastic even by its standards. It gives the bike a weird ‘neckless’ look. It looks like its lines were inspired by a hyena. However, it rides brilliantly and handling is ferociously direct. It benefits from a greaseless silicon belt drive, and a low-maintenance gear hub saves you money and hassle in the long term. Internal cabling and seamless welds also help create its clean and simple look. It comes in this ‘espresso’ colour or a cool grey. A powerful dynamo supplies electricity through clever contacts in the dropout points, which means your lights will never dim. It’s bright stuff! (

Price: £1,749
Frame: aluminium
Gears: Shimano Alfine 11 speed
Weight: 11.8kg

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Pope Francis tells ‘drowsy and dull’ children to get off the sofa

Pope tells young people ‘we didn’t come into the world to vegetate … We came to leave a mark’

Pope Francis urged “drowsy and dull kids” to swap their sofas and video games for walking boots on Saturday at an international Catholic youth festival in Poland.

Related: Pope Francis tells the young: don’t ruin your lives looking for thrills

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After a week in the spotlight, Russians stage show of sporting defiance

With state television the main source of news, accusations of email hacking and the doping of athletes are met with incredulity

A T-72 tank roared into the jump at full speed, launching several feet into the air. “Ooooohhhh!” several spectators yelled as it slammed back down so hard its gun barrel nearly hit the ground. A second T-72 followed behind, but suddenly everyone’s attention was directed behind them as strong winds ripped the metal-and-tarpaulin roof off the grandstands. The spectators climbed over the barriers to escape as rain poured down.

This was the tank biathlon, a sport devised by Russia in 2013, ostensibly to allow its own tank forces and those of other countries to test their preparedness and equipment. But it also serves as a patriotic spectacle and a show of military might held with an eye on the west. It’s part of the huge Army Games taking place across Russia and Kazakhstan, which also include competitions among jet fighters, air-defence systems, artillery and paratroopers. More than 3,000 personnel are taking part from Russia and 18 friendly countries, such as Angola, Venezuela, Serbia and several former Soviet republics.

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Apple could never recreate the success of the iPhone. But it doesn’t need to

Tim Cook – and his investors – seem confident that TV programmes, music and software are the path to the future

Apple has been punished by investors in the wake of recent financial results that have posted growth in revenues, iPhone sales and business in China. Shareholders were concerned that the tech group’s growth was not as meteoric as expected, so they sold down the stock.

Related: Apple plans to invest in augmented reality following success of Pokémon Go

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