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Meet Yatri Project Zero – Nepal’s first electric bike

first_imgThe world of electric mobility is getting bigger by the day and the latest addition to this ever-growing industry comes in the form of the Yatri Project Zero; Nepal’s first electric bike. Yes, it’s an advanced electric motorcycle hailing from Nepal. Talk about awesomeness.Concerned about the environment, Yatri decided that be a company that supports the future of urban mobility without contributing the more pollution into the world. Hence, the Yatri Project Zero came to life and according to reliable sources, we might be able to see it go up for sale as soon as March 2020.Its main design inspiration called the ‘Philosophy of Elegance’ offers one hell of clean looking café racer that’s very modern but not too modern like some concept bikes introduced over the years. This bike is targeted not only to those who are concerned for the environment but also for those who have a finer taste in life.Its 30kW electric motor offers a healthy 40hp but what’s more impressive is the fact that the Project Zero can travel up to 230km with a single full charge. How long does it take to charge it up to 100%? Only two hours. If you plug it into a standard wall outlet during your one-hour lunch break, that’s 100km added to the range.Perhaps its most impressive feature is its seven-inch full-HD display that offers every single important information to the rider from vital telemetry data to navigation with a tap of the screen. Connected to the Yatri Hub first-in-class ecosystem, riders are provided with real-time data to make sure that they’re always connected.Pre-orders are now open for those who are interested but there’s still no news on the availability as well as pricing. What we do know is that Yatri from Nepal is doing something very cool with a bike that has a huge potential to succeed.Segway electric superbike coming soon?–Ads–last_img read more

James Franklin, Rob Bironas among Top 10 sports stories of 2014

first_imgInteractive graphic 2014 Tennessean Sports Stories of the YearCoaching changes. Championships. Tragedy.2014 offered a variety of emotional highs and lows for Midstate sports fans. Narrowing the list to a Top 10 wasn’t easy. Your list is probably different from mine. Here’s one guy’s list, ranked by impact on the Midstate sports scene.James Franklin’s departure: After leading Vanderbilt to three consecutive bowl games, Franklin departed Nashville for Penn State. His absence had a major impact on the Commodores’ football program as it fell into the SEC’s East Division basement. Under first-year coach Derek Mason, the Commodores struggled to a 3-9 season, including 0-8 in the SEC, where it was outscored 273-102. The team started four different quarterbacks and never found an offensive consistency. When the season ended, the Commodores fired offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell and defensive coordinator David Kotulski.Titans tumble: Under first-year coach Ken Whisenhunt, the Titans conclude the worst season in the team’s 16 years in Music City. The 2-14 Titans just completed a season in which numerous starters missed games because of injuries. Quarterback Jake Locker sustained a series of injuries and isn’t expected to return in 2015, and backup quarterback Zach Mettenberger also was injured. While Whisenhunt is expected to return for a second season, this team will have a lot of new faces when it returns to the field in September.Commodores win NCAA title: You could argue that the Commodores’ College Baseball World Series title merits the No. 1 spot. Coach Tim Corbin’s team beat Virginia to claim the first national men’s team title in school history on June 24. Can the Commodores repeat? Baseball America has already tabbed them No. 1 in its preseason poll.Predators change coaches: Barry Trotz was the only coach during the NHL franchise’s first 15 seasons. However, after the Predators didn’t make the playoffs two consecutive years, Trotz’s contract was not renewed. New coach Peter Laviolette, coupled with several free-agent signings and the emergence of rookie forward Filip Forsberg, has pushed the Predators to their best start in franchise history. Barring a collapse, this team will be in the playoffs in April.Bironas’ death: No single sports story got more page views on Tennessean.com this year than the death of former Titans kicker Rob Bironas. He died on Sept. 20 when he lost control of the SUV he was driving at a high rate of speed on Battery Lane. A toxicology report showed that he had a blood alcohol level of 0.218 percent, over the legal limit of 0.08.First Tennessee Park: The Nashville Sounds are expected to open the city’s new $37 million ballpark on April 17. After playing at Greer Stadium for 37 years, the team moves to North Nashville. The team also begins a new affiliate agreement with the Oakland A’s as it ended its 10-year partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers. Ironically, the Sounds’ first opponent in the new stadium is the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the new Triple-A affiliate of the Brewers.Locals help Vols return to bowl game: When Tennessee returns to a bowl game for the first time since 2010, there will be 14 players with ties to Midstate high schools. One of coach Butch Jones’ priorities is recruiting the state’s top players to play for the Vols. It’s paid off as many of those 14 will play against Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Friday.Successful NCAA Women’s Final Four: Connecticut beat Notre Dame, 79-58, on April 8 at Bridgestone Arena to capture its ninth national championship. The game was the climax of four days of celebrating the Midstate’s history of women’s basketball. In November, we learned the NCAA turned down a bid to return the Women’s Final Four to Music City in 2018.All-Star Game coming: The NHL announced Oct. 16 that Music City will be the site of the 2016 NHL All-Star Celebration Weekend. It’s more than just an all-star game. The world’s best players will compete in a skills competition on Saturday; the game will be played Sunday. There will be a fan festival at Music City Center throughout the weekend. Although the dates have not yet been announced, it’s a good bet the event will be held Jan. 28-31, 2016.Back-to-back trips to Williamsport: Chris Mercado’s South Nashville Little League team advanced to the Little League World Series for the second straight year. The 2014 team fell to Philadelphia and Rhode Island. Could the local team return for a third straight year?Bironas death: No single sports story got more page views on Tennessean.com this year than the death of former Titans kicker Rob Bironas. He died on Sept. 20 when he lost control of the SUV he was driving at a high rate of speed on Battery Lane. A toxicology report showed that he had a blood alcohol level of 0.218 percent, over the legal limit of 0.08.Bironas death: No single sports story got more page views on Tennessean.com this year than the death of former Titans kicker Rob Bironas. He died on Sept. 20 when he lost control of the SUV he was driving at a high rate of speed on Battery Lane. A toxicology report showed that he had a blood alcohol level of 0.218 percent, over the legal limit of 0.08.last_img read more

Solar powered computer to connect rural communities

first_img30 July 2014 Cape Town-based company Capsule Technologies has produced Africa’s first low-wattage, solar-powered desktop computer, the Impi Mk1. The hardy computer, built to withstand hot and dusty conditions, uses less power then an energy-saving lightbulb. It runs on the Android system and uses open source software to make it more accessible. With its 500GB hard drive and 4GB of Ram, the design features a standalone Computer Processing Unit (CPU) that allows the user to recycle e-waste by using secondhand hard-drives, keyboard and monitor. Franck Martinaux and Megan Vercuil, the team behind the computer’s design, told SAinfo this week that they wanted to develop a machine that used fewer resources, conserved energy and addressed the lack of infrastructure in Africa’s remote rural areas. “We wanted to offer the same chance to prosper for any African … rich or poor, in urban or rural areas, and to create the awareness of alternative means to get the same result, especially for people in those under-serviced communities where access to technology, services and information seems to be out of reach,” Vercuil said. It took Martinaux, a hardware and software designer and Vercuil, an IT and education consultant, a year to develop the computer, which runs off a mere 20 watts, as compared to the 200 to 400 watts used by an ordinary computer. “We identified a problem around the high electricity consumption of standard desktop computers and wanted to reduce the carbon footprint,” Vercuil said. “Ordinary computers can emit almost 220Kg of CO2 per annum. By using more efficient systems as found in the African computer range (such as the Impi Mk1) of PCs, this level of CO2 could be reduced by almost 70%, down to a mere 70Kg per annum. “But you can still do everything with 20W. Absolutely the same things as a standard laptop or a tablet,” she said. “IMPI Mk1 uses specialised systems, based on low-power computer processing units such as the Intel Atom 2550 dual core processor 1.86Ghz. These CPUs develop much less heat during operation, often less that 25% of the heat developed by a regular desktop CPU system.” Using it with solar power, Vercuil said, a typical application would be a school, a mobile ICT facility (container), or even an internet cafe where up to 20 machines could be powered and the cost of the solar panel optimised. “The computer comes with both an ethernet card and wireless card, and has built-in wireless mesh networking, which provides a community network between computers and does not need to be linked up through an internet service provider or cellphone subscription. This translates into a saving on infrastructure and monthly costs. “In addition, it uses Linux and Android and open source software like King Office or Libre Office, which has word-processing [capabilities] and spreadsheets. You can also access dictionary and wikipedia offline content,” she said. “We are developing the software layer to enhance Android to a top-level desktop environment which includes an ethernet network, printer drivers and CD burner software. This computer is as easy to use as a mobile phone is.” Vercuil said the computer was well-received during its prototype phase when it was tested by schoolchildren in Gugulethu and Khayelitsha, who enjoyed the game apps and the word processing apps in particular. She said they planned to do a more focused roll-out to gather evidence about the machine’s usability, performance and areas for improvement. “This is a work in progress since we became shortlisted for the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme to represent South Africa. “We are in talks with the Western Cape government to try and identify ways in which they may use, it such as MOD [mass participation, opportunity and access, development and growth] centres.” The company ran a Thundafund crowd funding campaign, raising R20 000 for research and development for the computer. The Impi MK1 is also an official project of the World Design Capital 2014, Vercuil said, which gave them “a great starting point for networking”. The computer is available from the company for R3  399, and Vercuil says they are currently talking to distributors. “Currently there are no products on the market that match our affordable price, and our expertise is specific. Computers are being sourced from overseas. “Our dream is to grow local expertise, and we are committed to use local people, whom we have committed to teach because currently services like firmware development for any kind of device are outsourced to India, and grow our economy at the same time by producing locally and create jobs.”last_img read more

How to Make Time for Innovation: Kindling’s Idea Recommendation Engine

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Getting employees to actually submit ideas into innovation management software may be an issue for some enterprises. But for others, idea overload is the real issue. Kindling, a SaaS innovation management vendor, learned that executives at two of its major corporate clients stopped using Kindling because they were overloaded with ideas. Kindling is trying to change that by introducing a new feature: an idea recommendation engine. klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Although innovation management has been around for years, pioneered by companies like Imaginatik, interest has accelerated recently. We recently identified three key trends in idea management, but the are continues to, well, innovate.Kindling’s recommendation engine starts off with a short questionnaire aimed at determining users’ interests – it’s similar to the ones presented when you start using Netflix or Hunch. Users can opt to answer only a few questions or continue to answer many questions. Users can display the reason a particular idea was suggested and downgrade certain selection criteria to improve Kindling’s recommendations. Although the recommendation engine’s utility remains unproven, Kindling product manager Tim Meaney is optimistic that this transparency and feedback mechanism will help make it very smart very quick.Other new features include a redesigned backend and support for user groups.Existing features for organizing ideas include the ability to list ideas by popularity, votes, number of comments, the “Ideas I’m Watching” section that allows users to follow the comments and activity on particular ideas, and a highly configurable e-mail notification system.Kindling can act as a stand alone solution or integrate with Microsoft‘s Outlook and SharePoint. Users can export ideas to Excel, or use the application’s API to export ideas in a variety of ways. “We don’t feel entitled to your data,” Meaney says, “If you decide to leave Kindling at any time, you can bring your data with you – we won’t keep any of it.”Kindling was spun out of the New York City based consulting firm Arc90. The product was released in 2009 (see our coverage) and has landed several big-name clients like The Motley Fool, Symantec and Medtronics.center_img Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news#Products 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Gen Y Demands Greater Work Flexibility, Says Cisco Study

first_imgFirst-time young professionals and recent college students are getting increasingly more demanding about their workplace flexibility when it comes to their choice of computing devices, work hours, and access to social media networks during the workday. These results are part of the 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report, the second of three parts which was released today. Cisco and InsightExpress surveyed 200 college students and young professionals in 14 countries.A third of the college students and others under 30 said that they would prioritize social media freedom, device flexibility, and work mobility over salary in accepting a job offer. Of course, this could be idealism speaking and we’ll see what they say when many will have trouble finding any job in this down economy. A sizable minority (40%) said they would take a lower-paying job that offered more in the way of device flexibility and social media access during work hours. And 56% said that if their job blocked access to social sites, they would not accept the offer or else join the company and look for ways to circumvent this policy. Food for thought for IT managers, certainly. Nearly two-thirds of job seekers plan on asking about social media usage policies during their interviews. So what are the rest going to do, fake their way through it?Sheila Jordan, VP Communication and Collaboration IT, Cisco says, “These findings among college students and young employees indicate the freedom to access social media and use devices is increasingly important to the next generation of the world’s workforce – in some cases, more important than salary.” Almost a third of all surveyed across the globe said the absence of remote access would influence their job decisions, such as leaving companies sooner rather than later, slacking off, or declining job offers outright. Matching this attitude, almost a third feel that it is their right to work remotely and to make this decision after they are employed. Not surprisingly, 70% feel that they don’t need to be in their office regularly, and could get more done remotely. This is more than double the figures from last year. Gen Y is clearly attached to their electronics. Nearly half said they would rather lose their wallet or purse than their smartphone or mobile device. Most also expect that any company-issued smartphone should be allowed for personal uses too. And 81% of the respondents want to choose their own devices, even for corporate tasks. From these results, the traditional methods of attracting new talent to the workforce may no longer apply. Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#news Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img david strom IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

Daily Wrap: Google+ Can Now Go Everywhere and More

first_imgLearn AI in Largest Google+ Hangout Tomorrow Related Posts Here are a few more must read posts, chosen by your fellow community members.Google Chrome Will Sync Multiple Browser Profiles A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Despite The Hype, Few Enterprise Workers Embrace Social Software 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Google+ stretches its wings, giving you more plus all the time. This and more in today’s Daily Wrap.Sometimes it’s difficult to catch every story that hits tech media in a day, so we thought it might be helpful to wrap up some of the most talked about stories. Assuming this goes over well, we’re going to give you a daily recap of what you missed in the ReadWriteWeb Community, including a link to some of the most popular discussions in our offsite communities on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Plus as well. This is a new feature at ReadWriteWeb so we covet your feedback. If you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments below or reach out to me directly at robyn at readwriteweb.com.Google+ Can Now Go Everywhere You Go OnlineOfficial Google+ plugins released today add a +1 to your browser and a red notification alert. The same functionality was released for IE users in the Google toolbar. No love for Firefox though.From the comments: ReadWriteWeb Worldwide MeetupMake plans to be at the ReadWriteWeb Worldwide Meetup on November 15. Reach out to our community manager, Robyn Tippins, at robyn at readwriteweb.com if you have any questions. Manage Your Online Social Life All In One Place With MyLife robyn tippinscenter_img UCSD Study: Not Enough Bandwidth for an ‘Internet of Things’ Tags:#community#web It’s Apple’s Sandbox, Developers Just Play In It Smartphone Sweet Spot: Adults 25 – 44 Have Highest Adoption Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting When Developers Can Build Once For All Devices, Users Win Embedded Audio Gets the HTML5 Treatment Thanks to SoundCloudlast_img read more

A Gaming Replacement for Those Annoying CAPTCHAs

first_imgdavid strom Tags:#hack#security Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidcenter_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts We all know about those authentication blocks of text called CAPTCHAs, perhaps too well. (Today’s fun trivia: The acronym stands for Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart.). A new idea from PlayThru is to embed a small Flash or HTML5-based game that a human plays with a mouse to prove he or she really is a carbon-based life form. It is intriguing, potentially less annoying, and has captured (if you will excuse the pun) a few supporters already. The service is just getting started, and it is free to try out.The CAPTCHA process was developed in 2000 by several computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University. It has since spread like kudzu to various websites, where site owners try to prevent automated bots from bombarding their pages.The original thought of Alan Turing with his namesake test was to develop some way for a human to tell when it was talking to a computer. The CAPTCHA is actually this process in reverse: It is administered by a machine, but tries to distinguish humans. It hasn’t been working all that well, though. Many spammers employ a variety of techniques to defeat them, such as by paying low wages to actual humans or running optical character recognition software to ferret out the CAPTCHA codes.In the process, as so often happens with the Internets these days, the bad guys are making for a miserable user experience for the rest of us. The codes have gotten harder to read by ordinary humans, and many users will abandon a Web page rather than try to enter the right code. Updates such as user refreshes to get a new code or audio translators haven’t helped much. Enter PlayThru’s attempt. Their service, perhaps the first game-based CAPTCHA, invites users to solve a game by identifying and interacting with dynamic objects, such as dragging and dropping toppings onto a pizza or food items into a refrigerator. You can see an example here.Beta deployments of PlayThru are seeing submission rates increase by up to 40% over text-based CAPTCHAs, and in a company-sponsored survey of 100 people, 98% of the users preferred PlayThru over traditional text-based CAPTCHAs. Granted, that isn’t a scientific sample, but it’s still an indication of how much we all hate the regular CAPTCHAs, and of how much opportunity there is for their replacement.PlayThru isn’t the first company to invent a better CAPTCHA. Oregon-based Vidoop came out with their own innovation a few years ago, but it hasn’t caught on.But this just illustrates the problems in fighting spammers and still making our computer systems usable for the rest of us who just want to go about our business and get work done. The spammers always seem to have ways to defeat the latest technology, no matter how sophisticated. The PlayThru game-based CAPTCHAs could turn into a miniature Space Invaders or World of Warcraft as the automated tools used by the bad guys get better, which would make the simple originals useless. In the meantime, though, try out the demo on PlayThru’s site, and let us know what you think of the idea.last_img read more