What will get more people to consider electric cars? Twitter poll results

Just shy of 200,000 plug-in electric cars were sold in the U.S. last year, their seventh year on sale. That’s the highest number yet, but still just a little more than 1 percent of the market. And it’s far from clear that the general car-buying public at large is aware that electric vehicles exist, much less that they’re viable and practical vehicles for many households. DON’T MISS: What if car buyers aren’t ready for electric cars, even in California? Recent data from California showed that state’s buyers—by far the front-runners in…

2018 Fiat 500e preview

2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid released at Chicago auto show Kia Niro EV concept at CES: 238 miles of range from 64-kwh battery 2018 Mercedes-Benz C350e: plug-in hybrid luxury sedan driven Electric car charging on the road has to be way, way better than it is today 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid first drive review (pricing from $28,840) 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid first drive When the Fiat 500e electric minicar launched in 2013, its range was rated at 87 miles, but its most distinctive feature was its wickedly…

Power to the Pedal: 2 New E-Bikes for Your Commute

In an ideal world, every human would have perfectly toned thighs and a flat cycle path on which to commute. In the real world, sometimes you need a little push. We checked out two of the top electric bicycles on the market, in a head-to-head comparison. 1. Budnitz Model E | $7,450 and up Budnitz’s newest whip takes the company’s signature titanium frame and carbon belt drive and adds a 250-watt rear hub motor. Hit the wall halfway up the hill? Indulge in a spot o’ pedal assist. When the going…

MIT has a new chip to make AI faster and more efficient on smartphones

Just one day after MIT revealed that some of its researchers had created a super low-power chip to handle encryption, the institute is back with a neural network chip that reduces power consumption by 95 percent. This feature makes them ideal for battery-powered gadgets like mobile phones and tablets to take advantage of more complex neural networking systems. Neural networks are made up of lots of basic, interconnected information processors that are interconnected. Typically, these networks learn how to perform tasks by analyzing huge sets of data and applying that to novel tasks. They’re…

Which true wireless earbuds are worth buying?

With so many flagship phones leaving behind the headphone jack over the past two years, the need for a good pair of Bluetooth earbuds has only intensified. While the first crop of true wireless products had their share of comfort and connection problems, the selection improved dramatically in 2017, with companies like Bose and Bang & Olufsen coming out with sets that gave Apple’s AirPods a real run for the money. If you’ve been holding off on buying a pair because of cost, poor audio or because they just look ridiculous, it might finally…

Winter Olympics 2018: South Korea to pay for North’s delegation

South Korea has approved a plan to pay the cost of hosting North Korea’s delegation to the Winter Olympics. The 2.86bn Korean won ($2.64m, £1.9m) will come from the South’s unification ministry budget. A group of more than 400 North Korean supporters and performers have travelled to Pyeongchang, South Korea for the Games. Their visit was controversial with some South Koreans who questioned the North’s commitment to reconciliation. North Korea’s attendance at the Winter Olympics came as a surprise development after a year of increasing tensions between Pyongyang and the…

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma resigns

South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned from his office with immediate effect. He made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening. Earlier, Mr Zuma’s governing ANC party told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament. The 75-year-old has been under increasing pressure to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s new leader. Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption. Earlier on Wednesday, police swooped on the Johannesburg home…

Biohacker fights for ‘cyborg rights’ after implanted travel card cancelled

A body-hacking scientist has said he plans to launch legal action against the New South Wales government after it cancelled a travel card he had surgically implanted in his hand. Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow – his legal name – cut out the chip of the card, had it encased in biocompatible plastic, then had a piercing expert implant it just under the skin on his left hand. But Transport for NSW had cancelled the card this week, he said. Biohackers push life to the limits with DIY biology TfNSW, in a statement…

Why do women talk so much? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Awoman’s tongue wags like a lamb’s tail”, so an old English saying goes, and if you deign to type “why do women …” into Google’s search bar, the search engine will finish your sentence accordingly with “talk so much”. We’ve been brought up to believe that women are the talkative ones, the ones whose words, both soothing and scolding, are the social glue of small communities and families alike. We assume women talk more than men. But there’s also the more sinister notion that women must be silenced for risk…

Ke mana hala tuju mata wang kripto?

Seiring dengan perkembangan teknologi terkini, mata wang juga tidak lari daripada terkena tempias arus globalisasi. Setakat September 2017, terdapat lebih 1,100 mata wang digital yang wujud. Bitcoin, litecoin, peercoin dan stellar antara yang aktif didagangkan ketika ini. Terbaharu, Venezuela memperkenalkan sistem mata wang digital yang dikenali sebagai petro dalam usahanya memerangi sekatan kewangan Amerika Syarikat (AS). Sejak 2016, mata wang Venezuela, Bolivar jatuh merosot sehingga 95.5 peratus berbanding dolar Amerika Syarikat (AS) dalam pasaran gelap. Mata wang digital sememangnya tidak asing lagi di Venezuela, malah negara berkenaan dianggap sebagai lokasi…