Orbea Wild hardtail with Bosch CX and PowerTube battery announced

Orbea gives riders the choice between 27.5+ and 29″ wheels, like the previous E-MTBs the new hardtail is available in both wheel sizes. The new bike comes with the same four specifications as the Shimano version but is driven by a Bosch CX motor. Orbea uses the new, fully integrated Bosch PowerTube battery with 500 Wh capacity. The integrated battery ensures a sleek silhouette and can be removed without tools if required. The bike can be charged through a rubber shielded charging port and there’s a reinforced skid plate to protect the…

UAW President Angry Over Ford’s Move To Produce EVs In Mexico

UAW President Dennis Williams is bothered by Ford’s decision to produce electric vehicles in Mexico rather than Michigan, and he can’t believe President Trump isn’t speaking up. In what was seen as an attempt to appease President Trump and the new Republican administration, Ford Motor Company announced last year that it would manufacture EVs in Flat Rock, Michigan. Now, the company has made it public that it will be reverting back to plans to move the venture to Mexico. Williams told the Detroit Free Press: “I’m angry at Ford. It has an…

New Nissan LEAF Already Threatens Old LEAF Sales Record In Norway

It’s going to be hot in Norway this year, at least in regards to plug-in electric car sales with the new Nissan LEAF now entering the delivery stage. Nissan LEAF sales in Norway – 2017 Sales of the new LEAF just started in Norway and already in the first half of February we see 264 registrations appear. At such a pace, the LEAF should be on track for more than 500 for the month, which would mark one of its best months ever in Norway. The record for monthly sales for the…

Microsoft’s Cortana is finally on IFTTT

Microsoft keeps striving to find Cortana a place in the crowded smart assistant market, and despite losing a minor feature, it’s still adding functionality. Today, Cortana added IFTTT, and launched with interactions to link it up with 550 apps and devices. Cortana lags behind some of its peers in this field, too: Google Assistant added IFTTT functionality in October 2016, while Amazon’s Alexa included an IFTTT channel the year before. But if you’ve committed to Microsoft’s voice assistant, at least you can set up your own interactions — and create your own ‘applets’ for free now given IFTTT’s free ‘maker’ tier.

Authorities deactivate transit pass implanted in biohacker’s hand

Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow couldn’t just toss away his New South Wales transit pass even after he found out that it got deactivated while he was on a trip to the US. See, Meow-Meow (yes, that is his legal name) cut the chip out of the travel card, encased it in biocompatible plastic and had it implanted under the skin on his left hand. The biohacker now plans to file a lawsuit against New South Wales’ transport authorities, not just to fight the decision, but also to help create laws around body-hacking tech. In…

‘I put my head on her knee and cried’: what my 102-year-old friend taught me about grief

Edna lives just off the M4 in a tiny brick bungalow with a wheelchair ramp. I crawled to her front door. I didn’t knock; I went straight in and put my head on her knee, pushing the Zimmer frame out of the way. And I cried, and she was still and kind and said: “I think you will always miss him. You lost your son, dear.” On the way to Edna’s I’d had to pull the car over so the animal in me could thrash the air and grope for…

Welcome to Limassolgrad: the city getting rich on Russian money

Nearly five years on from Cyprus’s near financial collapse and bailout, Limassol is undergoing a property development boom fuelled by Russian money. In the marina of the island state’s second largest city, opened in 2014 by the president, Nicos Anastasiades, super-yachts are berthed in front of €15m villas along with their support ships carrying helicopters and other accoutrements of the super rich. Look to the marina’s east and the skyline is beginning to fill up with high-rise luxury apartment developments. Look west and by 2021 Europe’s biggest casino resort is…

America’s dark underbelly: I watched the rise of white nationalism

It was almost 3am, and Matthew Heimbach and I were sitting in an International House of Pancakes restaurant somewhere between Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Paoli, Indiana, when Matthew asked me why I never asked him about the Holocaust. The question caught me by surprise, not because I was unaccustomed to Matthew talking about Jews – only a few hours earlier he had ranted about how Jews were behind tens of millions of aborted white babies – but because I didn’t know the answer to the question. It was on the evening…

Pakistan court sentences man to death for rape and murder of girl, 7

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has sentenced a suspected serial killer to death for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl, a prosecutor said. The girl’s murder ignited nationwide protests over allegations of government inaction, and a media campaign led to his arrest after years of him being on the loose. Police found Zainab Ansari’s body on a rubbish dump in Kasur district near the eastern city of Lahore in mid-January, four days after she was reported missing. Residents of the area have said the murder was the 12th such…

Artwork hidden under Picasso painting revealed by x-ray

Wrapped in a mustard coloured blanket with a white scarf and her head on one side, Pablo Picasso’s La Misereuse Accroupie (The Crouching Beggar) is a study of forlorn resignation. But researchers say that there is more to desolate character than meets the eye. Beneath the mournful image lies another painting, a landscape, researchers have revealed after using non-invasive imaging techniques to examine the work. The study has also shed light on previously hidden features of Picasso’s early attempts at his desolate figure. “This is where technology allows us to get into…