Oyama E8D II Review: This folding e-bike gets almost everything right


After testing a few e-bikes this year, it’s quickly become apparent that they are the fastest way to get around a crowded city like New York, especially if you want the optional workout. But there are a few important caveats. For one, e-bikes are typically big and heavy; many city dwellers already forgo regular bikes because they take up too much space in a small apartment or they don’t want to walk them up a flight of stairs. For another, you’ll be even more paranoid about locking them up. You’ll need at least two heavy-duty locks to protect your pricey…

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Captain Obvious FTC rules Cambride Analytica ‘engaged in deceptive practices’


In today’s edition of “Well, duh!” news, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ruled that Cambridge Analytica deceived Facebook users from whom it harvested valuable data. This comes a full year-and-a-half after the scandal originally broke and after Cambridge Analytica is no more, but hey… better late than never, right? Last year, Cambridge Analytica ignited a firestorm when it came to light it’d used Facebook user information to help compile voter profiles. Said Facebook user information was harvested by former professor Aleksandr Kogan via a “research app” without said users’ consent. That’s the short version anyway. This turned into a…

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Why China’s ‘military AI budget’ is irrelevant (spoiler: all AI is military AI)


A recently published study from the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), a think-tank at Georgetown University, indicates commonly held perceptions about China‘s supposed AI spending may be grossly off-base. Key takeaways suggest the PRC spends much less than the US on ‘military‘ and ‘defense‘ AI. Here’s a hot take: All AI is military AI. Let’s start with the study. You can read it here, but to briefly sum up, the authors write: We assess with low to moderate confidence that China’s public investment in AI R&D was on the order of a few billion dollars in 2018. With…

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The Cybertruck looks right at home in this Goldeneye mod


A clever modder has put the Cybertruck in an environment where its striking appearance fits in — namely, a Nintendo 64 game. The Nintendo 64 game: Goldeneye 007. And damned if it doesn’t suit it perfectly. One of the most common jokes at the expense of the Cybertruck was that it looked like a polygonal model from a 64-bit console of choice. It was compared to everything from Pokémon to Lara Croft’s bust line — but my favorites were probably the Photoshop jobs that put the car into old-school racing games like Cruisin’ World. Twitter is a riot when it’s got something this cool to…

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Horrible Chinese game asks players to beat up Hong Kong protestors


There have been plenty of games and apps that have sprung up as a result of Hong Kong protests. Now, a rather distasteful game called Everyone Hit the Traitors is being circulated in China, Abacus reports. The propaganda game lets you hit black-clad Hong Kong protestors with a bat – almost like whack-a-mole. The objective is to stop the bunch of protestors from cross the line. The game is set up on a Hong Kong street and it initially tells you a number of “traitors” are conspiring with western powers in form of a protest. The free-to-play web game also portrays some…

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Millennials would rather cop Bitcoin than Disney and Netflix stocks


According to a recently published report from investment management firm Charles Schwab, millennials invested more in Bitcoin than they did in the likes of Disney or Netflix over Q3 of this year. The figures come from the quarterly Schwab Report, which benchmarks the activity of retirement plan investors within self-directed brokerage accounts. Schwab’s figures show that millennials (25-39 years old) hold 1.84 percent of their assets in the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC). The GBTC is an investment product — from Digital Currency Group — that sells shares in the fund to accredited investors. The fund is managed for investors by…

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CHEAP: $1,300 off Sony’s beastly A7R IV mirrorless camera? Hell yeah!!!!


Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! I’m not a fan of cumbersome cameras. They’re a hassle to carry around and attract a lot more attention than I’m comfortable with. That’s why I’m a huge admirer of mirrorless cameras; even more so if they’re great at shooting both still images and video — like the Sony A7R IV. And as luck would have it, you can snatch one of these compact beasts at a $1,300 discount right now. Yep, you heard that right. There’s a 28-percent discount on the A7R IV,…

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Pokemon Go maker Ninatic is working with Qualcomm to build AR glasses


Pokemon Go creator Niantic announced last night it’s collaborating with Qualcomm to build AR glasses. The announcement, made at Qualcomm’s annual tech summit in Hawaii, meant both companies will join hands to create reference hardware, software, and cloud-components for AR-based wearable devices. The project will have two main components: Qualcomm’s newly announced 5G-supported mixed reality platform Snapdragon XR2, and Niantic‘s Real World Platform, which has powered games such as Pokemon Go, Ingress, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. In June, Niantic announced it’s accepting applications from developers to gain access to its Real World Platform. The company added the collaborative platform built in…

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