Author Archives: Loknath Das

UA research team studies human-computer interaction

Students working in the UA Human Technology Interaction Lab are reimagining the definition of computer science and the uses of computers when working in connection with the human brain. With an approximate $276,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, Chris Crawford, assistant professor of computer science at the University, leads a research team that is working to develop technology that ... Read More »

Where Is the Data to Study the Internet in India?

Social science researchers who want to study the internet in India using data mining and analytic techniques are challenged by constraints in access, and the availability of big data. Even when such data is available, it is often behind a paywall or organised in a manner that makes it difficult to interpret.  India is ranked at 127 among 201 countries in terms ... Read More »

The internet must be made safe for children

AN UNREGULATED digital environment is causing moral decay. The various harms that are being caused are deep-seated, corrosive, and pervasive. Many young people report that their first knowledge of sex comes from the internet. They gamble online. An alarming increase in mental-health issues among children is linked to bullying, which is magnified on the internet. If most images of the ... Read More »

2019 Yamaha FZ And FZ-S V3.0 India Launch Highlights: Price, Images, Specifications, Features

India Yamaha has launched the new-gen Yamaha FZ-FI V3.0 and FZ-S FI V3.0 in India today and we have all the highlights from the launch here. The third-generation Yamaha FZ range comes with improved styling, and new features, along with a single-channel ABS (anti-lock braking system) as standard. We were expecting Yamaha to launch it with ABS considering the deadline for mandating Anti-lock Brakes in ... Read More »

Your weekly dose of bike updates: 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, Honda CB300R, Yamaha MT15

Last week was an exciting one for the Indian two-wheeler market. From prospective launches to spy shots, from Dakar Rally results to new bike launches, there was something new everyday. In case you couldn’t stay updated with all of them, here’s a round-up of important bike news from the last week. 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 bookings open We aren’t far ... Read More »

California town sets up ‘goat fund me’ page to finance four-legged firefighters

The Nevada City council sees goats as a first wave to tackle problematic vegetation, with humans following up to clear away larger foliage before the wildfire season. Photograph: AP A California town threatened by the sort of wildfires that recently wiped out a neighbouring community is appealing for an unusual type of help: a crack team of goats. Nevada City has launched ... Read More »

Honda discontinues CBR650F

Honda has discontinued the CBR650F in the country. It was one of the large-capacity motorcycles that Honda sold in the country via its Wing World outlets, and it was brought to India as a CKD. This comes after Honda replaced the 650F in its international markets with an updated bike for 2019, called the CBR650R which was revealed at EICMA 2018. ... Read More »

2019 BMW R 1250 GS, R 1250 GS Adventure launched

BMW has launched its R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure in India. The bikes are available in multiple variants, prices for which start at Rs 16.85 lakh and go up to Rs 21.95 lakh for the top-spec model. Here are how the bikes have been priced: R 1250 GS Standard (Rs 16.85 lakh), R 1250 GS Pro (Rs ... Read More »

Yamaha Bikes To Get ABS In February

Gallery With ABS and CBS set to become mandatory from April onwards, Yamaha is set to update its motorcycles with the essential safety net soon. As of now, only the Saluto RX and Saluto 125 are equipped with UBS (Unified Braking System, which is Yamaha’s term for CBS). The rest of the portfolio have neither CBS nor ABS as of now. But according to our sources, ... Read More »

The future of the internet looks brighter thanks to an EU court opinion

Imagine an internet where you couldn’t access any content unless it complied with every law of all the countries in the world. In this scenario, you would be prevented from expressing views that were critical of many of the world’s dictatorships. You would not be able to question aspects of some religions due to blasphemy laws. And some of the ... Read More »