Lifestyle 

Meet the Ugandan entrepreneur peddling bamboo bikes

KAMPALA (Reuters) – At a workshop in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, Noordin Kasoma measured and cut a length of bamboo. Within a few days, the 24 inch piece of grass would be transformed into the frame of a bicycle. In an industry dominated by steel and aluminum, the use of bamboo is not as bizarre as it might seem. Kasoma says his bikes are strong, light and durable. They are also comfortable, he says. “Bamboo is flexible; due to that flexibility it gives that kind of shock absorbing property when you’re…

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Technology 

Google bans birds on bikes from algorithm contest

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Software can struggle to distinguish between birds and bikes Google wants pictures of bicycles and birds that can defeat image-recognition algorithms, as part of a contest launched to improve the technology. While it is easy for humans to tell the difference between birds and bikes, computer systems can struggle to do so. Prize money will be awarded for pictures that can fool image-recognition algorithms, or for new code that cannot be easily fooled. But pictures of birds riding bicycles will not be allowed in…

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From suspicion to fist bumps: Bonding with police over bikes

Metropolitan Police Officers PC Chim Nweke and PC David Loveday have set up a bike project scheme to try to improve relations between local police and young people by teaching them how to mend bikes, which they get to keep. “There was a real suspicion when the police came in,” said Colin Brent, the youth worker who runs the scheme but by the end “there was a real change in the relationships”. Produced by Sowda Ali Filmed by Cebo Luthali bike project scheme, led by police officers PC Chim Nweke…

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Technology 

Uber ‘to focus on bikes over cars’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Uber has partnered with Lime, whose scooters are available in a number of cities including Paris Uber says it plans to focus more on its electric scooter and bike business, and less on cars, despite the fact it could hurt profits. Boss Dara Khosrowshahi said that individual modes of transport were better suited to inner city travel. He also forecast users would make more frequent shorter journeys in future. “During rush hour, it is very inefficient for a one-tonne hulk of metal to take one…

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Technology 

How cheap dockless hire bikes are flooding the world

Image copyright Alex Borwick Image caption Bike-sharing is set to revolutionise transport across the world, as it already has done in Shanghai Cycling around cities may have been pioneered by the Dutch, but a new high-tech way of hiring bicycles is bidding to bringing a pedal power revolution to cities around the world. The key innovation is the dockless hire bike. Found and unlocked with a few taps on a smartphone, they can be hired for an hour, day, or week – then locked up and left wherever the journey…

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