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This Clever Bicycle Lock Designed By Students Will Deter Every Thief

This Clever Bicycle Lock Designed By Students Will Deter Every Thief

It seems like every day there is a story on the news referencing some kind of bicycle theft, despite people’s best efforts to secure them using traditional bike locks.

Indeed, I would bet that all of us are familiar with a bike aficionado who can recount horror stories about having had multiple bicycles swiped from them while they are out and about.

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Recently, three college students from Chile took it upon themselves to try and find a way to stop bicycle thieves in their tracks. Their solution? A new kind of bike lock that works far differently from the ones you and I are familiar with.

Simply put, they designed a bicycle (dubbed the Yerka Bicycle) whose frame serves as its own lock. Meaning that potential thieves would have to damage the bicycle itself to steal it, something that would stop most of them in their tracks.

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As you may or may not know, ordinary bike locks work much like an enlarged padlock, holding a bike in place by loosely attaching it to a metal fixture. Thieves can easily get around this kind of lock by simply cutting through them, and hopping onto the bike to make their escape.

To steal a Yerka bike, they would have to cut through the frame itself, the front of which bends and contorts to serve a purpose similar to your standard bicycle lock. That is why it, in theory, provides a better defense.

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The only drawback I can think of is that this kind of lock won’t stop thieves who are seeking your bike’s parts, in which case damaging a small portion of the frame in order to access the rest of it won’t really be an issue.

That said, this new kind of lock will definitely protect your bicycle more than a standard lock would, which is all anyone can really ask for.

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Yerka plans to begin selling this new variety of bicycle some time in 2016, at a price of $500. Relatively expensive, but perhaps a small price to pay given the added security benefits.

Featured photo credit: Bicycle Parking/ Halfrain via flic.kr

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Last Updated on November 5, 2019

5 Best Language Learning Apps to Master a New Language

5 Best Language Learning Apps to Master a New Language

Learning a new language is no easy feat. While a language instructor is irreplaceable, language learning apps have come to revolutionize a lot of things and it has made language learning much easier. Compared to language learning websites, apps offer a more interactive experience to learn a new language.

The following language learning apps are the top recommended apps for your language learning needs:

1. Duolingo

    Duolingo is a very successful app that merged gamification and language learning. According to Expanded Ramblings, the app now counts with 300 million users.

    Duolingo offers a unique concept, an easy-to-use app and is a great app to accompany your language acquisition journey. The courses are created by native speakers, so this is not data or algorithm-based.

    The app is free and has the upgrade options with Duolingo Plus for $9.99, which are add free lessons. The mobile app offers 25 languages and is popular for English-speaking learners learning other languages.

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    Download the app

    2. HelloTalk

      HelloTalk aims to facilitate speaking practice and eliminate the stresses of a real-time and life conversation. The app allows users to connect to native speakers and has a WhatsApp like chat that imitates its interface.

      There is a perk to this app. The same native speakers available also want to make an even exchange and learn your target language, so engagement is the name of the game.

      What’s more, the app has integrated translation function that bypasses the difficulties of sending a message with a missing word and instead fills in the gap.

      Download the app

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      3. Mindsnacks

        Remember that Duolingo has integrated gamification in language learning? Well, Mindsnacks takes the concept to another level. There is an extensive list of languages available within the app comes with eight to nine games designed to learn grammar, vocabulary listening.

        You will also be able to visualize your progress since the app integrates monitoring capabilities. The layout and interface is nothing short of enjoyable, cheerful and charming.

        Download the app

        4. Busuu

          Bussu is a social language learning app. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS. It currently supports 12 languages and is free.

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          The functionality allows users to learn words, simple dialogues and questions related to the conversations. In addition, the dialogues are recorded by native speakers, which brings you close to the language learning experience.

          When you upgrade, you unlock important features including course materials. The subscription is $17 a month.

          Download the app

          5. Babbel

            Babbel is a subscription-based service founded in 2008. According to LinguaLift, it is a paid cousing of Duolingo. The free version comes with 40 classes, and does not require you to invest any money.

            Each of the classes starts with with a sequential teaching of vocabulary with the help of pictures. The courses are tailor made and adapted to the students’ level, allowing the learning to be adjusted accordingly.

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            If you started learning a language and stopped, Babbel will help you pick up where you started.

            Download the app

            Takeaways

            All the apps recommended are tailored for different needs, whether you’re beginning to learn a language or trying to pick back up one. All of them are designed by real-life native speakers and so provide you with a more concrete learning experience.

            Since these apps are designed to adapt to different kinds of learning styles, do check out which one is the most suitable for you.

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