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Norway Has a Gorgeous New Passport Design

When you think about passports, “gorgeous” may not be the first word that comes to mind. Government, bureaucracy, pain-in-the-butt — maybe. But Norway, in its inimitable way, has likely changed the language around passports forever with the announcement of its new — and arguably beautiful — new …

5 French Phrases That Will Save You Money When Traveling in France

Save by learning these important phrases. Photo: Smilla4<p>By Bryan Pirolli, EuroCheapo.com—<p>So you're feeling like you've mastered the "<i>bonjours</i>" and "<i>mercis</i>"? Maybe it's time to kick it up a notch. Sometimes in Paris, hand signals don't always work when you are shopping or dining in a café.<p>We know …

Do we deserve OS updates for our Android devices?

With the official release of Android 5.0 Lollipop just around the corner, we thought we’d take a look at system updates in general. We all want the latest and greatest software that Google is pushing out, but do we actually deserve to get software updates?<p>There comes a time in the life of every …

What Every European Country Is The Worst At

By: Kate Peregrina<p>The European Union has 28 member countries. And kinda like Captain Planet, when their powers combine, they make for a pretty great place to live.<p>But that doesn't mean each country is without its flaws. It's like the Planeteer who controlled the element of Heart. Sure, he helped …

90-year-old among first charged under Fort Lauderdale's strict rules against feeding homeless

Fort Lauderdale police say Arnold Abbott violated a new city law, but the 90-year-old homeless advocate says his only crime was to “love thy neighbor.”<p>Abbott was charged Sunday along with two local pastors with violating the city’s new ordinance that effectively bans giving out food in public. He …

Infected Flight Wins The Disrupt Europe 2014 Hackathon Grand Prize, Appilepsy And Seeusoon Are Runners Up

It doesn’t get more exciting than this. Yesterday, we welcomed hundreds of hackers at Old Billingsgate in London for the Disrupt Europe Hackathon. They all have worked tirelessly for the past 24 hours in an awesome dungeon-like venue to come up with a neat, funny and smart hack. We could all feel …

New batteries charge 70 percent in 2 minutes

The freedom to hold computers in our hands, pop wireless headphones in our ears and pilot drones through our backyards is all brought to us by batteries -- especially rechargeable lithium ion batteries. The portable powerhouses are a critical component of our march toward tech mobility, yet most …

Clean Energy

London's new Tube trains come from the future

London is getting ready to welcome new Tube trains for the next 40 years. Last week, London unveiled the new cars to the public for the first time, and when the trains finally hit the tracks starting in the mid-2020s, they'll bring an appreciable list of improvements to riders.<p>With the new design, …

If you run over someone’s foot with your stroller, please say you’re sorry

I was on a flight a few days ago and experienced something I can only title: “The Obnoxious Couple and the Magical Baby of Entitlement.”<p>I travel at least four flights a week for work—from home to a hub to a destination and then back each week. I have seen thousands if not tens of thousands of …

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Makes The Bullet Train Look Like A Steam Locomotive

But compared to the so-called "Hyperloop" concept that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk introduced last year, the bullet train might as well be from the age of steam propulsion.<p>Three hours? Try 35 minutes.<p>Musk says the Hyperloop would cost $7.5 billion to build, versus $68 billion for the high-speed …

Slack's Privacy Fail Exposes Tech Giants' (Mostly Boring) Working Groups

Communication tool Slack is slacking when it comes to privacy practices. The tool for online group chatter in workplaces had a pretty nasty privacy flaw. A company using the tool creates different team accounts to use for particular topics of conversation. Slack exposes those different names to …

Security scrutinized in White House breach

The Secret Service chief has stepped-up security outside the White House after a man with a knife who jumped the fence made it into the presidential residence before being apprehended, officials said Saturday.<p>President Barack Obama insisted he still has confidence in the beleaguered agency's …

I finally got my iPad to take calls like an iPhone (but it wasn't easy)

Two of the neatest features I expected from Apple's new iOS 8 operating system for its mobile devices involve that old disrespected function, voice calling on the phone.<p>One enables Wi-Fi calling on the iPhone -- the device can connect for voice calls, not only data services, when its Wi-Fi …

Mobile Devices

Social network for rich people costs $9,000 to join

Facebook and Google+ have an inherent problem. Anybody can sign up for them. There are no safeguards, no credit checks and no proof of assets required.<p>If the thought of rubbing digital elbows with the unwashed rabble is too much to deal with, then it's time you joined a new kind of social network. …

Social Media

Here's what you can earn at the 20 top tech companies

While there’s debate over whether there’s a shortage of qualified tech workers, there’s one thing no one argues about: Tech companies pay their employees well.<p>We’ve heard of senior engineers getting a base salary of $160,000, with stock options and other benefits on top. Some interns are earning …

How Gravity And 100-Year-Old Tech Can Help Solve The Energy Storage Problem

Push a heavy train up a hill when power is aplenty. Let it roll back down when electricity is needed. Simple as that, says the startup pursuing the unconventional idea.<p>One of the biggest challenges for renewable power like wind and solar has always been storage, so the grid can keep running cheaply …

In this Chinese city, phone addicts get their own sidewalk lane

Some places have lanes for bicycles, others for motorcycles, but there's a place in mainland China that boasts a different type of lane altogether: one for phone addicts glued to their screens. According to a Chinese publication, the cellphone lane above was spotted along a place called Foreigner …

Social media helps woman find owner of wedding photo found at Ground Zero

Every year on Sept. 11, Elizabeth Stringer Keefe has done the same thing: She shares a wedding photo that was discovered at Ground Zero, hoping someone online will be able to identify the people in the picture. This week, 13 years after her quest began, she finally got a response — and it couldn't …

Dutch Woman Fakes Trip to Southeast Asia, Surfaces Universal Truth

Did you guys hear the one about the Dutch girl who faked a trip to Southeast Asia? Nope, that isn't a joke, so the upside is there's no terrible punch-line either.<p>In truth, 25 year-old Zilla van den Born literally deceived her friends and family into thinking she'd peaced out to Southeast Asia for …

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This Is The Quaintest Village In England, And It's Truly Perfect

Forget whatever you've got planned for fall, because we found the trip you need to take. Head to Bibury -- also known as "the most beautiful village in England."<p>Nestled in the Cotswolds, Bibury looks straight out of a painting. It has everything you're looking for in a trip to England -- rows of …

Pinterest Accidentally Sent Emails To Single Women Congratulating Them On Getting Married

But the virtual pinboard website may have taken that identity a step too far when it accidentally emailed some of its users to congratulate them on their upcoming weddings. The women who received these emails were not getting married.<p>Some female Pinterest users got emails from Pinterest with …

Frenchman jailed for phoning and texting his ex-girlfriend 21,807 times

Frenchman admits that, with hindsight, "it was stupid" to phone and text his ex-girlfriend 21,807 times over a 10-month period<p>A 33-year-old Frenchman has been sent to prison after phoning and texting his ex-girlfriend 21,807 times, admitting that, with hindsight, "it was stupid".<p>The unnamed …

Crime

Glacier National Park, Montana

I Spent 3 Days In A 'Tiny House' With My Mom To See What Micro-Living Is All About

In a consumption-based society where "more is more," there's a surprising movement gathering steam. An increasing number of Americans are downsizing their homes and moving into "tiny houses," which range from 65 to 400 square feet, according to the blog Tiny House Talk.<p>The benefits of living in a …

Mac and Cheese

Who is putting up 'interceptor' cell towers? The mystery deepens

Mysterious “interceptor” cell towers in the USA are grabbing phone calls — but they’re not part of the phone networks. And, two experts told VentureBeat today, the towers don’t appear to be projects of the National Security Agency (NSA).<p>The towers were revealed by Les Goldsmith to Popular Science …

Earth's 'Remotest' Island Is Predictably, Awesomely In The Middle Of Nowhere

Located over a thousand miles from the nearest landmass, Tristan da Cunha is <i>really</i> remote.<p>This little group of isolated islands is surrounded by miles and miles of the South Atlantic Ocean. It's 1,750 miles away from the coast of South Africa and 1,500 miles from the nearest landmass, making it the …

Samsung’s new USB cable lets you charge three devices at once

Charging more than one gadget at a time can involve jumping through a few hoops — either you don’t have enough cables for them all, or you’re short a …

Swiss startup creates a wearable chair so you can rest anywhere

Most of the wearable gadgets getting people hot and bothered either strap onto your face or your wrist, but Swiss startup noonee has cooked up a little something that straps to your legs instead. Well, fine, maybe it's not exactly <i>little</i>: in a bid to keep factory line workers more alert and more …

This Robot Butler Tried To Get Me Drunk

The merry TechCrunch band took a trip to Cupertino this week to kick it with a small robot called Botlr made by robotics startup Savioke.<p>The little android, outfitted with a fancy collar and racing stripes, brings small items from the front desk of the Aloft hotel, to the rooms of customers. The …