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Pictures of the Week 7.13.17

City Politics

Rainbow Animals Roar Across Geometric Street Art Murals

Arlin Graff's polar bears and oversized hummingbirds take over urban centers.<p>Streaked with oversized bears whose faces and bodies deconstruct into a million chroma particles, towering building faces become metaphorical nature sanctuaries in the work of Arlin Graff. The Detroit and São Paulo-based …

Stripe strikes Alipay and WeChat Pay deal for China access

<b>US digital payments firm Stripe has struck a deal to help online retailers around the world sell more easily to Chinese customers.</b><p>Merchants who use Stripe to process transactions will now be able to accept Alipay and WeChat Pay on their websites and apps.<p>Alipay and WeChat Pay dominate online …

This famous roboticist doesn’t think Elon Musk understands AI

Earlier this week, at the campus of MIT, TechCrunch had the chance to sit down with famed roboticist Rodney Brooks, the founding director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, and the cofounder of both iRobot and Rethink Robotics.<p>Brooks had a lot to say about AI, including his …

Vacation Home Bargains in Thailand, Bali and Malaysia

Thanks to currency dips in Southeast Asia, house hunters looking for a luxury villa can find significant deals—if they’re willing to stomach some risks.<p>House hunters dreaming of an oceanfront villa on the white-sand beaches of Thailand or Bali can now find significant bargains, thanks to wild …

Real Estate

Hands on with Casio’s ultra-rugged Android Wear smartwatch [Video]

Fossil and Tag Heuer may have been the first traditional watch companies to launch an Android Wear device, but it was never going to be long before Casio joined the game. The popular watchmaker has dabbled in the connected watch market for a few years now, and has finally unveiled its first Android …

Wear OS

10 TED Talks That Will Help You Be a Better Parent

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Disney's robot car uses propellers to climb walls

Disney has created this robot car that can climb and drive along walls.<p>The aptly named VertiGo is a small wall-climbing robotic car that uses a pair …

OneNote is getting big updates on Android, iOS and PCs

OneNote is receiving several updates today across multiple platforms that will make it better for many devices.<p>First up, iOS and Web users can finally add audio recordings to their notes. That means you can easily record meetings or lectures, and add the clips directly to documents. Web users can …

Apps

Xiaomi has come up with its own version of a Segway, for just over $300

The Chinese company's empire of tech gadgets is growing: on Monday it showed off the Ninebot mini, a self-balancing scooter that will sell in China for a super cheap $315.<p>Having built a formidable empire in just a few years on the success of its smartphones, Xiaomi is expanding into all kinds of …

Gear & Gadgets

Surface Book Review: Windows has its first flagship laptop

When was the last time you were <i>really</i> excited about a laptop – especially a Windows one?<p>For several years, hype in the tech world has largely revolved around phones, tablets and smartwatches, and there arguably hasn’t been a truly revolutionary laptop since Apple pulled a MacBook Air out of a …

MacBook Pro

Solartab, the premium solar charger/battery for iPad and iPhone that actually works

If you’ve ever tried to charge your iPhones/iPads/etc. directly from a small solar panel you probably know it is pretty difficult. Even with direct sunlight, you aren’t likely to be able to charge the device reliably. Most USB-charged devices require a minimum of 5W (5Vx1A) of continuous power to …

Solar Charging

Social media in numbers (Q3 2015)

Looking for some social media stats to use for your strategy or in your next presentation? You will find what you need in the list below — updated to …

Social Media

Families often charged too much for care, ombudsman says

<b>Families are paying too much for care in England "all too often" because of confusing or incorrect information from councils, a report says.</b><p>The Local Government Ombudsman said some people were not offered an affordable care option in their area.<p>"Top-up fees", payable for things such as a bigger …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Best Stuff<p>Find a toothpaste that suits your specific needs.<p>By Adam Hurly3 days agoView More<p>Hair Gods<p>See the Avengers star's new facial hair swerve …

Bill Murray

Digital pen is better dementia-prediction tool than a doctor

A new dementia-prediction tool could diagnose conditions earlier, and with greater accuracy by using digital pen technology.<p>Alzheimer's disease and …

Pocket-sized personal transporters could soon be seen on the streets of Tokyo

<i>(Reuters)</i> — A Japanese engineer has developed a portable transporter small enough to be carried in a backpack that he says is the world’s first ‘car in a bag’.<p>Twenty-six-year-old Kuniako Saito and his team at Cocoa Motors recently unveiled the lithium battery-powered “WalkCar” transporter, which is …

Portable

Mapped: Where in the world are house prices growing fastest?

House price winners and losers by country<p>House prices in Hong Kong have risen at the fastest pace of any country in the world over the 12 months to March, according to a new global study.<p>Despite a raft of different cooling measures introduced by the Hong Kong Government since February 2013, prices …

How To Use An Elevator Without Stopping

Acer Hits A High Note, Releases 34" Curved IPS Display With AMD FreeSync Support

If you were to ask a PC enthusiast or hardcore gamer what they look for in a monitor, you’re likely to get a handful of consistent answers. A large, high resolution panel for ultra-sharp imagery is one. An IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel with wide viewing angles and consistent color reproduction …

Acer

Of course. There is now a Hacker News for deep learning

Machine learning startup Startup.ML today unveiled a new website called Deep Learning News. It’s a place to go to find information online about deep learning, which is an increasingly trendy type of artificial intelligence.<p>The new site is in the style of Hacker News, a popular online water cooler …

Machine Learning

Photographing the Default Wallpaper for Windows 10

‘Bliss,’ the default wallpaper that shipped with Windows XP, was photographed in Sonoma County, California, and may be the most viewed photo of all …

The 2nd Gen FLIR ONE Thermal Camera Works with More Phones and Apps

FLIR is a company that has a goal of bringing thermal imaging technology to the masses. Last year, they released the FLIR ONE: a $350 case accessory …

With $13 Million From Maveron, Eargo Is The Hearing Aid Of The Future

After five years of research and $13 million in venture funding, Eargo has created a hearing device that people actually want to wear.<p>Launching out of beta today, Eargo’s invisible, rechargeable hearing aid is modeled after the fishing fly, of all things. It’s made out of flexi fibers — small …

NASA Is Sending Microsoft’s Most Incredible New Tech Into Space

NASA will launch two Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headsets into space, the agency revealed on Thursday. They’re headed to the final frontier …

Polaroid Cube+ adds Wi-Fi and smartphone app for more photographic fun

Polaroid’s first Cube camera was a novel idea that lacked polish. To make its new Cube+ stand out, Polaroid is adding Wi-Fi and a smartphone app to the mix.<p>Outside of Wi-Fi and a new app, the Cube+ is a lot like the original Cube. Same 1080p video capture (the original can toggle between 720p and …

Wi-Fi

Devialet's $2,000 Phantom speaker lands with a boom in the US

There always seems to be a gap between what's described as "good sound" and "great sound" for home audio systems, one that's usually bridged in dollar signs. Serious audiophiles with a discerning ear, lots of cash and enough square footage can always find a unique and powerful setup that will …

'Vast majority' of users safe after hack, LastPass CEO says

Attackers stole usernames and clues to master passwords, the company says, but are unable to breach the vast store of encrypted passwords the service manages.<p>Apparently, a gateway to an untold number passwords is a tempting target for hackers.<p>Password manager LastPass on Monday announced that …

Cybersecurity

Microsoft's acquisition of Wunderlist is official

Microsoft's purchase of Wunderlist creator 6Wunderkinder is official. Today the company published a blog post confirming the deal, which <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reported yesterday. "The addition of Wunderlist to the Microsoft product portfolio fits squarely with our ambition to reinvent productivity …

Apps

Microsoft's IllumiRoom Rolls Virtual Grenades Straight Into Your Living Room

Experimental system uses projectors and 3D room sensors<p>Google is hogging the tech limelight this week thanks to the flashy new virtual reality and wearable technology shown off at the I/O developers conference, but Microsoft has an ambitious experimental entertainment system you should also be …

Augmented Reality