Space Photos of the Week: Hot Hubble Time Machine

This is no ordinary space photo: It is 16 years’ worth of Hubble data—7,500 exposures in total, including more than 265,000 galaxies. But that’s not all. Some of the galaxies in this image are so ancient, they date back to almost the beginning of the universe. That means that most of the light you see …

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Why won’t we let robots into our homes – and our hearts?

Last week, Anki, creator of adorable robots that are part toy, part virtual assistant and part pet, went out of business. “It is with a heavy heart to inform you that Anki has ceased product development and we are no longer manufacturing robots,” the company said in a statement, which promised to help owners keep enjoying their little mechanical pals for as long as possible.

So what went wrong? Why did Anki – a company that had attracted a huge amount of funding and interest in its earlier days – find itself so strapped for cash that it had to pull the plug? Why aren’t we welcoming little bots into our lives?

Anki Cozmo

Vector’s expressions were designed by a professional character artist (Image credit: Anki) (Image: © Anki)

They’re too expensive

Robot vacuum cleaners are one thing – we might feel a little affection towards them, but they’re very utilitarian. When it comes to robots for fun and companionship, we’re much more hesitant.

One of the simplest explanations is cost: robots of any sort don’t come cheap, and that’s a big problem if your machine is seen as a toy with a limited shelf-life. Why [...]  read more

Beats Powerbeats Pro Review: Best Wire-Free Workout Earbuds

Apple hates wires. Over the years, it’s plucked them away from its products. It even kicked off a frustrating no-jack trend when it removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from all of its iPhones. Its AirPods have set the tone for how a pair of wire-free earbuds should look and operate. They’re petite with no wires at all (not even between your ears), get five hours of battery on a charge, and come with a pocket-sized charging case that can top them up a few times before it too needs some plug time.

With its Beats brand, though, Apple is widening the door. The new Powerbeats Pro are made for working out, and they’re fantastic. They’ll never fall out of your ears, sound much better than the AirPods, and last almost twice as long on a charge.

Sorta Colorful, Quite Comfortable

You can see Apple’s influence more than ever in newer Beats headphones (it bought the company in 2014), like the Studio3 headphones[...]  read more

Tinder is preparing to launch a lightweight version of its dating app called ‘Tinder Lite’

Tinder is preparing to launch a version of its popular dating app aimed at users in emerging markets. The app, which will be called “Tinder Lite,” offers a smaller, more lightweight version of the current flagship app, the company says. Smaller app size is a defining characteristic of most of today’s “Lite” apps, which are specifically focused on addressing the unique needs of users in areas where data usage, bandwidth and storage space is a concern.

Most major tech companies now offer “Lite” apps for the large and rapidly growing online user base coming from these emerging markets — and specifically India, as of late.

For example, Google has a full suite of lightweight “Go”-branded apps, like Google Go, Gmail Go, Files Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go and Google Assistant Go. There’s also Facebook Lite, Instagram Lite, Messenger Lite, Twitter Lite, Uber Lite, Spotify Lite and even TikTok Lite, to name a few others.

Tinder, apparently, believes it too has reached the [...]  read more

Would you trade in your car for this e-bike?

Rad Power Bikes’ RadWagon is a beast of a machine, but in a good way. It’s the end product of a business that was started up in Seattle by two childhood friends. Their love of bikes has resulted in a growing company that has its headquarters in the Pacific North West city. Unsurprisingly, however, Rad Power Bikes also has an office in Utrecht, Holland.

The European base is an obvious one as Holland is bike central on this side of the pond. It’s also a country where you’ll see all manner of bicycles. But even Dutch people, who think they’ve seen it all when it comes to two-wheelers, do a double-take when they clap eyes on the Rad Power Bikes RadWagon. What we have here, says the company, is an electric cargo bike.

Rad Power Bikes RadWagon battery

14Ah lithium-ion battery (Image credit: Rad Power Bikes)

Which is where the ‘beast’ bit of the equation comes in. Rad Power Bikes says in its promotional blurb that this is a bike that’s designed to replace your car. That’s a bold claim, but in some ways it’s kinda true. The RadWagon boasts a longtail [...]  read more

Maltempo, pioggia e vento forte a Milano: per un’ora voli bloccati a Malpensa a causa della grandine

Era stata annunciata con l’allerta arancione e puntuale l’ondata di maltempo si è abbattuta nel pomeriggio su Milano con piogge abbondanti e vento forte con raffiche fino a 50-70 chilometri all’ora. Tempesta di grandine anche a Malpensa, dove l’aeroporto è rimasto chiuso con i voli bloccati per circa un’ora a causa dei due centimetri di ghiaccio che hanno coperto le piste. Maltempo, pioggia e vento forte a Milano: per un'ora voli bloccati a Malpensa a causa della grandine
social experiment by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit #repubblicait

Adunata degli Alpini a Milano, domenica la sfilata: Area C chiusa al traffico per tutto il giorno|Mappa

Da giorni migliaia di penne nere – 500 mila persone, secondo le stime – invadono le strade, le piazze e gli spazi verdi di Milano per l’evento che segna il ritorno delle penne nere a cent’anni dalla fondazione dell’Associazione nazionale alpini (Ana). Gli accampamenti riempiono i parchi cittadini (non senza proteste di alcuni residenti). E …

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