Uber wants to try letting more people in developed countries pay by cash

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SINGAPORE — Uber’s been experimenting with cash payments in emerging markets, where credit card penetration isn’t high, and now it’s considering letting riders in developed markets pay with cash, too.

The company announced during a press briefing on Wednesday morning, that it’s opening cash payments to Singapore — the first developed market in which it’s doing this.

It’ll be an “experiment” involving an undisclosed portion of the user base. “Whatever we learn here you could see later in cities like New York, London,” said Warren Tseng, Uber’s general manager for Singapore. Read more…

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Google’s Tilt Brush artists show off the power of virtual reality art

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Now that the HTC Vive is out in the wild, and the in-depth reviews are coming in, the question becomes: What can you really do with it?

One of the answers is that you can use the Tilt Brush app to paint in virtual reality, and now Google, the owner of Tilt Brush, has rolled out some amazing examples of how that’s done.

The Lab at the Google Cultural Institute in Paris put the HTC Vive in the hands of artists from South Africa, Mexico, Cuba, the UK and U.S. to see how they’d put it to use. Although most of the results are experimental first attempts, the power of illustrating in VR is made readily apparent in the short video. And since the Tilt Brush set-up shown is fairly massive, and the artists are signed up for a residency, we’ll likely see a few more refined and elaborate pieces of VR art from the artists in the coming weeks Read more…

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Google’s Tilt Brush artists show off the power of virtual reality art

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Now that the HTC Vive is out in the wild, and the in-depth reviews are coming in, the question becomes: What can you really do with it?

One of the answers is that you can use the Tilt Brush app to paint in virtual reality, and now Google, the owner of Tilt Brush, has rolled out some amazing examples of how that’s done.

The Lab at the Google Cultural Institute in Paris put the HTC Vive in the hands of artists from South Africa, Mexico, Cuba, the UK and U.S. to see how they’d put it to use. Although most of the results are experimental first attempts, the power of illustrating in VR is made readily apparent in the short video. And since the Tilt Brush set-up shown is fairly massive, and the artists are signed up for a residency, we’ll likely see a few more refined and elaborate pieces of VR art from the artists in the coming weeks Read more…

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Microsoft's Surface Phones could be delayed until 2017

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As Microsoft’s mobile platform continues to bob aimlessly in an ocean of iOS and Android, the company may be delaying its rumored Surface Phone devices until 2017.

At least, that’s what a report from Windows Central’s Daniel Rubino suggests. Citing “sources close to Microsoft’s plans,” Rubino reports that any Microsoft-branded Surface Phone won’t appear until sometime in 2017.

The last major flagship phone – the Lumia 950 – which runs Windows 10 Mobile was released in November. A handful of other Windows 10 Mobile devices have launched over the last few months. Read more…

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Amazon Tap is like an Echo that's hard of hearing

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The Amazon Echo is an incredible device, mostly because it lets you use voice commands to do everything from playing music to calling up an Uber to controlling your lights and thermostat.

Shrink the Echo in half, cut the power cord and remove the hands-free voice commands and the Amazon Tap is what you get. It’s a portable Bluetooth speaker, and it still gets you access to Alexa, Amazon’s personal voice assistant whom you can boss around, but it didn’t sweep me off my feet the way the Echo did.

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At $130, the Tap is smack in the range of average portable Bluetooth speakers. It’s not too cheap and not too pricey. Read more…

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Can touching a robot be arousing to humans?

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People get turned on when they touch a robot’s private parts.

Let’s digest that for a minute. It’s the conclusion many reached after Stanford University researchers published a new study on what happens to people when a robot asks them to touch its nether regions.

In a video released earlier this week, Stanford robotics researcher Jamy Li showed how he programmed a 2 feet tall humanoid NAO robot to ask people to point to and touch it in 13 different areas. The robot would gesture to, say, its ear and say, “Please touch my ear,” which is not necessarily an inappropriate request, though when was the last time you asked someone to touch your ear? Read more…

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