Staff picks for the week of Oct. 24, 2016

Staff Picks GeneralHappy Friday! Here are the most interesting tech stories our staff read this week.

Microsoft announces Paint 3D, the biggest update ever to the classic app (Read by Heidi B.)

Microsoft Paint has remained almost exactly the same for as long as I can remember – until now. Microsoft is releasing a modernized Paint application that will allow for … wait for it … 3-D creations! You’ll be able to convert doodles and photos into 3-D images and then share your designs in an online community. I can’t wait to give it a try!

‘Pokémon Go’ has a way to work off all that Halloween candy (Read by Heidi B.)

If you’re like me, you used to be a part of the Pokémon Go craze but ultimately decided you cherish your phone’s storage space more than capturing virtual creatures. Some new Halloween-themed tactics may have you rethinking that decision. This week players began receiving twice the Candy rewards for capturing, hatching, and transferring Pokémon, and are running into more spooky, Ghost-type Pokémon. Gotta catch ‘em all … if you’re not too scared!

This app helps you save food waste (and money) at local restaurants (Read by Alexandria H.)

According to Feeding America, an estimated 70 billion pounds of food waste fill our landfills each year. A new app called Food for All is attempting to address this issue by connecting users with local restaurants that have unsold food at the end of the day and selling those meals for 50 to 80 percent less than regular price. It’s a win-win situation for all: It decreases the amount of food that gets thrown out each day, thereby reducing the footprint of landfills and contributing to a healthier environment. Plus, you get to save on great food!

This startup says it can use science to help you control your dreams (Read by Alexandria H.)

Who hasn’t at some point wished they could control their dreams? An up-and-coming company called Aladdin Dreamer says it can help you do just that. It’s created a headband (currently fundraising on Kickstarter) that uses transcranial alternating-current stimulation to control lucid dreams. Simply slip on the headband right before bed and focus on what you want to dream about. Once asleep, the headband monitors your brain activity and, after you enter the REM stage, uses low electrical currents to stimulate the part of your brain that controls reason, thereby allowing you to have the lucid dream of your choice. Electrical currents aside, this device sounds like a dream come true!

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