Banana Hides In Plain Sight As Bogus Toaster Rules

Google researchers say they can fool image recognition tools by distracting them with shiny stickers. It’s an alternative to trying to disguise the object the system is looking for. This isn’t the same approach as a recent experiment that used carefully placed modifications to make one thing look like another, including 3D-printing replica turtles that […]

Roombas Could Find Wi-Fi Dead Zones

A Roomba robot vacuum will soon be able to map the Wi-Fi coverage in your home. It’s an official feature that makes an existing hack a little easier to use. The idea itself isn’t particularly new as a few folk had figured out it’s a slightly more efficient way to track coverage around a home […]

Gaming Addiction Officially Recognized

Addiction to video games is a mental health condition according to the World Health Organization. It’s going to add it to an official list used for both diagnosis and statistics. The condition “gaming disorder” is scheduled to be part of the 11th version of the International Classification of Diseases, which is being updated for the […]

Apple Cuts Battery Replacement Cost Immediately

Apple says it will offer reduced price battery replacements for iPhones immediately. It had previously said the move — a response to revelations about a slowdown designed to prevent unwanted phone shutdowns — would come at the end of the month. The offer affects out-of-warranty models from the iPhone 6 or later and is good […]

Netflix Is Apple’s Most Likely Target, Analysts Claim

Apple has a 40 percent chance of buying Netflix in 2018 according to one pair of market analysts. While the number is somewhat arbitrary, by the analysts’ logic it might now be a better than even chance. The prediction comes from Asiya Merchant and Jim Suva of Citi, who listed the chances of several possible […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From September-December 2017)

It’s that time of year again when we look back at some of the news stories we’ve covered in 2017 and update you on later developments. We round up the year starting in September when Google announced Chrome would let users block websites (on a domain-by-domain basis) from autoplaying videos with sound. That’s now been […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From July-August 2016)

It’s that time of year again when we look back at some of the news stories we’ve covered in 2017 and update you on later developments. Turning to July, staff at the Large Hadron Collider discovered the first “double heavy particle”. Every particle is made up of a combination of six quarks that are each […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From May-June 2017)

It’s that time of year again when we look back at some of the news stories we’ve covered in 2017 and update you on later developments. Turning to May, Elon Musk announced he’d formed “The Boring Company” to advance his dream of a series of underground tunnels beneath to carry cars on sled-like platforms, switching […]