Turtle Poses As Rifle To Trick AI

A 3D-printed “turtle” could trick image recognition systems into thinking it was a rifle according to a newly-published study. Researchers from MIT and LabSix were exploring whether known ways to fool systems in 2D-images could work with photos of physical objects. The study tried to expand on the existing practice of “adversarial images” that are […]

Women of NASA LEGO Is Best Seller

A Lego set commemorating Women of NASA has topped Amazon’s top-seller chart for toys and games. The set followed a suggestion from the public. The Lego Ideas program lets people “vote” to lend their support to a suggestion, with the company formally considering any that get the support of 10,000 people. Maia Weinstock, who made […]

Android To Get One-Tap Bluetooth Pairing

Pairing Android devices with Bluetooth gadgets will get easier with a new system that’s reminiscent of Apple Airpod pairing. Unfortunately it will only work with a limited range of gadgets for now. In theory at least, Fast Pair won’t involve pressing multiple buttons on both your phone or tablet and your gadget. Instead, as long […]

Apple’s Bra Collection No Big Deal

Reports that iPhones have a special secret folder full of bra shots are at best a misunderstanding. The brief controversy is down to apparent confusion over Apple’s photo tagging and recognition. Twitter user @ellieewbu kicked off the media storm with a tweet: ATTENTION ALL GIRLS ALL GIRLS!!! Go to your photos and type in the […]

GameStop Launches Unlimited Rental Plan: 6 Months for $60

GameStop is launching an unlimited rental service for physical used games. The $60 PowerPass gets you six months access to whatever games you can find in stores. The program launches on November 19 and works in a simple enough fashion. You take home any used game from a GameStop store: this covers the entire “for […]

Minecraft Gets Stranger Things Skin Pack

Minecraft has unveiled a pack of skins based on Stranger Things characters in multiple outfits from the show. These are a few of the images: you can check out the full set on the Minecraft site, though be warned a few of them might serve as season two spoilers if you analyze them too intensely.

AI Takes Human Approach To Beat Captchas

Artificial intelligence bots have reclaimed the advantage in their battle with Captcha challenges – and the scary part is they’ve done it by aping what was thought to be humans’ advantage. The Captcha challenges in question are the ones that involve identifying a string of characters despite distortions such as wavy text or cluttered backgrounds. […]

Contra To Become Movie

Konami is to make a movie of the 80s coin-op game Contra, with an accompanying TV show. Details are slim, but it will be live action rather than animated. Konami didn;t give any details of the plot of the movie. The game of course featured two Contra members using guerilla war tactics to infiltrate an […]

Microsoft Ditches The Kinect

Microsoft has stopped manufacturing the Kinect, meaning only stock currently with retailers will be sold. The technology will instead continue to be developed in Microsoft’s HoloLens device. The news was revealed in an interview with Fast Company, with Microsoft also noting it will continue to support the Kinect for console users. The general reaction has […]

Blurred Out QR Code Was Key To $1,000 Bounty

Two code enthusiasts earned themselves $1,000 by deciphering a QR code from a TV broadcast despite It being blurred out. Clement Storck and Michel Sassano were able to reconstruct the code, which represented a Bitcoin private key. It was part of a competition that turned out to be considerably more difficult than designed. Robert Ver, […]

Upcoming Legend Of Zelda Encyclopedia Comes In Gorgeous ‘Golden Cartridge’ Edition

Deluxe editions are often little more than fancier packaging, but the upcoming The Legend Of Zelda Encyclopedia’s deluxe edition is very fancy indeed. Apart from the gold casing, it also has both the look and (as much as possible with cardboard) feel of a NES cartridge. There’s also a protective sleeve similar to a box […]

3DS Gets SNES-Tribute Casing

If you can’t get your hands on a Nintendo SNES Mini console, you can still get a mini Nintendo console that looks like a SNES. That’s thanks to a special edition design of the 3DS XL. The $200 handheld is in most respects simply a 3DS XL with a casing design that resembles the colors […]