Interactive Drama Comes To Alexa & Google Home

The BBC has produced an interactive audio drama that runs through devices like Amazon Alexa and  Google Home. The Inspection Chamber will let users take part and influence the story by responding to the device. The project is based around the premise that while interactive stories with branching plotlines are nothing new, printed versions such […]

Quantum Computing Gets New Approach

Australian researchers say they’ve found a way to achieve quantum computing with existing chip manufacturing. The “flip-flop qubit” could dramatically cut production time and cost for quantum computers. The basic concept of quantum computers is to take advantage of the way subatomic particles can exist in multiple states simultaneously. That makes it possible to store […]

Teen Gets Six Figure Salary In Overwatch League

A 17-year-old has signed a $150,000 contract to play Overwatch – or rather his mother signed it for him. Jay Won could wind up making far more money in bonuses. Won, known among gamers as “sinatraa”, will play for San Francisco’s NRG Esports team in the first national Overwatch league to use NFL-style city franchising. […]

Super Mario Gives Up Plumbing

Nintendo has revealed that Mario, while still super, is no longer a plumber. The news came in an update to Mario’s official character profile on the Japanese Nintendo website. Auto-translated, it reads: Cheerful and cheerful, everyone’s popular. Twin brother, Luigi is a good friend and a name combination. With sports utility, I will do everything cool, […]

Man Uploads Petabyte Of Porn To Amazon Cloud

A man who tried to find the limits of Amazon’s unlimited online storage deal gave up when he exceeded a petabyte. In doing so, the user may have created the largest ever hoard of adult videos. The man, who posts on Reddit as beaston02, realized that manually uploading files from his hard drive would prove […]

Mouse Brain Cells Could Act As Airport Security

Mice neurons rather than silicon circuit boards could be the key to an airport security computers according to one start-up. The Koniku Kore device is designed to sniff out explosives in the same way as a mammal. The device is the work of Nigeria’s Oshi Agabi and is based around the idea that traditional computers […]

Unfinished Terry Pratchett Novels Flattened By Steamroller

A hard drive with as many as 10 unfinished Terry Pratchett novels has been flattened by a steamroller. But it’s what he wanted. Pratchett had left instructions that any unfinished work be destroyed in just such a manner. He had said he wanted to be sure that nobody was able to complete any works after […]

Burger King Launches Own Cryptocurrency

Burger King has launched its own cryptocurrency in Russia. The WhopperCoin appears to be primarily a way to cut admin costs on a loyalty scheme. Unlike most blockchain based currencies, you can’t get WhopperCoin by mining. Instead you earn one coin automatically for every rouble you spend buying a Whopper. You can then spend 1,700 […]

Game of Throne RPG In The Works?

Bethesda Game Studios, developer of Elder Scrolls and Fallout, could be working on a Game of Thrones project. There’s very little detail however, and it’s largely supposition at this point. The only ‘evidence’ at the moment comes from a poster on the NeoGAF forum having spotted a placeholder page on Target’s website that reads “Bethesda: […]

Self-Driving Cars Still Subject To Moral Dilemmas

Self-driving cars in Germany will not discriminate when it comes to deciding between two possible crash victims. Newly published guidelines say the vehicles must simply aim to minimize harm. What happens in a potential crash is a longstanding ethical issue that has come back to prominence with autonomous vehicles. Among human drivers (and hypothetical train […]

SNES Classic Hit By Language Laws

Nostalgic Quebecers hoping to buy the SNES Classic are out of luck. Nintendo has reportedly decided not to sell the console in the province thanks to language regulations. Local laws protect and promote the use of French, which is the official language of Quebec and must be used in several areas such as advertising and […]

Gadget Tracks Car Movements In Your Street

A new sensor tracks and photographs every car that drives past your house. It appears to be legal but has raised privacy questions. The BBC reports that the gadget from Flock costs $50 a year to use and the company says it will only make it available to “neighborhood leaders” with an emphasis on fighting […]