Patriot Missile Shoots Down Quadcopter Drone

An ally of the US has used a Patriot missile to shoot down a small quadcopter. A US general revealed the incident but noted it’s not exactly an economical tactic. The Patriot missile system has been in use since 1984 but came to prominence during the first Gulf War. It’s primarily designed to use radar […]

Chrome To Throttle Background Tabs

Google says it will limit the amount of processing power that background tabs can consume in Chrome. The change is designed to increase battery life on mobile devices without affecting usability too much. It builds upon an existing policy that means any background tab can only carry out actions (such as reloading data) once a […]

D&D Gets Official Rulebook App

Dungeons & Dragons is getting an official app bringing together rules, character management and discussion forums. It’s being marketed under the slogan “beyond pen and paper.” The app, titled D&D Beyond, will cover both Dungeon Masters and players. It’s designed for the fifth edition rules and will include: a digital version of the D&D compendium […]

Tim Berners-Lee Details Three Threats To The Web

World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee has labelled fake news as one of three trends that must be tackled to keep the web on track. He also targeted all-or-nothing conditions on personal data, along with unethical political advertising. Writing in The Guardian to mark the 28th anniversary of his original proposal for the web, Berners-Lee […]

Washing Machine Gets Curry Mode

Panasonic has made a washing machine for India that has a dedicated button for cleaning curry stains. It’s one of five custom cycles on the machine designed to meet the specific stains that Indian customers said were often not removed by washing machines. The others cover hair oils, sauces, general sweat, and tide marks on […]

Faulty Nintendo Switch Unveils Electro-Symphony

With any new hardware release, there’s somebody who experiences problems. For one Nintendo Switch buyer, that problem is particularly bizarre. YouTube user Shokio, who regularly posts game videos, says he was hoping to livestream a session with Zelda. Unfortunately that proved impractical thanks to a spectacular bug that means his device is now emitting a […]

Tinder Select Is Secret Section For Elites

A secret elite section of Tinder has been running for at least six months. If this is the first you’ve heard of it, you’re not one of the elite. Tinder Select is by invite only and is aimed at “CEOs, super models, and other hyper-attractive/upwardly affluent types” according to Tech Crunch. Writer Jordan Crook says […]

Netflix To Trial “Choose Your Own Adventure” Branching Storylines

Netflix is reportedly working on a “choose your own adventure” style feature with branching endings. It will test the concept with an upcoming kids’ show before moving on to more complex uses of the technology. The reports come from the Daily Mail newspaper, quoting both an unnamed source and Netflix chief Reed Hastings. The newspaper […]

League Of Legends Cheat Service Fined $10 Million

A site that offered help to cheat at League of Legends has been ordered to shut down and pay $10 million to developers Riot Games. A court ruled LeagueSharp had violated digital copyright laws. The website charged would-be cheats $15 a month to run one account and $50 a month to automate multiple accounts. It […]

IBM Patents Out-Of-Office Email

IBM has been granted a patent on a variant the out-of-office email. But it’s already agreed to release it into the public domain. The application dates back to 2010 but only made it through the US Patent Office review procedure a few weeks ago. It’s in the usual legal jargon, including a 314 word sentence, […]

Nintendo Switch Leaves Bitter Taste (Literally)

Nintendo has confirmed that the memory cards for the Switch console do indeed taste disgusting. It’s a safety measure rather than a punishment for the mildly curious. It’s not clear who was the first customer to carry out the taste test, but pre-order sales were reportedly strong and one research firm is predicting five million […]

Richard E Grant: It’s Time For A Female Doctor

As the hunt for the successor to Peter Capaldi continues, a former Doctor (of sorts) says its time for a female incarnation. Richard E Grant, who played the Doctor in an animated series that’s now generally considered non-canon, discussed the topic in an interview with SyFy Wire.