Truly intelligent enemies could change the face of gaming

Live, die, repeat — the tagline for the 2014 science-fiction film Edge of Tomorrow — describes its protagonist, who “respawned” every time he died in the real world. Critics noted that the conceit resembled the cyclical experience of playing a video game, in which dying resets a staged arrangement of obstacles. Often these are enemies, […]

A Paris school is using AI to monitor distracted students

LCA iLearning For those of us who zone out during university lectures, the temptation multiplies when you taking classes from home. Next fall, a business school in France will try to stop online students from getting distracted with an AI app called Nestor. To judge your level of attention, it can track your face and […]

Windows metadata bug has been waiting to cripple older machines (updated)

Reuters If you’re still using Windows 7 or Windows 8, there’s another security issue you need to be aware of aside from Wannacry. This one won’t hold your computer ransom for bitcoin, though. Actually, it might be more annoying than it is dangerous. Researchers from Aladdin RD, an information security company, recently discovered (translated) that […]

Facebook and Google ask Congress for surveillance reform (again)

Jeff Wasserman / Alamy It’s no secret that the American government monitors the web data of non-citizens it considers potential threats. But major tech companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Google are looking to change the way that surveillance is handled by the government. The government is authorized to look through the web activity of […]

The best turntable for casual listening

The Wirecutter By Chris Heinonen This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer’s guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here. After spending over 50 total hours comparing turntables and […]

The exciting world of credit card terminals is coming to VR

Bloomberg via Getty Images In maybe the most boring VR announcement to date, payment processing company WorldPay has decided to bring its services to virtual worlds. The UK-based company, one of the leading payment processors worldwide, used the HTC Vive for its prototype. In their system, to pay for an in-game item you use the […]

Almost every adult still watches TV the old-fashioned way

jakkapan21 Surprise: an overwhelming majority of adults still watch TV on a TV despite cord-cutting and the prevalence of mobile broadband. 92 percent of those aged 18 and older according to a recent report from Nielsen, to be exact. “Sure, viewers have more options today, but when looking at platforms in a comparative fashion, it’s […]

Google will work with Vietnam to remove ‘toxic’ content

Shutterstock / l i g h t p o e t In line with recent agreements to prune their internet content in certain countries, Google’s parent company Alphabet will now work with Vietnam’s government to remove “toxic” information from its sites. The announcement came today following a meeting between Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt and Vietnamese […]

Uber is free to operate in Italy on a long-term basis

Getty Images/iStockphoto If you’re in Italy, you can use Uber. A court in Rome today annulled a temporary ban placed on Uber in early April that prevented the company from advertising and operating throughout the country. This didn’t completely stop Uber from infiltrating Italy, though: The ban was suspended about a week after its implementation […]

Forget flying cars and get ready for air taxis

Airbus Flying cars are dumb. Yes, the cars in Blade Runner, The 5th Element and Back to the Future are cool, and who wouldn’t want to push a button and take to the sky in their Honda Civic? But it’s not going to happen any time in the next few decades, if ever. Frankly, the […]