AI program beats humans in poker game

AI program beats humans in poker game By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 31 January 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Rivers Casino Image caption Dong Kim was one of the four professional poker players defeated by the AI and won the prize for the best human player A poker-playing AI has beaten four human…

Website crowdsources archaeological digs

Website crowdsources archaeological digs By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 31 January 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright TED Image caption Sarah Parcak is a self-styled space archaeologist A website that will let members of the public search for potential archaeological sites has been launched. It is the brainchild of space archaeologist Dr Sarah Parcak…

There’s something creepy about this ‘soft’ robot hand that picks fruit without bruising it

[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT Robots are capable of opening doors and teaching other bots to pick-up items, but delicacy is another hurdle. Online food retailer Ocado, along with international partners, has developed a soft robot hand capable of picking fruit without bruising or damaging it. “There are 48,000 different items we have in the warehouse and…

Ocado trials fruit-picking robot

Ocado trials fruit-picking robot By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 31 January 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Ocado Online grocer Ocado has shown off a soft robotic hand that can pick fruit and vegetables, without damaging them, in its warehouses. The firm has an automated warehouse in Andover, Hampshire, where robots select…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for January 31

NASA/Goddard/Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Amazon, Microsoft and Expedia have joined their home state of Washington in legal action against the USA’s immigration ban, Twitter will be getting new anti-harassment features this week, oxygen from the Earth reaches the Moon and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every…

‘Father of Pac-Man’ Masaya Nakamura dies

‘Father of Pac-Man’ Masaya Nakamura dies 30 January 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption Masaya Nakamura (centre) with Namco vice-chairman Kyushiro Takagi (left) and with president Takeo Takasu pictured in 2005. The founder of video game company Bandai Namco, which released cult game Pac-Man, has died at the age of 91,…

Trick of the light: Nanjing’s trippy cultural centre is a mass of optical illusions

Nanjing cultural center Khoo Guo Jie / WIRED This building tricks the eye. “It’s a trapezoid structure, inclined outwards by 6.9 degrees, to enhance the perspective,” says Nils Fischer, project director for Zaha Hadid Architects, who designed the Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre. “It appears to be taller. It’s the perfect illusion.” The illusions continue…

How Google, Apple and Elon Musk are taking a stand against Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’

Demonstrators against President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban come together at 2nd Day of protests at San Francisco International Airport Getty Images / Anadolu Agency / Contributor President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, widely known as the ‘Muslim ban’, is being met with resistance by the leaders of major tech firms. ADVERTISEMENT Signed on Friday,…

Vodafone’s Indian unit in merger talks

Vodafone’s Indian unit in merger talks 30 January 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Vodafone has said its Indian business is holding talks about a major merger which would create the country’s largest telecoms firm. It said Vodafone India, the country’s second biggest mobile operator, was in negotiations with Idea Cellular, India’s…

Hungry penguins help keep car code safe

Hungry penguins help keep car code safe 30 January 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Penguins would starve if they had not figured out efficient feeding strategies Hungry penguins have inspired a novel way of making sure computer code in smart cars does not crash. Tools based on the…

Not guilty plea in landmark Kodi box trial

Not guilty plea in landmark Kodi box trial 27 January 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Twitter Image caption Brian Thompson’s case is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK Brian Thompson, a shopkeeper from Middlesbrough, has pleaded not guilty in a landmark case, challenging the legality of video-streaming set-top…

Robots and drones take over classrooms

Robots and drones take over classrooms 27 January 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Robots are finding their way into the classroom Classrooms are noticeably more hi-tech these days – interactive boards, laptops and online learning plans proliferate, but has the curriculum actually changed or are children simply learning the same…

Missingno’s revenge: trading the infamous glitch Pokémon to Sun and Moon can break the game

Game Freak / Nintendo Pokémon Bank’s recent compatibility update, bringing it into line with Sun and Moon has meant the resurfacing of one of Pokémon’s oldest, most notorious glitches. ADVERTISEMENT Missingno – alternatively MissingNo or MissingNO, and short for ‘missing number’ – became a playground legend when the original Pokémon Red and Blue games were…

Facebook snaps up Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra

Facebook snaps up Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra 26 January 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Barra is a prominent technology executive Facebook has hired Hugo Barra to lead its development of virtual reality products, following his departure from Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi. Mr Barra announced his decision to leave China on…

Facebook now supports U2F authentication to make your profile ‘unhackable’

Facebook is giving its site security a boost by adding support for Fido’s Universal 2nd factor (U2F) authentication. Getting started with two-factor authentication Getting started with two-factor authentication ADVERTISEMENT The security standard was developed by Google, Yubico and NXP Semiconductors “to deliver easy-to-use, strong public key cryptography for internet scale” and is now run by…

Ghost Recon Wildlands can’t shake its Far Cry fixation

Ubisoft Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon games have traditionally been about precise military tactics. Previous entries have favoured considered, cover-based approaches to enemy situations over run-and-gun bravado. Even when the series dabbled with borderline sci-fi scenarios – as in 2012’s Future Soldier – the franchise has maintained a mostly serious tone. ADVERTISEMENT Ghost Recon: Wildlands is not…

Apocalypse Now is being turned into a video game

Screencap via Kickstarter Apocalypse Now, director Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic 1979 movie that became a definitive pop culture text on the Vietnam War, is set to become a video game. ADVERTISEMENT The game is being developed by Coppola’s American Zoetrope studio and a “cross-disciplinary team of AAA game developers, motion picture professionals and interactive creatives”,…

Kaspersky security researcher arrested in Russia

Kaspersky security researcher arrested in Russia 26 January 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Kaspersky Labs Image caption Mr Stoyanov worked on breaches and cybercrime groups at Kaspersky Labs A cybersecurity researcher working for anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab in Russia has been arrested. Ruslan Stoyanov, a member of Kasperksy’s investigations team, was arrested in…

Apple sues chip-maker Qualcomm in China

Apple sues chip-maker Qualcomm in China 26 January 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Qualcomm supplies modem chips for the most widely-used smartphones Apple has filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm in China seeking 1bn yuan (£115m) in damages, claiming the chip maker has abused its market position. Apple has also…

Trump’s inauguration breaks live streaming records

Trump’s inauguration breaks live streaming records 25 January 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters US President Donald Trump’s inauguration was the most watched news event streamed online to date, analysts suggest. At its peak, a record 8.7Tbps of live video was streamed, according to content delivery network Akamai Technologies. The previous record of…

Pokémon Bank update means you can finally catch ’em all on Pokémon Sun and Moon

The Pokémon Company Pokémon Bank, the cloud-based transfer service that allows players to store thousands of captured creatures online, has finally been updated to support Pokémon Sun and Moon. ADVERTISEMENT Those games, released in November, feature just 302 Pokémon (the final two, Magearna and Marshadow, only being available through special distribution events). However, long-time fans…

Google brings AI to Raspberry Pi

Google brings AI to Raspberry Pi 25 January 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Raspberry Pi Foundation Image caption Raspberry Pi makers have tied up with Google previously Google is planning to bring artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to the Raspberry Pi. The low-cost credit-card sized computer is widely used by schools and…