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Google Creates AI That Can Play Atari Games Better Than You

Constantly looking for the next big leap in machine-learning, a Google project has set one of the most advanced AI in the world to playing video games. The project comes from DeepMind Technologies, a London-based start-up that Google purchased last year. Researchers showed the AI 49 games on the …

Researchers develop 100Gbps light-based wireless network

Oxford researchers are working on a wireless communications system that uses light rather than radio waves to send data<p>Researchers at Oxford University are developing a wireless networking technology that uses light to beam information through the air at more than 100 gigabits per second (Gbps).<p>The …

Nanotech

Video: Fly through the largest picture ever taken

Fly-through video of the largest image ever taken, of the Andromeda galaxy, nearest spiral galaxy to our Milky Way. Prepare to feel small!<p>Did you see …

You can buy a giant mech suit on Amazon Japan for $1 million

We've been tracking the Kuratas mech suit -- a 13-foot-tall tribute to anime fandom that you can actually ride -- for a few years, but now it looks it's finally ready up for order on Amazon Japan. That is, if you've got $1 million ... and live in the Kyoto region of Japan. Oh, and you better be …

Anime

'Tekken 7' Producer Responds To Narrow Minded People, Earns My Respect

Long term Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada recently reacted to people who were upset that the upcoming Tekken 7 is getting an Arabic character added to the playable roster. Some of them even wanted the character removed. His response was rather great really.<p>Bear in mind that this new character, …

Gaming

Watch This Man Turn a DeLorean Into a Monster Truck, a Limo, and a Hovercraft

Avoid flat-spotting and choose your own tire-storage adventure.<p>John Z. DeLorean's DMC-12 began with an ambitious idea—a Wankel-powered sportscar—that was whittled down by production pressures and other issues to become a not-particularly-sporty shadow of DeLorean's dream. It became an icon in spite …

Trucks

Google enlists balloon experts from French space agency to bring Project Loon to life

Google is enlisting some of the world's foremost experts on balloons to turn its ambitious Project Loon into reality. The search company has partnered up with French space agency CNES to "pool resources and research" and help complete Google's plan to bring high-speed internet to poor, rural …

German Pedestrians Can Now Play ‘Pong’ With Each Other While Waiting At The Crosswalk

Whenever the words “traffic” and “pong” come to mind, I imagine a <i>Frogger</i>-like situation with real people. A few German students had a different game in mind when they initially proposed their “StreetPong” concept back in 2012. Give or take a few European adjustments (i.e. “pong” = “soccer”), it’s …

Here Are Microsoft's New Robot Security Guards

Microsoft recently installed a fleet of 5-feet-tall, 300-pound robots to protect its Silicon Valley campus. The robots are packed with HD security cameras and sensors to take in their organic, protein-based surroundings. There's also an artificial intelligence on board that can sound alarms when …

New York City Has A New Plan To Give Everyone High-Speed WiFi Internet Access For Free

The plan, called LinkNYC, will replace the city's aging pay phone system with "Links."<p>Links are hubs for free Wi-Fi that run at up to gigabit speeds, and they offer a bunch of other services, including free phone calls within the U.S., access to 311 and 911, a free charging station for your phone, …

People are hacking electronic transport tickets to score free rides

There's an Opal Card rebellion going on in Sydney. A group of dedicated tightarses are using hacks on the new transport card system to save …

Researchers force 3D-printed robots to adapt to their environment

Robots will need to pave the way to Mars before we humans go, but what if they fall apart? Researchers from the University of Oslo have designed bots that can adapt to unforeseen problems and even 3D-print new parts for themselves. For instance, the crawler shown above actually used to have four …

These programming skills will earn you the most money

<i>This post has been corrected</i><p>If you want to provoke an argument among computer programmers, ask them to pick their favorite coding language or framework. But even more contentious in an environment where engineers literally have agents, is which is the most lucrative.<p>Quora threads on the subject …

Audi says it has 'mastered' hydrogen fuel cells and is ready to launch them

A hydrogen version of the A7 will go over 300 miles on a tank<p>At the LA Auto Show today, Audi unveiled the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro, a modified version of its swoopy four-door coupe that swaps out the traditional drivetrain for a hydrogen fuel cell and electric motors at the front and rear. It'll …

Wal-Mart got scammed into selling PS4 consoles for $90 (update)

Customers have used Wal-Mart's price-matching promotional in order to purchase $400 PlayStation 4 consoles for a fraction of the retail price using third-party sellers on Amazon.com, CNBC reports.<p>Earlier this month, the retailer announced it would begin a price-match promotion with select online …

This Portable Raspberry Pi Console Will Bring Back The Arcade Games Of Your Misspent Youth

The eNcade hopes to capitalize on your misplaced nostalgia. Essentially a Raspberry Pi inside a cute case, the portable console promises to add online multi-player to classic games, thereby allowing you to Joust with players around the world or Mario Brothers your friends across town.<p>The console is …

Adobe Launches Brackets V1.0, An Open-source Text Editor for Web Designers

Adobe has just released version 1.0 of Brackets, its free open-source text editor that’s built in HTML, CSS and JavaScript, for coding HTML, CSS and JavaScript.<p>Available for Windows, Mac and Linux, Brackets is aimed at Web designers and developers, with focused features like Live Preview to easily …

Operator deliberately destroyed rocket

<b>(CNN) —</b> The unmanned Antares rocket that exploded off the coast of Virginia was deliberately destroyed after it became apparent there was a problem, a spokesman for Orbital Sciences Corporation said Thursday.<p>The flight termination system was engaged, Barron Beneski, vice president of corporate …