Emerging Tech

An A.I. is designing retro video games — and they’re surprisingly good

[embedded content] Google DeepMind demonstrated a few years back that artificial intelligence (A.I.) could learn to play retro video games better than the majority of human players, without requiring any instruction as to how they should accomplish the feat. Now, researchers from Georgia Tech have taken the next logical leap by demonstrating how A.I. can be […]

Gears & Gadgets

EU taking another look at phone chargers because they’re still not standardized

Enlarge / USB Type-C cable and port. USB-IF EU regulators are planning to investigate if there’s a need for a legal mandate to force phone manufacturers to use standard chargers. Should they do so, proprietary chargers—including Apple’s non-standard Lightning connector on its phones—could wind up being prohibited. For the better part of a decade, the […]

Gears & Gadgets

The Surface Go reviews are in, and… they’re a bit all over the place

Enlarge / Surface Go. Microsoft Surface Go—Microsoft’s 10-inch, $ 399 tablet—launches today in 25 markets. Many publications around the Web have had a couple of days to review Microsoft’s latest attempt at a cheap(ish) computer, and opinions are surprisingly varied. Surface Go is a shrunk-down version of the Surface Pro, Microsoft’s kickstand-equipped two-in-one tablet/laptop. It […]