Google Street View Accidentally Made an Algorithm That Cracks CAPTCHAs

House numbers on Google Street View can turn up as blobby, blurry things, so its engineers built a pretty crazy neural network to decipher them. Except this algorithm also turns out to be very very good at deciphering other blobby, blurry texts—like CAPTCHAs, which it cracks with 99 percent accuracy. Take that, human. » 4/16/14 6:40pm Yesterday 6:40pm

A Google Glass App That Helps the Watchers Watch the Watchmen

If you're committed to avoiding the gaze of the ever-growing number of cameras recording our every move, Google Glass hardly seems like a sensible purchase. That is, unless your face-computer can steer you around each camera's field of view. Enter Sander Veenhof's new Glass app, Watch Your Privacy. Now, you and your… » 4/16/14 2:20pm Yesterday 2:20pm

Project Tango Teardown: Google's Crazy Camera System (Oh, And a Phone)

Google's Project Tango isn't coming to stores near you any time soon. You wouldn't even know what to do with it if it did. Still, the folks at iFixit got their hands on one and tore it apart. What's inside? Mostly a ton of crazy cameras, with a phone almost as an afterthought. » 4/16/14 9:28am Yesterday 9:28am

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review: Less Is So Much More

If you can say one thing about Samsung's Galaxy S line of smartphones, it's that they consistently pair some of the best hardware with inexplicable software. The S5 scales back Samsung's bells and whistles, which helps make it easily the best Galaxy phone yet. If only they'd gone even further. » 4/15/14 10:20am Tuesday 10:20am

Google Bought a Drone Company, Which Isn't At All Creepy, Nope

The Wall Street Journal has just confirmed that Google will be purchasing Titan Aerospace, the same high-altitude drone startup that Facebook had been in talks with earlier this year. » 4/14/14 2:14pm Monday 2:14pm