Gaming

Pokémon Go creators launch AR-game contest that (nearly) resembles American Idol

Enlarge Niantic How could Niantic, the leading developers of Pokémon Go, possibly top its augmented-reality (AR) gaming sensation? Today’s announcement from the studio hints at its future strategy: find someone else to do it. The Niantic Beyond Reality Developer Contest talks up a prize pool of more than $ 1 million, but the real meat […]

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Was Amazon’s Headquarters Contest a Bait-and-Switch? Critics Say Yes

Was Amazon’s Headquarters Contest a Bait-and-Switch? Critics Say Yes ImageCreditCreditFrom left; Lucas Jackson/Reuters, Jared Soares for The New York Times, Joshua Bright for The New York Times, Kevin Lamarque, via Reuters, Joshua Bright for The New York Times, Jared Soares for The New York Times. By David Streitfeld Nov. 6, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — What […]

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Google bans birds on bikes from algorithm contest

Google wants pictures of bicycles and birds that can defeat image-recognition algorithms, as part of a contest launched to improve the technology. While it is easy for humans to tell the difference between birds and bikes, computer systems can struggle to do so. Prize money will be awarded for pictures that can fool image-recognition algorithms, […]

Photography

Judges in top photo contest rule anteater in winning image is stuffed

Marcio Cabral’s photo of an anteater beside a termite mound glowing with click beetles is a real stunner — at first glance at least. Indeed, it so impressed judges of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest that they awarded Cabral top prize in the Animals in their Environment category. But having received tip-offs from […]