Google has a new captchaGoogle is improving the dreaded captcha, Microsoft kills off clip art, Steam starts to stream and the PlayStation turns 20 years old today.
Google's got a new CAPTCHA. I'm Jeff Bakalar filling in for Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. [MUSIC] Google has created a whole new type of CAPTCHA that prevents you from having to deal with those distorted puzzles of cryptic nonsense at the end of an online form. These strings of letters and numbers you have to decipher and then retype to prove you're human are known as Captchas. They're there to protect websites from spam bots and other nefarious robots. And as these robots have gotten more advanced they're started to been able to read distorted text. Google's new programming looks at other clues to check if you're human like your IP address and your browsing cookies. The new system will just ask you to click on a box that says you're not a robot. Now sometimes you'll still need to copy a code or solve a quick puzzle, but its designed to also be easier on mobile devices. Where instead of trying to read a jumbo font, you can quickly solve a mini photo quiz that asks you to pick which photos are similar to a given clue. Snapchat WordPress and Humble Bundle are some of the first to use the new method. It's the end of an era for another set of technology. Microsoft has killed off the Clip Art library. The quirky and let's be honest mostly lame drawings that adorned many grade school projects and office letters are no longer accessible within Office. Instead Microsoft programs will point you to use Bing image search to find photos online that you can legally use. With a Creative Commons license. It's not easy to say goodbye to the Screen Beans, remember those guys? The clip art dudes with those gigantic noes? Especially our personal favorite, Guy with the Good Idea. Twitch has a new challenger when it comes to streaming video games. Valve Steam platform has added broadcasting that will let users watch their friends play games by clicking watch game on their friend's profile. You don't need to own the game or pay a fee to watch someone else play and the broadcaster has the power to block unwanted spectators. For now, streams won't be archived so you can't watch them later. And the feature is available now for users that have opted in to the Steam client beta. Which you can find in the settings section. Finally the Playstation turns twenty today and Sony is celebrating with the Playstation four that features the original Playstation grey plastic. The bundle will also ship with a grey dual shock four and a Playstation camera. Now there's only 12,300 being made and they will be available for pre-order for just five hundred dollars this Saturday. That is your tech news update. You can always find out more by heading over to cnet.com. And, be sure to follow me on Twitter. From our studios here in New York, I'm Jeff Bakalar. [MUSIC]