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May 18, 2016

Sony invests in U.S. artificial intelligence venture

Sony Corp. said Wednesday it has invested in U.S. artificial intelligence startup Cogitai, aiming to develop new AI technologies and release products within the next three years. Sony is believed to have obtained a roughly 20 percent stake in the company that was founded ...

Hoping for a blockbuster, 'Tetris' game inspires movie

May 18, 2016

Hoping for a blockbuster, 'Tetris' game inspires movie

It could be a blockbuster. At least that’s what a Chinese-American movie studio hopes to produce in a sci-fi thriller based on the popular 1980s video game “Tetris.” The $80 million (¥8.72 billion) project is the first from the newly formed Threshold Global Studios, ...

| May 18, 2016

Nikkei falls back on weaker U.S. stocks

The benchmark Nikkei average turned lower on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Wednesday, as purchases triggered by stronger-than-expected economic growth failed to offset downward pressure from an overnight fallback in U.S. equities. The 225-issue Nikkei average lost 8.11 points, or 0.05 percent, to end at ...

May 17, 2016

Fujitsu to co-develop 3-D laser tech to assist gymnastics scoring

Fujitsu Ltd. and the Japan Gymnastics Association will jointly develop a system to help judge gymnastics using three-dimensional laser sensors and data processing technology. The move seeks to address the “extraordinarily rapid advance of gymnastic techniques,” which has made it sometimes “difficult to accurately ...

May 17, 2016

Japan household savings hit record ¥18 million in 2015

The average savings at households in 2015 rose 0.4 percent to ¥18.05 million, the highest level since officials began compiling comparable data in 2002, the internal affairs ministry said. The balance grew for the third consecutive year, thanks chiefly to a rise in the ...

Twitter bending 140-character limit to fit way people tweet

May 17, 2016

Twitter bending 140-character limit to fit way people tweet

Twitter is making a major shift in how it counts characters in tweets, giving users more freedom to compose longer messages. The social media company will soon stop counting photos and links as part of its 140-character limit for messages, according to a person ...