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Drone-makers say demand will take off in Japan

by Kazuaki Nagata

Despite a spate of headlines showing drone users to be reckless attention-seekers or outright dangerous, the industry believes the sky is the limit for demand for unmanned copters. Representatives attending Japan’s first major industry exhibition Wednesday said they expect the market for unmanned multirotor aerial vehicles to soar in years ...

May 17, 2015

Jet.com looks to challenge Amazon

Jet.com has yet to launch its online retail site to the public but has already drawn attention as a would-be game-changer that could take on Internet giant Amazon. Jet has raised $220 million so far for an e-commerce service with some 1,600 retail partners, ...

May 7, 2015

New app can send self-destructing email from ordinary accounts

A startup company wants to make your emails vanish forever — but in a good way. The firm, Confidential CC, has created an application that lets people send self-destructing messages from whatever email accounts they fancy. Unlike rival apps dedicated to sending messages or ...

Daimler debuts self-driving semi-truck

May 6, 2015

Daimler debuts self-driving semi-truck

Its name is “Inspiration,” and Daimler Trucks says it is the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads — in this case Nevada’s highways — not only for testing, but business, too. Daimler Trucks North America LLC debuted the self-driving big ...

China's cybersecurity push sparks a 'gold rush' in tech products

May 6, 2015

China's cybersecurity push sparks a 'gold rush' in tech products

Zhang Long made his fortune selling pu’er fermented tea and handcrafted furniture from the mountains of his native Yunnan province in southwest China. Last November, the 49-year old entrepreneur, who has no technology background, strode into a Beijing ballroom to pitch his latest made-in-China ...

May 6, 2015

U.S. gives farmers approval to spray crops from drones

A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said Tuesday. The drone, called the RMAX, is a remotely piloted helicopter that weighs 207 pounds (94 kilograms), ...

As sensors shrink in size, 'wearable' gadgets may fall out of sight

May 1, 2015

As sensors shrink in size, 'wearable' gadgets may fall out of sight

Forget “wearables.” The next big thing in mobile devices is “disappearables.” Even as the new Apple Watch piques consumer interest in wrist-worn devices, the pace of innovation and the tumbling cost, and size, of components will make wearables smaller — so small, some in ...

Tesla unveils battery to 'transform energy infrastructure'

May 1, 2015

Tesla unveils battery to 'transform energy infrastructure'

Electric car pioneer Telsa Motors on Thursday unveiled a “home battery,” which company founder Elon Musk said would help change the “entire energy infrastructure of the world.” The Tesla Powerwall can store power from solar panels or from the electricity grid at night, when ...

Dark tattoos daunt Apple Watch

May 1, 2015

Dark tattoos daunt Apple Watch

Apple aficionados who are also fans of body art are finding out that dark tattoos can daunt the iconic company’s hot new smartwatch. An online Apple support page on Thursday warned that “ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the ...

Microsoft to embrace Apple, Android in major strategy shift

Apr 30, 2015

Microsoft to embrace Apple, Android in major strategy shift

Microsoft hopes to get more people using the next version of its Windows software on all kinds of devices by giving them access to many of the same apps they’re already using on Apple or Android phones. In a major strategy shift, a top ...