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Pillow talk goes mobile with new phone holder

Jun 7, 2015

Pillow talk goes mobile with new phone holder

What’s shaped like your friend and even sounds like your friend, but isn’t actually your friend? Why, a human-shaped pillow with a slot in its head for a cellphone, of course. One Japanese venture is looking to solve that problem of feeling distant when ...

Apple Watch coming to stores on June 26

Jun 5, 2015

Apple Watch coming to stores on June 26

Apple Inc. said it would start selling some models of its watch at retail stores this month, and also roll out the gadget in seven more countries. The watch has been on display in Apple stores since April 10, when it became available for ...

Tomy, Docomo unveil conversational robot toy

Jun 4, 2015

Tomy, Docomo unveil conversational robot toy

by Kazuaki Nagata

Tomy Co. on Thursday introduced a conversation robot jointly developed with NTT Docomo Inc. that it claims can hold “natural” conversations with people. “We want to develop toys that are not only for play, but also for jumping into people’s everyday lives to make ...

Nintendo's 'Splatoon' shooter rivals 'Call of Duty' in reviews

Jun 3, 2015

Nintendo's 'Splatoon' shooter rivals 'Call of Duty' in reviews

Game reviews ranked Nintendo Co.’s “Splatoon” almost on par with best-seller “Call of Duty,” giving an early indication of success for the company’s first-ever foray into the online shooter genre on its console. “Splatoon,” a family friendly action game where players spray ink instead ...

 PS4 Godzilla game steers clear of radiation, atomic weapons

Jun 3, 2015

PS4 Godzilla game steers clear of radiation, atomic weapons

by Yuri Kageyama

Godzillas galore, including last year’s Hollywood version, stomp on buildings, thrashing about and breathing fire, in a video game going on sale globally in mid-July. But don’t expect any references to radiation, the mutant reptile’s trademark affliction. Simply named “Godzilla,” it’s the first video ...

Google unveils Android's latest technological tricks at annual event

May 29, 2015

Google unveils Android's latest technological tricks at annual event

Google’s next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants and protect privacy on mobile devices, the company announced Thursday as it duels with Apple in the quest to make its technology indispensable. Google also announced an ...

DeNA, ZMP plan to launch driverless taxi service

May 29, 2015

DeNA, ZMP plan to launch driverless taxi service

by Kazuaki Nagata

As the IT revolution injects extra octane into the auto industry with driverless technology, DeNA Co. said Thursday it will steer toward an innovative new target: robot taxis. Best known for its Mobage cellphone video game platform, DeNA said it will team up with ...

Docomo set to boost its biometrics lineup

May 26, 2015

Docomo set to boost its biometrics lineup

by Kazuaki Nagata

Aiming to liberate users from a hassle of memorizing passwords, NTT Docomo Inc. said Tuesday it will increase its lineup of biometrics-deployed handsets and services because biometric technology for identity recognition will make mobile telephones more convenient. “From now on, I think it will ...