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Panasonic to sell robot suits starting in September

Jul 3, 2015

Panasonic to sell robot suits starting in September

Panasonic Corp. has announced it will start selling robot suits designed to aid human movement in farming, construction work and nursing care starting in September. Each robot suit will sell for around ¥1 million ($8,100), the company said Thursday. Panasonic expects growing demand for ...

Jul 2, 2015

PayPal buys international money-sending service Xoom

Online payment titan PayPal said Wednesday it is buying international money-sending service Xoom in a deal valued at $890 million. PayPal, a subsidiary of eBay, will pay $25 per share of Xoom in what amounts to a premium of 32 percent over the stock’s ...

Japanese cat-collecting game is apps' meow

Jun 29, 2015

Japanese cat-collecting game is apps' meow

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The smartphone game “Neko Atsume” (Cat Collecting) is gaining a worldwide following for its nonsense and adorableness. The Japanese app has already logged more than 5.5 million downloads since it was launched in October. Although not available in English, 30 to 40 percent of ...

Lexus heads back to the future with 'hoverboard'

Jun 28, 2015

Lexus heads back to the future with 'hoverboard'

Watch out, world. Toyota is heading back to the future. The automaker has hinted it’s looking into flying cars. Now its Lexus luxury brand has actually built a working model of a “hoverboard.” That’s right, an actual working hoverboard. It’s real, but not for ...

JR Tokai has fastest maglev in the world: Guinness World Records

Jun 26, 2015

JR Tokai has fastest maglev in the world: Guinness World Records

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said Friday that its magnetically levitated shinkansen was recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest maglev in the world as of Thursday after achieving a speed of 603 kph in April. During a test run in Yamanashi ...

New self-driving Google cars plying Silicon Valley roads

Jun 26, 2015

New self-driving Google cars plying Silicon Valley roads

The latest models of Google’s self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company’s Silicon Valley headquarters in a test of how they work around other vehicles driven by people. It’s the first time that the pod-like, two-seat vehicles have been allowed ...

Jun 25, 2015

Microsoft makes Word available on Android phones

Microsoft on Wednesday followed through on a promise to release versions of its Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs for smartphones running on Google-backed Android software. The apps, which hit shelves of Google’s online Play Store, build on a Microsoft strategy to make its applications ...

Google debuts News Lab to hone skills of Internet Age journalists

Jun 23, 2015

Google debuts News Lab to hone skills of Internet Age journalists

Google on Monday launched an online lab where journalists can learn or sharpen Internet Age reporting skills. The News Lab mission is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to apply technology innovations to reporting news, lab director Steve Grove said, in a blog post. ...