Friendly robot Pepper makes European debut in French store

Oct 21, 2015

Friendly robot Pepper makes European debut in French store

Pepper the humanoid robot made its European debut on Tuesday helping shoppers with wine, and more, in a major shop in France. The test run involves seven robots stationed in different parts of a Claye-Souilly region Carrefour store, where they are programmed to do ...

Government leans on mobile carriers to simplify pricing

Oct 20, 2015

Government leans on mobile carriers to simplify pricing

The government has said the pricing schemes used in mobile phone services lack transparency and fairness, with bills taking up a rising share of household budgets. Customers need more control over components of the plans, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Monday. His ...

Apple puts two new iPhones on sale in Japan

Sep 25, 2015

Apple puts two new iPhones on sale in Japan

Apple Inc.’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones went on sale in Japan on Friday, pitting the country’s three major mobile phone carriers against each other in a fierce competition to win new subscribers. The new models feature 3-D Touch technology that recognizes ...

Drunken Kanagawa man arrested after kicking SoftBank robot

Sep 7, 2015

Drunken Kanagawa man arrested after kicking SoftBank robot

A drunken 60-year-old man was arrested for allegedly kicking a Pepper robot in a fit of rage at a SoftBank Corp. store, police said. According to the Kanagawa Prefectural Police, Kiichi Ishikawa from Yokosuka entered the local SoftBank branch Sunday morning and kicked a ...

Aug 19, 2015

SoftBank beefs up Sprint stake with second purchase this month

SoftBank Group increased its stake in Sprint Corp. a second time this month, acquiring ¥7.51 billion($73 million) of stock in the unprofitable U.S. wireless operator. The Japanese carrier paid for 16.8 million shares, according to Bloomberg calculations based on a SoftBank filing with the ...

SoftBank increases stake in Sprint with ¥10.86 billion investment

Aug 13, 2015

SoftBank increases stake in Sprint with ¥10.86 billion investment

SoftBank Group Corp. said Thursday it has invested another ¥10.86 billion ($87 million) in Sprint Corp., underscoring billionaire founder Masayoshi Son’s commitment to turning around the money-losing U.S. wireless carrier. The Japanese telecommunications and Internet business group bought 22.9 million Sprint shares at an ...