Phone-charging stations set for Tokyo tourist spots

Jul 23, 2015

Phone-charging stations set for Tokyo tourist spots

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Running out of battery power on your smartphone in Tokyo? Don’t panic, soon you will be able to access a number of free recharging stations at popular sightseeing spots across the metropolis. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced this week that the first solar-powered battery ...

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 ...

Fish distributor thrives as tablets speed up orders

Feb 27, 2015

Fish distributor thrives as tablets speed up orders

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Hachimenroppi Inc., a Tokyo-based venture, is growing rapidly thanks to its tablet computer-based platform for distributing fresh fish. The company provides tablets to restaurants free of charge, allowing them to order fish based on their prospects for arrival at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market, the nation’s ...

Jan 16, 2015

Impact of social media on stress is complicated, study says

Using digital technologies doesn’t directly cause stress, but social media can increase awareness of problems facing friends and family, and this stress is “contagious,” researchers said on Thursday. A report by the Pew Research Center and Rutgers University researchers concluded that the stress facing ...

Selfie sticks: useful or narcissi-stick?

Jan 12, 2015

Selfie sticks: useful or narcissi-stick?

Selfies at tourist attractions are nothing new. But until recently, if you wanted a perfectly composed picture of yourself with Times Square or the Colosseum in the background, you might have asked a passer-by to take the photo. Now, though, relatively new gadgets called ...

Firms chase how to use mountain of health data

Jan 12, 2015

Firms chase how to use mountain of health data

It’s not just about how many steps you’ve taken or how many calories you’ve burned in a day. Wearable fitness trackers and health monitors are becoming more commonplace and diverse, but just what do you do with all of that data? “We have a ...

Consumer tech show shines spotlight on gadgets for healthy living

Jan 9, 2015

Consumer tech show shines spotlight on gadgets for healthy living

From bracelets that measure body fat to robots that coach children through chemotherapy, the International CES electronics trade show brimmed with gadgets promising prescriptions for healthier lives. Innovations on display by companies such as California-based Neurosky and Melomind of Paris involved measuring brain activity ...

Jan 8, 2015

Don't sound the death knell for the PC just yet

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A year ago, pundits were declaring the personal computer dead. Smartphones and tablets were cannibalizing sales, and the once revolutionary PC seemed unnecessary — and boring. Sure, a smartphone is great for checking emails, snapping photos and playing games. Tablets are perfect for watching ...

China takes the lead in fast-growing drone market

| Jan 8, 2015

China takes the lead in fast-growing drone market

An amateur photographer in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, drew crowds when he used a drone minihelicopter made by China’s DJI Technology Co. to capture images of historic church steeples and other sights. “I get some amazing photos with it,” said Scott Richardson, a voice teacher ...