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How the Alibaba machine worked to conquer Washington

In 2011, a respected anti-counterfeiting coalition in Washington escalated its fight against the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, saying that its websites served as a 24-hour market “for counterfeiters and pirates” and should be blacklisted. Fast forward to 2016. That lobbying group, the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, called Alibaba “one of our ...

Sharp releases portable 'robot' phone

May 26, 2016

Sharp releases portable 'robot' phone

Sharp Corp. on Thursday began selling a humanoid robot phone armed with artificial intelligence features and carrying a price tag of ¥213,840 (about $2,000). The electronics maker is producing 5,000 units of the product, called RoBoHoN, per month. The launch of the phone is ...

Microsoft's Windows 10 push comes to shove for some users

May 26, 2016

Microsoft's Windows 10 push comes to shove for some users

Microsoft really, REALLY wants you to upgrade to Windows 10. Since last summer, the tech giant has pushed and prodded PC owners to upgrade their machines to its latest Windows version. While the upgrade is currently free for most consumers with Windows PCs, critics ...

Apple explores charging stations for electric vehicles

May 26, 2016

Apple explores charging stations for electric vehicles

Apple Inc. is investigating how to charge electric cars, talking to charging station companies and hiring engineers with expertise in the area, according to people familiar with the matter and a review of LinkedIn profiles. For more than a year, Silicon Valley has been ...

May 20, 2016

Google patent glues pedestrians to self-driving cars

Google on Thursday had a fresh U.S. patent for a sticky coating that could be applied to self-driving cars so pedestrians stick instead of bouncing off when hit. The patent describes a layer of adhesive on a car’s hood, front bumper and possibly front ...

SoftBank's Pepper robot becomes Android friendly

May 19, 2016

SoftBank's Pepper robot becomes Android friendly

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SoftBank Robotics Corp. said Thursday it has expanded opportunities for app developers to use Google’s Android platform for its humanoid robot Pepper. It hopes to encourage more programmers to develop apps for the device. An Android-ready Pepper model will go on sale in July, ...

Google echoes Amazon's Echo, opens new virtual-reality door

May 19, 2016

Google echoes Amazon's Echo, opens new virtual-reality door

Google wants to play an even bigger role in managing people’s daily lives, while also nudging them into an alternate reality, as the Internet company responds to competitive threats posed by Facebook, Amazon and Apple. As part of an onslaught of upcoming products, Google ...

May 17, 2016

Fujitsu to co-develop 3-D laser tech to assist gymnastics scoring

Fujitsu Ltd. and the Japan Gymnastics Association will jointly develop a system to help judge gymnastics using three-dimensional laser sensors and data processing technology. The move seeks to address the “extraordinarily rapid advance of gymnastic techniques,” which has made it sometimes “difficult to accurately ...

Twitter bending 140-character limit to fit way people tweet

May 17, 2016

Twitter bending 140-character limit to fit way people tweet

Twitter is making a major shift in how it counts characters in tweets, giving users more freedom to compose longer messages. The social media company will soon stop counting photos and links as part of its 140-character limit for messages, according to a person ...

Hyperloop One test bodes well for transit's fast future

May 12, 2016

Hyperloop One test bodes well for transit's fast future

The possible future of transit zipped along a short track in the desert outside Las Vegas on Wednesday before sliding to a stop in a bed of sand, sending up a tan wave. Hyperloop One, a startup hoping to revolutionize transport systems, held its ...