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Cosmetics firm Shiseido rolls out smile-rating app

How do you know if you’ve got that winning smile? There’s an app for that. Japanese cosmetics firm Shiseido says it has come up with a system to rate a person’s smile by measuring facial movements. Users look into a tablet device with the app, and it gives them a ...

Need a ride? Your local 3-D printer can build this minibus

Jun 17, 2016

Need a ride? Your local 3-D printer can build this minibus

A new maker of self-driving vehicles burst onto the scene Thursday in partnership with IBM’s supercomputer platform Watson, and it is ready to roll right now. Arizona-based startup Local Motors is offering Olli, an electric minibus capable of carrying 12 people. It says the ...

French IS killer's Facebook broadcast underscores live video challenges

Jun 15, 2016

French IS killer's Facebook broadcast underscores live video challenges

After Larossi Abballa killed a French police commander and the commander’s partner on Tuesday, he took to Facebook Live to encourage viewers in a 12-minute video to follow his example: Kill prison staff, police officials, journalists, lawmakers. The incident underscores the immense challenges companies ...

Siri smartens up as Apple debuts new AI functions, services

Jun 14, 2016

Siri smartens up as Apple debuts new AI functions, services

Apple is working to make its iPhone and other gadgets smarter, responding to competitors’ recent moves by building more artificial intelligence into its Siri digital assistant, photos, maps and other online services. The tech giant kicked off its annual software conference by announcing new ...

Drone services starting to take off in Japan

Jun 13, 2016

Drone services starting to take off in Japan

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Domestic companies are coming up with a series of new services that leverage the latest in drone technology. MicroAd Inc., a Tokyo-based online advertising company, has unveiled a service called Sky Magic to produce sound-and-light extravaganzas. Drones illuminated with LED lights can project logos, ...

Drone giant DJI moves beyond selfies to look down on the farm

Jun 10, 2016

Drone giant DJI moves beyond selfies to look down on the farm

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With its ubiquitous Phantom drones, Chinese manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co. brought aerial photography to millions. Now, with dozens of competitors biting at its heels, the world’s biggest producer of consumer drones needs to prove that its products are more than just glorified selfie ...