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Sony's Yoshida affirms faith in indie developers

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Shuhei Yoshida, the bespectacled president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, didn’t attend the BitSummit independent game festival in Kyoto on July 11 simply to deliver a speech and reaffirm Sony’s commitment to indie developers — he wanted to try out some games. And so, before and after his speech, ...

Rochester bags $600 million hub for photonics R&D

Jul 28, 2015

Rochester bags $600 million hub for photonics R&D

Rochester, whose fortunes have risen and fallen with the demand for futuristic technologies from former powerhouses like Xerox and Kodak, is looking for its next big breakthrough in the field of integrated photonics, a light science with the potential to transform communications, medicine and ...

The A-Z on Japan's new SIM card vending machines

Jul 24, 2015

The A-Z on Japan's new SIM card vending machines

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On Friday, two SIM card vending machines were launched at Narita International Airport aimed at making travel easier for Japan’s increasing number of inbound tourists. After featuring a story on the new machines in The Japan Times, feedback indicated that readers wanted to know ...

Showroom offers taste of what living with a robot will be like

Jul 24, 2015

Showroom offers taste of what living with a robot will be like

What will it be like living with a humanoid robot that can read human emotions and exchange conversations with them? SoftBank Group Corp. began displaying its popular Pepper robots at a house-viewing event in Osaka on Friday to give visitors a taste of such ...

Honda to start leasing walking assistance device

Jul 22, 2015

Honda to start leasing walking assistance device

Honda Motor Co. will start lease sales in November of its Honda Walking Assist Device for use in mobility rehabilitation at hospitals and other facilities in Japan. The 2.7-kg device, which is worn on the waist and thighs, helps to lift the user’s knees ...

Cheats get cheated as pro-adultery website Ashley Madison is hacked

Jul 21, 2015

Cheats get cheated as pro-adultery website Ashley Madison is hacked

Millions of people who used an adultery facilitation website faced exposure Monday after a breach by hackers seeking to shut it down. Attackers said they had seized extensive data identifying users of the Ashley Madison site and would release it unless the Canadian company ...

Narita airport to get SIM card vending machines

Jul 17, 2015

Narita airport to get SIM card vending machines

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Japan’s main gateway, Narita International Airport, is set to get SIM card vending machines targeting an increasing number of inbound tourists starting next Friday, NTT Communications Corp. said. The cards, aptly named Prepaid SIM for Japan, can be purchased along with smartphones, mobile routers ...

Jul 17, 2015

United pays miles to hackers who spotted IT-system flaws

Two hackers have scored a million frequent-flier miles each on United Airlines for finding security holes in the airline’s computer systems. The awards were made under a security program that United started in May. Technology companies have offered so-called bug bounties, but they are ...

Jul 17, 2015

DIY fertility testing goes digital with Taiwan's iSperm

Call home, check your email, count your sperm: Taiwanese start-up Aidmics is hoping to cash in on the $40 billion global human fertility market with an iPad compatible gadget it calls iSperm. Aidmics initially developed the product to help livestock farmers, but founder Agean ...

Mizuho introduces SoftBank's Pepper robot to Tokyo bank branch

Jul 17, 2015

Mizuho introduces SoftBank's Pepper robot to Tokyo bank branch

Mizuho Financial Group Inc. introduced SoftBank Group Corp.’s Pepper robot to its flagship branch in central Tokyo on Friday. The 121-cm-tall humanoid will entertain customers with games and multimedia and provide basic information on products. The bank plans to add its robot employee to ...