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Robots show their personalities at Consumer Electronics Show

Jan 8, 2017

Robots show their personalities at Consumer Electronics Show

Professor Einstein can roll his eyes, stick out his tongue and give a simple explanation of the theory of relativity. With his lifelike rubbery “skin” and bushy mustache, he can almost make you forget he is a robot. The Einstein robot is among dozens ...

Toyota unveils concept car with AI and autonomous driving tech

Jan 5, 2017

Toyota unveils concept car with AI and autonomous driving tech

Toyota Motor Corp. has unveiled a concept car with built-in artificial intelligence and autonomous driving technology designed to interact with the driver. The Wednesday unveiling of the Concept-i, which the automaker says can read its driver’s personality and emotions, came ahead of the opening ...

Sony, Samsung TVs wow CES crowds with new screen technologies

Jan 5, 2017

Sony, Samsung TVs wow CES crowds with new screen technologies

It’s been a while since a new TV raised any eyebrows, but Sony Corp. has just unveiled a new product that’s creating a bit of buzz at the annual Consumer Electronics Show industry gathering in Las Vegas. Sony’s XBR-A1E Bravia 4K could signal a ...

Sick of work email overload, French fight to protect private life

Jan 5, 2017

Sick of work email overload, French fight to protect private life

Beatrice, a busy 50-year-old manager at an airline in Paris, sounds like she would benefit from France’s new “right to disconnect” law that guarantees all employees freedom from their work smartphone and email. “It often happens that I’m interrupted by urgent problems in my ...

Lawsuit seeks to ban Google from U.S. government contracts

Jan 5, 2017

Lawsuit seeks to ban Google from U.S. government contracts

The U.S. Labor Department is trying to bar Google from doing business with the federal government unless the internet company turns over confidential information about thousands of its employees. The potential banishment is being sought in a Labor Department lawsuit filed Wednesday with the ...

The top tech stories of 2016

Dec 30, 2016

The top tech stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these tech and digital stories as the most important of 2016. 1. All systems go: For a few weeks in the summer, it seemed to be all that anyone was talking about was “Pokemon Go,” an augmented-reality game you ...

Dec 28, 2016

U.S. posts rules for addressing cyberbugs in medical devices

The U.S. government on Tuesday issued rules for addressing cybervulnerabilities in medical devices, providing manufacturers with guidelines for fixing security bugs in equipment, including pacemakers, insulin pumps and imaging systems. “Cybersecurity threats are real, ever-present and continuously changing,” Suzanne Schwartz, a senior Food and ...

Dec 25, 2016

Denso, NEC to tie up on self-driving technology for automobiles

Major auto parts maker Denso Corp. will team up with NEC Corp. on developing self-driving automobile technology that makes use of artificial intelligence, sources at the two companies said. With NEC boasting expertise in developing artificial intelligence and software, Denso plans to use its ...

Honda in talks with Google's Waymo on self-drive tech

Dec 22, 2016

Honda in talks with Google's Waymo on self-drive tech

Honda Motor Co. said Wednesday it is talking to Waymo, the autonomous driving unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., to try to strike a deal that would put its self-driving technology into some of the Japanese automaker’s cars. Both companies stressed that at this ...