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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 ...

New smartphones may soon sense everything around you

Jun 9, 2016

New smartphones may soon sense everything around you

Suppose your smartphone is clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings — the room’s size, the location of doors and windows and the presence of other people. What could it do with that info? We are about to get our first look. On Thursday, ...

Jun 3, 2016

Toyota, KDDI team up to develop global platform for networking cars

Toyota Motor Corp. and KDDI Corp. will establish a global communications platform to promote the spread of connected cars in Japan and elsewhere, the companies said Thursday. The automaker plans to develop a uniform data communication module that can be used globally by 2019, ...

Tech moguls declare era of artificial intelligence

Jun 3, 2016

Tech moguls declare era of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence and machine learning will create computers so sophisticated and godlike that humans will need to implant “neural laces” in their brains to keep up, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told a crowd of tech leaders this week. While Musk’s description ...

How the Alibaba machine worked to conquer Washington

May 28, 2016

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 ...

May 27, 2016

Jury sides with Google against Oracle in battle over Android software

Google’s Android software just dodged a $9 billion bullet. A federal jury found Thursday that Google didn’t need permission to use a rival’s programming tools as it built Android — now the world’s leading smartphone operating software and a key part of Google’s multibillion ...

May 26, 2016

Fully automated vehicles excluded from tests on Japan's public roads

The first guidelines on public road tests of self-driving vehicles, released Thursday by the National Police Agency, exclude fully automated cars without a steering wheel or driver. The NPA’s recommendations say tests should be conducted with cars that have a driver behind the wheel ...

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 ...