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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 ...

Bereaved father finds solace in figurine of daughter

May 10, 2016

Bereaved father finds solace in figurine of daughter

A father’s grief over the loss of his daughter has spawned a new industry: figurines of deceased relatives made with 3-D printing. The work of an Osaka-based printing company, the models are already proving popular and are helping families recover from bereavement. A plaster ...

May 6, 2016

Facebook loses first round in lawsuit over storing biometric data

Facebook lost the first round in a court fight against some of its users who sued the social networking company, alleging it unlawfully collected and stored users’ biometric data derived from their faces in photographs. The judge presiding over the case in a California ...

Rakuten to trial drone delivery on Chiba golf course

Apr 26, 2016

Rakuten to trial drone delivery on Chiba golf course

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Online shopping giant Rakuten Inc. is venturing into the uncharted territory of drone delivery, enabling golfers to order snacks, beverages and golf equipment while playing a round. Rakuten on Monday announced the nation’s first drone delivery service, a monthlong experiment from May 9 at ...