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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 ...

Jul 16, 2015

U.S. shuts down top English-language malware marketplace

Investigators have shut down what they call the world’s largest-known English-language malware forum, an online marketplace called Darkode where cybercriminals bought and sold hacked databases, malicious software and other products that could cripple or steal information from computer systems, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. ...

Tributes to Nintendo chief Iwata flood Internet

Jul 15, 2015

Tributes to Nintendo chief Iwata flood Internet

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Nintendo Co. President Satoru Iwata’s death from an illness at 55 is being mourned by game fans around the world. They’re sharing Iwata Mii avatars, creating pictures with farewell messages on the Nintendo drawing game Splatoon and sending Tweets with “ThankYouIwata” hashtags. Some of ...

Sony makes noise with loudspeaker launch

Jul 14, 2015

Sony makes noise with loudspeaker launch

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Sony Mobile Communications Inc. wants to turn a loudspeaker into something that engages its users rather than a passive electronic device that merely plays music. So, it has put some thought into the potential of a wireless speaker. “We thought it would be interesting ...

Reddit interim CEO Pao resigns; co-founder Huffman regains title

Jul 11, 2015

Reddit interim CEO Pao resigns; co-founder Huffman regains title

Reddit said Friday that interim CEO Ellen Pao had resigned from the company and co-founder Steve Huffman was back as its CEO. The freewheeling online discussion forum and news site, which had 164 million unique visitors last month, has been rocked by unrest recently. ...

Japan accepts U.S. robot duel challenge

Jul 8, 2015

Japan accepts U.S. robot duel challenge

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Japan’s mega-robot creator is up for a battle of the bots after being challenged by a rival maker of the behemoths in the United States. Suidobashi Heavy Industry founder Kogoro Kurata accepted a challenge Monday to partake in a robot brawl proposed by U.S. ...