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Nov 18, 2016

South Korea rejects Google's request to use mapping data

South Korea has rejected Google’s request to use local mapping data in the company’s global maps service in a highly awaited deliberation that divided the country for months. The land ministry said Friday that concerns about national security outweighed benefits from exporting the country’s ...

Panasonic to launch megaphone that can translate on the fly

Nov 17, 2016

Panasonic to launch megaphone that can translate on the fly

Panasonic Corp. said Thursday it will start offering in December a megaphone capable of automatically translating Japanese into English, Chinese and Korean in its latest bid to help companies cope with an increase in foreign visitors to Japan. Panasonic hopes the new translation service ...

Hitachi develops Japan's first 'lensless' camera technology

Nov 15, 2016

Hitachi develops Japan's first 'lensless' camera technology

Hitachi Ltd. says it has developed camera technology that can capture video images without a lens and adjust its focal position afterwards, becoming the first Japanese firm to do so. The technology using a special thin film will allow cameras to be lighter and ...

Facebook had tool to weed out fake news: report

Nov 15, 2016

Facebook had tool to weed out fake news: report

Facebook had a tool to weed out fake news circulating on the social network this year but declined to deploy it for fear of offending conservatives, a report said Monday. The report by the online news site Gizmodo comes with Facebook under fire for ...

Automated bus takes first test run in Akita

Nov 13, 2016

Automated bus takes first test run in Akita

A driverless bus with passengers on board slowly traversed a lakeside road in Senboku, Akita Prefecture, in the first public road test of an automated bus in the country. The electric Robot Shuttle went back and forth Sunday on a closed-off 400-meter section of ...

Nintendo ending Japan sales of Wii U, shifting to Switch

Nov 11, 2016

Nintendo ending Japan sales of Wii U, shifting to Switch

Nintendo Co. will end sales in Japan of its Wii U home console “soon,” although it’s not saying exactly when, and similar announcements are expected in other regions. The Wii U, which went on sale from late 2012, is being replaced by the Switch, ...