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China selfie-app leader Meitu seeks to 'beautify the world'

/ Feb 23, 2017

China selfie-app leader Meitu seeks to 'beautify the world'

Strolling a tree-lined Shanghai street with friends, Hu Dongyuan pulls out her smartphone and does what millions of Chinese women do daily: take a selfie, digitally “beautify” their faces, and pop it on social media. Such virtual make-overs, typically involving lightening skin, smoothing out ...

Government eyes self-driving car guidelines in fiscal 2017

/ Feb 17, 2017

Government eyes self-driving car guidelines in fiscal 2017

The government plans to compile guidelines for self-driving cars in fiscal 2017 starting April 1 as it prepares to rework the existing legal framework ahead of the rollout of such vehicles, officials said Thursday. Japan is seeking to promote the spread of automated driving ...

Sticky, insect-sized drones could act as pollinators

/ Feb 11, 2017

Sticky, insect-sized drones could act as pollinators

Small drones coated with horsehair and a sticky gel could one day help pollinate crops and offset the costly loss of bee populations worldwide, researchers in Japan say. The miniature robots, described in the journal Chem, are a long way from being deployed in ...

Remote control: Companies blur lines over who owns devices

/ Feb 10, 2017

Remote control: Companies blur lines over who owns devices

When Samsung Electronics remotely disabled the last of its flawed Galaxy Note 7 smartphones last month, it further blurred the lines between who ultimately controls your phone, computer, car or appliance — you, or the companies that make it work? Industry executives and analysts ...