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Oct 23, 2016

Internet attackers now have secret weapon in household devices

Could millions of connected cameras, thermostats and kids’ toys bring the internet to its knees? It’s beginning to look that way. On Friday, epic cyberattacks crippled a major internet firm, repeatedly disrupting the availability of popular websites across the United States. The hacker group ...

British artificial intelligence hub opens

Oct 20, 2016

British artificial intelligence hub opens

A new research center opened its doors Wednesday at Britain’s Cambridge University to look at the implications — good and bad — of artificial intelligence. The center will delve into AI applications ranging from increasingly “smart” smartphones to robot surgeons and “Terminator” style military ...

Hitachi taps mania for robotic vacuum cleaners

Oct 18, 2016

Hitachi taps mania for robotic vacuum cleaners

Hitachi Appliances Inc., a unit of Hitachi Ltd., will launch a robotic vacuum cleaner that it says can clean hard-to-reach areas. At only 25 centimeters wide, the product named minimaru is smaller than rival models and can reach where others cannot, such as spaces ...

Oct 16, 2016

Sharp claims new ion technology 'promotes' hair growth

Sharp Corp. says that its Plasmacluster ion technology, designed to disinfect and deodorize air, is also effective in promoting hair growth — a claim that comes as the electronics firm looks to market new beauty products using the technology. The company said Thursday external ...

Samsung's latest invention: a fireproof box for Note 7 returns

Oct 13, 2016

Samsung's latest invention: a fireproof box for Note 7 returns

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd is sending fireproof boxes and protective gloves to customers returning potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7 phones, sparking a firestorm of humor on social media about the new twist in the recall scandal. The company has permanently halted production of its ...

Samsung brand mystique at risk after death of Note 7 smartphone

| Oct 12, 2016

Samsung brand mystique at risk after death of Note 7 smartphone

Samsung Electronics Co. is corporate royalty in South Korea. It’s also a company recognized for its marketing smarts and engineering savvy worldwide, so much so that consulting firm Interbrand ranked it as the world’s seventh-most valuable in its 2016 survey, ahead of Amazon and ...

Shiseido app adds makeup to faces on video conferences

Oct 11, 2016

Shiseido app adds makeup to faces on video conferences

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In a potential boost for the government’s drive to get more people telecommuting, cosmetics company Shiseido Co. has developed an app that makes users look as if they are wearing makeup. It amounts to an instant makeover for the unfortunate worker called to appear ...