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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 ...

Apr 19, 2016

Hands-free speech translation app gets trialed at Narita airport

Tests of a speech translation application were set to start at Narita International Airport on Tuesday. The “NariTra” multilingual translation app employs noise-canceling techniques and recognizes a wide range of speech. Offered by the airport at no cost, the app is designed to work ...