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PlayStation virtual reality gear to launch in October

Mar 16, 2016

PlayStation virtual reality gear to launch in October

Sony plans to make virtual reality — long the stuff of films set in the distant future — mainstream with the October release of PlayStation VR headgear priced at $399 (about ¥45,000). “Virtual reality represents a new frontier for gaming, one that will forever ...

Wi-Fi leaps higher in speed, range

| Mar 13, 2016

Wi-Fi leaps higher in speed, range

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To support the explosive growth of information and communications technology, wireless Internet connectivity is now considered essential infrastructure and is sometimes referred to as the fourth utility, after electricity, water and gas. Along with such technologies as 4K/8K ultrahigh definition videos and the so-called ...

Pepper the robot to offer tailored services in Japanese retail shops

Mar 8, 2016

Pepper the robot to offer tailored services in Japanese retail shops

Pepper the humanoid robot will start offering tailored customer services in retail shops by using online data analysis. SoftBank Robotics Corp., which developed Pepper, will start selling the next-generation services this fall with Microsoft Japan Co. as part of their collaboration in cloud robotics, ...

Mar 6, 2016

Amazon to restore encryption to Fire tablets after complaints

Amazon.com Inc said it plans to restore an encryption feature on its Fire tablets after customers and privacy advocates criticized the company for quietly removing the security option when it released its latest operating system. “We will return the option for full-disk encryption with ...

Mar 5, 2016

Boeing's new plane bathrooms sterilize themselves in just three seconds

Boeing engineers think they have a solution for smelly, grimy airplane bathrooms: ultraviolet light. The aircraft manufacturer has filed a patent for a self-cleaning lavatory that disinfects all surfaces in just three seconds. Many passengers would welcome more sanitary airplane bathrooms, but they may ...

Mar 4, 2016

Japan OKs recognizing virtual currencies as similar to real money

The Cabinet on Friday approved a set of bills to help banking groups expand their information technology businesses and to recognize virtual currencies as having a function similar to real money. Under the revised banking bills, bank-holding companies will be able to acquire IT-related ...

Drone maker DJI eying Japan's massive photography sector

Mar 4, 2016

Drone maker DJI eying Japan's massive photography sector

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Major Chinese consumer-drone maker DJI has its eyes on the potentially lucrative Japanese market after regulations on drones were relaxed three months ago. DJI Japan General Manager Allen Wu launched the latest model, Phantom 4, Thursday in a fashionable mall in Tokyo. In a ...

Mar 3, 2016

U.S. defense secretary favors strong encryption, not 'back doors'

Declaring that strong encryption is essential to the nation’s security, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a tech industry audience Wednesday that he’s “not a believer in back doors,” or encryption programs that leave openings for outsiders to read coded files. Carter said he wasn’t ...

From Western Union to Apple: When tech battled government

Feb 28, 2016

From Western Union to Apple: When tech battled government

The fight between Apple and the FBI over access to a San Bernardino killer’s iPhone isn’t the first time industry and government have tangled over privacy and security. Every revolution in communications technology has sparked new battles over its use that changed the course ...

Feb 27, 2016

Samsung wins appeal in Apple patent case in U.S.

A U.S. appeals court on Friday handed Samsung a win over Apple in a long-running patent fight, overriding a jury verdict ordering it to pay $119.6 million to the iPhone maker. The court ruled that two Apple patents at issue were not valid, according ...