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Japanese cat-collecting game is apps' meow

Jun 29, 2015

Japanese cat-collecting game is apps' meow

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The smartphone game “Neko Atsume” (Cat Collecting) is gaining a worldwide following for its nonsense and adorableness. The Japanese app has already logged more than 5.5 million downloads since it was launched in October. Although not available in English, 30 to 40 percent of ...

Lexus heads back to the future with 'hoverboard'

Jun 28, 2015

Lexus heads back to the future with 'hoverboard'

Watch out, world. Toyota is heading back to the future. The automaker has hinted it’s looking into flying cars. Now its Lexus luxury brand has actually built a working model of a “hoverboard.” That’s right, an actual working hoverboard. It’s real, but not for ...

JR Tokai has fastest maglev in the world: Guinness World Records

Jun 26, 2015

JR Tokai has fastest maglev in the world: Guinness World Records

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said Friday that its magnetically levitated shinkansen was recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest maglev in the world as of Thursday after achieving a speed of 603 kph in April. During a test run in Yamanashi ...

New self-driving Google cars plying Silicon Valley roads

Jun 26, 2015

New self-driving Google cars plying Silicon Valley roads

The latest models of Google’s self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company’s Silicon Valley headquarters in a test of how they work around other vehicles driven by people. It’s the first time that the pod-like, two-seat vehicles have been allowed ...

Jun 25, 2015

Microsoft makes Word available on Android phones

Microsoft on Wednesday followed through on a promise to release versions of its Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs for smartphones running on Google-backed Android software. The apps, which hit shelves of Google’s online Play Store, build on a Microsoft strategy to make its applications ...

Google debuts News Lab to hone skills of Internet Age journalists

Jun 23, 2015

Google debuts News Lab to hone skills of Internet Age journalists

Google on Monday launched an online lab where journalists can learn or sharpen Internet Age reporting skills. The News Lab mission is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to apply technology innovations to reporting news, lab director Steve Grove said, in a blog post. ...

Jun 19, 2015

California reveals details of self-driving car accidents

California state officials released reports Thursday detailing six accidents that involved self-driving car prototypes, reversing a policy that had shielded details of how the next-generation technology is performing during testing on public roads. The disclosure came after The Associated Press successfully argued to the ...

Nintendo talks transformation but won't forget 'Mario'

Jun 17, 2015

Nintendo talks transformation but won't forget 'Mario'

Nintendo played to “Super Mario” fans Tuesday while talking transformation as it strives to regain momentum in the video game market. “If there is a secret to the longevity of Nintendo franchises, it is transformation,” Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said during a ...

Robot to 3-D print Amsterdam bridge

Jun 17, 2015

Robot to 3-D print Amsterdam bridge

A Dutch startup has unveiled plans to build the world’s first 3-D printed bridge across an Amsterdam canal, a technique that could become standard on future construction projects. Using robotic printers “that can ‘draw’ steel structures in 3-D, we will print a (pedestrian) bridge ...