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Table tennis robot scores volley of applause at CEATEC

Oct 6, 2016

Table tennis robot scores volley of applause at CEATEC

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Steps toward developing an artificial intelligence were a central theme at the nation’s biggest annual IT and electronics show, and the crowds found no disappointment in Omron Corp.’s table-tennis-playing robot. Forpheus is appearing at CEATEC for the third year running. Now it doesn’t just ...

Sharp's singing vacuum aims to tug users' heart strings

Oct 5, 2016

Sharp's singing vacuum aims to tug users' heart strings

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The Sharp Corp. robot vacuum cleaner on display at the ongoing CEATEC trade show is no mere machine. Dubbed Cocorobo, it collaborates with a singing voice synthesizer software called Vocaloid and can hold simple conversations and even sing to people. The Osaka-based firm has ...

In hardware push, Google debuts Pixel smartphone to challenge Apple

Oct 5, 2016

In hardware push, Google debuts Pixel smartphone to challenge Apple

Alphabet Inc.’s Google on Tuesday announced a new Pixel smartphone and a suite of new consumer electronics products for the home, planting itself firmly in the hardware business and challenging Apple Inc’s iPhone at the high end of the $400 billion global smartphone market. ...

Japan to host World Robot Summit in 2020

Oct 4, 2016

Japan to host World Robot Summit in 2020

Cabinet minister Hiroshige Seko said the government will host a World Robot Summit in 2020 with the aim of promoting competition in speed, accuracy and quality of robot performance in the manufacturing and service sectors. The international convention is expected to offer the robot ...

Snapchat introduces video-taking sunglasses

Sep 25, 2016

Snapchat introduces video-taking sunglasses

Snapchat, the service for messages that vanish, announced Saturday it will launch a line of video-catching sunglasses, a spin on the Glass eyewear abandoned by Google more than a year ago. The California-based company, which also announced it is changing its name to Snap ...

Yahoo faces growing scrutiny over when it learned of data breach

Sep 24, 2016

Yahoo faces growing scrutiny over when it learned of data breach

Yahoo on Friday faced pointed questions about exactly when it learned about a cyberattack that exposed the email credentials of 500 million users, a critical issue for the company as it seeks to prevent the breach from affecting a pending takeover by Verizon Inc. ...

Yahoo Japan says it is unaffected by giant hack

Sep 23, 2016

Yahoo Japan says it is unaffected by giant hack

Yahoo Japan Corp. said Friday no customer information was leaked from the company and no damage has been confirmed after hackers stole sensitive information from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts. The startling breach, disclosed Thursday, is believed to be the largest to hit ...