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Paul McCartney pens pithy sounds to accompany emoji

Feb 11, 2016

Paul McCartney pens pithy sounds to accompany emoji

The Beatles were masters of concise yet catchy songs, and now Paul McCartney is writing tunes that are even more succinct — to accompany emoji. The former Beatle announced Wednesday that he has written a series of sounds to go with emoji on video ...

JAL starts trial run for humanoid robot guide at Haneda airport

Feb 9, 2016

JAL starts trial run for humanoid robot guide at Haneda airport

Japan Airlines Co. started trials of a humanoid robot guide at Haneda airport on Tuesday. The machine offers information about flight schedules and the weather at flight destinations. The white, 60-centimeter-tall robot, made by a French company, will stand in Terminal 1 from Tuesday ...

Apple now accepting banged-up iPhones for trade-in

Feb 6, 2016

Apple now accepting banged-up iPhones for trade-in

Apple for the first time is accepting banged up iPhones as a trade-in from those wanting to upgrade. Until now, Apple offered credit to iPhone owners only if the device had an intact screen and working buttons. Apple hopes that with more leeway, applicable ...

Feb 4, 2016

Meet the man who's making virtual reality feel more real

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As a student at the University of Bristol, Tom Carter became obsessed with a seemingly impossible notion: letting people feel and manipulate virtual objects. A professor turned him on to an esoteric concept — using ultrasound to simulate tactile sensations — that was floated ...

China drone schools flourish as pilot demand soars

Feb 1, 2016

China drone schools flourish as pilot demand soars

Joysticks at their fingertips, the mostly male students packing the classroom lift their virtual helicopters into the air, part of a new cottage industry that’s sprung up in China: drone pilot schools. China is already the world’s biggest drone manufacturer, churning out remote-controlled flying ...

Jan 30, 2016

Apple team reported to be secretly working on virtual reality items

Apple has a team secretly working on virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) gear in a budding challenge to Facebook-owned Oculus Rift and Microsoft HoloLens, the Financial Times reported Friday. The team’s ranks number in the hundreds, bolstered by talent hired away from ...

Following lobbying, Facebook announces stricter policy on firearms sales

Jan 30, 2016

Following lobbying, Facebook announces stricter policy on firearms sales

Facebook says it is cracking down on online gun sales, announcing Friday a new policy barring private individuals from advertising or selling firearms on the world’s largest social network. The new policy applies also to Facebook’s photo-sharing service Instagram. It comes after gun control ...

Jan 29, 2016

Congress to probe whether NSA back door led to Juniper hacking

A U.S. congressional probe into the impact of a hack of Juniper Networks Inc software will examine the possibility that it was initially altered at the behest of the National Security Agency, a lawmaker said in an interview on Thursday. The House Committee on ...

Dutch test self-drive minibuses, hope to have them operational by midyear

Jan 29, 2016

Dutch test self-drive minibuses, hope to have them operational by midyear

The Netherlands started test-driving its first driverless minibuses on Thursday, hoping to introduce a full-time autonomous passenger service in a central Dutch province by summer. Dutch Infrastructure Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen took the first ride in a “WEpod” shuttle, designed to carry six ...