Japanese team sets January deadline for Lunar X Prize rover entry

Sep 9, 2016

Japanese team sets January deadline for Lunar X Prize rover entry

A Japanese team comprising Tokyo-based startup ispace and Tohoku University expects to complete its moon-bound robot contestant for Google Inc.’s exploration contest by next January. Hakuto will compete against 15 other teams from around the world to win the Google Lunar X Prize, the ...

Building a stairway to the singularity

| Sep 3, 2016

Building a stairway to the singularity

by

A computer’s victory over a human go master this past March reminds us of the pending “singularity” — the rapidly approaching moment in time when artificial intelligence overtakes human intelligence. Machines will learn, and we won’t be their teachers. Are we prepared for it? ...

Aug 31, 2016

Google 'plans tie-up' with MUFG on Android Pay platform

Alphabet Inc. will tie up with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. on its Android Pay platform, a person with knowledge of the matter said, the latest move by a technology giant to tap Japan’s rapidly growing digital payments market. Starting as early as this ...

'Pokemon Go' no ace in hole for Nintendo

| Jul 15, 2016

'Pokemon Go' no ace in hole for Nintendo

by

In just over a week, the smartphone game “Pokemon Go” has become a giant hit, turning millions of people around the world into monster hunters. Given the game’s promising start, investors are taking another look at Nintendo Co., whose value has shot up by ...

Jul 13, 2016

Tokyo High Court overturns man's 'right to be forgotten'

The Tokyo High Court on Tuesday rescinded a lower court judgment that recognized the “right to be forgotten” in a case filed by a man who demanded Google Inc. eliminate five-year-old articles on his crime record from its search results. The court rejected the ...

Jul 1, 2016

Broadband to get faster via Japan-Oregon cable

An undersea cable backed by Google and Asian companies aimed at boosting trans-Pacific broadband was put into service on Thursday, the consortium announced. The 5,600-mile (9,000-km) FASTER Cable System is aimed at meeting the growing demand for broadband Internet connections between North America and ...