SoftBank's robot Pepper gets to work in Taiwan

Oct 6, 2016

SoftBank's robot Pepper gets to work in Taiwan

Pepper, SoftBank Corp.’s humanoid robot, greeted customers at a Taiwan bank and a life insurer on Thursday, one of the first countries outside Japan to use the shiny machine in a front-line role with clients. The robot was handed an employee ID card at ...

Jan 13, 2016

SoftBank unveils discounts for bundled power, mobile services

SoftBank Corp. has announced discounts for customers who bundle their electricity and mobile phone or broadband services. The plans will be available from April across areas covered by three power utilities involved. The carrier on Tuesday said it is set to start electricity sales ...

IBM Watson computing technology learns Japanese

Aug 3, 2015

IBM Watson computing technology learns Japanese

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The IBM Watson computing technology, which has helped organize massive data and has beaten champions on the “Jeopardy” TV show, is now learning Japanese. IBM Watson, a unit of the U.S. technology and consulting company, said Thursday it was working with telecommunications and robotics ...

May 22, 2015

Yahoo Japan names SoftBank's Nikesh Arora as chairman

Yahoo Japan Corp. has announced that Nikesh Arora, vice chairman of its biggest shareholder, SoftBank Corp., will replace Masayoshi Son as chairman, subject to shareholder approval at the company’s annual general meeting in June. Son, who has been chairman since July 1996, will remain ...

Sprint part of Son's quest for the top

Jun 22, 2013

Sprint part of Son's quest for the top

Billionaire Masayoshi Son told Softbank Corp. investors Friday how he plans to use the purchase of Sprint Nextel Corp. to transform Japan’s No. 3 mobile carrier into the world’s No. 1. At the company’s annual meeting, Son is working to convince shareholders his $21.6 ...