Japan venture develops case to curb kids' smartphone addiction

A Japanese venture has developed a smartphone case designed to help parents protect their children from becoming addicted to the mobile devices. The Kobe-based company Momo Ltd. plans to begin selling the smartphone case in late August. Called the Otomos, it allows parents to set time restrictions and prevent children ...

/ Apr 24, 2017

Sony to launch high-speed, silent, mirrorless camera

Sony Corp. will launch a mirrorless single-lens digital camera capable of photographing silently at high speed, targeting professionals and bird watchers who want to shoot without distracting their subjects. The new model, Alpha 9, can continuously shoot up to 20 frames per second with ...

/ Apr 23, 2017

EU seeks uniform approach to taking down hate speech online

The European Union is considering legislative measures to harmonize how online platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google take down hate speech and incitement to violence, a draft document seen by Reuters shows. The proliferation of hate speech and fake news on social media has ...

/ Apr 17, 2017

Yamato, DeNA start on-demand self-service delivery

Yamato Transport Co. and e-commerce and mobile game operator DeNA Co. on Monday started a trial of a new on-demand delivery method that allows customers to retrieve parcels at a place and time of their choosing. With a view that autonomous driving will soon ...

Million-dollar teachers: Cashing in by selling their lessons

/ Apr 16, 2017

Million-dollar teachers: Cashing in by selling their lessons

Miss Kindergarten is in the million-dollar club. So are Lovin Lit, the Moffatt Girls and about a dozen other teacher-entrepreneurs who are spinning reading, math, science and social studies into gold by selling their lesson plans online to fellow teachers around the world. Despite ...

/ Apr 16, 2017

Microsoft says users are protected from alleged NSA malware

Up-to-date Microsoft customers are safe from the purported National Security Agency spying tools dumped online, the software company said Saturday, tamping down fears that the digital arsenal was poised to wreak havoc across the internet . In a blog post, Microsoft Corp. security manager ...

/ Apr 16, 2017

Computer pioneer Robert W. Taylor dies at 85

Robert W. Taylor, who was instrumental in creating the internet and the modern personal computer, has died. He was 85. Taylor, who had Parkinson’s disease, died Thursday at his home in the San Francisco Peninsula community of Woodside, his son, Kurt Taylor, told the ...

Going mobile: Apple enters race for self-driving cars

/ Apr 15, 2017

Going mobile: Apple enters race for self-driving cars

Apple is joining the fiercely competitive race to design self-driving cars, raising the possibility that the company that has already reshaped culture with its iPhone may try to transform transportation too. Ending years of speculation, Apple’s late entry into a crowded field was made ...

Tokyo IT firm taps 3-D technology to offer perfect-fitting shoes

/ Apr 14, 2017

Tokyo IT firm taps 3-D technology to offer perfect-fitting shoes

It’s every shoe lover’s dream: Footwear perfectly made for their feet. Tokyo-based information technology firm Flickfit Inc. is developing just that — a service that virtually fits shoes to a person’s feet using 3-D scans. The service, which would enable customers to search for ...