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Japan’s Prime Minister Aims to Hold the ‘Robot Olympics’ in 2020

Japan’s Prime Minister Aims to Hold the ‘Robot Olympics’ in 2020

Japan is hoping to stage a Robot Olympics in 2020 alongside the summer games which will be hosted in Tokyo. Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, has said he wants to use such an event to showcase the latest global robotics technology, an industry in which Japan has long been famed as a pioneer. Mr Abe also outlined plans to ...

Reports: There Have Been No Talks of Google Acquiring Spotify

Reports: There Have Been No Talks of Google Acquiring Spotify

Based partly on a previous filing by Google about an unnamed foreign company it tried and failed to buy for $4 billion to $5 billion and a line I had in a story that noted that a top exec at the search giant had expressed interest in buying Spotify — the Journal is reporting that Google tried to buy the music service, but ...

Motorola and VivaLnk Release a Digital Tattoo to Unlock Your Smartphone

Motorola and VivaLnk Release a Digital Tattoo to Unlock Your Smartphone

Hate unlocking your Android smartphone so much that even Face Unlock or Skip feels like too much of a hassle? Motorola just came to your rescue. The company has partnered with VivaLnk to launch the previously teased Digital Tattoo, an NFC-based skin tag that unlocks your phone (currently limited to the Moto X) with a quick ...

Apple Releases Info to Dispute iOS ‘Backdoor’ Claim

Apple Releases Info to Dispute iOS ‘Backdoor’ Claim

Apple has published new information about the diagnostic capabilities of iOS, in what appears to be a response to suggestions that it includes a ‘backdoor’ that could enable governments and other third-parties to access user data. The controversy arose after security consultant Jonathan Zdziarski documented a ...

Amazon Prime Music Adds ‘Hundreds of Thousands’ of New Songs

Amazon Prime Music Adds ‘Hundreds of Thousands’ of New Songs

One of the major complaints with Amazon Prime Music, the company’s new streaming music service bundled in with its Amazon Prime membership program, was its lack of song selection, and especially current hits. On Wednesday, Amazon took a small step towards remedying that problem with an announcement of an expansion of the ...

The Latest Form of Web Tracking Is Relentless, Isn’t Slowed by ‘Do Not Track’

The Latest Form of Web Tracking Is Relentless, Isn’t Slowed by ‘Do Not Track’

You may think you're thwarting advertisers and other nosy web citizens by blocking cookies and invoking Do Not Track whenever possible, but that apparently isn't good enough. Researchers have just documented a newer web tracking technique, canvas fingerprinting, that's nearly impossible to stop. As it's simply drawing a ...

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and You: Find Out if You’re a Good Match!

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and You: Find Out if You’re a Good Match!

When word first got out about Amazon’s (then-rumored) Kindle Unlimited, I was more than a little excited. Unlimited e-books! $10 a month! I’m going to read everything all of the time, forever! When the program actually rolled out, I was underwhelmed. Yes, having access to 600,000 books for $10 a month is a ...

The RollScout is a Smart Toilet Paper Roll That Lets You Know When It’s Empty

The RollScout is a Smart Toilet Paper Roll That Lets You Know When It’s Empty

There's a certain disappointment that comes with reaching for the toilet paper and finding the roll tapped out. You may go through stages of grief, denying that it's actually empty, angrily blaming your spouse for failing to refill it, and eventually accepting that you'll have to solve the problem yourself. The RollScout on ...

Xiaomi Unveils a $13 Wearable Fitness Band

Xiaomi Unveils a $13 Wearable Fitness Band

Popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has joined the wearables fray as it unveiled on Tuesday its very first wearable device, a fitness band for only CNY79 ($13). The Mi Band features sensors for tracking various health metrics and can even act as an alarm clock. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun took to the stage on Tuesday to ...

Angie Communications Lays Out Plan for $70 Billion Fiber Network

Angie Communications Lays Out Plan for $70 Billion Fiber Network

A startup has told Los Angeles city officials that it wants to build a citywide fiber-to-the-home broadband network and that it also hopes to build nationwide Wi-Fi and cellular networks. The proposal sounds unlikely to succeed, but it's certainly ambitious. It comes in response to a Los Angeles city government request for ...