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Apple a decade behind Japan's mobile payment curve

Apple Inc.’s proud announcement that its new iPhone could be used to buy goods in a single swipe left customers nonplussed in Japan, where mobile payments have been normal fare for a decade. A type of Near Field Communication chip, known in Japan as FeliCa, was introduced to the Japanese ...

Sep 11, 2014

Apple Watch 'too feminine,' says LVMH's head of luxury watches

Apple’s long-awaited smartwatch looks “too feminine” and its design will not stand the test of time, luxury giant LVMH’s watch guru has told German media. Jean-Claude Biver, who heads the French group’s luxury-watch division, said the U.S. tech titan had made “some fundamental mistakes” ...

Sep 10, 2014

Microsoft reportedly in $2 billion talks for 'Minecraft' maker

Microsoft is in talks to buy the Swedish company behind the wildly popular “Minecraft” video game in a deal valued at more than $2 billion, The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday. The U.S. technology colossus and game maker Mojang AB were not commenting on ...

Apple set to take 'historic' leap with next big product

Sep 9, 2014

Apple set to take 'historic' leap with next big product

Apple is poised to reveal its next big thing in a crucial attempt to prove its technological tastemakers still have the power to mesmerize the masses. The trend-setting company is expected to rouse the still-slumbering market for wearable computers with a smartwatch or bracelet ...

Sep 7, 2014

Fake links to nude celebrities crash New Zealand Internet

New Zealanders keen to view hacked photos of naked celebrities are being blamed for a nationwide Internet meltdown. It is believed a handful of computer users clicked links on Friday evening, believing they would take them to the illicit images — but instead they ...

Sony unveils smartphones that double as PlayStation game display

Sep 5, 2014

Sony unveils smartphones that double as PlayStation game display

Sony Corp. has unveiled new mobile devices that also function as displays for PlayStation games, as it adds features to win sales in a market dominated by Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. The marquee Xperia Z3 smartphone is waterproof and comes with a ...

Chinese firm serves up 'smart chopsticks' for food-wary diners

Sep 5, 2014

Chinese firm serves up 'smart chopsticks' for food-wary diners

From recycled cooking oil to fox meat and chemicals, food scandals have turned Chinese diners’ stomachs. But new “smart chopsticks” from Internet search giant Baidu could put the answer in their hands. The device, which the firm says can tell consumers whether the food ...

Sep 5, 2014

Online 'safe harbor' for nude photos defines Internet

Imagine what the Internet would be like if most major websites had imposed controls preventing the naked photos stolen from Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities from being posted online. The Internet would be less sleazy, but prescreening more content might also mute ...

Sep 3, 2014

How can you protect your online data?

The circulation of nude photographs stolen from celebrities’ online accounts has thrown a spotlight on the security of cloud computing, a system used by a growing number of people to store personal information over the Internet. On Tuesday, Apple acknowledged the security breakdown and ...

Sep 3, 2014

Google taps U.S. scholars to build new quantum information processors

Google Inc. has announced that a research team led by physicist John Martinis from the University of California Santa Barbara will join the company to begin a project to build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics. The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab is ...

Sep 3, 2014

Should theft of naked photos online be considered a sex crime?

Already hounded by paparazzi on their doorsteps, celebrities face a new battle to protect their privacy from hackers willing to splash their most intimate behind-closed-doors photos online. After the massive release of naked photos of stars including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, some experts said it ...

Sep 3, 2014

Leak clouds Apple's shiny image

by Christina Farr and Edwin Chan

Apple Inc. has often displayed uncanny timing with its well-orchestrated end-of-year iPhone releases. But the leak of racy celebrity photos in the past few days put the company in the unusual position of having to mend its image just days before a highly anticipated ...

Japanese firm showcases 'touchable' 3-D technology

Sep 2, 2014

Japanese firm showcases 'touchable' 3-D technology

Unveiling technology that generates touchable 3-D imagery, developers said Monday objects that only exist in the virtual world could be manipulated as if they were real. Officials of Miraisens, a high-tech firm based outside Tokyo, said the technology, which can be used to improve ...