Tokyo Electric Power is putting remote-controlled machinery to use at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Helicopters are being used to monitor the plant, and an excavator and transporter are being used to clear debris.
This week's World Tech Update is a special edition from Sendai, Japan, where we look at the effect of the quake and tsunami on the tech industry and how tech is helping evacuees.
Sony's facility for producing Blu-Ray discs and HD-camcorder tapes is located one mile from the ocean and suffered greatly during the recent earthquake and tsunami. Sony is just starting to pull the pieces together there.
Los Angeles International Airport stepped up its baggage screening capabilities with the addition of new equipment for checked luggage. Called Siemens Apron Baggage Screening, the system can detect explosives and divert questionable bags for further screening.
Amazon introduced the cloud based services on Tuesday, offering 5GB of free storage to users.
On World Tech Update this week: Phones and tablets debut at the CTIA mobile show in Orlando, we take a tour of a Japanese nuclear power plant, Apple sues Amazon.com, and the Fisker Karma goes on sale.
The Endomondo fitness app for smartphones, shown at this week's CTIA show, combines the ability to track a runner's speed, location, heart rate with other features like listening to a music playlist and challenging friends to race.
In August 2007, IDG News Service visited the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power station. This video provides a rare glimpse at the inside of the world's largest nuclear power plant.
In Death and the Powers, a new opera by MIT Media Lab professor Tod Machover, the main character wishes to leave the physical world, but remain there digitally. He downloads himself into The System and continues to interact with the audience and other characters through robots and a technique called disembodied performance.
Also: iPhone users miss daylight savings time, HP's new CEO steps out of Mark Hurd's shadow, and a robot opera takes to the stage.
HP also plans to open a marketplace that will include both applications and cloud-based services for enterprises, small businesses and consumers.