Martyn WilliamsSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

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Martyn Williams covers Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Hillary Clinton considered Tim Cook, Bill Gates for vice president, Wikileaks reveals

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft founder Bill Gates were both on a list of potential vice presidential candidates for Hillary Clinton, according to a leaked email published on Tuesday by Wikileaks.

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Tesla, Panasonic solar deal could signal smart home future

Tesla's deepening relationship with Panasonic could give the U.S. company a short cut to realizing its dream of electric cars and smart homes.

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Roboden is cable you can stretch

A Japanese company has developed an electrical cable that can be stretched. Asahi Kasei says the cable, called Roboden, will expand by up to 40 percent of its length before hitting its limit.

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Omron's table tennis robot gets machine learning smarts

Omron's table tennis robot is getting smarter. At this week's Ceatec electronics show in Japan, the company has unveiled a new version that uses machine learning to assess the strength of an opponent and ramp up its game accordingly.

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Wireless power systems could one day beam electricity from space

Forget smartphone charging. When it comes to next-generation wireless power, engineers in Japan are working on a system that can send large amounts of electrical power over considerable distances.

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Panasonic's wild new technology transmits data by human touch

Panasonic has developed a data transmission system that can exchange information through human touch.

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This robot vacuum cleaner plays J-Pop, because this is Japan

Two of Japan's biggest obsessions have collided on the Sharp booth at this year's Ceatec electronics show, where the company is displaying a robot vacuum cleaner that blasts J-Pop songs while it sweeps.

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Japan gears up for 8K TV broadcasting

If you've bought a 4K television and are disappointed at the lack of content, this might not ease your frustration: Japan has is fast on the way to 8K TV broadcasting with a full service due in the next four years.

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NHK's latest 8K display is thin, beautiful, and utterly gigantic

Japanese public broadcaster NHK has developed a prototype 8K screen that's large, thin and shows an amazing picture.

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The laundry folding robot you've always wanted is coming next year

The world's first laundry sorting and folding robot will go on sale in 2017, its manufacturer said on Tuesday at the Ceatec electronics show just outside of Tokyo.

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Fujitsu's Ontenna could be a big deal for the deaf

Among the robots, big screens and fast computers of Japan's Ceatec electronics show, a small prototype being shown off by Fujitsu is probably one of the lowest tech gadgets on the show floor, but it could be one of the most important.

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Toyota's cute Kirobo Mini robot will chat with you

Driving can sometimes be a solitary affair, heading from place to place with only the road and radio for company, but that could change with Toyota's Kirobo Mini robot.

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The massive Yahoo hack ranks as the world's biggest -- so far

When Yahoo said on Thursday that data from at least 500 million user accounts had been hacked, it wasn't just admitting to a huge failing in data security -- it was admitting to the biggest hack the world has ever seen.

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Self-driving Ubers are now arriving in Pittsburgh

Uber has begun offering customers the chance to ride in one of its autonomous car prototypes. The new service has launched in Pittsburgh, where Uber carries out its high-tech research, and is a sign of confidence by the company in its self-driving car technology.


Apple reportedly will add Sony's Felica RFID to iPhone 7

Apple will add support for Sony's Felica RFID communications technology to the new iPhone 7 that is expected to be announced on Wednesday, according to a report in The Nikkei newspaper.