Tim HornyakTokyo Correspondent, IDG News Service

Tim Hornyak reports on IT, telecommunications, science, and technology in Japan for the IDG News Service.

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Bitcoin XT debate overshadowing growth opportunities

Some developers have sparked a bitter debate when they released Bitcoin XT, a competing version of bitcoin that allows for larger "blocks" of data in which bitcoin transactions are processed.

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360-degree cameras are unleashing a new wave of panorama apps

Omnidirectional cameras such as Ricoh's Theta are inspiring a variety of new apps that go beyond photo-stitching functions of the past.

Vaio PCs to return to overseas markets this fall

Vaio, Sony's former laptop brand, is returning to overseas markets this fall, with sales of Windows 10 devices in the U.S. and Brazil.

Toshiba adds outsiders to board amid accounting scandal

Reeling from a US$1 billion accounting scandal, Toshiba said it expects a loss for the year that ended in March.

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Google's Atlas humanoid robot takes a walk in the woods

Developed by Boston Dynamics, which Google bought in late 2013, Atlas is an experimental bipedal machine with two arms that can use tools for humans.

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Toshiba rolls out activity trackers for seniors

The Silmee W20 and W21 wristbands have functions such as conversation monitoring to assist caregivers

PCWorld News

Fujitsu brainstorm room lets you write on the walls

Digital sticky notes are one part of this elaborate projection system aimed at going beyond whiteboards

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China's Tianjin is latest disaster zone to attract drones

Drone users face hazards in disaster zones but the machines can help with humanitarian relief

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Go on, bend, punch and step on this transistor

Built with carbon nanotubes, these electronics can be run over, hammered and laundered without harm

PCWorld News

LG launching high-fidelity music download service

Phones will require 24-bit playback to work with the service on LG SmartWorld

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How Japan's Privacy Visor fools face-recognition cameras

The privacy visor angles overhead light into cameras, confusing computer vision systems.

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Graava action cam automatically finds best clips

Sensors and software are used to locate the most interesting scenes and edit them into a highlights video

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Endoscope surgery robot uses air power for a steady touch

Surgeons can move their head to change the view inside a patient's body

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Windows 10 is already installed on 14 million devices

Microsoft wants to have the operating system on 1 billion devices in a few years.

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Armed with Watson smarts, Pepper aspires to be a robot salesman

Despite its powerful AI boost, SoftBank's humanoid robot is still limited by basic challenges