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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Smartphone beacons power crowdsourced weather forecasts

Japan's Weathernews is giving out atmospheric sensors to improve its crowdsourced weather app

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Sony says it beat Microsoft to top in US console sales

The PlayStation 4 has sold more than 20 million units to date, according to Sony

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Virginia teen pleads guilty to giving Islamic State help on bitcoin

Ali Shukri Amin, 17, used Twitter to link to an article on how to use bitcoin, according to U.S. officials

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Line launches paid music streaming service in Japan ahead of Apple Music

The messaging app is available from $2.43 per month for students.

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With Sidewalk Labs, Google wants to make cities more efficient

The New York startup will develop technology to reduce the cost of living and improve transport in cities.

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Wi-Fi signals can do rough head counts

Estimating the number of people present by looking at Wi-Fi signals could help make buildings more energy efficient

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Injectable electronics could form basis for brain implants

An international team has recorded and monitored mouse brain cells with mesh electronics inserted via a syringe

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This Exiii Hackberry 3D-printed hand costs $200 and could mean the world for amputees

It's open-source, too. Tokyo startup Exiii is trying to dramatically cut the cost of fake but functional hands.