Stories by Tim Hornyak

Endoscope surgery robot uses air power for a steady touch

Japanese researchers have developed an air-powered surgical assist robot that can change a camera view inside a patient's body with a mere nod by a surgeon.

Windows 10 installed on 14 million devices since launch

Windows 10 had been installed on more than 14 million devices by Thursday evening, a small step toward the company's goal of an installed base of 1 billion.

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

Japanese robot Pepper is getting an intelligence upgrade via IBM's Watson, but that doesn't make interacting with the real world any less challenging.

Ink-shooting game 'Splatoon' helps power Nintendo to profit

Japanese gaming icon Nintendo posted a profit for the April-June quarter on Wednesday thanks in part to surging sales of a game in which players can squirt ink all over the place and transform into squids.

Nokia rolls out spherical camera for virtual reality apps

Nokia has developed a camera for enterprise users that can help turn everyday surroundings into virtual reality (VR) imagery for games and other applications.

Samsung monitor wirelessly charges smartphones

Samsung Electronics thinks it can help unclutter your home with a monitor that can wirelessly charge smartphones and other mobile devices.

Nintendo shutters TVii video service for Wii U

Nintendo is shutting down its video service for the Wii U console less than three years after it began, but few users are lamenting its demise.

Terminator robots still cutting edge

Yaskawa's Motoman robots are still on the cutting edge, 31 years after it terminated the original Terminator.

Line aims lightweight chat app at developing countries

Japanese mobile chat firm Line has launched a stripped-down version of its popular chat app to increase its user base in developing countries, where lower-end smartphones are commonly used and network infrastructure is not as advanced.

Sony enters drone business with winged vertical takeoff UAV

Sony is getting into the drone business with winged machines that take off vertically and could be used in everything from agriculture to construction.

Sony enters drone business with winged vertical takeoff craft

Sony is getting into the drone business with winged machines that take off vertically and could be used in everything from agriculture to construction.

California turns to jamming tech to disable pesky drones

Legislators in California are considering jamming technology to disable drones that interfere with firefighting work even though federal regulations prohibit its use.

Toshiba execs resign in $US1.25bn accounting scandal

Executives at electronics and industrial giant Toshiba resigned on Tuesday after a committee reviewing its earnings said the company padded its operating profit by about ¥156 billion ($US1.25 billion) over six years to the end of 2014.

Canadian hitchhiking robot takes on the US

You wouldn't hurt a cute little robot, eh?

Craving machine companionship? Japan's robot hotel is for you

When you check into Japan's newest hotel, a mechanized velociraptor in a bellhop cap greets you at the front desk.