Stories by Tim Hornyak

Sony serves up tennis swing-analyzing sensor in US, Canada

If you're looking to improve your tennis game through swing analysis, Sony is bringing its tennis racket sensor to the U.S. and Canada for about US$200.

Twitter to remove images of deceased upon request

Twitter said late Tuesday it will remove images and videos of deceased people upon the request of family members, but it put conditions on the policy.

Hands on with Sprint's skinny bezel Aquos Crystal phone

The most striking thing about Sprint's upcoming Aquos Crystal smartphone only becomes clear when you turn its camera on.

Telegram not dead STOP Alive, evolving in Japan STOP

Throughout Japan, an army of workers stands ready to ensure important messages are delivered as quickly as possible. But they don't work in data centers maintaining email servers. They deliver telegrams.

SoftBank profit slides amid fewer new subscribers

Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank saw its profit dwindle dramatically in the April to June quarter as customer growth slowed.

Could drones get X-ray vision through Wi-Fi?

Researchers have developed mobile robots that can use Wi-Fi signals to effectively "see through" walls. It's raising the possibility of flying drones using the technology to see inside buildings.

Timex Ironman smartwatch skips smartphone connection

Watchmaker the Timex Group on Wednesday announced its entry into the smartwatch market with a fitness-oriented model that has its own mobile network connection.

After exiting PCs, Sony pulls the plug on e-readers

Sony is stopping e-reader production following the transfer of its e-book business outside Japan to Canada's Kobo.

Sony profit leaps on PlayStation 4 strength

The hit PlayStation 4 game console and PS4 network revenue helped power Sony to a net profit of ¥26.8 billion (US$261 million) in the April to June quarter, a jump up from ¥3.1 billion a year earlier.

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Android grabs record 85 per cent smartphone share

Google's dominance of the smartphone market has reached new heights, with its Android operating system now accounting for a record 84.6 per cent share of global smartphone shipments, according to research by Strategy Analytics.

Lithium-metal battery could boost gadget power

Researchers at Stanford University have made progress toward designing a battery with a lithium anode, a development that could increase battery power in electronics.

LG notches record smartphone shipments on G3 strength

The G3 has boosted LG's smartphone shipments to record levels and helped reverse three quarters of losses at its phone division, the electronics giant said Thursday.

Sale of Mt. Gox-related Bitcoins.com halted after court order

The sale of the domain Bitcoins.com, affiliated with Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles, has been halted after a U.S. court order, according to the auction house.

Japan Airlines hopes smartwatches for gate staff will fly

It can be tough getting the attention of airport gate staff. Soon they might have an additional distraction: smartwatches.

Mt. Gox trustee leaves door open to revival of Bitcoin exchange

The trustee overseeing the carcass of Mt. Gox, once the world's largest trading platform for Bitcoin, told investors Wednesday that the company could be revived.

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