Stories by Tim Hornyak

Sony high-res OLED screen attaches to any eyewear

If you're not a fan of Google Glass-style displays yet, Sony hopes you might give its new detachable OLED a chance.

Tokyo court hears lawsuit against Apple over laptop charger pins

The Tokyo District Court has begun hearing arguments in a lawsuit brought by a Japanese parts maker against Apple over alleged patent infringements.

Quantum physics deployed in quest for fraud-proof credit cards

Researchers in the Netherlands are applying quantum physics in an attempt to create fraud-proof credit cards and ID cards.

US Senator Al Franken unhappy with Uber answers on user data

U.S. Senator Al Franken isn't satisfied with Uber Technologies' response to privacy questions he asked the ride service.

NASA's dexterous Surrogate robot is designed for danger

NASA is showing off a robot that brings a yogi's flexibility to the delicate task of working in crippled nuclear power plants such as Japan's Fukushima Daiichi, knocked out by a massive tsunami and earthquake in 2011.

Canada competition watchdog probing Apple over iPhone contracts

A Canadian competition authority is probing allegations that Apple tried to stifle competition by including certain clauses in its iPhone contracts with wireless carriers, according to media reports.

Hitachi finger vein scanner could secure large venues

Sports fans of the future might enter stadiums simply by waving a hand over a vein scanner if new technology from Hitachi is any guide.

Apple to open new tech center in Japan

Apple will open a technology development center just outside of Tokyo, a move that will bring it closer to parts suppliers.

NEC image-processing tech can detect invisible damage to bridges

NEC has developed a camera system that can detect deterioration in bridges and other structures simply by analyzing imagery.

Kakao Talk adds secret chat feature amid privacy worries

Chatting on Kakao Talk will become more secure with a new hidden chat feature that has end-to-end encryption for all messages.

With shopping spree, SoftBank hopes to lay more golden eggs

Masayoshi Son, the maverick head of Japanese mobile giant SoftBank, has sunk millions into a taxi app and floating wind turbines, all in one week. It was nothing unusual, though.

Fujitsu develops compact RFID for wearables, metal

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a compact RFID tag that works on surfaces such as metal, which can otherwise impede radio waves.

SoftBank invests $250 million in GrabTaxi cab-dispatch service

Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank has invested US$250 million in GrabTaxi, a taxi-booking app in operation in Southeast Asia, as it believes the service has significant growth potential.

Computer vision, robots bolster Amazon warehouses for holiday rush

Amazon has added some additional robotic muscle and computer-vision chops to its warehouses ahead of the tide of holiday shopping orders.

Sony working to remove stolen films from file-sharing sites

Sony Pictures Entertainment is making progress in removing new films stolen in a cyberattack from file-sharing websites.