Stories by Tim Hornyak

Researchers hack Sony headset to simulate autism

Japanese researchers want to show people what it's like to have autism by using a headset that distorts imagery of people nearby.

Oki sound-isolation tech could be used in smartphones

Telecommunications equipment maker Oki Electric Industry has developed sound technology that can zero in on a speaker while disregarding ambient noise.

Deterrence will keep a lid on cyberwar, former spy chief says

Major sponsors of cyberwarfare forces are reaching a state of deterrence resembling the mutually assured destruction in nuclear weapons standoffs, former U.S. national intelligence director Dennis Blair said Tuesday.

Sharp develops 4K smartphone display, undecided on manufacturing plan

Sharp has developed a 5.5-inch display with 3860 x 2160 pixel resolution, which is equivalent to "ultra high definition," also known as 4K.

New Bitcoin Foundation chief eyes crowdfunding

The newly appointed head of the Bitcoin Foundation, a group that promotes development of the digital currency, believes crowdfunding is one part of the solution for its troubled finances.

Transforming robot gets stuck in Fukushima nuclear reactor

The ability to change shape hasn't saved a robot probe from getting stuck inside a crippled Japanese nuclear reactor.

Microsoft demos industrial robot linked to cloud, mobile devices

Microsoft is presenting a vision of how industrial robots could work more closely with people by harnessing IoT (Internet of Things), cloud networking and 3D sensing technologies, linked through Windows platforms.

Transforming robot probes Fukushima reactor vessel

Tokyo Electric Power on Friday sent a robot where no machine has gone before -- inside the highly radioactive heart of a reactor at the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant.

Apple Watch hits Tokyo but fails to draw crowds (+10 photos)

The Apple Watch made a small splash in Tokyo with its launch, drawing Apple fans but not the crowds that gather for each iPhone release.

Canon XC10 4K camcorder has rotating grip

Canon thinks a rotating grip will help entice amateur video buffs to spend around US$2,000 on its latest camcorder offering "ultra high definition" resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels, also known as 4K.

Vietnam tries robots to help people cross busy streets

In Vietnam, crossing the road can feel like a life or death experience.

Bitcoin Foundation said to be out of cash

The Bitcoin Foundation, an organization that promotes development of bitcoin, is "effectively bankrupt" and has shed most of its staff, a member of the foundation's board of directors has said.

Camera chip could turn phones into 3D scanners

U.S. researchers have developed a camera chip that could give smartphones the ability to take 3D scans of everyday objects, a sought-after feature in the 3D-printing world.

Sharp mulls overhaul of LCD business amid fierce competition

Struggling electronics maker Sharp said Monday it is grappling with how to reform its LCD panel business, but has yet to make any decisions.

LinkedIn buys social knowledge startup Refresh

In a move that could yield even more automated suggestions and tips for LinkedIn users, the professional network has acquired California startup Refresh, the maker of an app that gathers news and insights about participants in meetings.