Tim Hornyak

Tokyo Correspondent

Tim Hornyak reports on IT, telecommunications, science, and technology in Japan for the IDG News Service.

Go on -- bend, punch and step on this transistor

Go on -- bend, punch and step on this transistor

Built with carbon nanotubes, these electronics can be run over, hammered and laundered without harm.

LG to launch high-fidelity music download service

LG Electronics is joining the high-quality audio delivery business with the launch of a service that can be used with premium smartphones.

Samsung mass-produces 256Gb 3D vertical NAND chips

Samsung mass-produces 256Gb 3D vertical NAND chips

The flash memory doubles the density of conventional 128Gb NAND flash chips, according to Samsung.

Pepper the robot aspires to be a salesman

Pepper the robot aspires to be a salesman

Despite its powerful AI boost, SoftBank's humanoid robot is still limited by basic challenges.

Samsung monitor wirelessly charges smartphones

Samsung monitor wirelessly charges smartphones

The SE307 monitor is optimized for gaming and uses the Qi wireless charging standard.

Sony enters drone business with winged vertical takeoff craft

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.

Toshiba execs resign in $1 billion accounting scandal

Toshiba execs resign in $1 billion accounting scandal

The false accounting is Japan's biggest earnings scandal since the Olympus affair of 2011.

9 things you didn't know about Google's undersea cable

9 things you didn't know about Google's undersea cable

The high-speed Google-backed FASTER system will link the U.S. with Japan next year at 60Tbps.

Bruised by past mistakes, tech firms brace for 'leap second'

Bruised by past mistakes, tech firms brace for 'leap second'

Adding a 61st second has caused problems in the past, and some want to do away with it.

Toshiba readies scorpion-like robot for Fukushima nuclear plant

Toshiba readies scorpion-like robot for Fukushima nuclear plant

The robot probe can raise its tail camera to help operators navigate the highly radioactive reactor.

Super-stretchable smart fabrics could enable new wearables

Super-stretchable smart fabrics could enable new wearables

Engineers in Japan are making conductive inks that can be stretched to the extreme, adding to research on smart fabrics by Google, NTT and other groups in one sign of the possible future direction of wearables.

IBM, Box partner on cloud analytics technologies

IBM, Box partner on cloud analytics technologies

IBM and online storage firm Box have formed a wide-ranging cloud technologies partnership that will allow Box users to apply Watson Analytics know-how to their content while IBM customers can use Box's content collaboration platform.

Google's 60Tbps Pacific cable welcomed in Japan

Google's 60Tbps Pacific cable welcomed in Japan

A Google-backed undersea cable got a warm welcome on a beach in Japan last week, marking a critical step in building the highest-capacity data link in the Pacific ever created

Foxconn, Alibaba join SoftBank in global robotics push

Foxconn, Alibaba join SoftBank in global robotics push

Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank is teaming up with Apple manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group in a global push to manufacture and sell robots for the home and workplace.

Renesas joins IoT development platform rush

Renesas joins IoT development platform rush

Renesas says its chips-and-software package can cut out the need to build baseline functionality.

With Sidewalk Labs, Google wants to make cities more efficient

With Sidewalk Labs, Google wants to make cities more efficient

Google has launched Sidewalk Labs, a company that will tackle some of the greatest challenges facing cities. It will develop technology to make transportation and government more efficient, as well as lower the cost of living and cut...

Injectable electronics could form basis for brain implants

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.

Microsoft teases notebooks and tablets running Windows 10

Microsoft teases notebooks and tablets running Windows 10

Part of the first wave of Windows 10 devices, some of these feature biometric authentication

ZenWatch 2 from Asus could have four-day battery

ZenWatch 2 from Asus could have four-day battery

The latest ZenWatch has an optional case back that could give it another half-day of power.

Sony keeps optical discs alive with storage startup acquisition

Sony keeps optical discs alive with storage startup acquisition

Sony has acquired Optical Archive in a bid to get businesses to put 'cold storage' data on optical discs.

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