Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 8:03 PM
Japanese wireless carrier NTT Docomo (9437.T), Sony Corp (6758.T) and California-based chip giant Intel Corp (INTC.O) pulled out of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Monday because of the coronavirus outbreak. Barcelona's economy got a boost of around 470 million euros ($515 million) last year from the event, its organizer the GSMA estimated. The GSMA had no immediate comment.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 9:50 PM
At least 10 people on a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus, Japan's health minister said on Wednesday. Japan quarantined the vessel carrying 3,711 people and began testing those on board for the virus after a former passenger who disembarked in Hong Kong was diagnosed with the illness.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 8:15 PM
Sony-Corp raised its annual profit outlook on strong sales of smartphone-image-sensors after reporting a smaller-than-expected decline in quarterly profit, but it warned of an impact from the Wuhan coronavirus on its global-supply-chain. Demand for image sensors has been strong enough that even with its plants operating at full-capacity Sony has been unable to pile-up planned inventories, CFO Hiroki Totoki said at an earnings briefing.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 8:13 PM
Japan's first robot bartender has begun serving-up drinks in a Tokyo-pub in a test that could usher in a wave of automation in restaurants and shops struggling to hire staff in an-aging-society. The repurposed industrial robot serves drinks in is own corner of a Japanese pub operated by restaurant chain Yoronotaki. An attached tablet computer-face-smiles as it chats about the weather while preparing orders.
Monday, February 3, 2020, 8:39 PM
Toyota Motor Corp unveiled an emergency safety system that uses big-data to ignore the accelerator if it determines the driver steps on the pedal unintentionally. Japan's biggest car maker will roll out what it calls an "accelerator suppression function" in new cars from this summer, beginning in Japan. Its new-feature was developed using data collected from the internet-connected cars it has on the road.
Monday, February 3, 2020, 8:37 PM
Toyota Motor Corp and Panasonic Corp have agreed to set up a joint venture that will begin developing EV batteries from April, as the Japanese companies gear up for an expected surge in demand. The new-company, called Prime Planet Energy and Solutions, will develop prismatic or square-shaped batteries that will be available to any automaker, the two companies said in a statement on Monday.
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 8:20 AM
Nike Vaporfly shoes used to run the world's first sub-two hour marathon will be banned from professional sport under a landmark decision on Friday that also allows currently sold versions of the high-tech shoes to be used in the Olympics. The first-ever shoe ban by World Athletics(WA), the sport's governing body, addresses concerns that technology advances are giving athletes an unfair and unnatural advantage.
Friday, January 31, 2020, 8:14 AM
The new coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China. "The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The concern is that it could spread to countries with weaker health systems.
Friday, January 24, 2020, 8:34 PM
China shut part of the Great Wall and suspended public transport in 10-cities, stranding millions of people at the start of the Lunar New Year holiday on Friday as authorities rush to contain a virus that has killed 26-people and infected more than 800. The WHO has declared the new coronavirus an "emergency in China" but stopped short of declaring it of international concern.
Sunday, January 19, 2020, 12:30 PM
Health authorities are concerned that a virus originating in central China could spread when hundreds of millions of Chinese travel during next week's lunar new year festival, but residents said there were was little anxiety in the city at the epicentre. Chinese officials are cracking down on those who spread news about the disease online, some people said.
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