Dictionary Dreams and Debuts: The Top New Japanese Words fo…

Must Make More Plans! Ever feel like you don’t have enough penciled in on your calendar? On December 3, dictionary publisher Shōgakukan announced that its word of the year is kūhaku kyōfushō, or “a morbid fear of blank spaces” in one’s diary or planner. This phobia can lead people to note down imaginary future events […]

Xinhua News Agency debuts AI anchors in partnership with se…

China’s state-owned Xinhua News Agency introduced so-called “composite anchors” on Wednesday, combining the images and voices of human anchors with artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The new AI anchors, launched by Xinhua and Beijing-based search engine operator Sogou during the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, can deliver the news with “the same effect” as human anchors […]

Lenovo debuts Smart Displays featuring Google Assistant

The first Google Smart Displays devices, from Lenovo, hit stores Thursday. They are similar to Amazon’s Echo Show but with a number of Google services baked in, including Maps, YouTube, Calendar, Duo (a free FaceTime-like video calling service) and Photos. Users can interact with the device with either voice commands or touch gestures. In addition […]