Toyota's new plug-in hybrid aims for eco car dominance
The second-generation of Toyota's Prius plug-in hybrid vehicle can travel over 65 kilometers on a single charge from household electricity, double the distance of the previous generation, and could make PHVs the eco cars of choice.
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Coffee on the rise in Indonesia
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New tools in Olympic security
The Special Equipment Exhibition & Conference for Anti-Terrorism was held in Tokyo to showcase to security professionals the latest in surveillance and protecting public events, with a special eye to helping the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
After 12 years, Sony has a new Aibo
Sony's iconic robotic dog Aibo is back on the market after the original version was discontinued a dozen years ago. We take a look at how this new AI-powered canine improves upon its previous incarnation, including smartphone integration.
Making tech grow cacao sustainability
The agri-business Olam International is bringing the latest tech to the world's cacao farms, including in Sumatra, where small-hold farmers can benefit from increased access to price information and agriculture techniques.