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An Android Opera: Japan's Shibuya Plots New Era of Robot Music

Life and death, surveillance and privacy, humans and robots: Keiichiro Shibuya likes to unsettle and push boundaries in music.

The Japanese composer made a stir in 2012 when he created the first ever virtual opera starring a computer-generated image of a girl, and he is now preparing to go a step further with a show performed by singing androids made by leading roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro.

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Apple Pay Q&A: What you Need to Know

Apple's mobile payment system, Apple Pay, made its debut Monday. Now you can flash your new iPhone in the checkout line to pay for food, clothing and other goods. There's no need to pull out your credit card.

But don't leave your wallet or purse behind quite yet: Despite a few dozen retail chains pledging support for Apple Pay, so-called contactless payments are still new. Smaller merchants, in particular, aren't likely to have the necessary equipment right away.

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Strong iPhone 6 Demand Boosts Taiwan Export Orders

Booming shipments of the iPhone 6 helped Taiwan's export orders jump 12.7 percent in September year-on-year to a record $43.3 billion, the government said Monday.

It marked an eighth straight month of growth in export orders for tech-rich Taiwan, the economic ministry said in a statement.

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Japan Firm Showcases Bat-Signal of the Future

A free-floating image created by firing lasers into thin air was unveiled in Japan on Monday, offering the possibility one day of projecting messages into a cloudless sky, as seen in Batman.

And, like the Bat-Signal that alerted the Caped Crusader to trouble brewing in Gotham City, its inventors hope that it might eventually be used to warn people of danger such as an approaching tsunami.

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Japan Man Jailed for Making Guns with 3D Printer

A Japanese court on Monday jailed a man for two years for making guns with a 3D printer in what is believed to be a first in a nation with strict gun controls.

Yoshitomo Imura, 28, was found guilty of making two guns at his home and publishing a video online detailing the process, said the Yokohama District Court.

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Snapchat Weaves Ads into Vanishing Message Service

Snapchat on Friday said it will begin weaving ads into the popular service for sending ephemeral smartphone messages, but promised not to be "rude" to its members.

The first Snapchat ad were to appear in the United States this weekend in a section of the service devoted to "recent updates," the Los Angeles-based startup said in a blog post.

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Whisper App Trades Barbs on Anonymity with Guardian

The anonymous messaging app Whisper has lashed out at the Guardian newspaper, denying allegations that it secretly tracked users and shared data with the U.S. government.

"A pack of vicious lies," was the first Twitter response by Whisper's Neetzan Zimmerman late Thursday to the Guardian article, which maintained, among other things, that Whisper was tracking users even when they opted out of geolocation.

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Twitter Spices Timelines with Unasked-for Tweets

Twitter said Friday it would start reconfiguring users' timelines with "relevant" messages from people they haven't bothered to follow at the service.

Based on a positive response from its tests, the popular one-to-many messaging service is inching toward the Facebook model of using software to "curate" what users see based on their interests or activities, Twitter said in a blog post.

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Will Apple Pay be the Next iRevolution?

Apple's skinnier iPads and flashy big-screen iMac are sleek and stunning. But the tech giant is making a bigger strategic bet with next week's launch of Apple Pay — the mobile pay service aimed at turning your iPhone into your wallet.

The service, which goes live Monday and has hundreds of banks on board, is "hugely important" says Forrester Research analyst Frank Gillett. It puts Apple in the middle of a wide range of consumer transactions, underscoring Apple's value as a brand and giving people a powerful new reason to buy iPhones, iPads and other gadgets.

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Thinner iPads, Sharper iMacs in Apple's Lineup

Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. The company also released an update to its Mac operating system and introduced a high-resolution iMac model that might appeal to heavy watchers of television over the Internet.

The new iPad Air 2, at a quarter of an inch "thin," also adds many of the features previously available on iPhones. That includes the ability to take burst shots and slow-motion video, and unlock the device with a fingerprint ID sensor instead of a passcode.

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