NEC's partner robot PaPeRo has been put to work as a cashier. Combined with NEC's Twinpos self-checkout system, the robot can look cute while taking your cash.
Microsoft Singapore personifies its browser for the OS-tan universe, Marvel characters get their own shows on Netflix, and Sony reveals the apps launching on PlayStation 4.
Known for its cartoonish emoticons, Japan's Line is aiming for half a billion users in 2014.
CuteOverload may be the cure for work overload. A Japanese study finds looking at pictures of cute animals can be a boost for work performance.
Certainly, cute is the last thing that comes to mind here. And we thought she was so sweet and harmless, too.
Mashimaro makes a play with its new phone
Any gut feelings you may have about the silent one's unexplainable success are put to rest with an anatomical peek at the feline's (rather inaccurate) inner cavity, which is uber cute!
Two generations meet
Takara Tomy has upped the ante with a virtual pet that you can "pet" via the touch screen. If you don't want a puppy, you can opt for a kitten or even the odd choice of a chicken.
Researchers have unveiled an improved nurse robot called Riba that can lift patients from beds and wheelchairs. It has a teddy bear face.