Robot inventor Wu Yulu sits on a rickshaw driven by a robot which he invented in his village in rural Beijing’s Tongzhou district, China. The 54-year-old Chinese farmer has invented 63 robots in the past 30 years. Photo Wu Hong/EPA
A woman walks past a wall of mock-up mobile phones displayed outside an electronics store in downtown Tokyo, Japan. The store owner started this display with a few thousands of mobile phones ten years ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel wears a ‘smart’ jacket next to a group of students during a Girls’ Day event held at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. The jacket displays the temperature and reacts to pickpocketing.
Visitors watch a robot demonstration during the World Robot Conference in Beijing on Tuesday
‘Female’ robots Tessy and Tess wearing white stilletos pole dance during a demonstration on the Tobit Software stand at the CeBIT trade fair in Hanover, Germany.
Industry representatives look at displays of the latest technology at the China Coal Mining and Machinery Exhibition in Beijing, China. The country is heavily dependent on coal, consuming more than half of the global output, a major factor behind the country becoming the world’s largest carbon emitter.
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Customers queue before being let into Apple’s store in Central district on in Hong Kong. Hong Kong was one of the first places in the world the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5C models went on sale
A woman walks past anti-Google graffiti in central Athens, Greece on Tuesday.
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Engineered Arts design and production engineer Marcus Hold works on a nearly completed RoboThespian robot in Penryn, England. The Cornish company, operating from an industrial unit near Falmouth, is the world’s only maker of commercially available life-sized humanoid robots. Now in its third generation, the fully interactive and multilingual RoboThespian is sold around the world to science centres and visitor attractions, but increasingly to academic research groups and universities where they are used as research and development platforms.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook (centre), chief finance officer Peter Oppenheimer (left) and head of tax operations Philip Bullock are sworn in to testify at a Senate homeland security and governmental affairs investigations subcommittee hearing on offshore profit shifting and the US tax code, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Apple came under fire on Tuesday at the hearing over allegations it had kept billions of dollars in profits in Irish subsidiaries and paid little or no taxes to any government.