Planet Business

Image of the week: Sign of the times There’s a new addition to our occasional series of updates from the world of robotics. Meet Ms Aiko Chihir(...)

Kokepiyo, a girl group, at an in-store event at a Tower Records in Tokyo, one of the chain’s 85 locations in Japan. Photograph: Hiroyuki Ito/The New York Times

Around the world, the music business has shifted toward downloads and streaming. But in Japan, the compact disc is still king.On a drizzly Sunday afte(...)

Desperate Housewives actress and angel investor Eva Longoria, who has been confirmed as a speaker at this year’s Web Summit. Photo: Bloomberg

Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria, supermodel Lily Cole and Oscar winning visual effects specialist Tim Webber have been confirmed as speak(...)

Visitors try out a virtual reality suit at the event and entertainment area at the 2014 Gamescom gaming trade fair in Cologne, Germany. Virtual reality looks set to be the next big-concept leap in computing. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)

You might not have heard of Perlin Noise, but you’ve certainly seen it. The technique for adding textures to computer images to make them appea(...)

Jon Hamm: ‘I don’t believe in this divide: that you’re either sporty or arty or mathsy or a dreamer.’ Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Jon Hamm is almost 6ft 2in. But, in person, when he jumps to his feet, the process seems to take even longer than one might expect. Maybe it’s an a(...)

Unavailable: Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans in Marvel’s ‘Captain America: the Winter Soldier’. Photograph: Zade Rosenthal

Shoppers on Amazon are unable to pre-order physical copies of some upcoming Disney films, as the entertainment company appears to have joined the g(...)

Amazon has been waging a battle against Hachette, the fourth-largest US book publisher, over the price the online retailer can charge for e-books. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Amazon. com has halted pre-orders of some Disney movies, the Wall Street Journal reported, in what appears to be another contract dispute after the on(...)

The Hill 16 on Saturday: “Blue skies, bouncy springs, We just named two awesome things, A Nobel prize, a piece of string, You know what’s awesome? EVERYTHING!”

Surely the most important piece of insider news we learned this week was that the Ireland women’s rugby team sang a song from a children’s movie (F(...)

Security of tenure in employment is an increasingly elusive arrangement and the traditional psychological contract that traded loyalty and hard work f(...)

Ben Kingsley has joined the cast of The Jungle Book. The Oscar winner will voice the role of Bagheera, the black panther who, in the 1967 Disney class(...)