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Taiwan makers showcase computers at Computex

June 3, 2013 2:33 am | by ANNIE HUANG - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan's struggling PC makers are unveiling a new generation of ultra-thin laptops at the world's second-biggest computer show this week, even as they tap into the ever-expanding tablet market to help compensate for declining computer sales. It won't be an easy transition for them, but the makers...

Hong Kong’s three screens market expands

May 31, 2013 10:57 am | by GFK | News | Comments

In today’s highly-connected and increasingly mobile society, it has become almost a necessity for modern consumers in developed markets to have round-the-clock access to at least one of the three screens— laptop, media tablet and smartphone.

Online sign language service makes life easier for the deaf

May 28, 2013 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Internet-based sign language service launched by a university student a few years ago is finding its way into hotels, restaurants and other public places. The service involves a notebook or tablet computer through which a hearing-impaired person at, say, a shoe store, speaks in sign language to an interpreter...


Korean consumers snapping up new generation laptops

May 28, 2013 10:18 am | by GFK | News | Comments

Normal traditional laptops may not be attractive enough to appeal to the more tech savvy consumers these days. The latest and more sophisticated laptop models such as the ultra-thin and hybrid types which come packed with advanced features in slimmer frames are becoming increasingly popular with Korean consumers...

Taiwan cuts growth forecast on muted export demand

May 24, 2013 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan has lowered its economic growth forecast for 2013 to a muted 2.4 percent as global demand for the island's electronics exports remained subdued. In February, the government predicted 3.6 percent growth this year. The economy grew 1.3 percent in 2012.

Sanyo may sell stake in Chinese joint venture

May 24, 2013 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sanyo Electric a group company of Panasonic, is considering selling a stake of about 30 percent in its joint venture in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday. U.S. home appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. is one of the companies interested in buying the stake...

Softbank to revise or cancel Hokkaido megasolar power plant

May 21, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Softbank Corp. may revise or cancel its plan to build three megasolar power plants in Hokkaido as Hokkaido Electric Power Co. has rejected its electricity sales application, industry sources said Tuesday. The local utility in April vowed to limit its electricity purchases from solar power plants to 400,000 kilowatts...

Smartphone sector sees vibrant performance in Southeast Asia

May 20, 2013 10:47 am | by GFK | News | Comments

Consumers in Southeast Asian markets continue to snap up mobile handsets at a rapid pace, propelling the region’s overall mobile phone market to expand further in the latest 12 months by 14 percent in value and 8 percent in units. Declining demand for basic feature phones are met by the corresponding spike in smartphone sales...


Japanese reactor said to stand on fault line

May 16, 2013 10:10 am | by HIROKO TABUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Seismologists said Wednesday that a nuclear reactor in Tsuruga, in western Japan, stands above an active seismic fault, a finding that could lead to the first permanent shutdown of a reactor since the Fukushima crisis two years ago. Japan’s newly installed Nuclear Regulation Authority also said...

Japan watchdog to halt test reactor over safety

May 15, 2013 12:11 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear watchdog announced Wednesday that the nation's trouble-plagued next-generation test reactor will not be allowed to restart due to safety violations, dealing a setback to the country's pro-nuclear government. The Nuclear Regulation Authority's decision is the latest blow to the Monju fast-breeder reactor and Japan's nuclear fuel cycle program.

Nintendo turns to smartphone apps for its consoles

May 6, 2013 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nintendo Co. is trying to enable users of its game consoles to enjoy popular smartphone applications on their devices in a bid to boost sales and return to profitability on an operating basis in the current business year, company sources said Saturday.

Taiwan's MediaTek profit up 51 percent in 1Q

May 6, 2013 11:10 am | by ANNIE HUANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

MediaTek Inc., Asia's largest chipset designer, said Monday its first quarter profit grew 51 percent from a year earlier, boosted by China's flourishing smartphone market. The Taiwanese company's net profit totaled 3.7 billion New Taiwan dollars ($125 million) in the January-March period on revenue of NT$24 billion.

Pentagon clears use of Samsung's devices

May 6, 2013 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. says the U.S. Department of Defense has approved using Samsung smartphones for its networks. The South Korean company said Friday the Galaxy S4 smartphone has become the first Android device to meet the security requirements set out by the U.S. government...


China emerging as new force in drone warfare

May 3, 2013 11:43 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Determined to kill or capture a murderous Mekong River drug lord, China's security forces considered a tactic they'd never tried before: calling a drone strike on his remote hideaway deep in the hills of Myanmar. New light has been cast on China's unmanned aerial vehicle program, which has been quietly percolating for years and now appears to be moving into overdrive.

Taiwan probes insider trading in chip takeover

May 3, 2013 11:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors are probing alleged insider trading connected to a $3.8 billion takeover of a Taiwan chip design company. Prosecutor Huang Mou-hsin said late Thursday that just before MediaTek's board approved a deal to buy its main rival MStar Semiconductor last June, four officials from the two companies bought shares of MStar.

B787 1st test flight in Japan since battery fire

April 29, 2013 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's All Nippon Airways has successfully conducted its first test flight of the Boeing 787 aircraft since battery problems grounded the planes earlier this year. Ray Conner, president of Boeing's consumer airline division, and ANA President Shinichiro Ito were aboard the flight Sunday.

TEPCO gears up to restart reactors by self-developing equipment

April 25, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. will equip its idled nuclear reactors with filtered venting systems developed on its own as part of its efforts to swiftly seek their restart, company sources said Thursday. Japanese utilities are trying to install the system because it will become one of the new safety requirements for reactors...

IAEA: Japan nuke cleanup may take more than 40 yrs

April 22, 2013 10:28 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.N. nuclear watchdog team said Japan may need longer than the projected 40 years to decommission its tsunami-crippled nuclear plant and urged its operator to improve plant stability. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency team said that damage at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant is so complex that it is "impossible" to predict...

STMicroelectronics powers advanced generation of smart IPTV

April 22, 2013 10:24 am | by STMicroelectronics | News | Comments

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a top supplier of set-top box ICs, has revealed that its Orly system-on-chip is powering a new generation of advanced set-top boxes from NTT Plala, a leading Internet / IPTV service provider in Japan.

Utility to finish upgrading safety of 2 online reactors

April 18, 2013 12:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansai Electric Power Co. said in a report submitted to regulators Thursday it will finish necessary preparations by the end of June to make its two reactors meet new safety requirements coming into force the following month. If the Nuclear Regulation Authority acknowledges that the No. 3 and 4 reactors at the Oi plant have no serious safety problems...

Nuclear plant halt to increase Japan's fuel costs

April 17, 2013 11:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has estimated that Japan's nuclear plant suspension may boost power generation fuel costs at nine utilities in fiscal 2013 by 3.8 trillion yen, ministry officials said. The extra fuel costs for non-nuclear thermal power generation replacing nuclear power output in the year to March 2014 are higher than the 3.1 trillion yen...

Operator of LCD plant in Osaka falls into the red

April 16, 2013 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of a liquid crystal display plant in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, that is jointly managed by struggling Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. and Taiwanese business partner Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., reported Monday a 7.4 billion yen net loss for the April-December period.

Kansai Electric expects online reactors to meet new requirements

April 16, 2013 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Kansai Electric Power Co. plans to report that the only two nuclear reactors now in operation in Japan can meet new safety requirements coming into force in July, sources close to the matter said Tuesday. If the Nuclear Regulation Authority acknowledges that the No. 3 and 4 reactors at the Oi plant...

Mitsubishi eyes emerging countries for space satellite orders

April 15, 2013 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Electric Corp. unveiled Friday its space satellite manufacturing factory that would double its production capacity to eight per year, eyeing emerging economies such as Southeast Asian countries as potential markets. The six-story plant with floors stretching 7,820 square meters is built adjacent to the company's existing production facility...

Precarious Japan nuke plant raises safety concerns

April 10, 2013 11:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Recent problems at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant are highlighting its precarious state two years after it was damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami. Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka says the plant, which relies on makeshift cooling systems for its broken reactors, remains highly vulnerable.

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