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China says U.S. hacking accusations lack technical proof

February 20, 2013 3:49 pm | News | Comments

Accusations by a U.S. computer security company that a secretive Chinese military unit is likely behind a series of hacking attacks are scientifically flawed and hence unreliable, China's Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

White House targets trade secret theft with new strategy

February 20, 2013 3:39 pm | by Doug Palmer, Reuters | News | Comments

The White House will tackle the theft of U.S. trade secrets on Wednesday with a new strategy to protect American companies from losing hundreds of billions of dollars in an area of growing concern in relations with China.

Sony cuts Japanese retail price for PlayStation Vita game console

February 19, 2013 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. said Monday it will lower the Japanese retail price of its PlayStation Vita game console from Feb. 28. The prices of the 3G/Wi-Fi model and Wi-Fi model, which are currently available at 29,980 yen and 24,980 yen, respectively, will be both reduced to 19,980 yen, Sony Corp.'s gaming unit said.

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Double digit growth continues for domestic appliances in Southeast Asia

February 19, 2013 10:28 am | by GfK | News | Comments

The rising affluence of contrasting ends of consumers is stimulating sales of major domestic appliances in Southeast Asia. This mix in consumer development has grown the total market worth of the washers, air-conditioners, refrigerators and microwave ovens by a healthy 13 percent in 2012 over the previous year.

TEPCO launches tender for thermal power despite call for postponement

February 15, 2013 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. launched a tender Friday to choose new suppliers of electricity generated by coal-fired thermal plants, despite a call by the government to postpone it due to concerns about global warming.

Kansai Electric, Sumitomo to acquire thermal power plant in Australia

February 15, 2013 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansai Electric Power Co. and trading house Sumitomo Corp. said Friday they will jointly acquire a coal-fired power plant in Australia to participate in power business in the country. The Japanese firms will buy all shares of the Bluewaters power stations with a total output of 416,000 kilowatts...

NKorea nuke test may offer intelligence windfall

February 13, 2013 10:50 am | by ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea's underground nuclear test shows it is making big strides toward becoming a true nuclear power. But the test may also reveal key clues the secretive nation might have hoped to hide about how close, or how far away, it is from fielding a nuclear weapon capable of striking the United States or its allies.

Test shows N. Korea's desire for nuclear status

February 12, 2013 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea's third nuclear test, carried out Tuesday, apparently reflects the country's intention to push the United States back into direct negotiations with it in an attempt to ensure security guarantees and recognition of the regime of leader Kim Jong Un from Washington, which Pyongyang calls its "sworn enemy."

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Japan proposes nuclear power cooperation to Saudi Arabia

February 11, 2013 10:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's trade and industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Saturday proposed providing Saudi Arabia with a range of assistance for the construction of nuclear power plants. The vice head of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, Waleed Hussain Abulfaraj, Motegi suggested that the two countries sign a document to that end at an early date.

Zero4All provides glimpse into changing electronics industry

February 11, 2013 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In one of the biggest business stories of this still-young year, the Dutch manufacturing company Philips recently announced the sale of its long-running consumer electronics division to the Japanese company Funai Electric. The news of the sale was an immediate hit with investors; Philips' stock values rose by two percent overnight.

Renesas earnings update

February 8, 2013 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Struggling Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp. on Friday widened its fiscal 2012 group net loss projection to 176 billion yen from an earlier 150 billion yen due to sluggish chip demand amid the stagnant global economy.

Sony earnings update

February 7, 2013 11:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Corp. on Thursday reported a group net loss of 50.87 billion yen in the April to December period, compared to a wider loss of 201.45 billion yen a year earlier, and retained its outlook to return to profitability for the full year through March, reflecting the effects of restructuring efforts and the weakening yen.

Haier to set up R&D center in Saitama

February 7, 2013 11:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Haier Group Corp., a leading Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer, plans to establish a research and development center in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, possibly in 2014, company officials said Thursday.

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Samsung phone battery catches fire, injures man

February 7, 2013 11:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korean fire officials say a man suffered burns after the battery from a Samsung smartphone caught fire in his trouser pocket. Officials at Bupyeong Fire Station in Incheon city said Wednesday the lithium-ion battery was not in the phone when it caught fire. Such batteries are quick to charge but prone to overheating.

Microsoft and Huawei launch phone for Africa

February 5, 2013 11:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese phone maker Huawei and Microsoft are combining forces to sell a new smartphone in Africa, which they say is the world's fastest growing mobile phone market. The two companies launched the Huawei 4Afrika Tuesday. The phone runs Windows Phone 8 and comes pre-loaded with applications designed for the African market.

Hitachi cuts earnings outlook on slowing growth in Asia

February 4, 2013 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hitachi Ltd. said Monday it has revised down its group earnings outlook for the current business year through March due to the continuing economic slump in Europe and slowing growth in emerging markets including China and India.

Environment Ministry seeks delay in TEPCO thermal power

February 4, 2013 10:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environment Ministry has asked the industry ministry to have Tokyo Electric Power Co. postpone its plan to hold a tender to choose suppliers of electricity generated by coal-fired thermal plants, sources close to the matter said Monday.

Funai Electric to acquire audio operations of Philips

January 29, 2013 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Funai Electric Co. said Tuesday it will acquire the audio equipment businesses of Royal Philips Electronics later this year so it can expand its product range and improve its performance. The Osaka-based consumer electronics maker will acquire all shares to be floated by a new company that the Dutch maker will set up in the April-September period.

Mitsubishi to operate megasolar power plants in Fukushima

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

Mitsubishi Corp. said Monday it plans to start operating two mega solar power plants in Fukushima Prefecture from August 2014. With their combined output planned to reach 18,000 kilowatts, the plants in the city of Iwaki can sustain some 7,000 households, according to the major trading house.

Demand for flat screen TV continues to surge across Southeast Asia

January 25, 2013 12:10 pm | by GFK | News | Comments

The constant evolution and innovation in the world of TV technology have been successfully fueling consumer demand and driving consistent growth in the industry over the last few years. In the Southeast Asia region, flat panel TVs have continued to register a surge in demand in 2012, selling over 8.3 million units in the first eleven months of the year...

Japanese gov't fund wants to merge lithium-ion business

January 25, 2013 11:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A state-backed corporate turnaround fund is encouraging Sony Corp., NEC Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. to merge their lithium-ion battery businesses in the face of intensifying international competition, sources close to the matter said Friday.

Toshiba, GE to set up joint venture for thermal power generation

January 24, 2013 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toshiba Corp. and General Electric Co. of the United States have agreed to set up a joint venture by the end of the year for the development and sales of a high-efficiency thermal power system, the Japanese electronics giant said Thursday.

Applications to extend operation of aging Japan reactors put on hold

January 23, 2013 11:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear regulatory authority on Wednesday decided not to accept applications from utilities seeking to extend the operation of reactors beyond 30 years under existing procedures, given that new regulations will be introduced in July.

Innovative packaging for China's smartphone market

January 23, 2013 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

STATS ChipPAC Ltd. today announced implementation of breakthrough performance and packaging innovation in multiple advanced chipsets for the rapidly developing smartphone market in China. Spreadtrum Communications, a leading fabless semiconductor provider in China, has adopted STATS ChipPAC's packaging innovations...

Hitachi to build steam turbine generators in India

January 23, 2013 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hitachi Ltd. said Wednesday it will build two steam turbine generators for a supercritical pressure thermal power plant to be built in India. Hitachi, which is trying to boost its presence in India, said it has received orders for the generators from India's BGR Energy Systems Ltd. and National Thermal Power Corp.

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