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China could lead the way with the smart home

April 1, 2014 3:14 pm | by Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak | Blogs | Comments

I remember the first time I flew into China. It must have been the early ‘90s. I landed in Beijing, and it was as if I entered a different world, like landing on another planet. Since that time, I have met many Chinese people and became friends with lots of them....

Knowing whether food has spoiled without even opening the container

March 17, 2014 4:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A color-coded smart tag could tell consumers whether a carton of milk has turned sour or a can...

Computer system simulates the behavior of tax evaders

March 10, 2014 9:29 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Tax fraud is a very serious problem for society, especially in Spain, where tax evasion...

Elsevier and Energy Institute work together to publish Journal of the Energy Institute

March 10, 2014 9:17 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products...

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UK and China agree £20 million low carbon innovation programm

March 10, 2014 8:51 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new £20 million three-year programme that will support research to develop new low carbon manufacturing processes and technologies, low carbon cities and offshore renewables in the UK and China was agreed yesterday, Wednesday 5th March 2014.

Chinese partnership fuels NJIT's solar cell research

February 28, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Earlier this month, NJIT formalized an agreement with Chinese partners that will advance the university's research on thin-film solar cells, an alternative energy technology with the potential to make buildings and other infrastructure substantially more energy-efficient.

Photos of the Day: The "True Love Tester" smart bra

February 5, 2014 9:35 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The “True Love Tester” bra from Japanese lingerie company, Ravijoir, tracks changes in the wearer's heart rate, and when the user detects true love, it magically unclasps. The smart bra differentiates between true love and normal increases in heart rate via the adrenal gland....

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Samsung, Google sign patent agreement

January 27, 2014 10:57 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. has signed an agreement with Google Inc. to cross-license their patents, reducing the risk of costly legal disputes over intellectual property and likely fostering greater collaborate between the two tech giants. Seoul-based Samsung said Monday that the deal covers patents to be filed over the next 10 years...

India, Japan to cooperate in energy, telecoms

January 27, 2014 10:52 am | by ASHOK SHARMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

India and Japan have signed agreements on cooperation in the energy and telecom sectors during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to New Delhi. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held talks with Abe on Saturday and said India was taking steps to facilitate Japan's links with India's growing economy.

China's lunar rover has mechanical trouble

January 27, 2014 10:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China says its first lunar rover is experiencing mechanical problems, a rare setback for its burgeoning space program that in recent years has conducted space walks and placed a space station in orbit. The six-wheeled Yutu vehicle began operating last month after making the first soft landing on the moon by a space probe in 37 years.

Mixed views on Samsung after stellar 2013

January 24, 2014 10:43 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For Samsung Electronics and its 270,000 employees across the globe, 2013 was the best year. One in every three smartphones sold carried the Samsung brand, with the company shipping more than 300 million of the devices. South Korea's best known company on the world stage rounded off the year with record annual revenue and profit.

Researchers develop way to "see" melted nuclear fuel in Fukushima

January 23, 2014 11:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of Japanese researchers said Thursday it has developed a cosmic ray-based system to produce visual images of nuclear fuel that has melted down at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The team successfully used cosmic rays to produce images of nuclear fuel from outside an off-line nuclear plant...

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App Watch: Will you be my Between? App for lovers

January 23, 2014 11:02 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

If ever in doubt about your guy's commitment to a relationship, ask him if he would commit to an app. A growing number of young couples in Asia are sharing special moments in the privacy of Between, a tight networking app that links only two people.

China tightens regulations for online films

January 23, 2014 10:55 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese authorities are requiring makers of online films to gain licenses and report their content before it is posted, tightening regulation of what in recent years has been a more freewheeling genre than China's traditional film industry. China's online video sites have provided an accessible platform...

Lenovo buys part of IBM server business for $2.3B

January 23, 2014 10:50 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's Lenovo Group is buying IBM's server business for $2.3 billion, expanding a product line-up dominated by PCs, tablets and smartphones. Lenovo, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday it expects to offer jobs to 7,500 IBM employees as part of its acquisition of the x86 server business.

Aging Fukushima Daini reactor can be safely offline for 10 more yrs

January 22, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday confirmed that one of the aging reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daini plant can remain offline safely for another 10 years, after assessing the deterioration level of related equipment and the impact of the March 2011 natural disasters.

Panasonic, Epco to set up joint venture on solar power business

January 21, 2014 11:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. and Epco Co. said Tuesday they have agreed to set up a joint venture to buy electricity from households generated with solar panels. They will invest 300 million yen to establish the new company on Jan. 31, aiming to win contracts of more than half a million households and post sales of over 20 billion yen by fiscal 2018.

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China loses 27.8 million microblog users in 2013

January 20, 2014 2:19 pm | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of online microblog users in China dropped by more than 27.8 million last year, marking the first major decline in popularity of a social media genre that has offered a way to share unfiltered information in a country with strict controls. The drop comes amid a crackdown on microblogs deemed sensitive by government authorities...

SKorea credit card data theft highlights lapses

January 20, 2014 1:21 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A massive theft of customer data from three major credit card firms in South Korea has shown security lapses in the financial industry. First revealed by prosecutors, the theft of information linked to 80 million credit cards such as salaries, monthly card usage, credit rating and card numbers has sparked widespread public concern.

Nuclear power unpredictable, Fukushima engineer warns in Taiwan

January 20, 2014 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese engineer who helped build part of the Fukushima Daiichi No. 4 reactor said in Taiwan on Wednesday that the safety of nuclear power plants is unpredictable, urging Taiwan to ditch atomic energy for renewable resources. Mitsuhiko Tanaka, who arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday with a delegation of Japanese parliamentarians...

Low-priced "generic" home appliances gaining popularity

January 20, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

So-called "generic" home appliances have become popular among Japanese consumers placing priority on low prices and practicality over multiple functions and brands. Generic home appliances use older generations of technologies and have limited functions while maintaining basic features. The name "generic" is believed to have come from "generic" drugs.

China video sites confident public will pay

January 14, 2014 9:56 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

When media studies student Liu Zhiqi settles down to watch a movie or TV drama at the home of the San Francisco family she lodges with, she misses the convenience of downloading content for free like in China. For Liu, an on-demand streaming service such as Netflix isn't worth the $7.99 a month subscription. "As a Chinese, I am not used to paying to watch TV..."

Hybrid offers $55M for bankrupt Fisker in bid war

January 14, 2014 9:51 am | by RANDALL CHASE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hybrid Technology, led by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, has bid $55 million for Fisker Automotive's assets, just days after a bankruptcy judge in Delaware rejected Hybrid's plan to take over the failed electric-vehicle maker in a private sale. Hybrid said in court papers Monday that it's offering $30 million in cash and would cancel $25 million in debt that Fisker owes Hybrid as its senior secured lender.

Video game players can check out Toyota concept

January 13, 2014 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Video game players will get a chance to try out a virtual version of Toyota's new concept sports car that was unveiled in Detroit as a symbol of the automaker's design future. The Japanese automaker took the wraps off the FT-1 on Monday during press previews at the North American International Auto Show.

Japan automakers to unveil concept cars in Detroit

January 13, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. are among the major players in an increasingly confident automotive industry unveiling new concept models to stir excitement in the improving U.S. market at the North American International Auto Show that opened Monday in Detroit. U.S. research company Edmunds.com estimates 15.66 million new cars were sold in 2013...

Workers building Samsung factory riot in Vietnam

January 9, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers building a massive Samsung factory in Vietnam battled police and torched motorbikes on Thursday, in a rare outbreak of labor violence in the tightly controlled country. Eleven people were injured in the incident, which Samsung said occurred after a disagreement between workers and security guards over safety protocols at the site.

Wanxigang increases offer for Fisker

January 9, 2014 1:12 pm | by RANDALL CHASE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese auto parts conglomerate Wanxiang Group Corp. has increased its offer for Fisker Automotive, heating up the fight for the failed electric-vehicle maker. Wanxiang sweetened its bid with an additional $10 million in cash. An attorney for Fisker's official committee of unsecured creditors...

Popular Chinese microfilm turned into a movie

January 9, 2014 11:21 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese online microfilm, "Old Boys," which was watched by tens of millions and helped to establish the genre here, is being made into a feature-length movie. The filmmakers presented a trailer at a media event Thursday in Beijing and said "Old Boys: The Way of the Dragon" would be shown in Chinese cinemas in May.

New phone alerts for extreme weather may prevent casualties in India

January 7, 2014 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When Cyclone Phailin hit India in late 2013 it became the largest storm to batter the subcontinent in over a decade. The storm, officially classified as a Category 5 tropical cyclone, affected more than 12 million people in India and neighboring countries, and required mass evacuations.  

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