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Softbank update

January 14, 2013 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Softbank Corp. is considering selling about a 67 percent stake in smaller Japanese mobile phone service provider eAccess Ltd. to Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea and 10 other companies as early as this month, sources familiar with the situation said Saturday.

iPhone 5 users are Europe's biggest data consumers

January 14, 2013 8:59 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Users of Apple's iPhone 5, launched in September 2012, have the most voracious appetite for data in Europe, consuming on average more than four times the amount of a typical person still using a iPhone 3G, according to a study.

British waterway deploys ship safety aid to combat GPS attacks

January 11, 2013 12:20 pm | by Jonathan Saul, Reuters | News | Comments

Britain is deploying a back-up ship navigation system in the English Channel, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, to tackle the growing risks of disruptions of vessel satellite devices and jamming by criminal gangs.Mariners increasingly rely on global navigation systems that use satellite


Panasonic to close plasma TV assembly plant in Shanghai

January 11, 2013 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. will shut down its assembly plant for plasma display panel televisions in Shanghai as part of efforts to streamline its flagging TV business, company officials said Friday. Panasonic, which plans to end development of plasma display panels for TVs, will liquidate its manufacturing subsidiary... 

Rikei, Singapore to sell power supply modules

January 11, 2013 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rikei Corp. said Friday it will begin selling power supply modules made by Singapore's Recom Asia Pte Ltd. The Tokyo-based electronics parts supplier will target Recom products at corporate customers particularly in the industrial machinery, telecommunications and medical sectors.

Schmidt joins elite few to glimpse net in NKorea

January 10, 2013 12:08 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google chairman Eric Schmidt's glimpse of the Web being used at a top university in Pyongyang makes him part of a tiny elite that has seen the Internet in North Korea. His four day visit to the North was a golden propaganda opportunity for North Korean officials striving to give one of the world's most closed societies a modern, tech-savvy face.

China's top 10 consumer electronics winners

January 10, 2013 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The "2012-2013 Consumer Electronics Top 10 Brands from China" award ceremony was held in Las Vegas on January 9, one day after the 46th Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held its grand opening. The award ceremony attracted the presence of more than 300 media outlets from home and abroad and drew attention from the industry around the world.

Tokyo Electric to accept compensation claims

January 10, 2013 11:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday that it intends to accept compensation claims over the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster beyond the three-year legal time limit for seeking compensation.


Sony to sell office buildings in Tokyo, New York

January 10, 2013 11:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Corp. plans to sell its office buildings in Tokyo and New York to improve its financial standing, company sources said Thursday. Potential buyers for the buildings in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward and New York's Manhattan include an investment fund and a real estate company, the sources said.

Japanese firms exhibit high-end TVs at U.S. electronics show

January 9, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese electronics firms are exhibiting high-end televisions with better profitability at the world's top electronics show which started in the United States on Tuesday, aiming to shore up their slumping operations amid fierce price competition especially for smaller models.

Panasonic update

January 9, 2013 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. President Kazuhiro Tsuga said Tuesday his company has concluded business alliances with General Motors Co. and IBM Corp. as he outlined its strategy to turn itself around by focusing on services for major global enterprises.

EU lawmakers seek to limit use of data by internet firms

January 9, 2013 8:53 am | by Claire Davenport, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Internet companies such as Facebook and Google may have to get more permission to use information if European Union lawmakers give users more control over their personal data. EU lawmakers want to limit companies' ability to use and sell data, such as internet browsing habits, to advertising companies, especially when people are unaware their data is being used in such a way.

China censorship prompts rally and online protest

January 8, 2013 10:41 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Free-speech protesters in masks squared off against flag-waving communist loyalists in a southern Chinese city Tuesday as a dispute over censorship at a newspaper spilled into the broader population, with authorities shutting microblog accounts of supporters of the paper.


French government persuades Internet provider to stop blocking online ads amid debate

January 7, 2013 8:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

France's government says it has persuaded a leading Internet provider to stop blocking online advertisements - a controversial move that would have hit online search giants such as Google.The French minister for the Internet economy, Fleur Pellerin, met Monday with leading figures from the online industry 

Sharp to withdraw from solar power battery business in Italy

January 3, 2013 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Struggling Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. is considering pulling out of the solar power battery business in Italy to streamline its operations amid slumping demand in Europe, sources close to the matter said Sunday.

Nissan hopes for better Japan-China relations

January 3, 2013 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn expressed hope that the recent change in leadership in both Japan and China will bring about an improvement in strained bilateral economic relations and a recovery of auto sales in China.

LG beats rivals in race to sell new OLED TVs as it starts taking South Korean orders

January 2, 2013 10:37 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. started taking pre-orders on Wednesday for the world's first big TVs that use an advanced display technology promising startlingly clear images on wafer-thin screens. The South Korean company said the 55-inch TVs, which use a technology called "OLED" 

Foxconn invests $200M in U.S. camera maker

December 21, 2012 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the Taiwanese contract electronics manufacturer known as Foxconn, is buying an 8.88 percent stake in Woodman Labs Inc., the maker of the GoPro line of camcorders for surfing and other sports, for $200 million.

Yamaha to set up sales company in Myanmar

December 21, 2012 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yamaha Motor Co. will set up a company in Myanmar soon to sell its motorbikes there, president Hiroyuki Yanagi said Friday, amid expectations for the country's strong economic growth. "Myanmar is a country very friendly to Japan and we think it is a suitable place to promote Japanese brands," Yanagi said during an interview with Kyodo News.

Scientists may make definitive Higgs boson announcement in March

December 20, 2012 2:59 pm | by Robert Evans, Reuters | News | Comments

Scientists at Europe's CERN research center said on Wednesday they may be able to definitively announce at a conference next March that they had discovered the elusive Higgs boson. But they dismissed suggestions circulating widely on blogs and even in some science journals that instead of just one type of the elementary particle they might have found a pair.

China tells U.S. it will improve intellectual property protection

December 20, 2012 12:13 pm | News | Comments

China told U.S. trade negotiators in Washington on Wednesday that Beijing would do more to protect intellectual property rights and combat piracy by promoting the use of legal software, China's commerce minister told reporters.

European Commission wades into global tech patents war

December 20, 2012 12:10 pm | by Ethan Bilby, Reuters | News | Comments

EU regulators are poised to accuse Samsung of breaking competition rules in filing patent lawsuits against rival Apple, in the EU's first formal challenge to the consumer electronic industry's patent wars. "We will issue a statement of objections very soon," the European Union's competition chief Joaquin Almunia said on Thursday, referring to the Commission's charge sheet.

Telenor warns Europe falling behind U.S. in telecoms

December 20, 2012 12:08 pm | by Balazs Koranyi and Joachim Dagenborg, Reuters | News | Comments

Europe has fallen behind the United States in mobile telephone network development because its regulatory framework is fragmented and does not provide incentives for investment, the head of Norwegian telecoms group Telenor told Reuters.

Taiwanese exec guilty of LCD screen price fixing

December 19, 2012 11:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted a former executive at a Taiwanese company of participating in a global LCD screen price-fixing conspiracy. The U.S. Department of Justice says Shiu Lung Leung could face up to 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine for his role in illegally fixing computer screen prices in the U.S.

Fingerprint Cards Wins Third Design Award in Japan

December 18, 2012 11:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fingerprint Cards has received its third design win for its swipe sensor technology from one of Japan’s leading and most innovative mobile phone manufacturers. The first model launch is scheduled for Q3 2013. Due to the competitive situation, the mobile phone manufacturer wants to remain anonymous...

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