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Fuji Xerox expands cloud service to Australia, Singapore

December 18, 2012 11:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuji Xerox Co. launched Tuesday a cloud computing business communication support service in Australia and Singapore, the company said. The service, which was available only in Japan, facilitates online communications inside a company as well as interaction between different firms, according to Fuji Xerox.

Crippled North Korean probe could orbit for years

December 18, 2012 11:10 am | by ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A North Korean satellite launched into space last week appears to be malfunctioning but could remain in orbit for several years, a leading expert in the United States said Tuesday.North Korea says the satellite is working. U.S. officials have said it is tumbling in orbit...

Apple sells 2M iPhone 5s in China in first 3 days

December 17, 2012 8:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple said Monday that it sold more than 2 million iPhone 5s in China in their first three days of availability, setting a record for that market. The iPhone 5, which launched in China on Friday, will be available in more than 100 countries by the end of December. The phone first went on sale on...

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Panasonic starts solar panel production in Malaysia

December 13, 2012 11:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. started manufacturing solar panels Thursday at a newly built plant in Malaysia, boosting the global production capacity of its cutting-edge solar batteries to 900 megawatts per year from the current 600 megawatts.

Hitachi holds 1st board meeting in India

December 13, 2012 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hitachi Ltd. on Thursday held a board of directors' meeting in the Indian capital New Delhi, the first time it has held such a meeting outside Japan since the company's founding in 1910. All 13 company executives including Chairman Takashi Kawamura and President Hiroaki Nakanishi attended the meeting.

Regulatory body: Radiation spread projection full of errors

December 13, 2012 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear regulatory authority said Thursday it found errors in its radiation spread projections in the event of a severe accident for all the country's nuclear power plants after thoroughly reviewing its previous already mistake-plagued results.

Yamada Denki acquisition of Best Denki

December 13, 2012 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yamada Denki Co. said Thursday it has completed a deal to make smaller rival Best Denki Co. a subsidiary of the top home electronics retailer. Yamada Denki, previously the second-largest shareholder in Best Denki after Bic Camera Inc., spent approximately 12.12 billion yen to raise its stake in Best Denki to 51.2 percent...

Golf: Panasonic ends sponsorship deal with Ishikawa

December 13, 2012 10:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronics giant Panasonic announced Thursday that it will not renew its sponsorship contract with golfer Ryo Ishikawa when the deal expires next January. The company also said 2013 will be the last year of its sponsorship of the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open.

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New material for stretchy electronics inspired by nature

December 12, 2012 12:13 pm | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

Scientists in Switzerland have come up with a material mimicking the way tendons connect to bones, which could speed the development of stretchy, wearable electronic devices. The stretchable electronics industry is in its infancy but devices that are able to flex without breaking could revolutionize devices from smartphones and solar cells to medical implants.

Blue Earth and Hareon Solar Technology develop solar project in Hawaii

December 12, 2012 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue Earth, Inc. (OTCQB: BBLU) a renewable energy and energy efficiency services company, announced today that it signed a joint development agreement with Hareon Solar Technology Co., Ltd ("Hareon Solar") to jointly fund and develop a 497 KW ground mounted solar PV system, the "Waianae Project," on the island of Oahu, with Hareon being the controlling member.

Mitsumi chooses MxL683 for Time-Shifting TVs

December 12, 2012 11:23 am | by MaxLinear | News | Comments

MaxLinear Inc., a leading provider of integrated radio frequency and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communications applications, announced today that Mitsumi Corp. has started mass production shipments of its latest generation of six-channel “time shift” TV network interface modules for use in Japanese televisions based on MaxLinear’s MxL683.

Panasonic to sell Sanyo's digital camera division

December 12, 2012 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. is in final talks to sell the digital camera division of its subsidiary Sanyo Electric Co. to Japanese investment fund Advantage Partners LLP, industry sources said Wednesday. The move comes as the division's earnings have deteriorated on the diffusion of smartphones...

North Korea's rocket victory has deep consequences

December 12, 2012 10:54 am | by PETER ENAV, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea says it wanted a satellite to help track the weather and send back data. But the United States, South Korea and their allies see the Unha-3 rocket that launched it as a potential weapon, theoretically capable of delivering high-impact munitions as far as California...

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NKoreans hail rocket launch; US, others condemn

December 12, 2012 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In Pyongyang, North Koreans clinked beer mugs and danced in the streets to celebrate the country's first satellite in space. In Washington, Seoul and Tokyo, leaders pushed for consequences for Wednesday's successful rocket launch, widely seen as a test that takes the country one step closer to being capable of lobbing nuclear bombs over the Pacific.

Huawei to open R&D center in Finland

December 11, 2012 11:14 am | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Huawei Monday announced a move to set up shop on Nokia's home turf. The Chinese company says it will invest $90 million over a five-year period to establish a research and development (R&D) center in Helsinki, Finland.

Merging nuclear business with Hitachi possible

December 11, 2012 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The president of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. showed a positive attitude Tuesday about integrating the company's nuclear power business with that of Hitachi Ltd., after the two firms last month announced a merger of their thermal power generation business.

Top 10 '2012 Global Competitiveness Brands' from China

December 10, 2012 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Award ceremony of the internationally renowned "2012 Global Competitiveness Brands -Top 10 from China" was held in the US on December 7, 2012. The judge panel agreed that in the global context of economic turbulence, the winners successfully carried out transformation by adapting to changes with the economy and the industrial environment...

Renesas to receive up to 200 bil. yen bailout

December 10, 2012 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Struggling Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp. said Monday it will receive up to 200 billion yen in aid from a government-backed fund and private-sector firms to turn its faltering business around.

Nintendo's new Wii U game console hits shelves in Japan

December 10, 2012 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nintendo Co. on Saturday launched its new Wii U game console in Japan, aiming to stage a comeback in a gaming market characterized by the rapid growth of mobile phone-based social games. With the launch of the successor to its video game console Wii launched in 2006, the Japanese game console and software maker seeks to turn its business around.

British astronomer Patrick Moore dies at 89

December 10, 2012 9:10 am | by GREGORY KATZ Associated Press | News | Comments

British astronomer and broadcaster Patrick Moore died Sunday, according to friends and colleagues. He was 89. He died at his home in the coastal town of Selsey in southern England, according to a statement released Sunday. No specific cause of death was given,

Eyelit’s Software Selected by TowerJazz for Wafer Fab in Japan

December 7, 2012 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Eyelit Inc., a manufacturing software provider for the aerospace & defense, discrete electronics, semiconductor, and photovoltaic industries, announced that TowerJazz, one of the world’s largest pure-play semiconductor foundries has selected the Eyelit Semiconductor Edition MES suite to be used in the fab of its subsidiary TowerJazz Japan, Ltd.

EU mulls more flexible online copyright law

December 6, 2012 1:46 pm | by Claire Davenport, Reuters | News | Comments

Internet users in Europe may be allowed to copy parts of some copyrighted files legally under reforms to outdated rules governing the murky world of online piracy, EU officials said on Wednesday. Entertainment and software companies, who say they are losing billions of dollars of revenues to pirates, have been lobbying the bloc....

UK dials up "virtual doctors" in big telehealth push

December 6, 2012 1:39 pm | by Ben Hirschler, Reuters | News | Comments

Shirley Silvers thinks the "virtual doctor" who monitors her chronic lung condition via mobile phone is wonderful. "It is like having my doctor sitting on my sofa," said the 64-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent in central England, explaining how her temperature, oxygen levels and sputum color - a barometer for infection - are now checked daily from home.

CyberLink introduces advanced software for creative consumers

December 6, 2012 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), an innovative solutions provider for media creativity, today launched PowerProducer 6, a new standard for Blu-ray and DVD disc authoring. PowerProducer 6 provides home users with a comprehensive disc authoring solution with support for the latest and most popular media formats...

Major Renesas shareholders decide on restructuring

December 6, 2012 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three major shareholders of Renesas Electronics Corp. have decided on specific measures to turn around the Japanese chipmaker, with Mitsubishi Electric Corp. accepting around 300 employees, sources close to the matter said Thursday.

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