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NKorea resumes work at missile site

December 2, 2013 12:42 pm | by MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. research institute said Friday it has detected a new construction at a North Korean missile launch site which the institute says is being upgraded to handle larger rockets. Commercial satellite imagery shows work has resumed after a months-long hiatus at Tonghae, on the country's northeast coast, on what looks like a rocket assembly building and a launch control center.  

Intensifying demand propels Southeast Asia’s smartphone sales volume

December 2, 2013 10:28 am | by GFK | News | Comments

The ongoing trend of upgrading from basic mobile phones to smartphones, particularly in Southeast Asia’s emerging markets has further deepened smartphone penetration in the region and driving robust sales of the popular gadget. In the first three quarters of this year, consumers...

China claims victory in scrubbing Internet clean

December 2, 2013 9:50 am | by DIDI TANG Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) -- The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party.

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NRA wary of conditional use of safety system at TEPCO nuclear plant

November 27, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said Wednesday that it could be difficult for reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant to pass the safety screening process if Tokyo Electric Power Co. says it will only use a planned key safety system after securing local approval.

Chubu Electric to finish smart meter introduction ahead of schedule

November 26, 2013 11:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chubu Electric Power Co. on Tuesday unveiled a plan to complete introducing next-generation electricity meters to all households in the utility's service area some two years and three months ahead of its original schedule. Akihisa Mizuno, president of the Nagoya-based utility, said the company could slash costs for fiscal 2016...

Japanese computer makers enhancing Big Data services

November 25, 2013 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Major Japanese computer makers including Fujitsu Ltd. and NEC Corp. are enhancing their respective services for Big Data, or data collected very rapidly in large volumes from a variety of sources. Since Big Data services are seen as limitless and expected to achieve high growth, the companies are offering various services to corporate clients and local governments, their officials said.

Tokyo Motor Show opens to public

November 25, 2013 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show opened to the public Saturday, with leading automakers showcasing next-generation fuel-cell cars and self-driving vehicles. A total of 426 passenger and commercial cars as well as two-wheelers are on display at Tokyo Big Sight through Dec. 1.

TEPCO, Mitsubishi firms to build coal-fired power plants in Fukushima

November 25, 2013 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. will build two cutting-edge coal-fired power generation facilities in Fukushima Prefecture, the home of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, in conjunction with three Mitsubishi group firms, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

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Safety assessment process for TEPCO's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant begins

November 22, 2013 11:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nuclear regulators on Thursday began a safety assessment process to decide whether two reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant are qualified to restart, nearly two months after the utility filed an application. The move is a sign of progress for TEPCO, which is eager to restart the seven-reactor...

S. Korea to buy 40 stealth fighter jets, 20 combat planes from 2018

November 22, 2013 11:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea will purchase 40 Lockheed Martin F-35A stealth fighter jets and an additional 20 combat planes from the United States starting in 2018, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday. "The F-35A will be used as a strategic weapon to gain a competitive edge and defeat the enemy in the early stage of war..."

5 Things to Know about $290 million Apple verdict

November 21, 2013 7:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury on Thursday ordered Samsung Electronics to pay Apple $290 million for copying features of the iPhone and iPad. That was in addition to $640 million the South Korea-based Samsung already owed Apple from a previous trial. Samsung plans to appeal the $930 million in damages in a San Jose...

Jury ends Day 2 of Samsung-Apple deliberations

November 21, 2013 10:04 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jurors failed to reach a decision and will return for a third day of deliberations to determine how much Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying key features of the iPhone and iPad. A previous jury found Samsung guilty of infringing several Apple patents in making and marketing 26 devices, and it ordered Samsung to pay $1.05 billion.

Next-generation green cars in spotlight at Tokyo Motor Show

November 20, 2013 11:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tokyo Motor Show opened to the press Wednesday, with leading automakers showcasing next-generation fuel-cell cars and electric vehicles as they look to the burgeoning green car market. At the 43rd motor show, which will open to the wider public from Saturday at Tokyo Big Sight, at least 76 vehicles will be showcased for their world premiere.

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Uncertainties abound in Fukushima decommissioning

November 19, 2013 11:23 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's costly, risky and dependent on technologies that have yet to be fully developed. A decades-long journey filled with unknowns lies ahead for Japan, which took a small step this week toward decommissioning its crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. Nobody knows exactly how much fuel melted after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems.

Firms turning to "augmented reality" apps to promote products

November 15, 2013 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphone applications featuring so-called "augmented reality" are being used by an increasing number of companies to promote their products. Ikea Japan K.K., the Japanese arm of the Swedish furnishing giant, launched a service in August that gives customers a virtual preview of how a piece of furniture will look in their home...

Exploring public perceptions of future wearable computing

November 8, 2013 10:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As scientists develop the next wave of smartwatches and other wearable computing, they might want to continue focusing their attention on the arms and the wrists. According to a recent Georgia Tech study, portable electronic devices placed on the collar, torso, waist or pants may cause awkwardness, embarrassment or strange looks.

Poland looks to Japanese technology for clean energy

October 28, 2013 12:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Polish Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said Friday his country hopes to increase its fuel efficiency and diversify its energy sources with the help of Japanese technology. In an interview with Kyodo News in Tokyo, Piechocinski said Japan has "the highest quality of technology in the world..."

Taiwan body fines Samsung for blasting local rival

October 24, 2013 12:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission on Thursday fined the local unit of South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. for undermining the reputation of Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC Corp. In a notice on its website, the consumer protection body said that Samsung had organized an Internet campaign in violation of fair trade rules to praise Samsung smartphones while slamming those of HTC.

NTU scientists make breakthrough solar technology

October 21, 2013 10:42 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

In the near future, solar panels will not only be more efficient but also a lot cheaper and affordable for everyone, thanks to research by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) scientists. This next generation solar cell, made from organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite materials, is about five times cheaper than current thin-film solar cells, due to a simpler solution-based manufacturing process.

Quantum conductors benefit from growth on smooth foundations

October 15, 2013 11:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine if the "information superhighway" had HOV lanes so that data could be stored, processed and disseminated many times faster than possible with today's electronics. Researchers in the United States and China have teamed to develop such a speedway for future devices, an exotic type of electrical conductor called a topological insulator (TI).

China Premier Li Keqiang addresses Thai Parliament

October 11, 2013 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang became the first foreign leader to address Thailand's Parliament in more than a decade Friday as he began a three-day visit aimed at strengthening ties and seeking business for his country's high-speed railway technology .Li told the lawmakers that Thailand and China will boost their trade to $100 billion by the end of 2015...

US, Japan to deploy new radar, drones in next year

October 3, 2013 1:27 pm | by LOLITA C. BALDOR & MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States and Japan moved Thursday to modernize and expand their defense alliance to counter new challenges, including a nuclear-armed North Korea and potential aggression from China over disputed territory. In the first update to the defense partnership in 16 years, the allies agreed to position a second early-warning radar in Japan within the next year to help protect against North Korea.

Optical sensors improve railway safety

September 30, 2013 12:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A string of fiber-optic sensors running along a 36-km stretch of high-speed commuter railroad lines connecting Hong Kong to mainland China has taken more than 10 million measurements over the past few years in a demonstration that the system can help safeguard commuter trains and freight cars against accidents.

US experts: NKorea can likely build key nuke parts

September 24, 2013 12:07 pm | by FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korean scientists are able to build crucial equipment for uranium-based nuclear bombs on their own, cutting the need for imports that had been one of the few ways outsiders could monitor the country's secretive atomic work, according to evidence gathered by two American experts.

China criticizes Japan for military radar plans

September 23, 2013 10:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China criticized Japan on Monday for its plans to install a cutting-edge U.S. military radar system to monitor North Korean missile launches, saying that could impact regional stability and upset the strategic balance. The X-band radar system would boost Japan's ability to track and intercept missiles from across the Sea of Japan.

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