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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...

LG looking into claim smart TVs grab user data

November 21, 2013 10:07 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. said it is investigating a claim that some of its smart TVs send information on home viewing habits back to the company without consent. The investigation comes after Jason Huntley, a 45-year-old IT consultant in Britain, detailed in his blog how his LG smart TV logged the channels he was watching and sent the data to LG.

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.

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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.

Toyota vows fuel cell model by 2015 in green push

November 20, 2013 11:47 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota is promising a mass-produced fuel cell car by 2015 in the latest ambitious push to go green by an industry long skeptical about the super-clean technology that runs on hydrogen. Satoshi Ogiso, the Toyota Motor Corp. executive in charge of fuel cells, said Wednesday the vehicle is not just for leasing to officials and celebrities...

Honda counts on lean production for hybrid Fit

November 19, 2013 11:30 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda is making a big push with its new Fit subcompact to get out of being the perennial also-ran of hybrid cars to Japanese rival Toyota, the maker of the Prius. It's a challenge hinged on making the technology affordable. Hybrids deliver fuel efficiency by switching between a gasoline engine and an electric motor, depending on driving conditions but cost more than gasoline cars.

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...

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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.

China opposes release of WTO report on rare earths

November 1, 2013 10:32 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China said Friday it opposes the release of a WTO report about its export curbs on rare earths — exotic minerals used in mobile phones and other high-tech products — following news accounts that the document rejects Beijing's policy as a trade violation. The report by World Trade Organization experts is not a final ruling and leaks would violate the trade body's rules, the Commerce Ministry said in a statement.

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..."

Smartphone competition weighs on LG earnings

October 24, 2013 12:11 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. said its handset business sank into the red for the first time in a year as it cut prices and spent more on marketing to carve out a share of the high-end smartphone market. The South Korean company reported Thursday that its mobile communications business lost 79.7 billion won ($75.5 million) in the July-September period, even after selling 12 million smartphones.

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.

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Court: Studies understated Samsung health hazards

October 23, 2013 11:17 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A South Korean court said studies conducted to evaluate safety at Samsung chip factories failed to fully examine workplace health hazards, undermining the electronics giant's efforts to distance itself from claims that its manufacturing plants caused fatal cancers. The finding by the Seoul Administrative Court was part of a ruling in the case of a Samsung Electronics Co. worker who died of leukemia in 2009 aged 29.

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.

Huawei: No government has asked for customer data

October 18, 2013 11:54 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese tech giant Huawei said in a report Friday on cybersecurity that it never has been asked to provide information about a citizen to any government. Huawei Technologies Ltd. has spent recent years trying to allay fears in the United States and some other countries that it is controlled by China's Communist Party or might be a security risk.

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...

Sony CEO praises Japan leader for 'Abenomics'

October 11, 2013 4:15 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The chief of Sony Corp., one of the best known Japanese companies, praised the country's prime minister Friday for his efforts to jump-start the economy and put the nation back on the global stage. "From my perspective, he is saying all the right things," Kazuo Hirai, Sony Corp. chief executive...

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.

China recycling cleanup jolts global industry

October 3, 2013 2:24 am | by JOE McDONALD - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

China for years has welcomed the world's trash, creating a roaring business in recycling and livelihoods for tens of thousands. Now authorities are clamping down on an industry that has helped the rich West dispose of its waste but also added to the degradation of China's environment. The Chinese...

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.

Yahoo, Softbank back Alibaba in HK IPO battle

September 27, 2013 10:21 am | by KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's biggest shareholders, Yahoo and Japan's Softbank Corp., on Friday backed the company's unusual management structure that Hong Kong's stock exchange was unwilling to accommodate, forcing it to look to the U.S. for a potentially mammoth IPO. The show of support came a day after a senior Alibaba Group executive sharply criticized the southern Chinese city's stock exchange...

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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