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Japan automakers launch low-cost green cars at Indonesia auto show

September 19, 2013 11:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automakers launched their low-cost green cars at the 21st Indonesia International Motor Show 2013 that opened Thursday in Jakarta, hoping to capitalize on a new Indonesian government policy that gives tax exemptions for the eco-friendly cars. The luxury tax exemption, expected to give a boost for Japanese car manufacturers, applies to locally assembled vehicles...

On the road to fault-tolerant quantum computing

September 18, 2013 10:24 am | by Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

Reliable quantum computing would make it possible to solve certain types of extremely complex technological problems millions of times faster than today’s most powerful supercomputers. Other types of problems that quantum computing could tackle would not even be feasible with today’s fastest machines. The key word is “reliable.” If the enormous potential of quantum computing is to be fully realized...

China willing to open space station to foreigners

September 18, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China is willing to open its future space station to foreign astronauts and even train them for such missions, a Chinese astronaut said. China's first man in space, Yang Liwei, was quoted by the official China Daily newspaper on Wednesday as saying China had received many such requests during the course of building a permanent station to be completed in 2020.


"Mobile stores" increasing in depopulated areas

September 18, 2013 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An increasing number of companies are opening "mobile stores" amid the successive closure of retail shops in depopulated areas. Mobile stores are big buses and trucks that carry merchandise and visit places where shopping is difficult for residents. Major cosmetics maker Pola Inc. has two 12-meter-long buses selling some 480 items including ceremonial robes, jewelry goods and furs.  

Some 8,000 march in Tokyo against restart of any nuclear power plants

September 16, 2013 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An estimated 8,000 people took to the streets Saturday in Tokyo to protest against the resumption of any nuclear power plants, as the only operating reactor was set to be shutdown the next day, leaving none functioning for the second time since the Fukushima disaster in 2011. On Sunday, a reactor at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Oi plant in Fukui Prefecture, western Japan...

Japan launches new, cheaper rocket

September 16, 2013 12:15 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan successfully launched a new rocket Saturday that it hopes will be a cheaper and more efficient way of sending satellites into space. The three-stage Epsilon lifted off from a space center on Japan's southern main island of Kyushu, following a two-week postponement. An earlier launch last month was aborted 19 seconds before a planned liftoff due to a computer glitch.

US state, Chinese officials announce climate deal

September 16, 2013 12:10 pm | by JASON DEAREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown and China's top climate negotiator on Friday signed the first agreement between a U.S. state and China that seeks greater cooperation on clean energy technologies and research meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The memorandum of understanding signed with China's National Development and Reform Commission was another aggressive move by California to combat climate change.

Pre-orders for iPhone 5c to kick off in Japan

September 13, 2013 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mobile phone carriers will begin taking pre-orders for Apple Inc.'s iPhone 5c from Friday afternoon in Japan, with NTT Docomo Inc.'s first launch of the popular handset series further fueling competition between carriers. NTT Docomo and its rivals Softbank Mobile Corp. and KDDI Corp. -- which already offer iPhone handsets -- will begin taking pre-orders for the device.


Controller chip touts long battery life, high performance, and low price

September 12, 2013 10:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies introduced the latest addition to its ZigBee chip portfolio - the new GP490, a low cost, ultra-low power ZigBee PRO communication controller that allows the design and manufacture of cost and energy optimized sensor devices for the rapidly growing Smart Home application market.

Finns to use Angry Birds to teach Chinese children

September 10, 2013 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Angry Birds will be used to fire Chinese children's imaginations after the Finnish company behind the game announced plans to launch an educational product in China. Rovio said Monday that Angry Birds Playground attempts to instill fun, motivation, and interaction into learning such subjects as language, mathematics and music.

China releases reporter jailed in Yahoo email case

September 9, 2013 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese reporter who was sentenced to prison in 2005 after Yahoo Inc. disclosed details of his email has been released, a writer's group announced Sunday.Shi Tao was released Aug. 23, 15 months before the end of his sentence, the Independent Chinese Pen Center said in a statement.

Some renewable energy providers giving up entering electricity market

September 9, 2013 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Since Japan introduced a feed-in tariff for encouraging the use of renewable energy sources in power generation in July 2012, a wide range of entities from businesses and civic organizations to local government bodies have been attempting to break into the power market.

Japan school textbook publishers form tablet content alliance

September 5, 2013 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a move toward full-scale digitalization of education in Japan, 12 school textbook publishing companies on Thursday announced their plan to develop a common platform for tablet devices in classrooms. With the help of Hitachi Solutions Ltd., the 12 companies aim to enable as many schools as possible to introduce tablets...


Japan to fund ice wall to stop reactor leaks

September 3, 2013 12:07 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese government announced Tuesday that it will spend $470 million on a subterranean ice wall and other steps in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear station after repeated failures by the plant's operator.

Nissan pledges to make self-driving cars by 2020

August 29, 2013 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. says it will make cars that drive themselves by 2020. The Japanese automaker made the pledge Tuesday at an event in California.  CEO Carlos Ghosn has said before that he wants Nissan to be the first to sell self-driving cars. But Tuesday's announcement was more specific.

Chinese info-tech company opening office in Ga.

August 27, 2013 5:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese information technology company is planning to invest $10 million to open a research and development center in metro Atlanta, state officials announced Tuesday. Gov. Nathan Deal was in Qingdao, China, when he announced that Beijing-based TravelSky Technology Limited is planning to open a...

Volvo debuts new safety technology in Japan for avoiding cyclists

August 27, 2013 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volvo Cars Japan said Tuesday it has begun selling in Japan six models with advanced safety technology for detecting and avoiding collisions with bicyclists. When radar or a camera at the front of these vehicles detects a cyclist, the technology sends a light-and-sound alert and automatically applies the brakes before the car hits the cyclist.

Japan postpones launch of new, cheaper rocket

August 27, 2013 10:50 am | by ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan on Tuesday canceled the launch of a new rocket it hopes will be a cheaper and more efficient way of putting satellites into space, saying it suffered a problem that aborted the countdown 19 seconds before it was supposed to blast off. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency official Yuko Hoshikawa said an automatic countdown...

Tablet sales volume in Vietnam surged by 233 percent in first half of 2013

August 26, 2013 1:24 pm | by GFK | News | Comments

The tablet craze that is currently taking the world by storm has also infected the lesser developed country of Vietnam to a large extent with consumers here eagerly snapping up the increasingly popular smart device. Demand for tablets has been consecutively trending up...

Google to launch new Nexus 7 tablet computer in Japan

August 26, 2013 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Internet search giant Google Inc. said Monday it will launch the latest version of its tablet computer, the Nexus 7, in Japan on Wednesday, featuring a lighter body and high-definition images to counter Apple Inc.'s popular iPad and other rivals. Running on the Android 4.3 operating system, the device will be Google's second model...

China helicopter training with air-to-air missiles

August 26, 2013 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese-developed attack helicopter has successfully fired air-to-air missiles for the first time, state media said Monday, in another apparent advance for the domestic arms industry. The firing took place last week during drills off the coast of the southern province of Guangdong...

Japan, Hungary foreign ministers to strengthen energy cooperation

August 23, 2013 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with his Hungarian counterpart Janos Martonyi in Budapest on Friday to agree to strengthen cooperation in the field of energy including nuclear power. Japan is aiming to export nuclear power infrastructure...

This is what a 550-ton hovercraft landing on a Russian beach looks like

August 21, 2013 3:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Alright, so technically the beach is a military zone and, technically, it's not a beach that people should be swimming from or sunbathing on, but that is one scary-looking piece of military equipment. According to a Russian defense ministry spokesperson, it's actually a government-owned beach and the landing was part of some military practice maneuvers.

Home cooking, traffic are sources of key air pollutants from China

August 21, 2013 11:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Almost 80 percent of air pollution involving soot that spreads from China over large areas of East Asia — impacting human health and fostering global warming — comes from city traffic and other forms of fossil-fuel combustion, such as home cooking with coal briquettes.

Japan adds renewable energy capacity worth 2 nuclear reactors

August 20, 2013 12:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Renewable energy facilities that newly started operating in fiscal 2012 in Japan totaled 2.08 million kilowatts in capacity, which is worth two nuclear reactors, the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry said Tuesday. Solar power facilities, including those installed at homes and megasolar plants, largely contributed to the reading...

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