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Europe gets 1st fix from its own satnav system

March 13, 2013 9:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency says it has received the first location fix from its own satellite navigation system. The Galileo system is seen as Europe's rival to the American-built Global Positioning System. ESA says technicians at a control center in the Dutch city of Noordwijk received a longitude, latitude and altitude reading early Tuesday from the four satellites already in orbit.

China says willing to discuss cyber security with the U.S.

March 12, 2013 8:55 am | by Terril Yue Jones, Reuters | News | Comments

China offered on Tuesday to talk with the United States about cyber security amid an escalating war of words between the two sides on computer hacking, but suspicion is as deep in Beijing as it is in Washington about the accusations and counter-accusations.

China foreign minister rejects hacking accusations

March 11, 2013 10:20 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's foreign minister on Saturday rejected accusations that the country's military was behind massive hacking attacks on U.S. and other foreign targets and called for more international cooperation in policing the Internet.

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Taiwanese protest against nuclear power plant

March 11, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tens of thousands of Taiwanese have protested to demand that the government scrap a $10 billion nuclear power plant that is nearly complete and slated to begin operating in two years.

Cisco to set up tech training centers in Myanmar

March 7, 2013 12:11 pm | by ERIKA KINETZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems plans to establish two network training centers in Myanmar, as global technology companies begin to move into one of the least-connected places on Earth. The announcement Thursday came on the heels of a USAID-sponsored delegation of executives from Cisco, Google, HP, Intel and Microsoft to the fast-opening country.

Vicor to showcase new innovations at Electronica China 2013

March 7, 2013 11:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vicor Corporation announced its participation in Electronica China 2013, the international trade fair for electronic components, systems and applications, hosted at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, March 19 - 21. Among the highlights planned for Electronica China 2013, Vicor will unveil the newest additions to its portfolio...

Rivals Sharp, Samsung bury hatchet

March 7, 2013 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sharp has decided to accept investment from South Korean rival Samsung as the struggling Japanese electronics maker seeks to rebuild its business. When the capital and business tie-up was announced on Wednesday evening, Sharp officials did not hold a press conference or contract-signing ceremony, repeating the lack of fanfare...

Three in five Southeast Asia markets showed growth in tech goods

March 6, 2013 9:49 am | by GFK | News | Comments

Technical consumer goods in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand continue to expand in the fourth consecutive quarter of 2012, making them the three fastest growing markets in the region with their robust growth of 15, 15 and 12 percent respectively in the full year of 2012.

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German flight set to take off with comet tourists

March 5, 2013 12:35 pm | News | Comments

A German travel agency is selling tickets for a flight to give 88 astronomy buffs a close-up view of one of two rare comets expected to pass Earth this year. Eclipse Travel, based in Bonn, has joined charter agency Air Partner and airline Air Berlin to organize flight AB1000 on March 16 as comet Pan-STARRS passes through the solar system, 100 million miles from Earth.

Japan's nuclear plants unlikely to restart operations this year

March 4, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

None of Japan's nuclear power plants that have been halted since the nuclear crisis triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami are likely to restart operations within the year as safety checks under new standards are not expected to be completed, a Kyodo News survey of utilities showed Sunday.

China ACE Awards 2013: Semiconductors, analog devices among winners

March 1, 2013 11:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Analog Devices, Texas Instruments, NXP Semiconductors, Freescale Seminiconductor, Broadcom and Agilent Technologies are among the winners of the China Annual Creativity in Electronics Awards 2013, presented during a reception held today in conjunction with the 18th International IC-China Conference & Exhibition.

New coal power plant construction launched in Hiroshima

March 1, 2013 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chugoku Electric Power Co. and Electric Power Development Co. held a ceremony Friday to launch the construction of a prototype plant for a new coal-fired power generation method in Hiroshima Prefecture. Through trials due to begin in March 2017 at the facility on Osakikami Island, the two companies will seek to generate more power in a more eco-friendly way.

China says US-based hackers target its websites

February 28, 2013 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's military said Thursday that overseas computer hackers targeted two of its websites an average of 144,000 times per month last year, with almost two-thirds of the attacks originating in the United States.

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Festive buying drove demand for technical consumer goods in Singapore

February 28, 2013 10:23 am | by GFK | News | Comments

December is usually boom time for manufacturers and retailers as consumers shop and buy more than the usual month, thanks to the year-end festivities. Latest GfK report for Technical Consumer Goods in Singapore revealed record breaking sales for a number of key categories...

Google not expected to check every upload says Italian court

February 27, 2013 12:05 pm | News | Comments

Internet platforms like Google cannot be forced to filter every video uploaded by users without endangering freedom of thought and their own functionality, an Italian court ruling made public on Wednesday said.

Chubu Electric to start overseas solar power project in Thailand

February 26, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese utility Chubu Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it will start its first overseas solar power generation project in Thailand, as part of efforts to expand profit by entering emerging foreign markets. Chubu Electric said it has acquired a 49 percent stake in Gunkul Powergen Co., the operator of six solar power plants in Thailand...

Chinese hackers seen as increasingly professional, methodical, as they plunder Web for secrets

February 26, 2013 9:09 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press | News | Comments

Beijing hotly denies accusations of official involvement in massive cyberattacks against foreign targets, insinuating such activity is the work of rogues. But at least one piece of evidence cited by experts points to professional cyberspies: China's hackers don't work weekends.

India to launch mission to Mars this year, says president

February 22, 2013 12:11 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - India will launch its first mission to Mars this year, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Thursday, as the emerging Asian nation looks to play catch up in the global space race alongside the United States, Russia and its giant neighbor China.

China says U.S. hacking accusations lack technical proof

February 20, 2013 3:49 pm | News | Comments

Accusations by a U.S. computer security company that a secretive Chinese military unit is likely behind a series of hacking attacks are scientifically flawed and hence unreliable, China's Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

White House targets trade secret theft with new strategy

February 20, 2013 3:39 pm | by Doug Palmer, Reuters | News | Comments

The White House will tackle the theft of U.S. trade secrets on Wednesday with a new strategy to protect American companies from losing hundreds of billions of dollars in an area of growing concern in relations with China.

Sony cuts Japanese retail price for PlayStation Vita game console

February 19, 2013 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. said Monday it will lower the Japanese retail price of its PlayStation Vita game console from Feb. 28. The prices of the 3G/Wi-Fi model and Wi-Fi model, which are currently available at 29,980 yen and 24,980 yen, respectively, will be both reduced to 19,980 yen, Sony Corp.'s gaming unit said.

Double digit growth continues for domestic appliances in Southeast Asia

February 19, 2013 10:28 am | by GfK | News | Comments

The rising affluence of contrasting ends of consumers is stimulating sales of major domestic appliances in Southeast Asia. This mix in consumer development has grown the total market worth of the washers, air-conditioners, refrigerators and microwave ovens by a healthy 13 percent in 2012 over the previous year.

LG to release full HD smartphone in SKorea

February 19, 2013 10:07 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. said Monday its new smartphone with a full high-definition screen will go on sale in South Korea this week before hitting shelves in Japan in April. The Optimus G Pro smartphone features a 5.5-inch screen that packs over 2 million pixels, or twice as many as smartphones with HD screens.

TEPCO launches tender for thermal power despite call for postponement

February 15, 2013 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. launched a tender Friday to choose new suppliers of electricity generated by coal-fired thermal plants, despite a call by the government to postpone it due to concerns about global warming.

Kansai Electric, Sumitomo to acquire thermal power plant in Australia

February 15, 2013 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansai Electric Power Co. and trading house Sumitomo Corp. said Friday they will jointly acquire a coal-fired power plant in Australia to participate in power business in the country. The Japanese firms will buy all shares of the Bluewaters power stations with a total output of 416,000 kilowatts...

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