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Demand for flat screen TV continues to surge across Southeast Asia

January 25, 2013 12:10 pm | by GFK | News | Comments

The constant evolution and innovation in the world of TV technology have been successfully fueling consumer demand and driving consistent growth in the industry over the last few years. In the Southeast Asia region, flat panel TVs have continued to register a surge in demand in 2012, selling over 8.3 million units in the first eleven months of the year...

Japanese gov't fund wants to merge lithium-ion business

January 25, 2013 11:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A state-backed corporate turnaround fund is encouraging Sony Corp., NEC Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. to merge their lithium-ion battery businesses in the face of intensifying international competition, sources close to the matter said Friday.

Toshiba, GE to set up joint venture for thermal power generation

January 24, 2013 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toshiba Corp. and General Electric Co. of the United States have agreed to set up a joint venture by the end of the year for the development and sales of a high-efficiency thermal power system, the Japanese electronics giant said Thursday.

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NKorea warns of nuke test, more rocket launches

January 24, 2013 11:12 am | by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea's top governing body warned Thursday that the regime will conduct its third nuclear test in defiance of U.N. punishment, and made clear that its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the United States.

Residents near Chinese e-waste site face greater cancer risk

January 23, 2013 11:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Residents living near an e-waste recycling site in China face elevated risks of lung cancer, according to a recent study co-authored by Oregon State University researchers. Electronic trash, such as cell phones, computers and TVs, is often collected in dumps in developing countries and crudely incinerated to recover precious metals...

Applications to extend operation of aging Japan reactors put on hold

January 23, 2013 11:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear regulatory authority on Wednesday decided not to accept applications from utilities seeking to extend the operation of reactors beyond 30 years under existing procedures, given that new regulations will be introduced in July.

Innovative packaging for China's smartphone market

January 23, 2013 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

STATS ChipPAC Ltd. today announced implementation of breakthrough performance and packaging innovation in multiple advanced chipsets for the rapidly developing smartphone market in China. Spreadtrum Communications, a leading fabless semiconductor provider in China, has adopted STATS ChipPAC's packaging innovations...

Hitachi to build steam turbine generators in India

January 23, 2013 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hitachi Ltd. said Wednesday it will build two steam turbine generators for a supercritical pressure thermal power plant to be built in India. Hitachi, which is trying to boost its presence in India, said it has received orders for the generators from India's BGR Energy Systems Ltd. and National Thermal Power Corp.

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BioElectronics announces South Korean patent innovative medical devices

January 22, 2013 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BioElectronics Corporation, maker of consumer medical electronics, announced today that the Company has received patent allowance from the South Korean Intellectual Property office for a self contained medical device that is affixed to the body with a flexible antenna that allows the patient to move more freely ...

China's Huawei criticizes US security complaints

January 21, 2013 10:41 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese tech giant Huawei on Monday criticized U.S. claims the company might be a security risk as trade protectionism that harms consumers. The comments came as Huawei Technologies Ltd., a maker of network switching gear and smartphones, disclosed details of its 2012 performance in an effort to show transparency and allay security concerns.

Toshiba to give presentation at IDEMA Japan

January 21, 2013 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toshiba Corporation today announced that Yoichiro Tanaka, Ph.D., Senior Manager of Storage Products Application Engineering Department, Storage Products Division, Semiconductor & Storage Products Company, will give a presentation at IDEMA Japan January 2013 Quarterly Seminar on Friday, January 25.

Sony to launch new Xperia tablet model in Japan

January 21, 2013 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Mobile Communications Inc. said Monday it will start selling a new version of its Xperia tablet computer this spring in the Japanese market, featuring a lighter body and new imaging censor. The water and dust proof Xperia Tablet Z, equipped with a 10.1-inch liquid crystal panel, is compatible with the LTE high-speed network.

China Mobile seeks Taiwan handset makers' support

January 18, 2013 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China Mobile is seeking support from Taiwanese chip and handset makers to back the fourth generation high-speed mobile network co-developed by the state-owned Chinese telecom operator. China Mobile chief executive Li Yue said the network adopted and promoted by the Chinese government will reach 30 percent of the Chinese population...

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CEO says Sony is on track for comeback

January 18, 2013 11:14 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony Corp., the struggling Japanese electronics and entertainment company, is headed in the right direction although its comeback is not yet complete, its chief executive said Thursday. Kazuo Hirai told reporters that Sony is now more nimble and focused under his leadership which began nine months ago.

Google to develop new headquarters at London's Kings Cross

January 18, 2013 8:55 am | News | Comments

Google Inc. is developing a new UK headquarters which could be worth as much as 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) when finished, the latest overseas property deal for the cash-rich U.S. Internet group. Google has purchased a 2.4 acre plot at the Kings Cross Central development,

Sony looking to boost sales of LCD televisions in India

January 17, 2013 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Corp.'s president said Thursday that the company is aiming to boost sales of liquid crystal display televisions in emerging markets such as India and Brazil, as strong replacement demand is expected in the countries.

Sharp in talks with Lenovo on LCD TV business tie-up

January 17, 2013 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Struggling electronics maker Sharp Corp. is in talks with Lenovo Group Ltd. of China to form an alliance in the liquid crystal display television business, sources close to the matter said Thursday.

Battery in 787 swollen from overheating

January 17, 2013 10:00 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The main battery beneath the cockpit of the Boeing 787 forced to make an emergency landing in Japan was swollen from overheating, a safety official said Thursday, as aviation regulators worldwide joined the U.S. and Japan in grounding the technologically advanced aircraft because of fire risk.

Seeing beyond cameras: Predicting where people move in CCTV blind spots

January 17, 2013 9:03 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A new model from Queen Mary, University of London could be a useful security tool in tracking people in large, busy venues such as airport terminals and shopping centres. The research fuses information gathered from multiple Close-Circuit Television (CCTV) network cameras and geographical maps for the first time,

NASA, Europeans uniting to send spaceship to moon

January 17, 2013 8:51 am | by MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA is teeming up with the European Space Agency to get astronauts beyond Earth's orbit. Europe will provide the propulsion and power compartment for NASA's new Orion crew capsule, officials said Wednesday. This so-called service module will be based on Europe's supply ship used for the International Space Station.

Yifang Digital wins Best Innovative Application award at CES

January 16, 2013 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yifang Digital Technology Co., Ltd. received the "Annual Best Innovative Application Award" for its latest stylus pen for Windows 8 use, the Touch 8, at the awards ceremony of the "2012-2013 Consumer Electronics Top 10 Brands from China."

Boeing 787 update

January 16, 2013 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet operated by All Nippon Airways Co. made an emergency landing Wednesday morning at Takamatsu Airport in western Japan due to smoke in the cockpit, with the transport ministry suspecting a problem related to the aircraft's main battery may have caused the incident.

France delays move to make Web giants pay for networks

January 15, 2013 1:59 pm | by Leila Abboud, Reuters | News | Comments

France backed away from legislation to make Internet companies including Google pay for the burden they place on telecommunications networks, opting instead to ask a commission to study the controversial issue. Fleur Pellerin, junior minister for the digital economy, said the government would ask the National Digital Council...

China added 51 million Internet users in 2012

January 15, 2013 12:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's population of Internet users rose 10 percent last year to 564 million even as communist authorities tightened controls on content, according to data released Tuesday. Driven by a surge in mobile Web surfing, the country added 51 million new Internet users, a number bigger than the population of Spain, the China Internet Network Information Center reported.

Seeking the next CERN: Europe to award $1.3 billion to next-generation science projects

January 15, 2013 9:01 am | by FRANK JORDANS Associated Press | News | Comments

Call it Europe's Got Talent for geeks.Teams of scientists from across the continent are vying for a funding bonanza that could see two of them receive up to (EURO)1 billion ($1.33 billion) over 10 years to keep Europe at the cutting edge of technology. The contest began with 26 proposals that were whittled down to six last year. Just four have made it to the final round.

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