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Consumers in Singapore have mixed feelings about the local economy in the next 12 months

August 19, 2013 10:12 am | by GFK | News | Comments

In a relatively safe and stable country such as Singapore, many locals are largely more concerned about issues directly related to the economy and finances over others such as crime and lawlessness as well as drug abuse, concerns which rank relatively high in some other countries around the region. 

China in big push against opinion-leading blogs

August 19, 2013 9:42 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bestselling Chinese author Murong Xuecun had nearly 4 million followers on his Twitter-like microblog. One day in May his account disappeared. So did his profiles on several other social media sites. No explanation was given, but one is starting to emerge.

Researchers slow light to a crawl in liquid crystal matrix

August 14, 2013 11:02 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Light traveling in a vacuum is the Universe’s ultimate speed demon, racing along at approximately 300,000 kilometers per second. Now scientists have found an effective new way to put a speed bump in light’s path. Researchers embedded dye molecules in a liquid crystal matrix to throttle the group velocity of light back to less than one billionth of its top speed.

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ANA, Japan Airlines check 787s for wiring problem

August 14, 2013 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines said Wednesday they are checking their Boeing 787 fleets for wiring problems unrelated to battery defects that plagued the aircraft earlier this year. ANA said the departure of a 787 plane was delayed over problem wiring for a system to put out engine fires.

2 Koreas move closer to reopening factory park

August 14, 2013 10:14 am | by HYUNG-JIN KIM & YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press | News | Comments

North and South Korea on Wednesday moved closer to reopening a jointly run factory park, raising hopes for an improvement in ties between rivals that were trading war threats this spring. There was no word about when operations might resume, but the Koreas' meeting, while not conclusive, can be considered progress...

North Korean “indigenous” smartphone manufactured at unicorn factory by Keebler Elves

August 13, 2013 2:21 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

North Korea’s “supreme leader”, Kim Jong-un, recently toured a Pyongyang factory, where workers are busy “manufacturing” the DPRK’s first “indigenous” smartphone, the “Arirang.” And if you had the woe-begotten idea that this Android device is a cheap Chinese knock-off with the DPRK label slapped on it, think again — the official North Korean news agency assures us that the Arirang includes a camera function with “high pixels.”

Asia Pacific consumers are most worried about the economy: GfK

August 13, 2013 10:02 am | by GFK | News | Comments

Economy-related matters appear to be on top of the list of concerns for today’s Asia Pacific consumers. According to the latest global survey by GfK, two in every five surveyed are worried about recession and unemployment as well as inflation and high prices...

Tibetan government-in-exile's site hit by hackers

August 13, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Security researchers say the website of Tibet's government-in-exile has been rigged to infect the computers of Chinese-speaking visitors, the latest in a series of cyberattacks against Tibetan activists. Kaspersky Lab said Tuesday that attackers modified the Chinese-language website of the Central Tibetan Administration to infect visitors with rogue software.

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Chinese businessman's plan produces few cars, jobs

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

In October 2009, GreenTech Automotive Inc.'s owner, Chinese businessman Xiaolin "Charles" Wang, unveiled four prototype cars during a flashy ceremony and promised to build a $2 billon plant in Mississippi, the poorest state in the U.S. The company said production of fuel-efficient vehicles would start in three years...

Getting to the core of Fukushima

August 7, 2013 1:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Critical to the recovery efforts following the devastating effects of the 2011 tsunami on Japan's Fukushima reactor is the ability to assess damage within the reactor's core. A study in the journal AIP Advances by a team of scientists shows that muon imaging may offer the best hope of assessing damage to the reactor cores and locating the melted fuel.

US criticizes Vietnam new Internet control decree

August 6, 2013 12:16 pm | by CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States joined global Internet giants Google and Facebook on Tuesday in criticizing a new decree in Vietnam that further curbs online free speech and forces foreign companies to keep servers inside the country. The Internet has emerged as a major avenue of dissent in Vietnam, alarming conservative elements in the Communist government.

Largest neuronal network simulation achieved using K computer

August 5, 2013 11:17 am | by RIKEN | News | Comments

By exploiting the full computational power of the Japanese supercomputer, K computer, researchers carried out the largest general neuronal network simulation to date. The simulation was made possible by the development of advanced novel data structures for the simulation software NEST.

Panasonic to boost production of lithium-ion battery for cars

August 1, 2013 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. will increase domestic production of lithium-ion battery used for automobiles to meet robust demand in the United States, company sources said Thursday.The struggling electronics maker will resume operation of idled lines at an Osaka factory...

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Taiwan's HTC reports 83 percent drop in 2Q profit

July 30, 2013 5:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan smartphone maker HTC Corp. reported an 83 percent drop in second quarter profit Tuesday, hit by intensifying competition in the smartphone market. HTC's profit totaled 1.2 billion New Taiwan dollars ($40 million) on revenue of NT$70 billion in the three months through June. The company...

Group accuses Apple supplier of labor abuses

July 29, 2013 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor rights group Monday accused a Chinese company that makes iPhones for Apple Inc. of abuses including withholding employees' pay and excessive working hours. China Labor Watch said it found violations of the law and of Apple's pledges about working conditions at factories operated by Pegatron Corp., a Taiwanese company.

A magnetic pen for smartphones adds another level of conveniences

July 24, 2013 11:31 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A doctoral candidate at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed a magnetically driven pen interface that works both on and around mobile devices. This interface, called the MagPen, can be used for any type of smartphones and tablet computers so long as they have magnetometers embedded in.

NKorea halts rocket launch-pad work

July 23, 2013 12:02 pm | by FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea has stopped construction work at a site meant to launch bigger and better long-range rockets, a possible sign that Pyongyang is slowing or even halting development of larger rockets, according to a new analysis of recent satellite imagery.

Britain to review Huawei's UK-based cyber center

July 18, 2013 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Britain's most senior security officials has been assigned to review the operation of a U.K.-based cybersecurity center run by Chinese telecommunications company Huawei following a critical report from lawmakers. The government was thrown onto the defensive last month when senior parliamentarians criticized the deepening links...

EU says Google not doing enough in antitrust case

July 17, 2013 11:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's competition chief says Google isn't doing enough to overcome concerns that it's stifling competition, and ordered the Internet giant to come up with new ideas. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, has been investigating for three years whether Google is abusing its 90 percent market share in Internet searches...

China's online population rises to 519 million

July 17, 2013 11:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's population of Internet users has grown to 591 million, driven by a 20 percent rise over the past year in the number of people who surf the Web from smartphones and other wireless devices, an industry group reported Wednesday. The end-of-June figures from the China Internet Network Information Center represent a 10 percent rise...

Isola to expand quick-turn manufacturing capabilities in Suzhou, China

July 16, 2013 11:38 am | by Isola Group | News | Comments

Isola Group has announced the site expansion of its Suzhou, China manufacturing facility. The substantial upgrade includes two additional hot oil presses, semi-automatic layup lines and an additional cleanroom. The new investments will enable faster time-to-market for printed circuit board fabricators...

Terra to launch electric scooter synchronizing with smartphone

July 10, 2013 11:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese electric motorcycle maker Terra Motors Corp. unveiled Wednesday a new scooter that can synchronize with Apple Inc.'s iPhone smartphone to enable the rider to record data including travel distance, running routes and remaining battery power.

Sharp to sell "talking" home appliances in Japan

July 9, 2013 10:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sharp Corp. said Tuesday it will launch "talking" electronic appliances in Japan next month that are capable of informing users of operational status and reminding them to do daily chores. Among the "talking" white goods, a refrigerator will remind users to check for expired food items...

Japan moves closer to restarting nuclear reactors

July 8, 2013 12:23 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan moved a step closer to restarting nuclear reactors Monday as four utility companies applied for safety inspections of 10 idled plants, the clearest sign of a return to atomic energy nearly two and a half years after the Fukushima disaster.

Chinese plane crash victims were student leaders

July 8, 2013 9:49 am | by DIDI TANG & GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The two 16-year-old girls killed in the San Francisco plane crash were close friends and top students who were on Asiana Flight 214 for the same reason: to get a taste of American education and possibly brighten their futures. Wang Linjia showed talent in physics and calligraphy; Ye Mengyuan was a champion gymnast who excelled in literature...

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