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Now the mobile phone goes emotional

October 25, 2012 3:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Mobile devices include an increasing number of input and output techniques that are currently not used for communication. Recent research results by Dr Eve Hoggan from HIIT / University of Helsinki, Finland, however, indicate that a synchronous haptic communication system has value as...

China rare earths producer suspends output

October 25, 2012 11:34 am | by JOE McDONALD - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

China's biggest rare earths producer has suspended production in an effort to shore up plunging prices of the materials used by makers of mobile phones and other high-tech products. State-owned Baotou Steel Rare Earth (Group) Hi-tech Co. said in a statement released through the Shanghai Stock Exchange...

LG Electronics post profit on smartphone sales

October 24, 2012 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korean consumer electronics maker LG Electronics Inc. reported a third straight quarterly profit on Wednesday as sales of smartphones designed for faster wireless networks helped end losses at its mobile phone business. LG forecast higher smartphone sales for the current quarter...

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Nokia launches $980 million bond offering

October 23, 2012 5:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. is planning to raise €750 million ($980 million) via an issue of bonds as part of an effort to build up its reserves ahead of next month's launch of phones running Microsoft's new Windows 8 software. The launch is a hugely important event for the struggling cellphone maker, which has...

Japan's large-scale PV power exhibition

October 22, 2012 7:53 pm | by SEMICON | News | Comments

PVJapan 2012, the leading photovoltaic exhibition in Japan, will take place on December 5-7. PVJapan is the best event for industry stakeholders to gain knowledge of Japan’s renewable energy industry, including solar energy. Leading-edge technologies will be exhibited on the show floor...

High-tech product announcements this fall

October 22, 2012 4:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It's high season for consumer electronics. Manufacturers of various gadgets are unveiling their holiday lineups. Add to that products surrounding a new version of Windows coming out Friday. Here's a recap of the announcements so far: — Sept. 4: Microsoft Corp. releases the first major update to...

SEMICON Japan 2012: Focus on Next-Generation Technology Challenges — with Keynotes from Toshiba, Intel, Xilinx and TSMC

October 22, 2012 12:53 pm | by SEMI | News | Comments

SEMICON Japan 2012, one of the largest exhibitions in the world for semiconductor manufacturing and related processing technology, will take place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on December 5-7. Today, SEMI announced an exceptional lineup of keynotes speakers

Early Look at Windows 8 Baffles Consumers

October 22, 2012 12:40 pm | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The release of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system is a week away, and consumers are in for a shock. Windows, used in one form or another for a generation, is getting a completely different look that will force users to learn new ways to get things done.

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Tokyo court finds Apple doesn't infringe Samsung patents

October 22, 2012 12:09 pm | by CNET | News | Comments

Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported over the weekend that Apple won a pair of cases against Samsung over the last several weeks. The first, which came down in mid-September, found that Apple did not infringe a Samsung patent...

Consumer electronics industry announces Ultra High-Definition

October 22, 2012 11:59 am | News | Comments

The next generation of so-called “4K” high-definition display technology for the home giant-screen TVs with more than eight million pixels of resolution, four times the resolution of today’s high-definition televisions will be called “Ultra High-Definition” or “Ultra HD,” connoting its superiority over conventional HDTV, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

Samsung kicking Apple to curb for LCD panels

October 22, 2012 11:56 am | by CNET | News | Comments

The Korea Times says Samsung will replace the lost Apple business with more display orders from Samsung's handset business and Amazon. Samsung's display business plans to end its LCD panel supply agreement with Apple...

Renesas Electronics releases new power supply

October 19, 2012 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Renesas Electronics releases new power supply ICs that cut microcontroller power supply system component counts by 50 percent and significantly reduce standby mode power. Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions...

Sony to close factory, cut workforce by 2,000

October 19, 2012 5:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Corp. says it plans to close a factory in central Japan, tweaking its restructuring plan by cutting 2,000 jobs from its workforce in moves expected to save it $385 million. The company's Minokamo factory, in Gifu prefecture, employs 840 people making lenses for digital cameras, lens blocks...

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Apple Loses Appeal in Tablet Patent Dispute With Samsung

October 18, 2012 12:27 pm | by Stan Schroeder | News | Comments

Apple lost its appeal of a UK court’s ruling that Samsung did not copy the iPad with its Galaxy tablet, Reuters reports. In July, Britain’s High Court ruled in favor of Samsung, explaining that Samsung’s Galaxy tablet, despite certain similarities, is simply “not as cool.”    

Magnetic properties of silicon nano-ribbons

October 17, 2012 4:42 pm | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

Nano-ribbons of silicon configured so the atoms resemble chicken wire could hold the key to ultrahigh density data storage and information processing systems of the future. This was a key finding of a team of scientists led by Paul Snijders of the Department of Energy...

element14 drives the Raspberry Pi revolution forward

October 17, 2012 10:58 am | News | Comments

element14, the first collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts announced its continued partnership with Raspberry Pi with the launch of a new 512MB board version of the revolutionary, credit-card sized computer...

KDDI to sell nine new smartphones

October 17, 2012 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

KDDI Corp. said it will launch nine new smartphone models capable of a high-speed data communication service in Japan, a move likely to further intensify competition among mobile phone carriers to pursue better infrastructure. Of the nine models that are capable of using the LTE high-speed network, eight will hit the market on Nov. 2.

Sharp unveils seven-inch tablet with power-saving IGZO panel

October 17, 2012 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sharp Corp. unveiled a 7-inch tablet computer Wednesday equipped with its state-of-the-art IGZO power-saving liquid crystal display in a bid to recover its flagging earnings performance. The Aquos Pad SHT21 with high image quality consumes only one-tenth the power...

Chinese Gov't Backs Clearwire TD-LTE Band

October 16, 2012 12:41 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The Chinese government is backing the use of the 2.6 GHz band for TD-LTE, the same band Clearwire plans to use for its TD-LTE network in the United States. The announcement is a victory for Clearwire, which has been working with China Mobile to build global support for TD-LTE in the band through the Global TD-LTE Initiative.

ZTE Lands China Mobile LTE Contract

October 16, 2012 10:37 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

ZTE announced that it has won the contract for China Mobile’s TD-LTE rollout in five major Chinese cities. According to the contract, ZTE will construct China Mobile’s TD-LTE networks in Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shenyang, with more than 13,000 carrier frequencies...

Freezing electrons in flight

October 16, 2012 10:12 am | by University of Arizona | News | Comments

Using the world's fastest laser pulses to freeze the ultrafast motion of electrons and atoms, physicists have caught the action of molecules breaking apart and electrons getting knocked out of atoms. Their research helps us better understand molecular processes and ultimately be able to control them in many possible applications.

Frontier Silicon and iPhone 5 at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair

October 15, 2012 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Frontier Silicon, the leading supplier of Digital Radio and Network Audio technology, today announces the launch of Venice 6.5, its most cost-effective module for network audio devices. Following the launch by Apple last month, the module supports iPhone 5 docking using the new Lightning connector...

Making a layer cake with atomic precision

October 15, 2012 10:21 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team has used individual one-atom-thick crystals to construct a multilayer cake that works as a nanoscale electric transformer. Graphene has been isolated for the first time, potentially revolutionizing diverse applications such as smartphones, ultrafast broadband, drug delivery, and computer chips.

Softbank to buy 70 percent of Sprint for $20 bln

October 15, 2012 7:21 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Softbank Corp. has reached a deal to buy 70 percent of U.S. mobile carrier Sprint Nextel Corp. for $20.1 billion in the largest ever foreign acquisition by a Japanese company. The agreement, announced Monday at a joint news conference in Tokyo by Softbank President Masayoshi Son and Sprint Chief...

‘Invisibility’ could be the key to better electronics

October 12, 2012 12:39 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new approach that allows objects to become “invisible” has now been applied to an entirely different area: letting particles “hide” from passing electrons, which could lead to more efficient thermoelectric devices and new kinds of electronics. MIT team applies technology developed for visual "cloaking"...

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