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Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung posts record profit, but mobile slips despite Galaxy S4 launch

Samsung Electronics said sales and profits soared in the second quarter from a year ago, but increasing competition in smartphones hurt performance in its core mobile division.

Citadel malware active on 20,000 PCs in Japan, says Trend Micro

Citadel malware is installed on over 20,000 PCs in Japan and actively sending financial information it harvests to servers abroad, according to security software vendor Trend Micro.

HP, NEC join forces to develop next-generation x86 servers

Hewlett Packard and Japan's NEC will expand their existing partnership to develop high-end x86-based servers for cloud and Web applications.

Sony to sell 'world's first' SD card-based backup for PCs

Sony wants to simplify laptop backups.

Samsung 1TB SSD, the 840 Evo

Samsung unveils super duper high-speed 1TB SSDs

Samsung Electronics will offer a range of faster SSD drives for consumers from next month, including a zippy new 1TB drive meant for everyday use.

Toshiba SD cards with word's fastest write speed.

Toshiba outs 'world's fastest SD cards' with blazing-fast write speeds

Toshiba will soon launch the world's fastest SD cards, which will offer write speeds of up to 240MB/s.

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Japanese government accidentally shares internal mails over Google Groups

A Japanese ministry is conducting an internal investigation after a Google Groups account used for international treaty negotiations was left on its default, publicly viewable settings.

LG Display says HD display is world's thinnest

LG claims thinnest HD LCD smartphone display

LG Display said Thursday it has developed the world's thinnest full HD LCD display for smartphones, measuring just 2.2 millimeters thick.

4G climbs Mount Fuji

Japan's most famous mountain now has 4G coverage.

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Nintendo wins Japanese court case to stop DS game emulator sales

Nintendo has won a court case in Tokyo against sellers of illegal game emulators for its DS handheld console, part of its ongoing legal campaign to stamp out the products under toughened Japanese laws.

Konami

Konami follows Nintendo as victim of illicit login attacks in Japan

Game maker Konami said one of its online portals has been hit by a mass of illicit login attempts, with attackers gaining access to over 35,000 accounts, just days after Nintendo revealed a similar attack on one of its sites.

Nintendo's fan site attacked, 24,000 accounts accessed

Nintendo said a main fan site was hit by a wave of illicit login attempts in Japan over the last month, with attackers gaining access to nearly 24,000 accounts containing users' real names, addresses, phone numbers and emails information.

Japan Suica NFC ticket system

Backlash occurs in Japan over sales of train e-ticket records

A privacy debate has erupted in Japan over a new service from a major rail operator that sells private e-ticket records as marketing data.

Samsung predicts big earnings jump in Q2, still disappoints

Samsung Electronics predicted a big jump in profit for the second quarter compared to a year earlier, but the company's explosive growth is slowing amid signs its top end Galaxy smartphones are less popular than expected.

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Is that a UFO? Nope, it's just Trend Micro's new Japanese photo storage gadget

Japan-based security software vendor Trend Micro is planning a rare foray into hardware, with a home storage device for managing photos from multiple cameras and smartphones.