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Netflix restores streaming video after Christmas outages

Netflix has restored its streaming video services, after Christmas outages related to problems with Amazon's online computing platform.

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New NEC server has built-in batteries for backup power

The electronics conglomerate says the new server can eliminate the need for UPSs in data centers

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Sharp preps new digital notepad; claims 60-hour battery life

Sharp is readying a 6-inch digital notepad with 60 hours of battery life with continuous use.

Sales of Wii U in Japan trail original Wii launch numbers

The company says both sold out so comparisons don't make sense, but data shows the Wii had a better launch in Japan

Toshiba developing MRAM for smartphone processors

Toshiba has developed a low-power, high-speed version of MRAM memory that it says can cut power consumption in mobile CPUs by two-thirds.

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Qualcomm adds two Snapdragon CPUs for smartphones

Qualcomm is preparing two new quad-core processors for the mainstream smartphone market, with support for several Chinese standards.

Google will start charging small businesses for Google Apps

Google has ended a free version of its Google Apps online application suite for small businesses, saying it wants to provide a stronger and more uniform experience to users.

Sony 'Smart Skin' camera spots pimples before they surface

Sony has developed new technology for using the small cameras in phones and tablets to check the health of users' skin.

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Sharp to launch world's thinnest 4K monitor for about $5,500

Sharp will start selling the industry's thinnest 4K monitor, a 32-inch LCD screen that is just 3.5mm thick, in February.

NEC is working on a suitcase-sized DNA analyzer

NEC is working on a suitcase-sized DNA analyzer, which it says will be able to process samples at the scene of a crime or disaster in as little as 25 minutes.

Nintendo's Wii U console gets Amazon Instant Video library

Amazon.com has released its paid streaming video service on Nintendo's new Wii U console, with a host of titles free to users who subscribe to its Amazon Prime service.

Sony PlayStation 3 global sales hit 70 million

Sony said Friday it sold its 70 millionth PlayStation 3 console earlier this month, a major milestone for the game console that failed to match the popularity of its predecessor but survived a rocky history to become a hit product for the company.

Samsung releases smaller, faster 64GB smartphone memory

Samsung on Thursday announced a new 64GB memory chip for smartphones and tablets, which it says is 20 percent smaller and a third faster than current technology.

Honda to test tablet-synced electric mini-car

The prototype is an electric vehicle that seats a single driver

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Sharp warns it may collapse; surprises few

Japan's Sharp, a major supplier of LCD displays to Apple and other manufacturers, has warned that it may not survive if it can't turn around its business, an admission that caught few off guard.

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