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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.

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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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IBM's next-gen chips may swap silicon for carbon nanotubes

A breakthrough in IBM's research on future semiconductors has produced a way to put carbon nanotubes on chip wafers in large numbers, perhaps replacing silicon chips.

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Casio shows Android combo scanner-tablet for business

Japan's Casio is preparing to launch a new Android tablet for businesses that acts as a personal scanner.

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New Sharp display technology said to triple mobile battery life

Japan's Sharp said Tuesday that mobile devices using its new IGZO display technology, which can triple battery life while offering higher touch sensitivity, are about to surge.

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Samsung doubles profits, but bill for legal loss awaits

Samsung Electronics said stronger-than-expected sales of its Galaxy smartphones sent operating profits up 90 percent in the latest quarter, but analysts warned its results could take a hit in the coming months as it books legal damages owed to Apple.

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In a smartphone world, everything is an accessory

In the race to create slicker products, mobile phones are the new brains for hire. At Japan's largest electronics show, booths are packed with "smart products"--and smartphones are at the core of all of them.

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Tech factory contrast: Foxconn ascends, while Sharp struggles

China's Foxconn manufacturing sites are expanding based on cheap labor, while Japan's older, traditional Sharp plants hang on through cost-cutting measures.

Hitachi targets 2015 for glass-based data storage that lasts 100 million years

Hitachi has developed a glass-based data storage medium that is highly heat and water resistant, capable of holding data for hundreds of millions of years, and says it may be able to bring it to market by 2015.

Toshiba aims to slash Ultrabook prices with new hybrid hard drives

Toshiba will begin mass production of a new line of hybrid disk drives equipped with flash memory

Sony to launch flat external batteries for phones, tablets

Sony will launch a new line of small, flat, external batteries to provide extra juice for tablets and smartphones, the first such products to use its thin "laminate" technology, it said Monday.

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Brain Kiss plays Cupid using Bluetooth headset, iPad app

Couples at the Tokyo Game Show tested Brain Kiss, a new iPad app that checks if their brain waves are compatible with the help of a Bluetooth headset.

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Sony focuses on PlayStation Vita at the Tokyo Game Show

Sony's focus is on its PlayStation Vita handheld at this year's Tokyo Game Show.

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iPhone 5 thieves break into mobile shops in Japan hours before launch

Police said at least 191 handsets were stolen from multiple shops in the hours before they opened for business Friday

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On 100th Birthday, Sharp Seeks Salvation in Talking Vacuums

It's probably fair to ask why Japanese electronics maker Sharp -- deep in debt and red ink, cutting workers and salaries, awash in excess inventory in the brutal...