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#help! Japan Mulls "911" Emergency Calls From Twitter, Social Networks

The Japanese government on Wednesday hosted a panel in Tokyo on allowing emergency "911" calls to be placed through social networks such as Twitter during...

Sharp to Cut 2,000 Jobs in Japan, 6 Percent of Local Workforce

Troubled Japanese LCD and TV panel maker Sharp said Tuesday it will cut 2,000 jobs domestically, or about 6 percent of its local workforce, as part of its...

Sony to Exit CD, DVD, Blu-ray PC Drives, as Wireless Netbooks, Tablets Reign

Sony will close its once-proud optical PC drive subsidiary by early next year, as part of its efforts to refocus on the connected world of smartphones, tablets...

TV With 16 Times Resolution of HDTV Passed by UN Standards Body

A new television format that has 16 times the resolution of current High Definition TV has been approved by an international standards body, Japanese sources...

Survey: Smartphone Growth Surging in Japan, Android Use Double IOS

Japan's smartphone users have surged 43 percent this year, and two-thirds now use Android devices, according to a survey conducted by comScore.

Panasonic Offers Android-linked Air Conditioners, Refrigerators and Washers

Japan's Panasonic on Tuesday announced a new lineup of wired home appliances controlled with a smartphone app, including a Wi-Fi air conditioner that can be set...

Japan's NTT DoCoMo Signs up 1 Million LTE Users in a Month, Hits 5 Million Total

NTT DoCoMo said Monday its LTE users continue to increase rapidly, with the latest million signing up in less than a month.

Sony's New 'Stacked' Image Sensors Enable Smaller Devices, More Pixels

The Tokyo-based electronics maker produces the camera units used in hit devices like the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S3.

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UStream Asia to Start "tipping" Service So Viewers Can Donate to Streamers

UStream's Asian venture said Thursday it will start a new service that allows viewers to give their favorite content providers small monetary "tips" during...

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Sony's PlayStation Vita to Work as PS3 Controller, Similar to Nintendo Wii U

Sony said Wednesday it will release software for its PlayStation Vita gaming handheld allowing it to be used as a controller for PS3 consoles, in a gaming setup...

Sony Launching PlayStation for Third-party Devices From Fall, Adds Asus Devices

Sony said Wednesday that its new mobile gaming platform, which will allow "PlayStation-like" games to be played on third-party Android devices, will launch this...

Foxconn to Resubmit Its Plan to Buy Sharp Stake to Taiwanese Regulators

Foxconn Technology Group said on Friday it will resubmit a required regulatory filing to buy a stake in Sharp, after Taiwan's government returned the previous...

Microsoft Signs up Sharp to License ExFAT File System for Android Smartphones

Microsoft said Wednesday it has signed an agreement allowing Japanese electronics maker Sharp to use its exFAT file system, as the U.S. software giant continues...

Smartphone Keyboard That Links With Touch-card Technology to Launch in Japan

Japan's Elecom said Tuesday it will launch the world's first smartphone keyboard that uses NFC touch-card technology to link with Android handsets.

Sharp on Course for Huge Losses, Ramps up Production of Rumored Apple Screens

Japanese display maker Sharp said Thursday it is ramping up production of a screen technology rumored to be favored by Apple for its new devices, even as its...