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Amazon Kindle tops yearly Japan e-reader sales five months after launch

Amazon.com's Kindle e-reader has dominated the competition in Japan since its launch last year, according to new research, showing the company's low pricing and powerful brand may have overcome its late entrance into the market.

Apple seeks 'iWatch' trademark in Japan

Apple has filed to trademark the phrase "iWatch" in Japan, amid rumors the company will soon launch a smart watch device globally.

Pioneer's heads-up display car navigation

Move over, KITT: Pioneer launches an augmented reality car navigation system

Japan's Pioneer has launched a car navigation system that uses heads-up displays and virtual reality to guide drivers.

Nintendo warns against super Pokemon creator app

Nintendo warned Friday against the use of a smartphone app that can be used to create custom, all-powerful Pokemon characters for use in its handheld games.

Google-backed 28Tbps undersea fiber goes live

An 8,900-kilometer undersea fiber cable system in Asia, backed by a consortium including Google, China Telecom, NEC and a host of local telecommunications companies, went live Thursday.

Japan's Sharp to tie with Chinese firm, build LCD panel factory

Japan's Sharp said Thursday it will team with a large Chinese manufacturer to build a factory in Nanjing and mass-produce LCD screens for TVs, computers and tablets.

The first LTE-Advanced smartphone, a Samsung Galaxy S4 variant

Samsung LTE-Advanced phone launches on 150Mbps network in Korea

South Korean operator SK Telecom said it launched an LTE-Advanced network on Wednesday, offering speeds of up to 150Mbps on an upgraded version of Samsung's Galaxy S4 handset.

Microsoft licenses Age of Empires for iOS and Android

A version of Microsoft's Age of Empires game franchise will be developed for iPhones and Android devices, the first time an official Microsoft title will be released for the mobile platforms.

MEMS screen from Sharp-Qualcomm tie-up

Qualcomm gives Sharp another $60 million to develop next-gen MEMS displays

Japan's Sharp said Monday that it has received a second US$60 million investment from Qualcomm, as the two companies work together to mass produce low-power, high-performance displays for mobile devices.

DRAM inventor honored with prestigious Japanese award

A U.S. researcher at IBM who invented the basic building block of the modern DRAM has been honored with a prestigious Japanese award and a $500,000 prize.

NTT DoCoMo summer campaign

Sony Xperia A doubles Samsung Galaxy S4 in head-to-head Japan sales

Sales of Sony's Xperia A smartphone have doubled those of the Samsung Galaxy S4 at Japan's main carrier, after a nationwide sales campaign that exclusively promoted the two handsets side-by-side.

Some gamers mourn Microsoft's Xbox One DRM reversal

There was a largely euphoric reaction online in the hours after Microsoft reversed its policies for the upcoming Xbox One game console, which had restricted resales of used games and required a constant Internet connection.

Sony yanks PlayStation 3 update after it bricks consoles

Sony's gaming division pulled its latest firmware update for the PlayStation 3 Wednesday, after widespread reports that installing it could render the console useless.

NHK camera array

Japan's NHK develops robot camera array for Matrix-like effects

Japan's public television broadcaster, NHK, has developed an array of video cameras that are synchronized to create "bullet time" shots like those popularized in the film The Matrix.

Sharp turns to robots, farming to supplement its TV ventures

Ailing Japanese TV maker Sharp says it will try to break into a host of new industries, from industrial cleaning robots to raising strawberries, to supplement its core LCD business.