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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.

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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.

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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.

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New Flickr

Yahoo moves to bolster Flickr on phones, acquires photo app developer

Yahoo moved to strengthen the mobile portion of its revamped Flickr photo sharing service, acquiring the developer behind a popular photo editing app.

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Panasonic develops super-sensitive, organic image sensor

Panasonic and Fujifilm say they have developed a new image sensor using organic materials that is far more sensitive than anything currently on the market.

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Japan to hold 'world's first' 4k streaming trial to set-top box

A major Japanese telecommunications provider will stream 4k video over the Internet to set-top boxes this week, in what it is calling the world's first public test of the technology.

External server disk storage sales drop for first time since 2009, IDC says

Global sales of external server storage have dropped for the first time since 2009, according to data from research firm IDC.

Japan's Rakuten continues Amazon pursuit, will buy US logistics firm

Rakuten, Japan's largest online retailer, is acquiring a U.S. logistics firm as it continues to build out its infrastructure to compete with foreign rivals like Amazon.com.

Fujitsu announces a razer-thin Ultrabook with a 3200 x 1800 IGZO display

Fujitsu will this month launch a super-thin Ultrabook, built on Intel's latest Haswell processors, with an 11-hour battery life and a screen with nearly three times HD resolution.