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Cash-poor Sharp mortgages display factories, Including Apple screen plant

Japan's Sharp, one of the world's largest makers of LCD panels and a supplier of displays for Apple products, has taken the rare step of mortgaging its factories...

Sony says 400 customer names, emails from mobile division leaked in China

Sony said Thursday that hackers accessed about 400 names and email addresses of its mobile customers in China and Taiwan, but that no credit card or banking...

NEC sells shares in Lenovo; Japan PC joint venture unaffected

NEC has sold for about US$230 million shares in Chinese computer maker Lenovo it acquired last year when the companies formed a joint venture to produce PCs in...

Toyota platform will beam drive data to phones, re-create drives on Gran Turismo

Toyota is developing a new device for its cars that will collect detailed data on driving such as gas pedal use, brake presses, and gear shifts for viewing on a...

Tokyo Court: Samsung Didn't Violate Apple Patent in Japan

UPDATE: The Tokyo District Court decided against Apple's suit against Samsung on a single patent concerning synching media devices

Foxconn, Sharp Megadeal Still on Hold as Negotiations Roller Coaster Continues

A US$850 million deal between Taiwanese electronics giant Hon Hai Precision Industry and Japan's Sharp was still on hold Friday, as roller-coaster negotiations...

Obama Makes Appearance on Reddit, Briefly Crashes Site

President Barack Obama, currently on the campaign trail ahead of the upcoming November elections, made a brief virtual appearance on Reddit, a popular online...

Metal Gear Coming to the Movies

Solid Snake is coming to the big screen, as Konami aims to extend its game franchise into movies.

#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.