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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.

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...

Sony Turnaround Falters

Sony's big recovery has already faltered.

Fujitsu, NTT DoCoMo and NEC to Form Smartphone Chip Venture

Japanese electronics heavyweights Fujitsu and NEC, together with the country's largest mobile operator NTT DoCoMo, said Wednesday they will form a new joint...

Panasonic Rebounds After Largest Loss by Japan Manufacturer

Panasonic said Tuesday it squeezed out a small profit in the April-June quarter, rebounding from a US$10 billion loss last fiscal year, the largest ever by a...

Panasonic Says New Artificial Photosynthesis Method Is World's Most Efficient

Panasonic said Monday it has developed a new system for artificial photosynthesis that can remove carbon dioxide from the air almost as well as plants do, as...

Fujitsu Launches 'agricultural Cloud' to Analyze Data From Field Sensors

Fujitsu said Wednesday it will launch a new cloud-based platform to help modernize Japan's aging farms.

Fujitsu to Launch Smartphone for the Elderly

Japanese electronics giant Fujitsu on Monday showed a new smartphone for the elderly, with a simplified Android user interface and a new touch screen designed...

Sharp to Strip Name From Flagship LCD Factory as Foxconn Parent Moves in

Japan's Sharp said Thursday it will remove its name from a key LCD factory, as part of the completion of a major cash infusion from Foxconn Electronics' parent...