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Sony Signs up HTC to Make Devices That Can Run PlayStation Games

Sony said Tuesday that Taiwanese manufacturer HTC will produce devices that can run PlayStation games, the first time Sony has allowed an outside company to do...

LTE Spectrum Fragmentation Can Be Easily Resolved, Says NTT DoCoMo Exec

Mobile operators should use their current frequency bands for 4G services to avoid spectrum fragmentation, a problem that has plagued Apple and other...

Panasonic: TVs Must Become Interactive Portals to Survive

Televisions must evolve to become fully interactive and connected to online services in order to keep their position at the center of the home, a Panasonic...

Taiwan Will End Korean AMOLED Screen Monopoly This Year, Says Trade Group

Taiwanese screen manufacturers are shipping samples of AMOLED screens and will begin mass production in the third-quarter of this year, an official at a local...

Kyocera Launches Speakerless Phone, Uses Vibrations to Transmit Sound to the Ear

Kyocera is demonstrating a new mobile phone that uses vibrations in its screen to transmit sound to the ear, in place of the traditional receiver speaker.

NTT DoCoMo Shows Tablet-based Virtual Shared Spaces, Two-way Clear Touchscreen

NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile operator, is developing a new platform that allows two remote tablet users to explore and share a virtual space.

Nintendo Applauds First Criminal Arrest in Japan for Selling DS Flashcarts

Japanese game maker Nintendo applauded the first arrest of and criminal charges against a Japanese individual for selling devices that allow illegal copies of...

TED Head: Online Video, Education Platform Are the Future

The head of TED, the organizer of conferences around brainy presentations on a wide variety of subjects, says online video will continue to play a central role...

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Japan's Softbank to Offer World's First Phone With Radiation Detection

Japan's Softbank will launch a phone with a built in radiation detector, the world's first, it said Tuesday.

Japan Robot Lab Readies Second Prototype for Work at Crippled Nuclear Reactor

A Japanese robotics lab has developed a new emergency response prototype that will soon be put to work at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in...

Sony Brings Streaming Music Service to the IPhone

Sony on Friday released an iPhone app to access its streaming Music Unlimited service, part of its efforts to expand its online platforms to devices from rival...

Sony Pulls out of LCD JV With Sharp, Gets US$126 Million Investment Back

Sony said Thursday it will pull out of its over three-year LCD TV panel joint venture with Sharp, part of Sony's ongoing attempts to reform its foundering TV...

FujiFilm Camera Design to Withstand Water, Shock, Dust, Freezing Temperatures

FujiFilm said Wednesday it will begin sales of a digital camera in June that is waterproof, shockproof, sealed against dust and sand, and works at temperatures...

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Sony Demos Wireless Media Hub for Its Computers, Smartphones, Game Consoles

Sony on Tuesday showed a digital media hub that uses Wi-Fi to connect its PCs, tablets, smartphones and PlayStation game consoles, a product that it hopes will...

Tokyo Opens World's Tallest Broadcast Tower

Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest broadcast tower, officially opened to the public on Tuesday.