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Fujitsu Releases Platform to Let Standard Mobile Cameras Take 3D Pictures, Video

Fujitsu has developed a system that allows standard mobile phone cameras to take 3D pictures and video.

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Japan's Gree to Buy U.S. Mobile Game Maker Funzio for US$210 Million

Japanese mobile game provider Gree said Wednesday it will buy California-based developer Funzio for US$210 million.

Casio Releases App That Can Encode and Send Data Using Colors

Japan's Casio has released an experimental app for the iPhone and iPad that encodes and sends data using colors.

Nintendo to Begin Digital Sales of Mainstream Titles for 3DS

Nintendo will launch sales of digital versions of mainstream 3DS titles through retailers, beginning with a new Super Mario Brothers game in August, it said...

Nintendo Misses Annual Sales Target for 3DS Games Console

Nintendo said Thursday it missed its annual sales target for the 3DS handheld game console, despite repeated promises from the company that price cuts and an...

Cloudera, U.S. Provider of Open-source Big Data Software, Opens Japan Subsidiary

Cloudera, a U.S. provider of open-source software based on Hadoop, has opened a subsidiary in Japan, where local firms are increasingly using the platform to...

Skype App Released for Sony's PlayStation Vita Handheld

Internet telephony operator Skype has released an app for Sony's PlayStation Vita handheld game console.

Windows 8 Release Preview Set for Early June

The latest pre-release version of the Windows 8 operating system will become available during the first week of June, a Microsoft executive said Tuesday.

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New Sony Projector Can Show, Record Notes Scribbled Onto the Screen

Sony said Monday it will sell a projector that displays and saves notes scribbled onto the images it projects.

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Fujitsu Launches Big Data Software Suite, Targets US$1 Billion in Yearly Sales

Fujitsu said Monday it will release a set of software suite tools aimed at processing and analyzing huge sets of diverse information known as big data.

Sony to Launch 5GB Online Photo Sharing Service Next Week

Sony said Friday it will launch its online photo sharing service, "PlayMemories Online," next week.

HTC Rejigs Smartphone With TV, WiMAX, Cute Email for Japanese Market

HTC announced Friday a smartphone designed specifically for the Japanese market, compatible with the country's TV broadcasts for mobiles, touch payment system...

Panasonic Team to Lug Solar-charged Batteries up Mt. Fuji, Live-stream Eclipse

Panasonic will broadcast live a solar eclipse next month over Japan from the top of Mount Fuji, using batteries that are charged at the base using solar power...

Sony Releases Developer Tools for Hardware-independent PlayStation Games

Sony has released a set of programming tools for its PlayStation Suite, a new push to expand the PlayStation platform beyond the company's own gaming consoles...

Sharp to Sell 80-inch LCD TV, Japan's Largest Retail Set, for US$12,000

Sharp said Wednesday it will sell an 80-inch LCD TV in Japan, the largest such set available through retail in the country.