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Japan Picks Eight Tsunami-battered Regions for Smart City Projects

The Japanese government will provide assistance to eight cities that were heavily damaged in last year's earthquake and tsunami to rebuild using "smart city"...

Sony Unveils Digital Media Hub for PlayStation, PC, Tablet, Phone Lines

The device allows users to watch and record TV broadcasts using software on PlayStation consoles or Vaio TVs, and to access recorded shows from portable devices.

Toshiba to Buy IBM's Retail Point-of-Sale Business for US$850 Million

Toshiba said Tuesday it will purchase IBM's retail point-of-sale (POS) business for US$850 million, with the Japanese company taking over the hardware business...

Japan's Sharp Begins Mass Production of IGZO Displays Amid Rumors of Apple Use

Sharp said Friday it has begun mass production of displays using IGZO (indium, gallium, zinc) technology, which analysts have said is a prime candidate for use...

New Sony CEO Vows Return to Prominence

Sony's new CEO wants to bring back the magic.

Japanese ATMs to Use Palm Readers in Place of Cash Cards

A Japanese bank will introduce ATMs that use palm scanners in place of cash cards, it said Wednesday.

NEC Launches Software to Quickly Find Video Clips in Large Archives

NEC has begun sales of new software to quickly find video clips in large archives, which is well-suited for finding illegal content on video sharing websites, it...

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Sony Says It Lost US$6.4 Billion Last Fiscal Year, Over Twice Earlier Forecast

Sony expects its net loss for the fiscal year ending March 31 will be more than double what it forecast two months ago.

Fujitsu Research Lab Demos Current Projects, Says Economy Shouldn't Affect Funds

The head of Fujitsu's main research division says it is a mistake to cut back on investing in new technologies during hard economic times.

Toshiba to Sell Video Servers That Use Streaming Hardware Instead of CPU, Memory

Toshiba said Monday it has developed hardware for servers that encodes and sends video streams without using CPU or memory, greatly increasing the number of...

Report: Sony to Cut 10,000 Jobs as Part of Restructuring Efforts

Sony will cut 10,000 jobs globally, or about 6 percent of its workforce, this year as part of a restructuring plan.

Larry Ellison: Hardware-software Integration Key, Apple Is Best Example

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Thursday his company will continue to bet on selling high-end custom hardware for its software products.

Sony's New Head of Consumer Products to Lead Unit Formed From Sony Ericsson

Sony said Wednesday that the newly installed head of its consumer electronics business will also lead the mobile unit formed when it acquired Sony Ericsson...

Samsung, NTT DoCoMo Chip Group Abandon Planned LTE Chip Joint Venture

NTT DoCoMo said Monday a planned joint venture with Samsung Electronics, Fujitsu, NEC and other Japanese companies to design and sell chips for high-speed mobile...

Japan's Mobile Carriers to Begin Service on Tokyo Subways This Week

Train passengers will soon be able to use their mobile phones on the city's subways.