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Japan's Softbank to Launch 76Gbps Mobile Data Service This Week

Japan's third-largest mobile carrier said Monday it will launch a new high-speed service this week, with a portable Wi-Fi router that will support download...

Sony Completes Buy of Sony Ericsson, Will Rename as Sony Mobile Communications

Sony said Thursday it had completed its purchase of the Sony Ericsson mobile phone joint venture and turned the company into a subsidiary, which it will soon...

Sony Shows Power Outlets That Can Control Electricity by User, Device, or Source

Sony is developing electric wall sockets and plugs that can control power consumption by appliance, user or original power source.

Japan's Largest Carrier to Launch Test Service to Combat Android Fragmentation

Japan's largest mobile operator is prepping an elaborate testing center, with hundreds of handsets monitored by streaming web cameras, to help software...

Incoming Sony CEO: Hot Gadgets Aren't Enough Anymore

Sony's new CEO says the company needs to move on from its hardware roots.

Sony Merges PlayStation Network Into Broader Online Services

PlayStation Network users will have their accounts rebranded under the Sony Entertainment Network.

Outgoing Sony CEO Howard Stringer Says Much of Big Losses out of His Control

Sony CEO Howard Stringer, who will step down at the end of March, said Thursday that much of his company's losses were due to circumstances outside of his...

Sony Annual Losses Soar, Now Expected to Be Nearly $3 Billion

Sony said Thursday it now expects to lose nearly US$3 billion in the current fiscal year through March, over double its target from just three months ago, as it...

For Sony's New CEO, a Big Challenge is in Your Living Room

Sony's new CEO faces a myriad of problems -- stemming massive losses, snatching the momentum back from deep-pocketed rivals, unifying his firm's diffuse businesses.

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Sony's Hirai, Executive Who Led PlayStation Turnaround, Promoted to CEO

Sony said Wednesday that executive Kazuo Hirai, who runs the company's core consumer products division, will be promoted to CEO and President from April.

Toshiba, Fujitsu Join Japanese Tech Peers in Booking Massive 3Q Losses

Toshiba and Fujitsu, two of Japan's largest tech companies, both said Tuesday they booked deep losses during the October-December quarter, blaming a spike in...

Nintendo: Wii U Will Launch in Time for 2012 Holiday Season, Use Touch-card Tech

Nintendo said Friday its next-generation Wii U game console will launch in time for the holiday season in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

Samsung Smartphones, TVs Help Drive Strong 4Q Profits, Even as Rivals Falter

Samsung said Friday profits shot up in the three-month period through December, with a big boost from its burgeoning lineup of smartphones and tablets.

Panasonic Offers Wireless Broadband Service to Connect Its Products

Panasonic launched a wireless broadband service in Japan this week that is intended to encourage customers to use its coming wave of Internet-ready appliances...

Nintendo Slashes Annual Targets for 3DS Despite Price Cuts, Software Bonanza

Nintendo had hoped its latest dual-screen handheld, which launched in February of last year, would maintain the success of the DS.