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New Flickr

Yahoo moves to bolster Flickr on phones, acquires photo app developer

Yahoo moved to strengthen the mobile portion of its revamped Flickr photo sharing service, acquiring the developer behind a popular photo editing app.

Panasonic develops super-sensitive, organic image sensor

Panasonic and Fujifilm say they have developed a new image sensor using organic materials that is far more sensitive than anything currently on the market.

Japan to hold 'world's first' 4k streaming trial to set-top box

A major Japanese telecommunications provider will stream 4k video over the Internet to set-top boxes this week, in what it is calling the world's first public test of the technology.

External server disk storage sales drop for first time since 2009, IDC says

Global sales of external server storage have dropped for the first time since 2009, according to data from research firm IDC.

Japan's Rakuten continues Amazon pursuit, will buy US logistics firm

Rakuten, Japan's largest online retailer, is acquiring a U.S. logistics firm as it continues to build out its infrastructure to compete with foreign rivals like Amazon.com.

Fujitsu announces a razer-thin Ultrabook with a 3200 x 1800 IGZO display

Fujitsu will this month launch a super-thin Ultrabook, built on Intel's latest Haswell processors, with an 11-hour battery life and a screen with nearly three times HD resolution.

Lenovo in talks for joint venture, possibly to shore up smartphone business

Lenovo is in preliminary negotiations to start a joint venture with an unspecified party, the company said on Tuesday, setting off speculation that the company could be looking to bolster its expanding smartphone business.

Japanese Internet icon, free from prison, starts app design firm

A Japanese entrepreneur who founded one of the country's largest web portals and was a national celebrity before being jailed for securities fraud is now free and has launched a firm to develop smartphone apps.

Hitachi adds Amazon Web Services to cloud lineup in Japan

Hitachi said Monday it will officially support Amazon Web Services as part of its cloud solution offerings, a victory for Amazon over rival Microsoft Azure.

NHK haptic demonstration

Japanese TV network shows off feelable haptic TV

Japan's public television broadcaster, NHK, is working on technology that will allow people to watch TV with their fingers.

Japan's first cloud-based game console to cost $5 per month

A Japanese streaming content provider will launch the country's first cloud-based gaming console, a small modem-like device that plugs into a TV and offers subscription access to titles from US$5 per month.

Original Sony Aibo on display

Aibo, Walkman, Transformers, and Paro the baby robot seal in Japan tech hall of fame

An exhibition in Osaka, central Japan, has assembled a hall of fame for Japanese tech products, with hits including Sony's Walkman and Aibo, an original Tranformer toy, and Paro the baby seal robot on display.

Sony and Lego research into new toys

Sony and Lego join forces to blur the lines between blocks and video games

Sony and Lego are working together on creating a new generation of products that bridge the gap between toys and video games.

Microsoft boosts Japan Azure offering, adds data centers in two regions

Microsoft will boost its Azure cloud offering in Japan, adding two domestic data centers to speed response times and improve reliability in the face of natural disasters.

Adobe continues social push, acquires mobile app agency

Adobe has acquired Thumb Labs, a small mobile app agency, as part of its broader push to give its new cloud-enabled software offerings a more social flavor.