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Sony adds two middle-range Xperia handsets to 2013 lineup

Following the launch of its flagship Xperia Z smartphone in February, Sony has announced two middle-range models to go on sale during the next three months.

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Fujitsu software measures heart rates via camera phone

A Fujitsu research lab has developed software that can read minute changes in face color to accurately measure a subject's pulse using the small digital cameras attached to smartphones and tablets.

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E-paper ventures outdoors to provide a scoreboard in Japan

Molten, the Japanese maker of sporting equipment, is preparing to launch an outdoor scoreboard with a large display made from e-paper, as the technology continues to expand from electronic readers into the mainstream.

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Samsung appoints co-CEOs

Samsung Electronics has promoted the heads of its mobile and consumer electronics businesses to share leadership along with the existing boss who oversees components, as the company looks to strengthen the independence of its massive internal divisions.

Samsung confirms a Tizen smartphone will ship this year

Samsung Electronics is readying a smartphone based on the Tizen operating system to be released in the second half of this year, the company said Friday.

Twitter for Windows 8 released

Twitter has released an app for Windows 8, with several features designed specifically for the new operating system from Microsoft.

Microsoft has access issues with Hotmail, Outlook, SkyDrive services

Microsoft experienced disruptions for several hours to its online suite of mail, calendar and storage services, leaving many users unable to access their accounts.

Can Samsung innovate?

Samsung sells more mobile phones, and more smartphones, than any other company. It competes in all markets, from the high-end down, and is pouring its record profits into expansion and advertising. The question now is whether the Korean giant can deliver the kind of totally new devices that rivals like Apple have.

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Japan quake and tsunami put social networks on stage

The 2011 earthquake and tsunami are forever linked with social media in Japan. In the chaotic days and weeks that followed, with the northeast coast in shambles and hundreds of thousands in shelters with no phone service, many turned to services like Twitter and Facebook to post personal news or keep in touch.

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Sony chairman, ex-CEO Stringer to leave amid restructuring

Sony chairman and former CEO Howard Stringer, who has been at the company since 1997, will be leaving the company in June.

Samsung locks up Sharp as long-time screen provider

Japan's Sharp has secured a US$110 million lifeline investment from Samsung Electronics, and agreed to become a major supplier of screens for the South Korean company's growing electronics empire.

Google Street View to map abandoned Fukushima town

A small Japanese town, abandoned because of radiation concerns after the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in 2011, is working with Google's map service to keep its memory alive.

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Sony to sell its stake in mobile game developer DeNA

Sony will sell off its holdings in mobile game firm DeNA for about US$440 million, the latest in a string of deals that could boost its bid for a profitable year.

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Canon develops CMOS sensor that captures video in low light

Camera manufacturer Canon has developed a large sensor chip for shooting full-frame video in extremely dim conditions.

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Tokyo court rules Apple doesn't violate Samsung patent

A Tokyo court ruled Thursday that Apple did not infringe a Samsung patent, a small win for Apple in the continuing legal wrangling between the two companies.