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859g Sony Vaio G drops hard drive in favor of flash
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
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Sony Japan today announced no fewer than 10 new Vaio computers, including a mix of desktops and laptops, with the jewel in the crown being a Type G laptop that weighs just 859g and features a 32GB flash-memory hard drive.

Wireless USB finally arrives on the desktop in Japan
Saturday, March 31, 2007
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Several months after being announced, Y-E Data’s YD-300 WUSB hub is finally on sale in Japan.

Samsung does 64GB 1.8in flash drive, says SSD market to explode within three years
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
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March 27 is a significant day for Korea’s Samsung, as it holds its annual Mobile Solution Forum in Taipei today to announce the hottest imminent new products and technologies.

Paper-thin battery made from plastics
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We’ve already seen screens based on various polymers that look set to alter the future of displays, so perhaps the latest polymer battery will be a perfect match for those devices.

World’s smallest digital TV tuner on SD card
Saturday, March 24, 2007
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Not that it really matters, but any idea how much your digital telly set-top box weighs? Bet it’s a fair chunk heavier than the latest Japanese terrestrial digital TV tuner, which weighs just 5g.

British firm helping shape the future of computer displays
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
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This one sneaked in under the radar last week, but a medium-sized company from Cambridge, England, called DisplayLink has landed a significant contract with Toshiba that is almost certain to change the way we look at our computer monitors.

Clarion car sat-nav designed to go places
Saturday, February 10, 2007
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We all know we’re not supposed to leave out car navigation systems actually in the car when it’s parked, lest they become just another crime statistic, which is probably why Clarion Japan has blended its newest sat-nav with a PDA that slips in a pocket.

Korean convergence device rolls UMPC, VoIP and more into one ugly box
Friday, December 08, 2006
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It may be ugly as get out, but Korean firm Miu’s new UMPC seems fairly feature packed.

How not to bow in Japan, Sony style
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
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When Sony met Tokyo reporters last month to finally explain the battery debacle that kept the company in the headlines for more than two months it raised eyebrows not for what it said but for what it did, or rather didn’t do.

Sony’s new Vaio Business laptops in the flesh
Friday, November 03, 2006
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Those new Vaios from Sony that we reported on yesterday are pretty sweet, so here’s Martyn’s video of them in action to whet your appetite for something else Japanese you can’t have. (>_<);

Hacker project puts spotlight back on Mac wireless security
Thursday, November 02, 2006
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The security of Apple’s wireless drivers is under scrutiny again, thanks to a new hacker project.

Sony launches lightweight business subnote PC
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Sony is making an aggressive move into the business computing market with the launch in Japan on Wednesday of the “Vaio Business” brand and a lightweight laptop computer that’s the product of feedback from more than a thousand business people.

Now Fujitsu reports problem with Sony laptop battery
Monday, October 30, 2006
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Fujitsu says a user of one its laptop personal computers had problems last week with a Sony-made battery.

DWT TV: Sony’s tears for profits squandered
Saturday, October 21, 2006
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What would a fine Tokyo Saturday morning be without another chance to poke fun at analyze Sony’s battery and PS3 fandango? And what better way to do so than through the wonder of video? Click away.

Samsung slips out two new Q1 UMPCs but keeps ‘em quiet
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Samsung has quietly launched two new versions of its Q1 UMPC. One of the models has a faster processor and a larger hard-disk than the model offered at launch, while the other is based on a processor from Via Technologies rather than Intel.

Batterygate and PS3 fiasco force Sony to slash billions from profit forecast
Friday, October 20, 2006
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A large recall of Sony-made batteries by PC makers and problems that have hit the launch of the PlayStation 3 console have caused Sony to cut its full year profit forecast by more than a third on Thursday.

Quanta’s Intel/Yahoo UMPC prototype on display at IDF
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
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The world’s largest contract laptop PC maker is branching out into ultramobile PCs (UMPCs), using a reference design from Intel and software from Yahoo.

Sony recalls own batteries now — likely to revise profit forecast
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Sony has added its name to a growing list of computer makers recalling laptop PC batteries made by one of its own subsidiaries.

Fujitsu laptops also ditching hard drives for flash
Friday, October 13, 2006
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Fujitsu will soon join two other major PC makers in putting on sale a portable computer that uses flash memory in place of the traditional hard-disk drive.

UK computer makers offer carbon-free PCs
Thursday, October 12, 2006
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Via Technologies is working with two computer makers in the U.K. to offer systems under a program designed to reduce the environmental impact of PCs.

CEATEC: Hi-def movies on a PC? Not without a fast processor…
Thursday, October 05, 2006
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If you’re thinking of using your PC to play high-definition Blu-ray Disc or HD DVD movies then you might have to think again. While computer drives for both blue-laser formats make PC playback a possibility, you’ll need to have a high-performance PC if you want to watch the majority of movies.

Intelligent wheelchair controlled by Vaio UX50
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The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tokyo has a great rep for coming out with all manner of useless, but cool, gadgets, which makes its recent unveiling of a prototype “intelligent” wheelchair something of a first.

CEATEC: Fujitsu’s futuristic prototype PC designs
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Fujitsu offered visitors to the Ceatec exhibition in Japan, a look at entertainment PCs of the future with the display of two prototype computer designs.

CEATEC: Toshiba develops laptop HD DVD writer drive
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
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On Tuesday Toshiba will unveil the first slim-type HD DVD writer drive suitable for use in laptop computers.

DMFC fuel cells ready for both military and Gillette
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MTI MicroFuel Cells has demonstrated a prototype direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) to the U.S. military, the company’s president said Monday.

Toshiba to exchange a further 830,000 Sony batteries
Saturday, September 30, 2006
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Toshiba is offering to replace a further 830,000 laptop batteries containing cells made by Sony, it said Friday. The offer covers computers sold worldwide and is separate from a similar announcement made by the company last week.

Intel says processors to perform 300 percent better by 2010
Thursday, September 28, 2006
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By 2010, processor performance will increase 300 percent per watt as users demand eight times more grunt for encoding, according to Intel.

Laptop fire at airport probably result of bad battery
Sunday, September 24, 2006
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A Lenovo laptop computer that burst into flames at Los Angeles International Airport last Saturday was most likely the result of a defective Sony battery, according to a Lenovo spokesman.

Faulty Sony batteries prompt Toshiba to recall too
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
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Toshiba has offered to exchange 340,000 notebook computer batteries, but said they do not pose a fire hazard. Instead, defective batteries could unexpectedly cut power to the notebooks, causing users to lose unsaved work.

Samsung adds MMC interface to NAND chips
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
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Samsung is sampling a new type of flash memory device that could make it easier for makers of mobile phones and MP3 players to increase the storage capacity of their products.

Samsung races ahead with 40nm flash memory chips
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
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Samsung showed off its first 40 nanometer chip, a 32GB NAND flash memory that can be used in memory cards able to store up to 64GB of data, or 40 movies.

Now it’s Panasonic recalling laptop batteries
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
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Panasonic is recalling several thousand laptop computer battery packs because mechanical problems with the pack’s latch could lead to overheating of the battery.

Fujitsu to offer first 2.5in perpendicular HDDs in October
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
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Fujitsu has been banging away at 2.5in perpendicular hard drives for some time now, and today’s announcement of the imminent release of two models is another sign that perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) is swinging into the mainstream.

Japanese gov’t slams Sony on dodgy Apple PC batteries
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The heat is spreading for Sony, whose dodgy batteries have injured several people and have caused Japan’s Ministry of Trade and Industry to threaten the big S with fines unless it checks a bunch of batteries inside iBooks and PowerBook G4s.

Sony admits battery recall may cost $250 million
Friday, August 25, 2006
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Sony has provided for the first time an estimate of what the recalls of its battery packs by PC makers could end up costing the Japanese company.

Now Apple does the battery fandango
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Apple is recalling 1.8 million lithium-ion batteries for its iBook and PowerBook notebook PCs, just a week after Dell took a similar step.

Movies, MP3 encoding and more from feature-packed study aid
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
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NHC’s magic-Talker’s Color Personal multi-lingual Assistant (really) may be marketed here in Japan as an educational aid for folk wanting to study English or Korean but it offers a helluva lot more than the electronic dictionaries we’re used to back home.

Faulty Sony batteries could be in other laptops
Monday, August 21, 2006
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The battery woes affecting Sony and Dell now look to be spreading. Click on for a video report on the extent of the problem and how it could affect others too.

Sony battery headaches may get worse
Friday, August 18, 2006
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Faulty batteries produced by Sony like those that caused Dell to initiate a huge recall this week could be present in laptops from other companies and other portable electronics products.

Sony to be battered by dangerous Dell batteries
Thursday, August 17, 2006
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Sony’s flogging of 4.1 million explosively dodgy PC batteries to Dell could end up making a flaming mess of the company’s finances, according to analysts.



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