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Sharp buys US solar project developer

Sharp will acquire Recurrent Energy, a U.S. developer of solar energy projects, in a deal that will give the Japanese company a stronger position in the fast-growing solar-power generation business, the companies said Wednesday.

Written by Martyn Williams22 Sept. 10 15:06

Panasonic debuts fast-focusing Lumix GH2

Panasonic's Lumix GH2 digital still camera, the latest in its line-up of cameras with removable lenses, will go on sale next month and features a speedy auto-focus that takes just a tenth of a second to work. Panasonic says that's the fastest auto-focus yet for any camera of its type.

Written by Martyn Williams21 Sept. 10 17:11

Mitsubishi to launch modular OLED screen

Mitsubishi Electric will begin selling this month a modular display that can be built to almost any size by combining square display blocks. The screen is based on OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology and is intended for advertising and public display applications.

Written by Martyn Williams14 Sept. 10 05:39

Fujitsu eyes wireless gadget charging for 2012

Researchers at Fujitsu Laboratories have developed a wireless charging system that they say can simultaneously charge a variety of portable gadgets over a distance of several centimeters without the need for cables.

Written by Martyn Williams13 Sept. 10 12:05

Elop departure leaves an executive vacancy at Microsoft

The departure of Stephen Elop to Nokia leaves Microsoft with a vacancy at the top of one of its largest and most important divisions, but the company doesn't show any signs of rushing to fill the position.

Written by Martyn Williams10 Sept. 10 18:47

Sony to end TV manufacturing in Europe

Sony plans to end manufacturing of televisions in Europe this year and will sell its TV manufacturing plant in Spain to two local companies, it said Tuesday. The move, which is part of Sony's ongoing restructuring, will increase the company's reliance on outsourcing companies and it part of a plan to return its core TV operations to profitability.

Written by Martyn Williams08 Sept. 10 12:49

Freed journalist tricked captors into Twitter access

A Japanese journalist freed over the weekend by captors in Afghanistan managed to send two Twitter messages before his release while teaching a captor how to access the Internet on a new cell phone, he said Tuesday.

Written by Martyn Williams08 Sept. 10 04:25

Canon creates 120-megapixel image sensor

Engineers at Canon have created a digital image sensor with a resolution of 120-megapixels, the highest yet managed for a sensor of its size, the company said Tuesday.

Written by Martyn Williams24 Aug. 10 16:48

North Korea-linked Facebook page deleted again

For the second time in less than a week a Facebook account created by a North Korea-linked Web site has been deleted by the social networking site.

Written by Martyn Williams25 Aug. 10 04:05

Facebook deletes North Korean account, but it resurfaces

A Facebook account established by a North Korea-linked Web site was deleted by the social networking service on Friday, but a new group sprang up over the weekend to take its place.

Written by Martyn Williams24 Aug. 10 05:42

Canon signals end of the road for SED TV dreams

Canon decided on Tuesday to liquidate a subsidiary developing a flat-panel display technology called SED, effectively bringing to an end once high hopes that the screens would replace LCD panels and plasma displays in living room TVs.

Written by Martyn Williams19 Aug. 10 15:12

Laptop e-mail cache tipped Apple to kickbacks scheme

Court papers filed by the U.S. Government and Apple against a former manager detail a scheme that allegedly saw confidential Apple data supplied to Asian electronics companies over more than three years in return for kickbacks of more than US$1 million.

Written by Martyn Williams17 Aug. 10 18:38

US pushes North Korea on Twitter freedom

The U.S. government has welcomed North Korea's jump onto Twitter and challenged the country to let its citizens see the recently created account.

Written by Martyn Williams18 Aug. 10 11:57
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