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USB 3.0: Five Things You Need to Know

USB-perhaps the most successful, versatile computer interface yet-is getting a major overhaul. The third version brings big improvements, including higher speeds and better power management. The first devices began hitting stores this year, and a flood of new products is expected to follow. Adoption of USB 3.0 could bring an end to interfaces that use serial ports like e-SATA, which, while fast, require an additional power cable.

Written by Martyn Williams22 July 10 06:01

Sharp plans to launch e-book reader this year

Japan's Sharp plans to enter the increasingly competitive e-book reader market later this year with a device that can read a new e-publishing file format of its own, it said Tuesday.

Written by Martyn Williams20 July 10 17:42

Foursquare registers 100 millionth check-in

Foursquare, the location-based social-networking service, registered its 100 millionth "check-in" on Monday evening, the company said Tuesday.

Written by Martyn Williams21 July 10 09:20

Sony launches 3D TVs, gaming

Sony's plans for 3D entertainment begin coming together on Thursday as the company kicks off sales of 3D televisions and begins offering 3D games for its PlayStation 3 console.

Written by Martyn Williams11 June 10 06:39

Sony records second loss, sees profits ahead

Sony recorded its second straight year of losses last year as sales fell 6.7 percent, but the company expects to return to profitability this year, it said Thursday.

Written by Martyn Williams13 May 10 05:29

Sony halved net losses last year, beating forecast

Sony remained in the red last year but managed to more than halve losses thanks to a better-than-expected end to the financial year, the company said Monday.

Written by Martyn Williams11 May 10 05:20

Apple to SIM-lock Japanese iPads

Apple appears to have reversed course in Japan on a key feature of its iPad 3G: It won't offer a version capable of being used with different cellular carriers there.

Written by Martyn Williams11 May 10 05:44

Toshiba slashes losses, eyes a return to profits this year

Toshiba managed to recover from deep losses of two years ago and moved close to break-even in the year to March, it said Friday. The company reported smaller losses or better profits at all of its key business units despite an across-the-board drop in sales.

Written by Martyn Williams10 May 10 06:27