Stories by Martyn Williams

Asian companies announce LCD, PDP factory plans

Surging demand for flat panel displays, driven by the personal computer monitor and television markets, is pushing Asia's electronics makers to invest in new factories. Four companies have announced plans to do so.

UN study: Think upgrade before buying new PC

A United Nations University study into the environmental impact of personal computers, due to be published later Monday, has found that around 1.8 tons of raw material are required to manufacture the average desktop PC and monitor and that extending ...

Report: Toshiba faces claim from flash memory inventor

An ex-Toshiba researcher credited with inventing one of the most common types of electronic memory is asking the company for $US9 million in compensation related to that invention, according to a report in Japan's Nihon Keizai Shimbun business newsp...

Hitachi sees consumer devices pushing storage market

Hitachi sees a bright picture for the future of its hard-disk drive business, a sizable portion of which was purchased just over a year ago from IBM, thanks to the increasing demands for physically small, high-capacity drives for use in consumer ele...

Global launch of Sony's PSP slips to 2005

The launch of Sony's PSP handheld gaming device, described by the company as the "Walkman of the 21st century" and one of its most anticipated products of this year, has slipped and is unlikely to happen outside of Japan until next year.

Intel's Barrett calls for more flexible DRM system

Craig Barrett, the chief executive officer of Intel, has called for the adoption of a worldwide DRM (digital rights management) system that allows consumers the flexibility to manipulate the content they own in ways of their choosing and has criticiz...

Sony to make DRM standard on Memory Stick

Sony is planning to make its MagicGate digital rights management (DRM) a standard feature of Memory Stick flash memory cards and will shortly launch a new card intended to replace some of its current cards.

Mitsubishi Electric develops reversible LCD

Mitsubishi Electric Corp. on Tuesday unveiled a liquid crystal display (LCD) that can be viewed from both sides. The display, which the company says is a world first, was developed initially for use in clamshell-type cellular telephone handsets and c...

Sony details further IBM, Toshiba chip investments

Japan's Sony announced on Monday plans to spend another ¥120 billion (US$1.1 billion) of the funds it has allocated to develop semiconductor technology for its PlayStation 3 console. The company will invest the money in technology to build advanced ...

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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