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Sony, Samsung plan $US2 billion LCD line

Sony and Samsung Electronics have reached a basic agreement to build a new US$2 billion manufacturing line for LCD (liquid crystal display) panels, the companies said Monday.

Microsoft committed to Japan says new Xbox chief

The new head of Microsoft's Japanese Xbox division restated his company's determination to succeed in the Japanese market on Thursday, as the company gears up for a renewed push of the console at local gamers.

Trend Micro data revealed due to virus

The failure of a Trend Micro employee to install his company's own antivirus software led to the uploading of some company reports to a popular Japanese peer-to-peer file sharing network, the company said Monday.

Toshiba launches first HD-DVD player in Japan

Toshiba put on sale the world's first HD-DVD player on Friday in Japan. In doing so the company moved a format battle between the world's largest consumer electronics makers from the floors of trade shows to the retail floors.

Sony won't comment on new Walkman reports

Sony declined to offer an immediate comment on Tuesday after images and other details of a purported new series of Walkman digital music players appeared on the Internet.

Toshiba, NEC, Sony: No plan yet for joint chip plant

Sony, Toshiba NEC Electronics said they haven't yet made a decision on joint production of advanced semiconductor chips, thus denying a report to the contrary in the Monday morning edition of Japan's Mainichi Shimbun newspaper.

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

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The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

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