Stories by Martyn Williams

Takara unveils mini digital music player

Takara Co. Ltd., a Tokyo toy maker, is giving one of its most popular product lines a high-tech touch. The company has taken some of its small plastic cars and built a digital music player into them, and is displaying the result at Ceatec.

Philips shows off coin-size optical drive

Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV is using the Ceatec 2002 exhibition to give a recently developed miniature optical disc and drive its first major public showing and the company couldn't be happier with the reaction from the Japanese public.

Japan's KDDI to launch IrFM payment trials

Japanese cellular carrier KDDI Corp. will begin trials next year of a system that allows cell phone users to make credit card purchases online or in stores using their mobile handsets, it announced this week at Ceatec 2002. The carrier is the first i...

Sharp shows new Linux Zaurus PDA

Sharp Corp. is giving visitors to the Ceatec 2002 exhibition a first look at what is likely to be a new high-end member of its Zaurus PDA (personal digital assistant) family.

Matsushita develops 1GB SD memory card

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. has unveiled a working prototype of a SD (Secure Digital) memory card with a 1G byte capacity, at the Ceatec 2002 exhibition.

Sanyo links digital cameras with the network

Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. says a new system it has developed which links digital still cameras to wireless LAN networks has been attracting considerable attention from potential users and camera makers.

Blue-laser disc format prototypes unveiled

Many of the companies behind the Blu-ray Disc optical video disc format unveiled prototype players while Toshiba Corp. gave the first public demonstration of its competing format here Tuesday on the first day of the Ceatec 2002 exhibition.

Typhoon dampens Ceatec's first day

An approaching typhoon dampened attendance at the opening day of Ceatec 2002, the largest electronic show of the year in Japan, according to organizers.

Mitsubishi unveils IP mobile phone prototype

Mitsubishi Electric Corp. has taken the wraps off a prototype mobile telephone that is able to place calls via wireless LAN networks in addition to conventional mobile telephone networks. The company unveiled the device at the Ceatec 2002 exhibition,...

Toshiba shrinks Bluetooth SD card

Toshiba has announced a new version of its Bluetooth SDIO (Secure Digital I/O) card for portable digital consumer equipment such as PDAs (personal digital assistants) and digital still cameras that have an SDIO card slot.

Sony unwraps Linux-based HDD video recorder

Sony has unveiled a video recorder based on a hard disk drive (HDD) and running the Linux operating system, the first in what the company says will be a new range of audio-visual products that take advantage of the always-on feature of broadband netw...

Sony debuts thinnest Walkman as MD turns 10

Sony is marking the tenth anniversary of its MiniDisc (MD) audio format with the launch of the smallest MD Walkman to date and a promise to continue pushing the format overseas in the hope it will finally catch on among consumers the world over, the ...

China's Legend unveils supercomputer

China's Legend Group Ltd. has unveiled its first supercomputer, a machine that ranks as one of the top 25 most powerful computers in the world, according to specifications issued by the company on Friday.

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