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NEC develops organic battery for IT use

Researchers at NEC have developed a new type of rechargeable battery that is based on organic compounds and could be useful in a wide range of IT-related applications, they said last week.

Toshiba, Clariant develop 30GB recordable HD-DVD

Swiss chemical company Clariant International and Japan's Toshiba have jointly developed a dye that is necessary for dual-layer recordable HD-DVD discs capable of storing 30G bytes of data, they said Friday.

Samsung starts work on new LCD TV panel line

Four months after a Samsung Electronics joint-venture began operating one of the world's largest and most advanced LCD production lines, the company has begun installing equipment on a second line at its facility in South Korea.

Poor TV sales push Sony to first quarter loss

Sony's failure to quickly embrace the flat-panel TV market hit the company again during the first quarter of its fiscal year, contributing to lower sales and wiping out profits. The TV group's poor performance also forced Sony to sharply lower its fi...

Fujitsu's business outlook brightens

Healthy demand for cellular equipment and other key products should help Fujitsu Ltd. achieve better than expected financial results in the first six months of its fiscal year, it said Wednesday.

Sony launches video portal for PSP

Sony Communication Network launched a Web portal on Wednesday through which owners of the PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld gaming device can download video clips.

Fujitsu to launch tablet PC on Aug. 8

Fujitsu will launch a new tablet PC in August, the company's South Korean unit confirmed on Tuesday after information about the system leaked onto the Web.

Xbox 360 previews galore in Tokyo

Microsoft has shown some of the latest previews of games being worked on for its Xbox 360 console in Tokyo yesterday. The Xbox 360 is scheduled to launch in Japan, North America and Europe before the end of this year.

Hiroshima seeks photos on A-bomb anniversary

A nonprofit organisation in the Japanese city of Hiroshima is planning to mark the upcoming 60th anniversary of the city's atomic bombing with a photo exhibition that will draw on images contributed by Internet users from around the world.

Sony's PSP to browse the Web, watch TV

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) will release a system software update for its PlayStation Portable (PSP) next week that will add several new functions to the handheld gaming device, including browse the Internet and download TV programs, the ...

Samsung's second quarter net profit nearly halved

Samsung Electronics has announed that its second quarter net profit fell by nearly half compared to the same period last year due to weak prices for two of its staple products, computer memory chips and flat-panel display screens.

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

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