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Pretec shows fast MMC memory card

Pretec Electronics has developed a prototype MultiMediaCard (MMC) memory card that is capable of faster data transfer than current cards. It unveiled the card in Taipei on Tuesday, the first day of the annual Computex trade show.

Motorola-brand LCD and PDP TVs set for launch

The first flat-panel televisions to bear the Motorola brand name should be available in the U.S. and Asian markets within the next few months, the Taiwanese company making the products said Tuesday at the Computex trade show in Taipei.

Toshiba begins worldwide hard-disk/DVD recorder sales

With sales of its combination hard disk and DVD video recorders growing fast at home, Toshiba is kicking off a string of international launches aimed at securing a 20 percent share of the worldwide market for such devices.

Hitachi plans big increase in Microdrive production

Hitachi is planning to double production of hard-disk drives at its plant in Prachinburi, Thailand, the company said Monday. The company's Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) unit will invest US$200 million over several years to achieve the in...

Broadband Internet takes to the skies

If Scott Carson gets his way, the announcement "We have reached surfing altitude" might soon be as familiar to air travelers as safety demonstrations, packs of peanuts and stowing the tray in the upright and locked position.

Sony unveils long-awaited HDD music player

Two and a half years after Apple Computer launched its iPod and began to steal thunder from Sony, which had ruled the portable music market since the Walkman appeared in the 1980s, the Tokyo company unveiled the first hard-disk drive based music play...

Microsoft virus bounty leads to Sasser arrest

A multi-million dollar Microsoft reward program to encourage people to identify computer virus writers has led to the arrest of a teenager in Germany on suspicion of writing the Sasser computer worm.

Voice recognition without the voice

And now, from the people who gave you the I-mode Internet phone, we bring to you a speech-recognition system so revolutionary that it is, in fact, speechless. NTT DoCoMo Inc. showed the prototype system during a rare tour of its Yokosuka, Japan, R&D ...

IVDR removable hard disk drives to finally appear

A removable hard disk drive system first unveiled more than two years ago will see its commercial launch later this month. IO Data Device Inc., a Tokyo-based manufacturer of computer peripherals, will put on sale a drive and disk based on the IVDR (I...

Samsung develops direct methanol fuel cell

Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, the research and development arm of South Korea's Samsung Electronics, has successfully developed a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC), the company said Tuesday.

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