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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.

IBM researcher eyes databases with a conscience

Most people don't think twice about offering any information to their doctor or physician, and possible misuse of the data won't keep them up at night worrying. But when it comes to supplying the most mundane personal information for storage in a com...

Intel's 2.8GHz Pentium 4 hits Tokyo

Intel's fastest desktop processor to date, the 2.8GHz version of its Pentium 4 chip, went on sale in Tokyo's Akihabara electronics district on Saturday. The chip is expected to be officially announced and launched by Intel this week.

FujiFilm, Olympus propose new memory card

Two of the companies behind the SmartMedia card format, Fuji Photo Film Co. Ltd. and Olympus Optical Co. Ltd., have announced plans to move away from that card, choosing to develop a new format of their own. The move means that the pair will not line...

Infineon joins AMD, UMC chip development project

Infineon Technologies AG has jumped on board a semiconductor manufacturing process development project formed earlier this year by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) and Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the three said Tuesday.

Online on the main line

The World Cup brought a lot to Japan. An influx of overweight, pale-skinned, topless soccer fans, Beckham-mania (among Japanese women at least) and an explosion of national pride not often seen among the Japanese. It also brought some experiments int...

Microsoft unveils Corona beta launch details

Microsoft Corp. has announced that its next-generation Windows Media platform, until now known under the code-name Corona, will be launched in public beta in early September and carry the official name Windows Media 9.

NEC unwraps QXGA notebook

NEC Corp. unveiled Monday a new model in its Versa Pro notebook computer line-up and claimed a world first by fitting the machine with a QXGA (2,048 pixel by 1,536 pixel) resolution LCD (liquid crystal display) panel.

Sony debuts new 3-megapixel still camera

Sony has made the second update in as many months to its P-series range of compact digital still cameras with the announcement this week of a new 3-megapixel model that will go on sale in Japan in July and overseas later this year.

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