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Fujitsu announces restructuring, 16,400 job losses

Fujitsu Ltd. disclosed Monday plans to lay off 16,400 workers worldwide as part of a business reform across its entire group. The restructuring, which will hit the company with extraordinary losses of 300 billion yen ($A4.24 billion), is the company'...

Sharp crams CD-R/RW drive into slim notebook

Sharp Corp. has crammed a CD-R/RW (CD Recordable/Rewritable) drive into the latest model of what it claims is the world's lightest and thinnest portable PC with a 12.1-inch screen, the Mebius Muramasa series.

Hi-tech analyzer lets you feel like a dog

Man's best friend is perhaps tired of listening to your grumbling. Japanese toy maker Takara and cell phone content provider Index have developed a product which analyzes dogs' emotional feelings and conveys them in words. Now it's your turn to liste...

Hitachi trials broadband game portal to rival Sony

Motivated by a recent increase in the number of Japanese houses using broadband services, Hitachi Ltd. launched a trial Web page portal site specializing in games that use broadband technologies, the company announced Tuesday.

Leica to enter digital age with Matsushita

Outside the IT world there are still many people who don't see any value in digital still cameras. Leica Camera AG, one of Germany's most well-known camera makers, probably has plenty of such customers -- but that might be about to change. The compan...

Toshiba makes adding support for SD cards cheaper

Toshiba has developed a new microcontroller chip for digital audio players and other portable electronics devices, such as digital still cameras, that integrates several functions that previously required separate chips, it announced Monday.

Casio's wrist watch camera gets colourful

James Bond would appreciate this when he sends secret mission images taken by his wristwatch camera to M's personal computer. The images, which used to appear in black and white, can now be viewed in colour. Casio will put on sale from July 31 a new ...

Sony courts beginners with new digital camera

Sony is targeting its latest Cybershot digital still camera, the DSC-P20, at young users who will always carry it around for taking casual snapshots. The new camera, lighter and easier to play with and more affordable than previous models, will go on...

Sony cuts price on PlayStation 2

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI) on Friday reduced the price in Japan for the PlayStation2 (PS2) to 35,000 yen ($500), the company said.

NEC thinks big with new PDP monitor

Big is good. Good for business and educational presentations, and even good for home theaters. NEC thought big and came up with a jumbo-size 61-inch flat PDP (plasma display panel) monitor that it plans to put on sale in Japan in July.

Panasonic lines up new DVD products

Matsushita Electric Industrial, best known for its Panasonic brand name, has unveiled a DVD video recorder that features simultaneous playback and recording, a world first according to the company, and a pair of DVD-RAM/R drives for personal computer...

OSDL to open first Asian Linux lab

Open Source Development Lab (OSDL), a nonprofit organisation that provides facilities for testing and development of high-performance Linux applications, has announced plans to open its first Asian lab in Tokyo. The new lab, its second, is expected t...

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