CEATEC kicks off with 4K TVs, wearable devices at the forefront

Oct 7, 2014

CEATEC kicks off with 4K TVs, wearable devices at the forefront

by Kazuaki Nagata

Japan’s biggest consumer electronics and IT trade show kicked off Tuesday in Chiba Prefecture with major firms showing upcoming products and giving an insight into their current research and development. Technologies on display ranged from 4K televisions and fuel-cell and hydrogen technology to wearable ...

Low-priced PlayStation TV box headed for U.S. market

Sep 24, 2014

Low-priced PlayStation TV box headed for U.S. market

The PlayStation TV home entertainment system will launch in North America on Oct. 14, offering gamers, movie fans and music lovers a single product that Sony hopes will corner the market and shore up its financial footing. The small, stand-alone PS TV box will ...

As mobile arm struggles, Sony looks to PlayStation

| Sep 19, 2014

As mobile arm struggles, Sony looks to PlayStation

by Sophie Knight

The head of Sony Corp.’s PlayStation division hopes to raise its profit outlook for this year, in stark contrast to the electronics firm’s mobile business, which has forecast deep losses and sent Sony’s stock reeling. With Sony’s three core electronics businesses — the third ...

Sep 12, 2014

Double solar storms headed Earth's way

A rare double burst of magnetically charged solar storms was forecast to hit Earth on Thursday night and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted, officials said. Individually, the storms, known as coronal mass ejections (CME), wouldn’t ...

Japan's 'apple watch': a-peeling to core fans

Sep 11, 2014

Japan's 'apple watch': a-peeling to core fans

Manufacturing finesse, precision craftsmanship and a love of all things quirky have produced the apple watch — Japan’s real-life version. Japanese Twitter user Hiromichi Shoji, who goes by the username @sinomoritsukasa, carved a big red fruit into a classic wristwatch soon after the U.S. ...

Microsoft Xbox One lands in Japan with a dull thud

Sep 4, 2014

Microsoft Xbox One lands in Japan with a dull thud

The Japan launch of the Microsoft Xbox One fell flat Thursday, with journalists covering the debut of the gaming console far outnumbering buyers. The console arrived here more than nine months after it hit shelves in North America, Europe and Australasia and half a ...

Sony unveils wearable SmartBand Talk in Berlin

Sep 4, 2014

Sony unveils wearable SmartBand Talk in Berlin

Sony Corp. has unveiled new wearable technologies including the SmartBand Talk, a wristwatch-style gadget with a curved display that allows hands-free calling and voice-controlled operation while recording your daily data, including exercise stats. Sony unveiled the product Wednesday at the IFA consumer electronics show ...

Sep 3, 2014

State-backed Renesas restructuring 60% complete, CEO says

Chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp. is more than halfway finished with its restructuring plan, according to chairman and chief executive officer Hisao Sakuta. “In financial terms, we have already passed our worst period,” Hisao Sakuta said in an interview Tuesday. The company has completed “about ...

Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with 'Dragon Quest'

Sep 1, 2014

Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with 'Dragon Quest'

Sony is trying to woo Japanese game fans to the PlayStation 4 home console that went on sale last November in the U.S. and Europe but didn’t arrive at stores here until February. Atsushi Morita, appointed head of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Japan operations effective ...