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 ...

Aug 15, 2014

Chip makers skip summer break to meet smartphone demand

While much of Japan relaxes during the Bon summer holiday period, its top semiconductor makers are keeping their factories running to meet fierce demand from China for the technology that runs smartphones. Demand is expected to heat up even more with the launch of ...

Aug 14, 2014

Sharp to boost LCD module output at Chinese plant in Wuxi

Sharp Corp. unveiled a plan this week with Chinese municipal leaders to add three more production lines to its liquid crystal display module plant in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, city officials said. The additional capacity is expected to boost sales by more than 3 billion ...