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NEC to boost 3G R&D in Australia

NEC plans to strengthen its work in development of third-generation cellular systems by increasing its investment in research and development in Australia.

Japan plans Internet, IT training for millions

With the aim of laying the foundation for a strong future knowledge-based economy, the Japanese government Thursday unveiled an economic stimulus package with a focus on information technology and the Internet.

NEC launches bluetooth, wireless LAN products

NEC has this week launched a group of products from printers to personal computers that make use of two new wireless technologies to go someway towards freeing the desk of users from a spaghetti-like mass of cables.

LG claims first with new touch-panel LCD

LG Electronics said Tuesday its liquid crystal display (LCD) joint venture with Philips Electronics, LG Philips LCD, has succeeded in developing an LCD panel with an integrated location sensor.

LG introduces Internet washing machine

Just over three months after it introduced an Internet-enabled refrigerator, South Korea's LG Electronics has launched the second in what it hopes will eventually be a family of Net-ready home appliances.

Spot Price for 64MB DRAMs Sinks Below $US6

The price for mainstay computer memory chips sank below the $US6 level Thursday, continuing a slide that has now seen more than 30 per cent shaved off the price in the last three months. Analysts, however, said pricing may be about to rebound.

Mobile Phones Get in the Picture

It's always the way .... you see a great photo opportunity but you never have a camera to hand. The latest innovation from two of Japan and South Korea's main mobile handset makers is about to change all of that however -- the companies are building ...

Hitachi, LG Ink Optical Disc Alliance

Japan's Hitachi and South Korea's LG Electronics have announced plans to pool their knowledge and establish a joint-venture company to develop optical disc-based products for the personal computer market.

Pioneer Shows Off First DVD-R/RW Drive

Pioneer used the CEATEC electronics show in Japan last week to claim a world first and show off a prototype of a new rewritable DVD drive for personal computers.

NEC Unveils First Reflective LCD

NEC has unveiled its first example of a new type of LCD (liquid crystal display) that holds out the prospect of much longer battery life for portable products fitted with the screen.

Japan quake tests telecommunications

Reports from some of Japan's major electronics and semiconductor manufacturers suggest their factories suffered little damage from a very large earthquake that hit a large area of western Japan Friday afternoon although the region's telecommunication...

Sanyo Launches iD Photo Optical Disc Format

Sanyo used this week's CEATEC electronics show in Japan to officially launch its iD Photo memory storage disc for digital still cameras. The format was developed jointly by the company with Olympus and Hitachi Maxell.

NEC Develops USB 2.0 Bridge Chip

NEC has developed a new chip designed to help computer peripheral device manufacturers enable their products for the new USB (universal serial bus) 2.0 standard, the company said Thursday.

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Aruba Instant On AP11D

The strength of the Aruba Instant On AP11D is that the design and feature set support the modern, flexible, and mobile way of working.

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