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Apple seeks 'iWatch' trademark in Japan

Apple has filed to trademark the phrase "iWatch" in Japan, amid rumors the company will soon launch a smart watch device globally.

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Toshiba external hard drive doubles as an online file server

Toshiba is set to launch a portable USB hard drive that comes with PC or Mac software that can turn it into an Internet-accessible file server.

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Evernote CEO: We want to build hardware

The CEO of archiving service Evernote said his company will soon release branded hardware with partners, as it moves toward creating its own devices.

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Line online safety guide

Chat app Line releases safety guide for girl teens after string of incidents

Line, the chat app that is exploding in popularity in Japan and other Asian countries, has published an online safety guide for teens after a string of incidents in which it was used to maliciously target young women.

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Canon develops CMOS sensor that captures video in low light

Camera manufacturer Canon has developed a large sensor chip for shooting full-frame video in extremely dim conditions.

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Tokyo court rules Apple doesn't violate Samsung patent

A Tokyo court ruled Thursday that Apple did not infringe a Samsung patent, a small win for Apple in the continuing legal wrangling between the two companies.

Toshiba demos 'Lytro chip,' converts phones to light-field cameras

The modules, which could be in phones next year, can accurately calculate depth and change focus points after photos are shot.

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Research firm: Apple Japan's top phone maker in 2012

Apple sold more phones in Japan than any other manufacturer last year, rising above local manufacturers for the first time, according to a research firm.

Toshiba to launch 20-megapixel image chip for digital cameras

Toshiba is preparing a 20-megapixel image sensor for digital cameras that it says will be the highest resolution of its kind.

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Instagram faces class action lawsuit for updated terms of service

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Instagram over the company's controversial update to its terms of service last week.

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New Sharp display technology said to triple mobile battery life

Japan's Sharp said Tuesday that mobile devices using its new IGZO display technology, which can triple battery life while offering higher touch sensitivity, are about to surge.

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Ahead of iPad mini's expected debut, Sharp reveals 7-inch tablet with IGZO display

Sharp's new Aquos Pad has a 1280 x 800 IGZO display

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Amid iPad mini rumors, Sharp to launch phone with power-efficient IGZO display

The phone's main selling point will be its 4.9-inch screen

In a smartphone world, everything is an accessory

In the race to create slicker products, mobile phones are the new brains for hire. At Japan's largest electronics show, booths are packed with "smart products"--and smartphones are at the core of all of them.

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Is Sharp showing high-res iPad mini screens?

The Japanese manufacturer, which has been mass producing the screens since August for an unnamed customer