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Tech factory contrast: Foxconn ascends, while Sharp struggles

China's Foxconn manufacturing sites are expanding based on cheap labor, while Japan's older, traditional Sharp plants hang on through cost-cutting measures.

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Brain Kiss plays Cupid using Bluetooth headset, iPad app

Couples at the Tokyo Game Show tested Brain Kiss, a new iPad app that checks if their brain waves are compatible with the help of a Bluetooth headset.

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iPhone 5 thieves break into mobile shops in Japan hours before launch

Police said at least 191 handsets were stolen from multiple shops in the hours before they opened for business Friday

Tokyo court: Samsung didn't violate Apple patent in Japan

A Tokyo court ruled Friday that Samsung did not infringe an Apple patent in a locally filed lawsuit, a minor victory for Samsung in the ongoing legal battles between the two companies.

Survey: Smartphone growth surging in Japan, Android use double iOS

Japan's smartphone users have surged 43 percent this year, and two-thirds now use Android devices, according to a survey conducted by comScore.

Emergency mobile phone runs on single AA battery, stows for 15 years

A Taiwanese company has launched a bare bones handset for $70 and plans to market it to rental car firms and mobile operators.

Panasonic: TVs must become interactive portals to survive

Televisions must evolve to become fully interactive and connected to online services in order to keep their position at the center of the home, a Panasonic executive said at the Comdex trade show on Tuesday.

Apple dominating Samsung in Japanese smartphone market

Thanks in large part to the iPhone 4S being available from multiple carriers, nearly one in three smartphones sold in Japan last fiscal year was an iPhone.

Toshiba to launch camera SD cards with Wi-Fi file sharing in U.S. this summer

Toshiba will launch its new line of Wi-Fi enabled SD memory cards in the U.S. in the summer, a company executive said Thursday.

Toshiba and SanDisk shrink 128gbit memory chips

Toshiba said Thursday it has shrunk the size of its 128gbit NAND flash memory chips, in the race to bring more and tinier storage to portable devices.

Sony shows power outlets that can control electricity by user, device, or source

Sony is developing electric wall sockets and plugs that can control power consumption by appliance, user or original power source.

Incoming Sony CEO: Hot gadgets aren't enough anymore

Sony's new CEO says the company needs to move on from its hardware roots.

New technology waterproofs iPhones, iPads

A Utah-based company has developed a way to make iPhones and other gadgets survive accidental dunkings.

Samsung plans smart TVs with face recognition, voice and gesture control

Samsung Electronics announced a host of new gadgets at the International Consumer Electronics Show on Monday, including smart TVs with face recognition.

Has CES lost its mojo?

This year's version of the world's largest gadget expo will likely lack marquee products from the major players, but the show will still set the stage for the year in electronics.