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Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service.

E-reader screens coming for netbooks

Screen start-up Pixel Qi is showing off its first 10.1-inch screen for netbooks at Computex next week.

World Tech Update

In this week’s show a verdict in the Pirate Bay case, Sun finally finds a buyer, a whole heap of green news for Earth Day and a high-tech way to get around on the Tokyo subway.

Sanyo's prototype projector delivers big, bright images

Sanyo Electric has unveiled a short-throw laser projector that can display a 100-inch high-def image that's brighter than anything else on the market.

Hands on with Sony's new X-series Walkman

Martyn Williams of IDG News Service gets a chance to play with the very iPod-like X-series Walkman from Sony.

No price cuts for now, says Nintendo president

Nintendo isn't planning on cutting the price of its Wii console or DSi handheld in response to the recession, its president said Thursday.

FujiFilm plans to launch 3D camera this year

Japan's FujiFilm is planning to add a new dimension to photography this year when it launches a camera that can snap 3-D images.

Apple rises in Greenpeace green electronics ranking

Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and Dell have all lost points and Philips and Apple are among the companies jumping up the latest Greenpeace green electronics ranking.

Dell hints at smartphones, mobile Internet devices

The computer maker says it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect a smartphone or similar device from the company.

Cebit sees big drop in visitor numbers

Cebit saw an almost 20 percent drop in visitors this year but those that did turn-up were on average a higher quality of attendee than in the past, organizers said.

World Tech Update

In this week’s show from Germany’s Cebit: traffic slows at the show, Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the highlights, a Fujitsu PC draws zero watts when switched off, Asus unveils a touchscreen prototype, MSI shows off a thin netbook, a car radio tunes into 16,000 stations, Greenpeace challenges IT leaders and a robot makes your tea.

IPhone-controlled car to demo at Geneva Motor Show

Swiss automobile design house Rinspeed will unveil at next week's Geneva Motor Show and concept electric car controlled by an iPhone.

Samsung unwraps Touch Ultra handset

Samsung has unveiled its latest phone aimed at the full touch-screen end of the market that was ignited by Apple's iPhone.

NEC to lay off 20,000 as economy bites

NEC plans to lay off 20,000 workers, close factories and withdraw from some business areas as a result of the poor economic conditions.

Nintendo cuts outlook as profits slip

Nintendo saw improved sales of its Wii and DS in the last three months of 2008 but revised down its full year sales and profits.

Sony's new Bravia TVs watch you to save power

Sony has taken energy-saving to the next level in a series of forthcoming TVs that automatically switches off the display there’s no one around.