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Stories by Martyn Williams

  • NEC unveils smallest supercomputer yet

    Hoping to broaden the market for supercomputers beyond universities and national research institutes, NEC has taken the wraps off a small supercomputer designed to sit next to a desk and serve a single office.

  • Sony to cut PlayStation 2 price in Japan

    With Nintendo and Microsoft turning the heat up in the console gaming market as the crucial year-end holiday selling period begins, Sony Computer Entertainment will cut the price of its PlayStation 2 console in Japan later this week, the company said Monday.

  • Now may be the time to buy that LCD monitor

    For many users, 2001 will be remembered as the year LCD (liquid crystal display) flat-panel monitors finally became affordable. A steep drop in their cost over the last 12 months has put them in range of most users' budgets but, a leading industry watcher warned Tuesday, now may be the time to snap up a bargain as prices may not hold at current levels.

  • Sony chairman Ohga hospitalized in Beijing

    Norio Ohga, chairman of the board of directors of Sony, was hospitalised in Beijing Wednesday night after suffering a "fainting spell" while conducting the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the company said.

  • Sony unveils latest Aibo robot

    Sony unwrapped its latest Aibo entertainment robot on Wednesday, a futuristic-looking model that looks more like a cheap knock-off of previous versions than the cuter, cuddlier models it had designed so far.

  • NEC unveils PDA; Fujitsu to follow

    NEC has unveiled its PocketGear PDA (personal digital assistant), at the same time as rival electronics maker Fujitsu announced its plans to enter the increasingly crowded PDA market.

  • As economies slow, games turn profit for Sony

    Sony Chairman and Chief Executive Nobuyuki Idei said Monday the company's game business has recently begun to turn a profit and, despite the economic woes facing many sectors of the IT business, is expected to continue for at least the rest of the financial year.

  • Sony, SanDisk in Memory Card pact

    Sony's Memory Stick has received a boost thanks to a deal with memory card maker SanDisk, which will see SanDisk supply Sony with flash memory and Sony supply finished Memory Stick cards back to SanDisk for resale.

  • Via hits back with countersuit against Intel

    After finding itself on the receiving end of legal action Friday, Taiwan's Via Technologies blasted back at rival Intel on Monday, filing lawsuits of its own alleging patent infringement, fair trade law violations and destruction of Via property.