Stories by Martyn Williams

  • Ricoh, Yamaha debut high-speed CD-RW

    It's about to become a lot quicker to make your own CDs. Two of the leading backers of CD-RW (compact disc-rewritable) technology have unveiled prototypes of new high-speed CD-RW drives that are expected to hit the market in the middle of this year.

  • Alcatel to acquire Newbridge for $US7.1B

    Alcatel SA, seeking to become a larger player in the carrier-class telecommunications equipment market, today announced it has agreed to acquire Newbridge Networks in a deal valued at $US7.1 billion.

  • Toshiba adds focus on mobile Internet

    Toshiba has become the latest of Japan's major electronics makers to charge head first into the world of the Internet. It announced last week plans to create a new in-house company, i-Value Creation Company, focused solely on the creation of digital content, and establish a division within its Information and Industrial Systems and Services Company to increase use of B2B e-commerce services within the company, it said in a statement.

  • Dreamcast Internet use tops 1M

    - Sega Enterprises announced last week that the number of people accessing the Internet through its Dreamcast gaming terminal has topped one million.

  • Jobs unveils new Apple hardware

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs yesterday met the aspirations of show-goers to the 10th MacWorld Expo Tokyo with the unveiling of several new computers during his keynote speech.

  • Sony opens first major e-commerce site

    Sony has formed a new subsidiary to market the company's consumer electronics products online. Called Sony Japan, the new company is Sony's biggest push yet into the e-commerce arena in Japan.

  • Report: China nuclear chief declares Y2K readiness

    One of China's leading nuclear experts has said that his company's reactors are Year 2000-ready and pose little danger, according to media reports. Li Dingfan, president of China National Nuclear Corp. (CNNC), told the Business Weekly newspaper he had full confidence in the industry and its capacity to deal with any problems that should develop.