Stories by Kuriko Miyake

  • More vendors to provide DVD multi-drives

    The availability of products compatible with multiple DVD formats is increasing. At World PC Expo last week, the latest DVD multi-drives were unveiled by Matsushita Electric Industrial, Samsung Electronics and Teac.

  • Sony posts profit on record first-quarter sales

    Despite continuing uncertainty in the global economy Sony posted record sales in its first fiscal quarter, the company announced yesterday. Sales and operating revenue totalled ¥1.72 trillion (US$14 billion as of June 30), a 5.4 per cent increase from the same period last year. The boost was in part due to the lower value of the yen against foreign currencies, Sony said.

  • CD-ROM drivesjust got smaller

    Koninklijke Philips Electronics is trying to squeeze the size of a CD drive and fit it into portable devices such as mobile phones, PDAs (personal digital assistants) and digital still cameras.

  • NEC releases line of quiet Crusoe-based desktops

    NEC on Wednesday released an all-in-one desktop PC which runs quietly without fans and features low power consumption. The company also unveiled a new line-up of notebook PCs, including a model which offers twice the battery life of previous models.

  • NETWORKS UNPLUGGED: Networked home becomes a reality

    A Japanese Government-led team has constructed a network that connects all the appliances and electronic devices in a private home. Featuring 50 separate applications, the house is the result of a three-year project to showcase home networking technologies.

  • Fujitsu to launch first PDA in Q2

    Fujitsu has taken the wraps off a personal digital assistant, the company's first, which will be sold worldwide from the second quarter of this year, the company announced on Tuesday.

  • Hitachi develops water-cooling system for notebook PCs

    Water-cooled processors, currently the domain of supercomputers, high-end servers and garage hobbyists, may be about to enter the mainstream. Hitachi has developed a prototype notebook PC that uses a water-based solution to cool down its Pentium 4 processor and is planning to commercialise the product for corporate users in the third quarter of this year, the company said on Tuesday.

  • Networked home becomes a reality

    A Japanese government-led team has completed construction of a network that connects all of the appliances and electronic devices in a rented home to showcase home networking technologies.