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  1. March 25, 2014

    Facebook bets $2bn on virtual reality

    Facebook is making a $2bn bet that virtual reality headsets will be the next big social platform after computers and...

  2. March 21, 2014

    Games makers dare to dream of a virtual reality future

    For the past 20 years, virtual reality has been just that: a technological dream that failed to break through into the real...

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  1. March 19, 2014

    Sony targets virtual reality for PS4

    Sony has leapt into a technological future last promised in the 1990s, with the pledge that it will bring virtual reality to...

  2. March 9, 2014

    Weak yen flatters Japan Inc’s bumper profits

    Japan Inc doubled profits last year – the best performance since 2007 – but rather than selling more goods more profitably,...

  3. March 7, 2014

    Microsoft brings out giant robots in battle for console dominance

    Microsoft is not just pulling out the big guns as it battles with Sony for dominance of the games console market. It is...

  4. March 3, 2014

    Smartphone screen maker Japan Display cuts ties to state with IPO

    Japan Display, one of the top manufacturers of smartphone screens, is to raise up to Y389bn ($3.8bn) in an initial public...

  5. February 28, 2014

    Minecraft film under construction at Warner Bros

    Warner Brothers is swapping Lego bricks for pixelated blocks to bring popular virtual-world game Minecraft to the big...

  6. February 24, 2014

    Sony bets on high resolution camera phone

    Sony is bringing advanced “4K” video shooting to its latest premium smartphones as the Japanese handset maker seeks to...

  7. February 23, 2014

    Mobile aficionados expect few surprises

    Mobile World Congress this year will see the launch of the latest smartphones, tablets and connected “wearable” gadgets from...

  8. February 7, 2014

    Week in Review, February 8

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Twitter shares fall amid disappointing...

  9. February 7, 2014

    Letter from Lex: From Sony to Satya – tech’s on the move

    Readers, tankers, so we are always told, take an age to turn round. So it was gratifying this week to see two of the big...

  10. February 6, 2014

    Sony sheds PCs as it warns on profits

    Sony’s empire Sony, once the world’s premier consumer technology brand, has admitted defeat in its battle to revive two of...

  11. February 6, 2014

    Sony presses fast-forward on restructuring

    Sony’s empire After nearly two years at the helm, Kazuo Hirai is getting tough. The restructuring announcements made by the...

  12. February 6, 2014

    Sony: hitting delete on Vaio

    At last. Sony has hit ctrl+alt+del. Its planned sale of its Vaio PC business is the first concrete sign in more than a...

  13. February 6, 2014

    Sony warns of $1bn annual net loss

    Sony, increasingly better known for its disappointments than innovative gadgets, has issued another massive profit warning,...

  14. February 5, 2014

    Sony: Five points to watch ahead of third-quarter results

    Sony investors have a long list of reasons to feel nervous before the Japanese group reports third-quarter results on...

  15. February 5, 2014

    Sony closes in on sale of Vaio PC division

    Sony is closing in on a sale of Vaio to a local private equity fund after several strategic buyers balked at taking on the...

  16. January 29, 2014

    Nintendo: Four things to watch for at its strategy briefing

    Nintendo warns of Y25bn loss Nintendo’s president, Satoru Iwata, will be in Tokyo on Thursday to hold a strategy briefing...

  17. January 29, 2014

    Casio Computer: wrist action

    Anyone who had a Casio calculator watch in the 1980s knows that wearable tech is nothing new. Admit it: you also owned its...

  18. January 27, 2014

    Moody’s cuts Sony rating to junk

    Moody’s Investors Service has cut the credit rating of Sony to junk status saying that the Japanese group’s profitability is...

  19. January 22, 2014

    Netflix: calling the tune

    To divine the future of Netflix, think about music rather than video. Netflix is proceeding nicely; it said on Wednesday it...

  20. January 8, 2014

    Sony and Samsung: a study in contrasts

    Watching Sony and Samsung strut their stuff at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week has been a stark study...

  21. January 8, 2014

    CES 2014: Sony plans to launch ‘cloud’ TV service in the US

    Sony is planning to launch an ambitious “cloud” TV service later this year, delivering live content over the internet to its...

  22. January 7, 2014

    CES 2014: Sony eyes range of ‘modular’ wearable gadgets

    Sony is planning a range of products using “modular” wearable technology with lifestyle tracking applications, as part of a...

  23. January 6, 2014

    French Goodyear plant executives taken hostage amid dispute

    Trade union members at a Goodyear tyre plant in northern France have taken two of their managers hostage in a pay-related...

  24. January 3, 2014

    Smartphones set to become even smarter

    The revolution in smartphones is over. This year’s focus will instead be on step changes in technology that will help the...

  25. January 1, 2014

    Systematic guide to the appliance of alliances

    Network Advantage: How to unlock value from your alliances and partnerships, by Henrich Greve, Tim Rowley and Andrew...

  26. December 23, 2013

    Tribune buys music data service from Sony

    Tribune has struck an agreement with Sony to acquire Gracenote, a music technology and data service, in a $170m deal that is...

  27. December 5, 2013

    Gadget gifts that are not just for Christmas

    With the holiday shopping season truly under way, this is the second of a two-part guide to some must-have gadgets with...

  28. December 5, 2013

    Merck agrees to buy AZ Electronic for £1.6bn

    German drugs and chemicals group Merck has moved to increase its presence in high-tech electronic devices by agreeing to...

  29. December 3, 2013

    Wearable tech, 3D printers and Ultra TV: trends to watch in 2014

    In the fast-paced world of consumer technology, nothing is the same for very long and every year brings new innovation,...

  30. December 2, 2013

    Abenomics brings dilemmas for business

    The outlook for Japan’s engineers and entrepreneurs is the brightest for 20 years – on the face of it. Prime minister Shinzo...

  31. November 28, 2013

    A best bytes guide to holiday-season shopping

    As the holiday shopping season gets under way I have devised a two-part guide to some of this year’s most appealing gadgets....

  32. November 28, 2013

    Sony is last Japanese company standing in tough smartphone market

    One by one, Japanese electronics makers have fallen by the wayside as competition intensifies in the smartphone market:...

  33. November 23, 2013

    Xbox One and PlayStation 4 fight it out

    Microsoft has sold 1m of its new Xbox One consoles in the first 24 hours they have been on sale around the world, matching...

  34. November 21, 2013

    Gamestop hit by holiday expectations

    Consumer stocks were in focus as US equities ticked up and investors took positions ahead of the winter shopping season. The...

  35. November 21, 2013

    How the Xbox One squares up to arch rival PS4

    More than six years since their last games consoles were released, Microsoft’s Xbox One, above, and Sony’s PlayStation 4...

  36. November 20, 2013

    Sony: breaking up is hard to do

    Losses from here to eternity One million game consoles sold in a day. Once in a while, Sony puts up a number that suggests...

  37. November 20, 2013

    Retailers have high hopes for consoles

    Retailers that have endured a prolonged slump in video gaming sales are banking that Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s...

  38. November 19, 2013

    Sony turns to Bain & Co to find cost cuts

    Sony Pictures has hired Bain & Company to advise on potential cost-cutting, according to people familiar with the situation,...

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