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Jay Alabaster is a reporter for IDG News Service based in Tokyo.

Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung posts record profit, but mobile slips despite Galaxy S4 launch

Samsung Electronics said sales and profits soared in the second quarter from a year ago, but increasing competition in smartphones hurt performance in its core mobile division.

Toshiba SD cards with word's fastest write speed.

Toshiba outs 'world's fastest SD cards' with blazing-fast write speeds

Toshiba will soon launch the world's fastest SD cards, which will offer write speeds of up to 240MB/s.

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Japanese government accidentally shares internal mails over Google Groups

A Japanese ministry is conducting an internal investigation after a Google Groups account used for international treaty negotiations was left on its default, publicly viewable settings.

LG Display says HD display is world's thinnest

LG claims thinnest HD LCD smartphone display

LG Display said Thursday it has developed the world's thinnest full HD LCD display for smartphones, measuring just 2.2 millimeters thick.

4G climbs Mount Fuji

Japan's most famous mountain now has 4G coverage.

Nintendo wins Japanese court case to stop DS game emulator sales

Nintendo has won a court case in Tokyo against sellers of illegal game emulators for its DS handheld console, part of its ongoing legal campaign to stamp out the products under toughened Japanese laws.

Konami

Konami follows Nintendo as victim of illicit login attacks in Japan

Game maker Konami said one of its online portals has been hit by a mass of illicit login attempts, with attackers gaining access to over 35,000 accounts, just days after Nintendo revealed a similar attack on one of its sites.

Nintendo's fan site attacked, 24,000 accounts accessed

Nintendo said a main fan site was hit by a wave of illicit login attempts in Japan over the last month, with attackers gaining access to nearly 24,000 accounts containing users' real names, addresses, phone numbers and emails information.

Japan Suica NFC ticket system

Backlash occurs in Japan over sales of train e-ticket records

A privacy debate has erupted in Japan over a new service from a major rail operator that sells private e-ticket records as marketing data.

Samsung predicts big earnings jump in Q2, still disappoints

Samsung Electronics predicted a big jump in profit for the second quarter compared to a year earlier, but the company's explosive growth is slowing amid signs its top end Galaxy smartphones are less popular than expected.

Trend Micro's

Is that a UFO? Nope, it's just Trend Micro's new Japanese photo storage gadget

Japan-based security software vendor Trend Micro is planning a rare foray into hardware, with a home storage device for managing photos from multiple cameras and smartphones.

Apple seeks 'iWatch' trademark in Japan

Apple has filed to trademark the phrase "iWatch" in Japan, amid rumors the company will soon launch a smart watch device globally.

Pioneer's heads-up display car navigation

Move over, KITT: Pioneer launches an augmented reality car navigation system

Japan's Pioneer has launched a car navigation system that uses heads-up displays and virtual reality to guide drivers.

Nintendo warns against super Pokemon creator app

Nintendo warned Friday against the use of a smartphone app that can be used to create custom, all-powerful Pokemon characters for use in its handheld games.

Microsoft licenses Age of Empires for iOS and Android

A version of Microsoft's Age of Empires game franchise will be developed for iPhones and Android devices, the first time an official Microsoft title will be released for the mobile platforms.