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Fujitsu to offer smartphone specifically designed for elderly users

Fujitsu to offer smartphone specifically designed for elderly users

Japanese electronics firm Fujitsu unveiled a new smartphone yesterday designed for elderly users, featuring a unique touchscreen and Android user interface that’s been simplified. Called the F-12D from Fujitsu’s RakuRaku product line where “rakuraku” can be translated from Japanese to mean “easy” or “comfortable," the company will primarily be aiming to target Japan’s aging population with this particular model.

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Symantec antivirus update causes Windows XP machines to crash

Symantec antivirus update causes Windows XP machines to crash

Customers were not happy after security firm Symantec made a recent update to its antivirus software, causing some Windows-based PCs to crash repeatedly, showing a dreadful “blue screen of death” in many cases. The company released a statement on its website saying it received a number of reports with machines running Windows XP that were continuing to show the blue screen after rebooting.

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Lenovo close to overtaking HP as world’s top PC maker

Lenovo close to overtaking HP as world’s top PC maker

Analysts claim there could be a new leader in the PC market, with the possibility of Lenovo overtaking Hewlett-Packard’s top spot before the end of the year. If it does happen, it would be the first Chinese PC maker company to take the top place in any global technology sector. Last year, Lenovo PC sales overtook Dell sales in the third quarter, moving its way up to the number two spot globally with a 14.9 percent market share—just a mere 0.6 percent short of HP’s market share.

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Huawei looking to offer wider range of storage products

Huawei looking to offer wider range of storage products

After last year’s acquisition of U.S. computer security software company Symantec, China’s Huawei Technologies is looking at offering a larger range of storage products to its customers. While best known for being a networking and telecommunications equipment supplier, rising growth rates in mobile and Internet data services has prompted the company to seriously look at entering those markets.

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Nikon announces 800mm super-telephoto lens

Nikon announces 800mm super-telephoto lens

Nikon is going bigger with its product line, most notably marked by the announcement of its new 800mm f5.6 super-telephoto which should look quite impressive once it’s available. The move comes as a response to compete with Canon, and it will be interesting to see how this one stacks up against Canon’s EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM.

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Omron develops super-sensitive thermal detector for smartphones

Omron develops super-sensitive thermal detector for smartphones

With the intention of eventually using it as an energy-saving device, Japanese electronics firm Omron has developed a thermal area sensor that can use a smartphone camera to detect heat. Dubbed the D6T non-contact MEMS thermal sensor, it can effectively detect people even when they remain completely stationary. A lot of sensors these days rely on motion for detection, but Omron’s super-sensitive infrared temperature sensor works without it.

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Boeing unveils Dreamliner 787 with Android-based entertainment systems

Boeing unveils Dreamliner 787 with Android-based entertainment systems

Boeing is making better use of today's mobile technology by integrating it into its aircraft, starting with rolling it all into the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. A Qatar Airways Boeing was unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow in the UK this week showing off its new Android-based entertainment system. Over 850 planes will be equipped with two types of in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions--the Thales TopSeries Avant and the Panasonic eX3.

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Nokia to close two China offices as part of restructuring plan

Nokia to close two China offices as part of restructuring plan

As part of a restructuring plan, Nokia will shut down two of its four regional sales offices in China in order to better deal with their presence in the smartphone market. According to the Wall Street Journal, Chengdu and Shanghai offices will be closed while operations in Beijing and Guangzhou will be expanded. Job cuts will definitely be a part of the restructuring, and as many as 10,000 jobs may be eliminated globally.

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