Stories by Martyn Williams

Regulatory probe of LCD market widens

An investigation into possible anti-competitive behaviour in the flat-panel display market has widened, with four more big vendors saying they have been contacted by investigators.

Toshiba develops 100GB 1.8-inch HDD

Higher capacity music players and laptop computers could be on the way thanks to a new hard-disk drive from Toshiba that manages a 25 percent jump in storage space over current models.

Samsung debuts 8GB music phone

Samsung Electronics Co. has developed a music-player cell phone with 8G bytes of built-in flash memory -- that's double the amount of memory in Apple Computer's hit-iPod nano.

Sony Ericsson plans more specialized phones

After an enthusiastic consumer reaction to Walkman-branded cell phones, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications is planning more handsets that are focused around a single, major feature, the company's president said in an interview in Tokyo this week.

Apple, Softbank plan iPod cell phone

Softbank, Japan's third-largest cellular carrier, and Apple have reached a basic agreement to develop cell phones that can play songs downloaded from Apple's iTunes Music Store, according to local press reports.

Nintendo launches Gamecube

Nintendo launched its much-awaited Game-cube console in Japan last month, providing the first of two coming challenges to the dominance of Sony’s PlayStation 2 console.

Sony opens its Palm

Sony has unveiled working models of its long-awaited handheld computer based on the Palm operating system. The expandable unit is scheduled to ship in Japan in September, with other countries to follow.

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