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Aug 21 NTT Docomo to provide lightning strike forecasts (Yomiuri)
 NTT Docomo Inc. will provide local governments and corporations with forecasts for locations of lightning strikes on a commercial basis, starting as early as next fiscal year, company sources said. Areas likely to experience electrical storms can be predicted from various data, including rain cloud movement, temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure.
Aug 19 Sony cuts PS3 price around world, offers upgrade (Forbes)
 Sony Corp. slashed the price of the PlayStation 3 around the world in a move that analysts said is likely to boost sales of the game console while not adding much to its money-losing earnings. The Japanese electronics maker introduced a revamped, slimmer version of the PlayStation 3 on Wednesday, raising its hard drive to 120 gigabytes from 80, and lowering the price by about $100 worldwide.
Aug 19 Sharp rides the Blu-ray; iPhone catches up (Japan Times)
 More bang from the Blu-ray: Sharp aims to beat a storage restriction problem with its second-generation Aquos DX series of LCD televisions. Notable for combining a built-in Blu-ray recorder with an LCD TV, the key improvement for the new range is a 7x extended HD recording mode.
Aug 18 Apple's iPhone 3GS is No. 1 in Japan (CNN)
 The iPhone, which has had a tough time competing in the Japanese market, finally broke through in July with the launch of the iPhone 3GS. According to a report in Electronista, market data from Gfk Japan shows the 32 GB iPhone in the No. 1 spot for July, ahead of Japanese-made phones from Sharp, Panasonic (PC), NEC, Casio and Sony Ericsson (a Japanese/Swedish joint venture).
Aug 16 Flat-screen TVs under ¥30,000 (Japan Times)
 In another price-cutting move to stimulate consumption amid an economic slowdown, Japan's largest retailer, Aeon Co., plans to offer 18.5-inch flat-screen digital television sets for ¥29,800 per unit, starting Tuesday, company officials said Friday. The price is much lower than comparable TVs with a 19-inch liquid crystal display panel, which sell for just under ¥45,000 at big discount home appliance stores, analysts said.
Aug 16 Electronics makers jump on 3-D bandwagon (Japan Times)
 Major electronics makers are stepping up efforts to develop monitors and other products that can show 3-D movies and programs as Hollywood increasingly turns to the technology to churn out big hits. TVs and Blu-ray DVD players that can show 3-D movies and programs are expected to hit stores next year. Fuji Film Corp. is the first to come out with digital cameras that can show pictures and video images in 3-D.
Aug 16 One in 10 home solar power panels replaced in first 10 years (Mainichi)
 Around one in 10 household solar panel systems have been replaced for malfunctions within 10 years of installation, according to a survey released by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). About 13 percent, or 34 of 257 households surveyed have had their solar panels replaced fully or partially within 10 years of installation, while output records from another eight systems suggested possible failure.
By J.S. on Aug 28, 2009



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