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Sony unveils virtual reality headset for PlayStation 4

SAN FRANCISCO - Sony is getting into the virtual reality business. The Japanese electronics and gaming giant unveiled a prototype virtual reality headset to be used in conjunction with its PlayStation 4 video game console during a Tuesday talk at the Game Developers Conference. Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, showed off the slick black-and-white headset at the annual gathering of game designers. He said Sony has been working on the technology for more than three years.

Apple replaces iPad 2 with iPad 4, launches cheaper iPhone 5C

(Reuters) - Apple Inc said it would offer an iPad 4 tablet in place of the mid-range iPad 2 at the same price and the company launched a cheaper, lower capacity version of its plastic-backed iPhone 5C in Australia, China and some European countries. The iPad 4 is available at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + cellular model at the four major U.S. carriers - AT&T Inc, Sprint Corp, T-Mobile US Inc and Verizon Communications Inc.

Microsoft's CEO may unveil Office for iPad on March 27: source

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Satya Nadella may unveil an iPad version of the company's Office software suite on March 27, a source told Reuters, potentially using his first major press outing to launch the company's most profitable product for Apple Inc's popular tablet. Nadella, who replaced longtime CEO Steve Ballmer earlier this year, will address the media and industry executives in San Francisco on March 27.

SK hynix sued by Toshiba over chip technology leak

SEOUL, March 14 (Yonhap) -- SK hynix Inc., a South Korean computer memory chipmaker, said Friday that it has been sued by Japanese tech firm Toshiba Corp. seeking damages over an alleged theft of technology related to flash memory chips used in smartphones and other mobile devices. "Toshiba has filed civil lawsuits (against us) with the Tokyo District Court seeking compensation for damages (related to the suspected technology leak)," SK hynix said in a regulatory filing, stopping short of giving details on the case. SK hynix said it had not yet received the litigation.

SK hynix sued by Toshiba over chip technology leak

SEOUL, March 14 (Yonhap) -- SK hynix Inc., a South Korean computer memory chipmaker, said Friday that it has been sued by Japanese tech firm Toshiba Corp. seeking damages over an alleged theft of technology related to flash memory chips used in smartphones and other mobile devices. "Toshiba has filed civil lawsuits (against us) with the Tokyo District Court seeking compensation for damages (related to the suspected technology leak)," SK hynix said in a regulatory filing, stopping short of giving details on the case. SK hynix said it had not yet received the litigation.

Toshiba sues Hynix for damages over NAND flash technology leak

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp said on Friday it had filed a lawsuit against SK Hynix Inc seeking damages over the suspected leak of its flagship NAND flash memory chip technology to the South Korean rival. The suit, filed with the Tokyo district court, follows the arrest by Tokyo police of a former engineer at a Toshiba-affiliated chipmaker who was suspected of improperly providing technical data to SK Hynix. (Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Dominic Lau)

Gov't to check laws to prevent technology leaks

The Japanese government said Friday it will investigate potential flaws in the country's legislation concerning leaks of domestic technology following the revelation that a former engineer illegally gave Toshiba Corp.'s flash memory research data to a South Korean company. "It is often said that Japan's legislation intended to prevent leaks lags behind other countries...If necessary, I think there could be a revision of related laws," economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari told a press conference.

Japan engineer arrested over corporate espionage

Japanese police have arrested an engineer who allegedly leaked Toshiba trade secrets to South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix, reports said Thursday. Yoshitaka Sugita, 52, was taken into custody over allegations that he copied sensitive research data for Toshiba's NAND-type flash memory and handed it to the rival firm, major Japanese media including public broadcaster NHK reported.

Canadian makers of 'world's lowest cost tablet' aim for a $20 device

TORONTO - The Canadian makers of the "world's lowest cost tablet," the UbiSlate 7Ci, think $37.99 still isn't cheap enough. They figure there's still room to knock about 50 per cent off its price and make tablet ownership possible for anyone and everyone. "This idea is to bridge the digital divide, it's really that simple, the idea is to overcome the affordability barrier," says Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli during an interview at his Toronto-area office, one of five the company has in Canada, England, Germany and India.

South By Southwest: Secrets, surveillance, IBM's Watson helps chefs cook

AUSTIN, Texas - FOMO —or the fear of missing out— is a common complaint at the South By Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas each year. It's here, after all, that "Girls" creator Lena Dunham spoke on Monday at the same time that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden gave a teleconferenced talk. All the while, 7-11 trucks handed out free pizza in exchange for a tweet, and IBM showed off the capabilities of cognitive computing in a language anyone could understand: food. Here's a sampling of what you missed if you weren't able to make the annual geek pilgrimage:
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