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Japan's oldest PC still adds up for Fujitsu

Just as great oaks come from little acorns, so too do room-sized computers come from humble calculators. In the case of Fujitsu's FACOM series of adding machines, that calculator grew into a computer that is the world's oldest still in use.

PS3 firmware 1.10 upgrade confirmed

It's no big surprise but Sony has announced Thursday that it has upgraded the PlayStation 3 firmware to enable it to actually use the PlayStation Network online service. The move up to version 1.10 comes in the nick of time -- just two days before th...

10-megapixel cell phone debuts in Asia

Remember that show-off from Samsung bragging about his 10-megapixel cell phone last March? Well, it's finally on sale in Korea (as of Tuesday 10th of October) and it's one hell of an attention seeker.

Intelligent wheelchair controlled by Vaio UX50

The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tokyo has a great rep for coming out with all manner of useless, but cool, gadgets, which makes its recent unveiling of a prototype "intelligent" wheelchair something of a first.

Japanese blood-sucking robots on the loose

Matsushita usually sticks to simple things like its Panasonic-branded MP3 players or hairdryers, so it's something of a surprise to see the company's hard-core arm, Matsushita Electric Works, come up with a blood-loving robot for medical use.

Bird flu bites the dust with Panasonic's filters

Panasonic reckons it has found the perfect way to make us all feel safe in our own homes at last -- it claims that its air-filtering Super Alleru-Buster technology can all but eliminate the bird flu virus from air it comes into contact with.

World's smallest 4-port USB hub?

Nice as it is, this teeny weeny USB hub from Elecom has gotta be far too easy to lose -- it measures just 40 A- 40 A- 10mm and weighs 16g, which is pretty much the size of a book of matches.

Gamblers enjoy super hi-def screen

Good news: The world's biggest high-def screen is a full 218 feet long and 37 feet tall. Bad news: If you want to see it you'll have to spend an afternoon with some of the smelliest, most obnoxious people in the universe.

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