A week in tech

A round up of all the latest tech news.

Japan

Mobile Wireless

- KDDI Corp. aims to develop mobile phones powered by a small fuel cell through separate tie-ups with Hitachi and Toshiba aiming to commercialize them in 2007. Cell phones are becoming increasingly multifunctional, equipped with TV viewing and game playing capabilities and the trend is forcing handsets to consume more power. Currently available lithium-ion batteries for cell phones, however, last only about two hours if users continuously watch TV on their terminals. A handset powered by a fuel cell is expected to last more than twice as long. The planned fuel cell would extract hydrogen ions from methanol to generate power, meaning that no...

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