A week in tech

A round-up of all the latest tech news from the region.

Japan

Hardware

- Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., maker of Panasonic brand products, unveiled a DVD recorder based on Blu-ray technology which can read and store data at the much higher densities needed for recording digital television programmes. The move gives Matsushita an edge in the battle against a rival technology supported by fellow Japanese electronics makers NEC Corp. and Toshiba Corp. The ability to record high-definition TV programs is becoming important as countries around the world are set to shift to digital from analog programming. Recordable DVD discs compatible with Matsushita's new recorder have a capacity of 25 or 50 gigabytes, compared with current 4.7 gigabyte...

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