A week in tech

A round-up of all the latest tech news.

Japan

Hardware

- Canon Inc. plans to enter the TV business as soon as next year by manufacturing thin displays in a new joint venture with Toshiba Corp. marking the latest in a wave of entries into the blossoming market. Canon and Toshiba have been working together since 1999 to develop a next-generation display called SED, or surface-conduction electron-emitter displays, and plans to set up a joint venture in 2004 to mass-produce such displays.

Life Sciences

Takara Bio Inc. has developed a research kit to detect the SARS virus in about one hour. The SARS corona virus can be detected by converting SARS' RNA into...

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