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Disaster hits Japan's semiconductor demand
The March earthquake and disaster in Japan are still affecting the global semiconductor market and may continue to do so for months to come.

How Japan's data centers survived the earthquake
Smart construction and good planning allowed Japan's data centers to escape virtually unharmed from the massive earthquake that rocked the country in March, a Japanese data center executive said Thursday.

U.S. roboticists complete mission to Japan's tsunami-hit coast
A team of American roboticists from the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue wrapped up five days of underwater search and rescue operations in northern Japan on Saturday.

Renesas to restart quake-hit factory earlier than expected
Renesas Electronics expects to restart production at a quake-hit factory in east Japan in mid June, about two weeks earlier than initially planned, it said Friday.

Quake leaves Sony Ericsson with shortages of flagship phones
Sony Ericsson faces shortages of three new flagship cell phones after Japan's earthquake and tsunami disrupted supplies of key components, it said Tuesday.

Robots enter Fukushima reactor building for first time
A pair of remote controlled robots entered a reactor building at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Sunday morning for the first time.

Person Finder a personal success for one Google worker
For Kei Kawai, the first few days following Japan's massive earthquake and tsunami were a frantic, stressful time. From his Mountain View, Calif., base, he managed to confirm the safety of family members living throughout the tsunami-hit area with one exception: his grandfather.

Conflicts, disasters could hurt PC shipments in Q2
The natural disasters in Japan and political tension in the Middle East could hurt PC shipments during the second quarter this year, an IDC analyst said on Wednesday.

Fukushima Daiichi workers clear debris by remote control
Remotely controlled construction machinery rolled into the site of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant last week to help clear roads and passages of radioactive debris, the plant's operator said Monday.

Japanese earthquake shelters getting PCs, WiMax
With a new laptop computer under his arm, Kenji Takemoto marched into the Takasago Day Care Center in Sendai. It's been almost a month since an earthquake and tsunami devastated the coastal area of this city and for the tens of families living in the center, life is getting boring.

Japan disaster could boost 2011 chip revenue
The disaster in Japan may lead to an increase in worldwide semiconductor revenue, according to analysts.

Tons of mud, debris hamper Sony's tsunami recovery
A crane lifts a huge clump of mud and drops it into a truck. Moments later another truck rolls by carrying the remains of a mangled car. This is the scene at Sony's Sendai Technology Center on the afternoon of April 1, three weeks to the day since a tsunami washed through the area.

Japan disaster puts historic hurt on chip industry
The earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear disaster have caused significant problems for the worldwide semiconductor industry, analysts said on Friday.

Debris prevents robots from entering stricken nuclear plant
Tokyo Electric Power is looking to send radiation-hardened robots into the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but obstacles literally stand in the way of their use.

Debris prevents robots from entering stricken nuclear plant
Tokyo Electric Power is looking to send radiation-hardened robots into the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but obstacles literally stand in the way of their use.

U.S. to send radiation-hardened robots to Japan
The U.S. is sending specialized robots to Japan to help officials there get control of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants damaged by this month's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

U.S. robots aid in Japan relief efforts
Robots from iRobot may soon be rolling through Japanese nuclear power plants, testing the air for radiation and evaluating the amount of damage to the facilities.

Chip makers start to resume work in Japan
High-tech companies in Japan are slowly starting to get some of their manufacturing plants up and running after a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hammered the country nearly two weeks ago.

Panasonic, NEC reopen some plants halted after Japan quake
Panasonic and NEC on Wednesday restarted production at some factories that had been halted after a major earthquake hit eastern Japan on March 11.

Companies recover in aftermath of Japan earthquake
Companies with operations in Japan are repairing factories and accounting for employees as recovery continues in the aftermath of a devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami that struck the country's eastern coast.

Sony to idle five domestic plants due to parts shortages
Sony plans to temporarily suspend production at five factories in Japan because of problems obtaining raw materials and components following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster, it said Tuesday.

Japan disaster rocks computer chip supplies
The disaster in Japan is putting a pinch on 25% of the worldwide production of silicon wafers used to make computer chips, according to IHS iSuppli.

Japanese chip makers begin recovery after devastation
Some Japanese chip makers are starting to pick themselves up and resume operations in the earthquake and tsunami-torn northeast.

A legacy from the 1800s leaves Tokyo facing blackouts
East Japan entered its fifth day of power rationing on Friday, with no end to the planned blackouts in sight. The power shortages began last week when a massive earthquake and tsunami knocked nuclear power stations offline.

Taiwan expects multiple impacts on tech from Japan quake
Taiwan's economic ministry expects semiconductor and display panel industries on the island to take a hit from the earthquake in Japan last week as supplies are suspended due to factory damage or transportation snarls, translating in some cases to higher manufacturing costs.

U.S. tech industry braces for aftershocks from Japan disaster
With Japan devastated by last week's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami, the business aftershocks may rock various parts of the tech industry for months to come.

Japanese disaster could affect Apple, say experts
Last weeks' earthquake and tsunami in Japan may put a crimp in Apple's supply of flash memory, but its problem will pale in comparison to smaller firms, an analyst said today.

Quake may affect tech industry for six months, says analyst
World technology hardware supplies will take as long as six months to resume normal flows following disruptions from last week's massive earthquake in Japan, a lead Bank of America Merrill Lynch researcher said on Wednesday.

NRC tapping tech for better analysis of nuclear accidents
Long before the nuclear disaster in Japan started to unfold, scientists in the U.S. began trying to gain a more precise and realistic picture of what would happen if a similar accident occurred in this country.

Criminals kick off Japanese disaster scams at record speed
Criminals have jumped on Japan's twin earthquake and tsunami disasters at record speed, security experts said today.

Google, NASA release satellite images of Japan disaster
Google and NASA are releasing satellite images depicting the devastation last week's earthquake and tsunami caused in Japan.

Memory chip prices surge in aftermath of Japan's quake
Prices for DRAM and NAND flash memory shot up by as much as 20% Monday as concerns over fabrication plant shutdowns, power outages and supply shortages mounted in the wake of last week's earthquake in Japan, according to DRAMExchange.

U.S. carriers waive fees to call, text Japan
Major U.S. wireless carriers are waiving fees on calls and text messages to Japan as well as texted mobile donations made to emergency relief efforts in Japan.

Communication key to post-disaster survival
Parts of coastal Japan have been so badly hit by earthquakes and tsunamis in recent days that the only communication about other possible dangers such as radioactive fallout from damaged reactors has been one way, coming to residents through portable, battery-operated FM radios.

Foreigners in Japan rely on Twitter for breaking news
Twitter has been a lifeline for Westerners both inside and outside of Japan as they try to keep up with fast-moving events following Friday's massive earthquake and the tsunami that followed.

Power and transport trouble Japanese IT makers after quake
Japan's major electronics companies took stock of their problems on Monday, as the country struggles to come to terms with the scale of devastation following Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami.

Taiwanese semiconductor firms face supply shortages in Japan
Taiwan's major semiconductor manufacturers, a crucial link in the global tech supply chain, scrambled Monday to gauge how their access to raw materials from Japanese suppliers will be affected by the powerful earthquake in Japan.

Japan's Internet largely intact after earthquake, tsunami
Japan's Internet infrastructure has remained surprisingly unaffected by last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami, according to Internet monitoring firm Renesys.

Japan facing major electricity supply problems, blackouts
A series of planned electricity blackouts will begin rolling through regions in most of eastern Japan on Monday. The blackouts are intended to manage a dramatic fall in power generation capacity caused by Friday's massive earthquake.

Natural disaster? There's an app for that
Smartphones are useful during an emergency: They have their own batteries, Internet connections and, best of all, smart apps that can help save your life, says Mike Elgan.

Rolling blackouts, tsunami damage try Japanese companies
A day after Japan's biggest earthquake ever, the country's biggest electronics companies are trying to ensure that workers in disaster areas are safe and facilities remain intact.

Japan's phone networks remain severely disrupted
More than a day after a massive earthquake and subsequent tidal wave slammed Japan, the country's telecommunications services remain severely disrupted.

Sony airlifts supplies to tsunami-stricken factory
Japanese electronics giant Sony airlifted emergency supplies by helicopter to hundreds of employees stuck at a Blu-ray Disc factory in Miyagi, Japan, on Saturday, a day after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake sent a massive tsunami rolling through the facility.

Quake warning system provided seconds of notice for Tokyo
A one-of-its-kind early warning system provided seconds of advance notice to many residents of Tokyo shortly before a massive earthquake rocked the Japanese capital on Friday afternoon.

Update: Japan quake could hit semiconductor production, prices
The devastating earthquake that struck Japan today could affect DRAM and NAND flash memory production, causing shortages and price hikes.

Quake and IT: Shaking in Tokyo, waiting in San Diego
When the earthquake struck in Japan midafternoon, Jason Park was in his office in Tokyo, on the 39th floor. It started with a mild tremor, something that happens every few months.

Tsunami warnings now faster, more accurate
As the deadly tsunami generated by Friday's massive earthquake off the coast of Japan headed toward the U.S., scientists at NOAA's Center for Tsunami Research tracked its progress in real time.

Quake damage to Japan cables appears small
Undersea telecommunications cables in and out of Japan seem to have mostly survived the devastating earthquake that struck the country on Friday.

Twitter, Facebook become lifelines after Japan quake
Once again, social networking tools Twitter and Facebook are proving to be lifelines in times of crisis.

'Massive damage' from Japan quake hits communications
Japan's 8.9-magnitude earthquake and the tsunami it spawned on Friday disrupted communications while killing an unknown number of people and causing major damage.

Google launches Person Finder for Japanese quake victims
Google was quick to launch a version of its People Finder service to help people find each other in the wake of the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan Friday.

Update: Major quake shakes Japan
A large earthquake shook the Japanese capital Tokyo on Friday afternoon knocking items from shelves and sending people under tables.

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More iPhone 5 / 4S release date rumors: Sept 2011

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Disaster recovery planning: How to convince an unconvinced boss

The tragedy of the earthquake in Japan and the resulting tsunami serve as stark reminders of the importance of disaster planning and preparedness.  As IT people, we understand the importance of disaster preparedness, but how do you convince reluctant management to support it in the budget?

Chip prices up after Japan earthquake, tsunami, nuclear meltdown fears

After the Japan earthquake and tsunami, come the nuclear meltdown fears. All this is causing DRAM and NAND chip spot prices to rise rapidly. While the world mourns, it's adding to worries about the JapanJapanese economy.
DRAM and NAND flash memory chip prices are rising, after last week's 9.0Mw earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and subsequent nuclear meltdown fears. Aside from the quake's terrible human tragedies and the acute damage to the Japanese economy, we also may have to pay more for our computers and gadgets. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers fear for the future. Not to mention Super Mario with Real-Life Sound Effects...

Help Japan disaster victims, without getting scammed

The shocking images, videos and reports coming out of Japan in the aftermath of last week's tsunami and earthquake leave a lot of us thinking "What can I do to help if I live so far away?"

Worst Twitter campaign ever? Microsoft uses Japanese disaster to boost Bing.

Microsoft committed one of the worst blunders in social networking marketing when it launched a Twitter campaign several days ago using the horrific disaster in Japan as a way to boost Bing. To its eventual credit, Microsoft apologized and donated money to Japanese disaster relief. But what was the company thinking when it launched the campaign?

Traffic-mapping tech paints picture of post-quake Japan

Honda technology aimed at helping drivers find their most fuel-efficient routes is being put to a different use following the devastating earthquake and tsunami.