Sony Mobile's troubles have been well flagged in recent years. Sony's latest results highlight that its mobile business saw revenues decline by 31% in the year to 31 March 2019 to 226 billion yen. The reduction was mainly due to the number of Xperia units sold halving, from 13.5 million units in the previous year, to just 6.5 million over the last 12 months.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has revealed that the government has protested a South Korean research ship's entry into Japan's territorial waters near the Takeshima Islands in the Sea of Japan.
Suga said at a news conference on Tuesday that a South Korean research vessel entered regional waters last Friday and from Sunday to Monday.
Sony Corporation released its fiscal second quarter results earlier today (three months to end of September 2018), and while overall results are sound, its mobile division continues to disappoint. Quite frankly, it was a terrible quarter for Sony Mobile. The business only managed to ship 1.6 million Xperia smartphones during the quarter – the lowest ever for Sony – with shipments down by over half compared to the same period last year.
Japan Coast Guard officials say that so far this year, 50 Chinese patrol ships have been spotted in Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. They say the sightings occurred over a total of 14 days.
Japan controls the islands. The Japanese government maintains they are an inherent part of Japan's territory. China and Taiwan claim them.
Just before the PhotoPlus Expo in October, Sigma teased crop-sensor Sony E-Mount and M43 shooters with a new lens: the 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary. We got to see this "in development" lens for ourselves at the expo, and were left very impressed by its build quality, but had no idea how much it would cost or when it would arrive on the market.
When it comes to vehicles that can drive themselves, we're looking at cars, taxis, buses, trains, trams, and so on, or at least for the most part where input from the driver is usually minimal. Planes too for the most part can fly themselves thanks to autopilot, so it makes sense that perhaps ships could be next.
Over in Japan, the country's shipping companies are looking to work with shipbuilders to help develop self-navigating technology where cargo ships will be able to navigate the seas by themselves, or with a small crew. The aim is to get these into service by 2025, where the use of the technology will help ships figure out the safest, shortest, and most fuel-efficient routes which in turn should help to keep costs down and profit margins higher.
JOLED Inc announced that it has developed a printed 4k OLED panel and started to ship samples in April 2017.
JOLED is a company established by integrating the OLED research and development functions of Sony Corp and Panasonic Corp. This time, the company started to ship samples of a 21.6-inch 4k (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) OLED panel. It plans to develop products using the panel, starting from a medical monitor.
The Yomiuri ShimbunThe government has begun concentrate the utilization of satellites to screen suspicious boats that could be wrongfully working in waters close Japan, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.
Surveillance exercises are at present led for the most part by watch boats and planes. Satellites are relied upon to make it conceivable to screen more extensive regions, quickly distinguish suspicious boats and rapidly respond.