You can't sell notebook PCs without lithium ion batteries, and it turns out many of the companies making batteries or parts for them are in areas of Japan affected by the quake. It's also hard to make LCD screens amid rolling blackouts.
• Key Japan-made iPad 2 parts in focus (Posted in Business Tech by Arik Hesseldahl) March 16, 2011 4:56 PM PT
video Today we're talking about engineering for earthquakes, and how what we know about geology affects how buildings and other structures are designed for different locations. Our guests: a structural engineer and a geologist from the USGS.
(Posted in Reporters' Roundtable by Rafe Needleman) March 18, 2011 4:18 PM PT
A relative dearth of official information on radiation levels relating to the intensifying nuclear crisis in Japan is leading some to turn to crowdsourced options.
(Posted in Cutting Edge by Eric Mack) March 15, 2011, 11:40 AM PT
The Japanese earthquake and tsunami could lead to shortages of memory, LCD displays, and other key electronic components, thereby increasing their prices, says IHS iSuppli.
• Quake hasn't affected all LCD supplies (Posted in Business Tech by Lance Whitney) March 15, 2011 9:18 AM PDT
Panasonic, Square-Enix, and NTT Communications are among the tech companies in Japan that have confirmed their operations have been put on hold in some cases following the massive quake and tsunami that hit that country Friday. (Posted in The Digital Home by Don Reisinger) March 14, 2011 9:33 AM PT
Internet research Renesys says it's surprised by how little the quakes have affected the undersea Internet cables that keep Japan connected to the rest of the world.
(Posted in Business Tech by Arik Hesseldahl) March 12, 2011, 3:50 PM PT
Cell phone networks are jammed as millions of Japanese struggle in the aftermath of the 8.9-magnitude quake and tsunami that hit the country today.
(Posted in Crave by Tim Hornyak) March 11, 2011, 9:24 a.m. PT
An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan early Friday, generating a series of tsunamis along the northeast coast and causing major damage and widespread panic.
(Posted in Digital Media by Steven Musil, Edward Moyer, and Stephen Shankland) March 11, 2011, 8:33 a.m. PT
update At least one person is missing, and some harbors and boats are damaged, after Tsunami waves from Japan quake hit California. SF area, however, avoids harm.
(Posted in InSecurity Complex by Elinor Mills) March 11, 2011 7:43 a.m. PT--last update at 4:13 p.m
The disaster comes as many tech giants, including Amazon and Salesforce, were setting up data centers in Tokyo to meet demand for cloud-computing services.
(Posted in Business Tech by Larry Dignan) March 11, 2011 5:09 AM PT