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Kantar World Panel has released its data on the fourth quarter of 2014 for the smartphone market. Carolina Milanesia with Kantar has found iOS just barely beat Android in smartphone sales during the holiday quarter in the United States. iOS also won in other markets such as Japan and Australia.

Toyota said it will begin testing new silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductor technology on a Camry Hybrid prototype and a fuel cell bus in Japan this year in a move that could improve the efficiency of hybrid and other electric vehicles.

It’s been nearly two months since Sharp, known mostly for designing and manufacturing Japan-exclusive electronics, trumpeted its bold American goals, aiming to end the era of large-bezel smartphones with an exotic-looking, impressively affordable Aquos Crystal handheld.

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