A power conversion startup buddies up with Japan’s electronics giants

A startup that makes more efficient power conversion devices has raised money from, and partnered with, a group of Japanese electronics giants. Transphorm is a venture-backed startup and its move is a symbol of the growing importance of corporate partners as well as overseas investors in cleantech.

Japan-U.S. smart grid project now live in New Mexico

A Japanese consortium of government groups and tech companies teams up with a New Mexico utility and a federal lab for a smart grid demonstration project to figure out how to integrate solar electricity and energy storage into an electric grid.

Video look at Toshiba’s Excite 7.7 Android 4.0 tablet

Toshiba is set to add another choice to the small slate market: the company will soon sell the Excite 7.7 tablet running on the latest version of Google Android. Here’s a first look video and early impressions of the 16 GB tablet with Wi-Fi.

Kurion acquires nuclear to glass cleanup tech

Kurion, a startup that has developed technology that cleans up nuclear waste and is one of the most successful cleantech firms you haven’t heard of, has been acquiring more cleanup tech.

Behind the scenes at an LED lighting lab

After raising $230 million in venture capital and developing LED lighting components for a decade, Bridgelux in Livermore, Calif., is making a technology transition to drive down costs. The company is now counting on its partnership with Toshiba to make this transition a success.

Why a 13-inch tablet is a big bet for Toshiba

A trio of new Toshiba tablets are on the way ranging in size from 7.7-, 10- and 13-inches with the new Excite 13, With the large display, however, comes a large price: The Excite 13 will start at $649.99 when it arrives on June 10.

Now playing on some screens: Hulu Plus for Android tablets

The Hulu Plus mobile app is now available for Android tablets, complete with an updated user interface. The software has a visual redesign offering easier navigation on large touchscreen devices. But not every Android tablet owner can use the software; only seven devices are supported.

Tablet makers with no ecosystem should turn to Windows 8

By 2016, one-third of the U.S. population will own a tablet, says Forrester. This figure — 112.5 million people — is an upward revision due to two names in the tablet market: Apple and Amazon. All other tablet makers should leave Android for Windows, says Forrester.