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All your blog are belong to us – software robot to do all that tedious writing
Monday, April 06, 2009
Read the full story Internet | Software | WTF? 09:20 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: blogs nec

So, NEC – you’re saying you don’t need us anymore? I’m hurt and know it’s no April Fool, so will just have to learn to live with it…

Counting the quake-is-coming countdown alert systems in Japan
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Read the full story Household | Internet | Software | Wireless 08:15 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: earthquake gadget safety

Knowing when the quake will arrive keeps getting easier in Japan. Official earthquake warnings that pop up in a window on your computer screen is the latest alert method. Already earthquake warnings are broadcast on TV. Cable TV providers and telecoms offer…

Japanese news uses CGI to refute groping allegations
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime | Japan | Software | WTF? 05:22 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: cgi crime

After ten years of litigation, the Japan supreme court ruled in favor of a man who challenged an allegation that he fondled a woman on a Tokyo train. The man fought the police charges in 1999…

Cool Japanese blog widgets add a dash of color
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Read the full story Internet | Japan | Software 01:33 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: blogs flash widgets

We’ve had a bunch of emails over the last few days asking about that little Flash widget down there at the bottom of the right sidebar (take a look waay down there), usually from readers asking what the heck all that Japanese stuff is.

Chatbots faking it as they pretend to be us
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Read the full story Internet | NOT Japan | R&D | Software 09:33 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: chatbots fake

The idea of a far-distant future where we can upload our very essence to some digital repository in the ether is both compelling and repulsive in equal measure, but a less sci-fi alternative may be closer than we think.

Terabit-class fat pipe delivers online movies in an instant
Friday, November 16, 2007
Read the full story Home theater | Internet | R&D | Software | Video 08:35 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: qam tohoku university vod

When it comes to internet speeds, we’ve long-since consigned the humble kilobit-class connection to the dustbin, so a mathematics-based breakthrough has us wondering if megabit- and even gigabit-level connections will one day sound as quaintly archaic.

Sony uses Wi-Fi to pinpoint noodle shops
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Read the full story GPS | Japan | Software | Wireless | WTF? 08:59 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: petamap placeengine ramen sony

Sony’s a strange company - on the one hand it appears every inch the industry giant striving to return to its former glory yet, on the other, it produces really bizarre products like its latest piece of software that uses Wi-Fi to locate noodle restaurants.

Academic anime addicts bent on artistic unreality

As a juror for the Sketches & Posters committee at this year’s SIGGRAPH, I chaired one of the Sketches sessions on the last day of the conference—a session called “Looking Good,” which featured two presentations related to anime.

Japan plans car equivalent of Windows to dominate automotive market
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Read the full story Japan | R&D | Software | Transportation 09:09 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: cars jaspar os software

It’s not always obvious because we don’t directly interface with it, but even the cars we drive have their own software these days, which is why a group of Japanese companies are putting their heads together to create the equivalent of Windows to dominate the automotive arena.

New Hitachi search engine can analyze images and videos based on content
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Read the full story Desktop PCs | Internet | Mobile computing | R&D | Software | Video 03:03 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: google hitachi images search engines

Internet searches for more obscure topics can sometimes feel like the old needle-and-haystack conundrum - if what you want is out there at all, finding it can be a stretch, even for Google. Images and video present an even greater challenge - unless they’re tagged or labeled accurately, it’s often a matter of wading through thousands of possible matches.

PlaceEngine Wi-Fi mapping spreads wings beyond Sony
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Read the full story Gaming | GPS | Internet | Japan | Software | Wireless 05:41 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: mapping placeengine psp sony wi-fi

Confirming the promise we saw in Sony’s GPS-shunning PlaceEngine application recently, comes the news that Japanese mapping giant Edia will use it in its next round of navigation software.

New Adobe Flash player to change video rules, but should we care?
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Read the full story Internet | Software | Video 02:25 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: adobe flash


The National Association of Broadcasters trade show currently taking place in Las Vegas saw an announcement [reg required] yesterday that could change the face of internet video…

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