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Mobile Casino and Technology Popularity Takes Off
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Read the full story Gaming | Internet 05:00 PM Yoshi Suzuki • Permalink
Tagged with: casino gambling gaming

Looking for the next best thing in internet casino? Check out mobile casinos and technology! Play your favourite casino games anytime and from anywhere you want!

Japanese pirates get real, no - seriously real…
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Read the full story Internet | Japan | WTF? 12:30 AM Yoshi Suzuki • Permalink
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A survey carried out just before Golden Week (fine weather all round – no showers reported) has shown some very interesting results about Japanese attitudes to piracy.

Making the best Japanese iPhone apps fly worldwide
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Read the full story Announcements | Internet | iPhone | NOT Japan | Wireless 11:27 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: iphone software

If you’re an iPhone app developer or know someone who is, then stay tuned for some exciting news…

Tokyo Zakka gadget store summer clearance sale!
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Read the full story Announcements | Internet | Storage | Toys | WTF? 09:06 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: humping dogs tokyo zakka usb

After a massive Twitter-only clearance sale last week, the doors are open to everyone and prices have been slashed, so get moving!

FindTokyo app brings pop-up maps and more to iPhone
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Read the full story GPS | Internet | Japan | Mobile computing | Wireless 10:20 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: enfour gmap iphone ipod mapping tokyo

In spite of general ill-informed nay-saying about the hardware’s prospects in Japan, the Tokyo-specific iPhone apps keep rolling in thick, fast and creamy, with the latest being a gem from Enfour and Gmap.

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…

Tokyo Metro iPhone app free giveaway!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Read the full story Announcements | Internet | Japan | Mobile computing | Transportation | Wireless 10:20 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: iphone ipod presselite

Anyone traveling in Tokyo knows how confusing the subway can be even if you can read Japanese, which is why we’re eternally grateful for Presselite’s new Tokyo Metro iPhone or iPod touch app. Best of all, we’ve got ten copies to give away.

Free Valentine’s Day special on our dating site now!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Read the full story Announcements | Internet 03:32 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: dating we heart tokyo

What, with Valentine’s Day coming up at the weekend, it’s kinda lucky our dating pals at We Heart Tokyo have an extra special free deal going on until Feb. 15, isn’t it?

Filthy habits of the webcam generation #374: online video karaoke

If actual karaoke in the nasty ole world beyond your bedroom is a bit too scary, then how about doing it in front of a computer with any Tom, Dick or Taro looking in? Best of all, you can even do it in Japanese.

Video: DoCoMo lifts lid on future phone plans
Monday, February 09, 2009
Read the full story Internet | Japan | R&D | Video | Wireless 03:11 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: 4g docomo osaifu

NTT DoCoMo’s corporate videos have long been a Big Deal for the 800lb gorilla of a phone company, so it’s always worth checking out the latest to see the public face it wants to present to the world.

Huh? Now the iPhone is a web server?

The iPhone is many things to many people, but we bet few of them ever imagined it becoming a web server all by itself.

Paying through the nose for 3rd-party Twitter posts
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Read the full story Internet | NOT Japan | WTF? 06:47 PM JMLH • Permalink
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I work for a UK firm on occasion and so am frequently exposed to the very British style of press releases emanating from those fair isles, which is nice (I’m being kind here).

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 Mark Weitzman • 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…

Facelift for shiny new Digital World Tokyo mobile site
Monday, December 22, 2008
Read the full story Announcements | Internet | Mobile computing | Wireless 06:38 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: dwt mobile

I’m not sure if turning the plain-Jane old mobile site into a fancy new version using Winksite counts as a facelift, but I can say that it looks absolutely splendid now.

Sweary Stephen Fry really, really does not like Windows Vista
Monday, December 08, 2008
Read the full story Internet | NOT Japan | WTF? 09:02 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Strong language warning! Don’t read on if harsh words about innocent software offend you. No, seriously – he’s a potty mouth.

Digital phone knows when earthquakes are coming
Friday, December 05, 2008
Read the full story Household | Internet | Japan | Wireless 07:56 PM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: earthquakes sanyo

A new fixed-line phone from Sanyo uses an internet connection to receive and announce earthquake warnings.

Two centuries of Life magazine photos online now
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Read the full story Internet | NOT Japan 08:05 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: google life photography

Google’s oft-stated mission of “organizing all the world’s information” yesterday added something a little more interesting than robot-crawled website caches – Life magazine photos documenting over two hundred years of history.

Japanese house plant writes own blog – no, really
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Read the full story Household | Internet | Japan | WTF? 06:31 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: blogs kamakura midori plants

They say any fool can be a blogger and, judging by the standard of my usual garbage, who’s to argue? Still, I bet no one ever guessed Japan’s latest online star would be a humble pot plant.

Massive online agony forum published in book form
Friday, October 17, 2008
Read the full story Internet | Japan 12:43 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: books publishing

There are more than a few books out there whose origins lie in the new-fangled cellphone novel, but a new Japanese tome is the first we’ve come across to grow out of an online forum.

Lucky Japanese get storming fast gigabit fiber internet
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Read the full story Household | Internet 12:02 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: ftth hikari kddi

After so many reports about how slow US/UK/wherever broadband really is, this is kinda like rubbing salt into the wound, but we really do need to tell you that Japanese homes are about to get hooked up to 1Gbps fibre internet connections from next month. Yes - that’s a freakin’ gigabit per second.

Wiimote mashup with Google Maps creates Tokyo jogging sim
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Read the full story Gaming | Internet | Peripherals 12:49 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: google katsuma wiimote

Fresh from his hack-tastic Wii Balance Board mashup with Google Maps Street View, Tokyo otaku supreme Ryo Katsuma has just dropped me a line to say he’s one-upped Nintendo with his own take on the dull-as-ditchwater Wii Fit.

Japanese language 2.0 with iKnow
Read the full story Internet | Japan 12:44 AM JMLH • Permalink
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Anyone learning Japanese who also happens to spent a lot of time wasting away in front of a computer will definitely get a kick out of a bunch of new Nihongo courses on iKnow from Cerego Japan.

Japanese salty dogs watch fish prices online to get best prices
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Read the full story Internet | Japan | Wireless | WTF? 12:57 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: fishing kanazawa

As fish supplies dwindle and competition among commercial fishing boats intensifies, a group of Japanese trawlermen have turned to the internet to give themselves an edge.

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.

Oki stretches gigabit-class fat data pipe to infinity
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Read the full story Internet | R&D 11:07 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: gigabit oki

Most of the breakthroughs in high-speed data connections that we hear about are of purely theoretical value in the short term, but Oki Japan seems set to buck the trend by committing to making its latest technology commercial in the near future.

Net censorship spreading to Japan as suits fail to comprehend new media
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Read the full story Internet | Japan 10:13 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: censorship

It’s easy to believe the tales of internet censorship we hear regularly from China, but not so its ostensibly democratic neighbor in Japan. That perception may change of Japanese regulations shake up the online world as proposed.

Remote workers rejoice as VPN gets speed bump
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Read the full story Internet | R&D 10:24 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: ntt vpn

If you’ve ever had the misfortune to dial into a virtual private network (VPN) for a spot of long-distance telecommuting, you’ll doubtless be overjoyed to hear of a new technique that gives the slowcoach technology a boot up the backside.

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.

Extreme close-up: Sony Alpha A200 dissected + DSLR tips a-go-go
Monday, February 04, 2008
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | Internet 08:15 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: camera labs dslr dslr tips sony

All-round good egg/camera obsessive Gordon Laing at Camera Labs not only has the most detailed review (video here too) of Sony’s new Alpha A200 entry-level DSLR but he’s even found time to branch out with a new camera uber site.

Japanese copyright holders embrace YouTube uploaders
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Read the full story Internet | Video 09:22 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: kadokawa youtube

The copyright-protection technology currently being trialled by YouTube has had a most unexpected result in the shape of an old-fashioned content owner embracing fan uploads to promote itself on the video-sharing site.

Study shows Japanese children are addicted to phones
Monday, January 14, 2008
Read the full story Household | Internet | Japan | Wireless 08:18 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: docomo kids

The latest research on the mobile phone habits of Japanese children may be music to the ears of phone providers, but the depth to which the gadgets have penetrated the lives of the young there is bound to set alarm bells ringing elsewhere.

Digital watermark punishes cinemas, not their evil cam-copying customers
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime | Home theater | Internet | R&D 07:40 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: camcorders cinema mitsubishi nhk piracy

Japan’s state broadcaster, NHK, has teamed up with Mitsubishi Electric to create an anti-piracy system that it hopes will put a stop to movie copying from cinemas.

NEC’s smart search checks web and RSS feeds to lighten research load
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Read the full story Internet | R&D 08:23 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: nec search engines

An unusual new piece of software announced today by NEC Japan is intended for businesses seeking a competitive advantage over rivals, but - if it reaches full potential - could redefine internet searching instead.

Sony video-sharing site goes high def with set-top box
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Read the full story Home theater | Internet | Video 08:21 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: bravia brx-nt1 eyevio sony video sharing vod youtube

We recently speculated that YouTube might one day soon be delivering high-definition online video instead of the grainy clips that proliferate now, but Sony Japan’s eyeVio video-sharing site has beaten the Google company to the punch by starting an HD TV service yesterday.

Anti-piracy software hunts down copyright clips to kick off video-sharing sites
Friday, November 16, 2007
Read the full story Internet | R&D | Video 08:39 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: copyright kddi piracy youtube

Japanese researchers have come up with a rather snooty technique for detecting online pirated video content in places where it shouldn’t be. By analyzing clips for ’amateur-looking techniques’ KDDI reckons it can sort the professional stuff out from the garbage the rest of us produce.

Terabit-class fat pipe delivers online movies in an instant

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.

KDDI to deliver domestic 4x high-definition video on demand
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Read the full story Home theater | Household | Internet | R&D | Video 07:18 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: dci hd tv kddi vod

KDDI, the company that recently started an online service delivering DVD-quality movies to domestic customers has upped the ante to send quad-HD films down the same pipe.

Chinese kiss-and-tell a good read even without the sex
Monday, November 12, 2007
Read the full story Internet | Off Topic 09:45 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: censorship china

You may already have come across the notorious China Bounder – a how-to-get-laid-while-still-caring-about-stuff blog from Shanghai written by a ‘Western scoundrel’ – through reports about internet censorship in China like this one, but it doesn’t hurt to pass on a reminder to check it out.

Magic carpet offers virtual ride to Second Life
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Read the full story Displays | Gaming | Internet | R&D | Video 08:18 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: virtual reality

As this latest piece of sci-fi-style research has appeared only in a rather traditional Japanese newspaper we haven’t been able to get many details yet, but thought we’d mention it in passing, as everyone loves a good yarn.

Blogs to be policed by anti-copying software
Monday, November 05, 2007
Read the full story Internet | R&D 08:02 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: blogs copyright waseda university

Due to the riches of the movie and music businesses, video and audio gain the most attention when it comes to online copyright violation, but unauthorized use of photographs and other artwork is also an issue, particularly for individuals with no corporate protection.



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