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Yahoo Japan fires up mobile YouTube rival
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Read the full story Internet | Video 09:33 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: videocast yahoo youtube

Currently a Japan-only project, Yahoo Videocast launched here today with a strong emphasis on allowing users to upload and watch videos from their mobile phones.

Multicore CPU lockdown key to stopping viruses
Friday, October 05, 2007
Read the full story Desktop PCs | Internet | Mobile computing | R&D | Wireless 10:27 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Multicore CPUs are already ten-a-penny, but who woulda thunk they’d soon be appearing in cellphones, cars and HD TV players and that they could hold the key to eliminating computer viruses?

Technology fostering community of translators and comic fans
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime | Internet 09:51 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: manganovel mqbic toshiba

In one of the most innovative and open-minded approaches to intellectual property we’ve seen in a long time, Toshiba is helping Japanese comic-book artists bring their work to the rest of the world through some pretty clever technology.

KDDI piping full DVD downloads through broadband
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Read the full story Internet | Video 11:05 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: broadband downloads dvd isp kddi movies

Standard domestic internet connections in Japan have long been fast enough to deliver a lot more than most people use, with average ADSL download speeds maxing out at around 50Mbps and fiber connections typically twice that.

More efficient cellphone ads to monitor browsing habits
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Read the full story Internet | Wireless 07:34 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: advertising capitalism revenue science

This time next year, US cellphone users could be following in the footsteps of residents of Japan by ending up on the receiving end of personalized advertising delivered direct to their handsets.

Decades-old wireless tech alive and kicking
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Read the full story Internet | Wireless 02:10 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: phs willcom wimax

It’s not often that a wireless technology from the 1980s makes the headlines, but that’s exactly what’s happening to the hardware behind Japan’s first-ever cellphone network.

Sony says eyeVio can show YouTube the money
Friday, August 31, 2007
Read the full story Internet | Japan | Video 09:31 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: advertising eyevio sony video sharing youtube

Sony’s attempt to create a video-sharing website to rival YouTube took a step forward this week when it announced that its eyeVio service was opening its doors to companies wishing to place video advertising.

Google eats humble pie over video fiasco and apologizes for shafting customers
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Read the full story Internet | Off Topic | Video 07:30 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: google mismanagement

When Google bought YouTube in all its video-sharing goodness last year it was only a matter of time before its own Google Video site would see some major changes. So, the company’s recent announcement that it was no longer renting or selling videos for a fee was no surprise.

Cellphone novel downloads outstrip paper books in Japan
Friday, August 10, 2007
Read the full story Internet | Japan | Wireless 09:34 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: novels publishing

When we reported last year on the rapid spread in Japan of novels designed to be read on cellphones we could hardly have guessed that they would be outselling print publications within a few months, but that’s exactly what has happened in the first half of 2007.

Explosive mixi SNS does a Facebook in Japan, draws 1 in 7 web users
Monday, July 30, 2007
Read the full story Internet | Japan | Wireless 09:36 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: facebook mixi networking sns

Unless you’ve been – in internet terms at least – hiding under a rock the last few months, you’ll be well aware of the amazing growth of Facebook, the social-networking site (SNS) that reaches people who never thought they’d fall for an SNS.

Google brings Gmail to mobile phones in Japan

As Google continues its bid for domination of the internet, particularly in the expanding mobile arena, we hear word from Japan of the US company offering a customized version of its Gmail email service to phone users there.

Japanese firms aiming to serve fresh manga to geeky iPhone owners
Friday, July 27, 2007
Read the full story Internet | Japan | Wireless 03:15 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: iphone manga monkey punch

As if Apple’s iPhone didn’t already have enough geek appeal, a Japanese company has announced a deal to bring manga comics to the tedious wonderphone later this year.

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.

Japanese Super 3G to hit 300Mbps ahead of 4G switchover
Friday, July 13, 2007
Read the full story Internet | R&D | Wireless 09:29 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: 3g 4g docomo hsdpa hsupa mimo

As if the mobile phones with 3.6Mbps internet connections that are relatively common in Japan weren’t enough, NTT DoCoMo has announced that it is working on technology to up that almost tenfold by 2009.

Easy-peasy touchscreen PC for newbies afraid of the internet

It may have an unwieldy name but the Slate DT FeliCa from a consortium of firms in Japan could just be the key to getting the vast swathes of analogue holdouts online and into the brave new world of the internet.

NEC fax machine PDFs incoming by email to your cellphone
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Read the full story Household | Internet | Wireless | WTF? 09:30 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: fax machines nec overtime

Long ago, in the mists of time before email, a device called a facsimile machine once roamed the offices of the land before dying a swift death on a cold Thursday afternoon in early 1997. Except in Japan, that is, where domestic and office faxes alike are still evolving into something entirely new.

Japanese homes get earthquake-alert boxes
Friday, June 29, 2007
Read the full story Household | Internet | Japan 09:29 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: earthquakes warnings

We’ve already seen a Japanese system that uses mobile phones to give advance warning of the earthquakes that plague the seismically hyperactive archipelago, so it was inevitable that something similar would arrive for domestic use.

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.

China takes sledgehammer to Flickr's walnuts
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Read the full story Internet | WTF? 09:54 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: censorship china flickr

Following in the footsteps of Google is generally not a terribly bad idea, but when it comes to doing business in China, photo-sharing website Flickr is probably seeing things a little differently right now.

Sony’s geeky backside exposed in Tokyo R&D extravaganza
Friday, June 08, 2007
Read the full story Events | GPS | Internet | R&D | Storage | Wireless 08:12 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: chatscape collaboration mapping placeengine sony

We all know Sony for its games hardware, TVs, cameras and other audio-visual products, but it’s not such common knowledge that the company has a bleeding-edge research laboratory dedicated to exploring the technology of tomorrow just for the heck of it.

Google will block adult searches in Korea with age verification
Friday, May 18, 2007
Read the full story Internet 08:09 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: censorship google korea

Google has caved in to pressure from the South Korean government and agreed to implement a system that will censor certain search terms unless the user can prove he or she is not a minor.

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

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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…

Cellphone novels bring kinky storytelling to the hard of seeing
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Read the full story Internet | Japan | Wireless 05:02 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: novels publishing

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Cellphones in Japan are so much better than yours — heck, they even allow you to ruin your eyesight by squinting at FULL NOVELS on those tiny screens.



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