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Monday, February 23, 2009

Gyazapo RFID phones to carry loyalty points from 100 stores

When I visited NTT last October for a private demo of its new cellphone RFID loyalty-card system, it was still in its early stages of development, so there wasn’t a great deal to write home about at the time.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Remote workers rejoice as VPN gets speed bump

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.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New Hitachi tech promises end to personal data leaks

The recent rash of data security breaches in the UK could be avoided in future if the government and civil service there pay attention to a group of new privacy-protection technologies being developed in Japan.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Smelly screens selling beer on the streets

We’ve devoted a lot of space recently to coverage of the latest in display technology, from thin screens to all manner of touch-sensitive displays, but this is the first time we’ve been able to say that a new product really stinks.

Friday, April 27, 2007

The intelligent home gets a step closer in Japanese trial


On a day when we’ve seen a few stories about getting our homes more wired, we have news of a Japanese system that allows users to remotely control home appliances via a cellphone.

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