Christmas lights at your fingertips

| Dec 8, 2010

Christmas lights at your fingertips

It’s never easy searching for the right Christmas gift for your geeky friends or family members. But when in doubt it’s always safe to go with a practical option. And if it happens to be fun too, then all the better! In keeping with ...

Apple TV, iTunes movie rentals come to Japan

| Nov 24, 2010

Apple TV, iTunes movie rentals come to Japan

The second-generation Apple TV that Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced back in September has finally hit the shelves here in Japan. Despite the fact that it looks like little more than a hockey puck, the new digital-media receiver from the folks at Cupertino should ...

Takara Tomy's Love Digi continues evolution of purikura

| Oct 13, 2010

Takara Tomy's Love Digi continues evolution of purikura

Most readers in Japan will be familiar with the local phenomenon of purikura. Translated as “print club,” they are small, user-decorated photographs with sticker backings. These personalized stickers are quite popular among young girls in Japan, who will often plaster them all over notebooks ...

Japan iPad competitor offers up some luv

| Sep 22, 2010

Japan iPad competitor offers up some luv

While this columnist is admittedly upset that Mouse Computer named their latest product after my old college dorm room without attribution, it’s certainly very exciting to see an Android-based competitor for Apple’s “revolutionary” iPad coming out of Japan. The LuvPad AD100 is a 10.1-inch ...

Ustream goes mainstream

| Jul 21, 2010

Ustream goes mainstream

From high atop the summit of Mount Fuji last summer, despite miserable weather and poor visibility, 32-year-old tech enthusiast Joseph Tame sent video coverage of a spectacular solar eclipse live to the Internet from an impromptu mobile-broadcasting studio. With little more than a laptop ...

Japan's techies strive to bridge culture gap

| Jan 27, 2010

Japan's techies strive to bridge culture gap

In November, more than 100 people met in Yokohama for a daylong “unconference” on technology and the Internet. Attendees addressed each other on topics of their choosing — the roster of speakers determined solely by whoever signed up fastest for time slots on a ...

Sekai Camera's new reality

| Oct 14, 2009

Sekai Camera's new reality

Speaking on the sidelines at the CEATEC technology conference in Chiba on Friday, Takahito Iguchi made a bold statement: “We will make a new environment.” Iguchi is the CEO of TonchiDot, the company behind Sekai Camera, a much-hyped program that lets users digitally tag ...