| Dec 12, 2012

Nintendo to sponsor Nico Nico conference

by Kazuaki Nagata

Dwango, the operator of online video-sharing site Nico Nico Douga, surprised its users last week by announcing that gaming giant Nintendo will be a special co-sponsor of the second Nico Nico Cho Kaigi event, which aims to bring the virtual activities of Nico Nico ...

Untangling smartphone tethering plans

| Oct 24, 2012

Untangling smartphone tethering plans

by Kazuaki Nagata

With the spread of smartphones and high-speed communication networks, so-called Internet-tethering services are now a possibility in Japan. But what is actually involved in such services can be confusing — such as what phones are tethering-ready, how much the service costs and if there ...

| Dec 21, 2011

Going loco for the PS Vita

by Brian Ashcraft

On Dec. 17, the PlayStation Vita, Sony’s followup to its PSP gaming handheld, went on sale in Japan, and across the country gamers lined up to get their hands on one. Is it a worthy successor to the PSP? In two words: Oh yes. ...

Shōgi showdown for supercomputer

| Nov 2, 2011

Shōgi showdown for supercomputer

by Tomoko Otake

Eiki Ito, 49, started programming a shōgi (Japanese chess) computer in 1998, because back then, he says, his job with an IT firm wasn’t keeping him busy enough. Thirteen years later, his pet machine boasts a computing ability of 4 million moves per second. ...