Ustream goes mainstream

| Jul 21, 2010

Ustream goes mainstream

by Rick Martin

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 ...

| Jul 21, 2010

Bloggers in blue spread their net

by Yuhei Wada

Teenagers and marketers aren’t the only ones riding the social- media wave — several police departments in Japan have joined in, running their own community blogs to improve communication with residents. The latest to join the blog craze are four chuzaisho (police stations that ...

| Jun 9, 2010

Osaka bar-, cafe-goers tee off between drinks

“Wow, it’s popping out at me!” shouts a golfer as he watches sand fly off a bunker shot and hears the splash of a golf ball hitting a water hazard. But this exclamation doesn’t come from a golf course, the sportsman and his friends ...

| Jun 9, 2010

New iPhone features extra camera, HD video

by Rachel Metz

SAN FRANCISCO — T he next iPhone comes out June 24 and will have a higher-resolution screen, longer battery life and thinner design. CEO Steve Jobs opened Apple Inc.’s annual conference for software developers Monday by demonstrating the iPhone 4, which will cost $199 ...

Japan's techies strive to bridge culture gap

| Jan 27, 2010

Japan's techies strive to bridge culture gap

by Rick Martin

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 ...

U.S. online strategy holds clues for Tokyo

| Nov 25, 2009

U.S. online strategy holds clues for Tokyo

by Fumi Yamazaki

Imagine befriending Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Facebook. Or getting “tweets” from Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada on Twitter. It could happen if Tokyo follows Washington’s lead. This summer, Japan, like the United States last year, opted for a new government. Snubbing the Liberal Democratic ...