Sekai Camera's new reality

| Oct 14, 2009

Sekai Camera's new reality

by Rick Martin

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 ...

| Oct 7, 2009

Beijing battles online 'disharmony'

by Rick Martin

Thousands of goose-stepping troops, rumbling rows of tanks and floats celebrating China’s achievements paraded proudly in front of Tiananmen Square last week, all intended to convey the message that Beijing has everything under control. However, there’s everything but control on the Internet. Ironically, behind ...

Tokyo Game Show fails to impress

| Sep 30, 2009

Tokyo Game Show fails to impress

by Brian Ashcraft

The theme for the 2009 Tokyo Game Show is “Game, it’s so energetic!” Ironic, as the energy for this year’s show was less palpable than for previous ones. Organized by Japan’s Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association, Tokyo Game Show is the premier domestic industry event, ...

| Sep 23, 2009

Can firms trust cloud computing?

by Bruce Schneier

This year’s overhyped IT concept is cloud computing. Also called software as a service (SaaS), cloud computing is when you run software over the Internet and access it via a browser. Both Google Docs and salesforce.com’s customer management software are examples of this. Last ...

Apple polishes up its gadget arsenal

| Sep 16, 2009

Apple polishes up its gadget arsenal

by Rick Martin

Apple’s “It’s Only Rock and Roll” music-technology event last week was closely watched by Apple fans in Japan, where many consumers have anointed the iPod and iPhone as their music players of choice over the past few years, even over homegrown competitors such as ...

Offhand but on record

| Aug 19, 2009

Offhand but on record

by Bruce Schneier

Facebook recently made changes to its service agreement in order to make members’ data more accessible to other computer users. Amuse, Inc. announced last week that hackers stole credit-card information from about 150,000 clients. Hackers broke into the social network Twitter’s system and stole ...

| Jul 22, 2009

Google Books leaves Japan in legal limbo

by Tomoko Otake

For a long time, the Japanese publishing industry was in the dark about the Google Book Search Library project, the ambitious endeavor by the Mountain View, Calif.-based Internet giant to create a vast online library by scanning millions of books. Google announced the start ...

| Jun 24, 2009

How will iPhone 3GS fare in Japan?

by Kazuaki Nagata

Apple Inc.’s iPhone 3GS, the newest in the iPhone series, will debut on June 26, plunging into Japan’s cell-phone market, where competition is getting more intense as phone carriers release impressive summer 2009 lineups. For example, Taiwanese electronics maker HTC Co. is providing a ...

Mixi faces challenges as competition grows

| Jun 24, 2009

Mixi faces challenges as competition grows

by Akiko Kashiwagi

Early last month, Mixi CEO Kenji Kasahara came under intense pressure. That was on the day that his company, Japan’s biggest social-networking operator, announced its financial results and forecast for the year: Its profit would fall by 15 percent from the previous year, the ...

Creative Commons fights for new copyright

| Jun 3, 2009

Creative Commons fights for new copyright

by Andrew Maerkle

On April 17, the district court of Stockholm issued its verdict in the copyright infringement case of the torrent tracking Web site The Pirate Bay, whose managers and another associate were accused of facilitating the illegal downloading of music, movie and video-game files. The ...