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  • Preparing for the next disaster: Japan sets up emergency information site

    According to The Wall Street Journal’s Japan Real Time blog, the Japanese government is aiming to create an improved system for spreading emergency information in the event of an earthquake or tsunami. It has established a sort of ‘IT disaster lifeline’ portal over on itbousai.go.jp which is in a month-long testing phase. The website will also be easily accessible from feature phones and smart phones, which is certainly a big plus since in the event of a tsunami or prolonged blackout, many citizens are suddenly without the use of a personal computer. It will bring together a number of online...

  • New Japanese webcam tech could be the future of CG, gaming [Video]

    This is beyond cool. It's a new form of webcam to animated avatar technology, courtesy of Yasue Mitsukura and the good people at Keio University in Japan. The system uses an ordinary webcam to track minute changes in the user's face, which are then mirrored in detail by an animated avatar. According to Mitsukura (via Diginfo) the system is actually superior to kind of motion capture technology used by big film and gaming...

  • 6 Japanese startups worth keeping an eye on

    Given that Japan has some of the biggest tech companies on the planet, it's easy to overlook its startup scene. It's also probably fair to say that the country's emerging tech companies also don't get nearly as much press those from Silicon Valley, or even China and Russia. Thing is, once you take a step back from the massive corporates, there are some very exciting things happening in Japan. At a recent...

  • Google’s new privacy policy now effective

    Google's new privacy policy went into effect today, despite requests from European regulators asking the search giant to delay. The move by Google to consolidate its privacy policy has raised some concerns around the information the company has on its users. "The new policy doesn’t change any existing privacy settings or how any personal information is shared outside of Google. We aren’t collecting any new or additional information about users. We won’t be...

  • Google reveals power of Japanese tsunami through Streetview

    Google has launched a brand new site chronicling the devastation of the earthquake and Tsunami that rocked Japan earlier this year, as seen through the lenses of its Streetview cars. The site, called "Memories for the Future", allows users to take a before and after virtual tour of some of the worst affected areas in the country. The internet giant claims that the project is part of its coming good on the...

  • Japan latest target in suspected cyber-espionage attack

    The Japanese parliament is the latest victim of cyber-espionage. As with other such attacks, suspicion again is being pointed towards China. Computers in the lower house of parliament were breached from a server based in China, it was recently discovered. Passwords and other information could have been compromised in the attacks said a report from Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. Of additional concern was the fact that the attack began in July but it was at least a month before the breach was noticed and reported to security. Member of the house and Japanese government spokesperson Osamu Fujimara said that he had...

  • Hulu now live in Japan

    Hulu is expanding to Japan in a move which will see it offering its services outside of the United States for the first time. Hulu will provide streaming content in the form of movies and TV shows for roughly US$20 per month, or 1500 Yen. To celebrate the launch, all Hulu Japan subscribers receive a free one month trial. The streaming video service will alter its subscription model for the Asian market. In the US, Hulu offers a choice of a paid service for US$8 monthly or a free subscription. In Japan, the service will be subscription only. Senior...

  • Hulu streaming to hit Japan

    Online streaming giant Hulu is set to make its first move outside the US as it plans to offer film and TV streaming services in Japan. Hulu has always aimed to expand globally, as stated in its official blog. "We recognize that entertainment fans beyond the US have the same desires as those on our home shores: find and watch the world's premium content when, how, and where they want," says the...

  • Alibaba to help Japan crack Chinese market

    Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba says it has launched a service to help Japanese manufacturers crack the fast-growing Chinese market. The Tokyo-based arm of Alibaba.com said the new service ˜ which uses Taobao, China's largest retail website — would help Japanese consumer goods makers cut through red tape. "High-quality Japanese products are popular on the Taobao site, so we have been receiving requests from users to directly buy the products from Japanese firms," said Taobao CEO, Jonathan Lu. Alibaba.com Japan president Makoto Koyama said: "It is indispensable for Japanese firms to capitalise on brisk demand in China and other emerging economies to...

  • Sony wants to bring software to its hardware

    Sony's reputation has been shredded by the recent cyber attacks from hackers and it's struggling to recover. Sony, in the wake of what could possibly be the largest ever cyber attack, it is facing a more worrying problem -- it has lost the knack of innovation. The April hacker thefts of millions of customers' personal records have been a bruising experience for the Japanese consumer electronics giant, not least because its network security...

  • Cloud computing for disaster prone areas

    With the very real threat of a nuclear meltdown following the devastating earthquake and tsunami on the 11 March, the focus of the world shifts to Japan as the industrial giant braces itself for its worst disaster in history. From an economic perspective, stabilisation will depend on the recovery process and, if not implemented soon enough, could impede the country's future growth. Considering that Japan houses some of the world's largest entities in technology and is the third largest national economy with a labour force of around 66-million workers, recovery strategies are, of course, already in place. Most of Japan's cloud computing data centers...

  • Groupon SA gives you a way to help Japanese disaster relief

    Groupon SA is working with its sister companies around the world to raise funds for emergency disaster relief for those worst affected by the earthquake and flooding in Japan. Japan is a developed nation, but the sheer scale of this catastrophic disaster has left emergency services reeling. The International Red Cross is providing immediate shelter, food and water to desperate people while national emergency services get up and running properly. If South...

  • The effect of the tsunami on Japan’s tech industry

    Japan is still assessing the scale of Friday’s devastating tsunami, but in many parts of the country production has ground to a halt, and any long-term production issues could have a ripple effect on the technology industry. Many computer and mobile device manufacturers, including Apple and Dell source digital imaging and storage parts manufacturing out to Japan which supplies about 40% of the world’s NAND memory - which is used in products such...

  • The devastation of Japan, as told on YouTube [Videos]

    The 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan and the tsunami that followed sent shockwaves around the world. The news of the quake sent people scrambling for information online. Japan dominated Twitter with at least four trending topics and, at one stage, with 1 200 tweets per minute. The quake was recorded as the largest to hit Japan since the Hanshin-Awaji quake of 1995. Many followed the devastating event via YouTube. The videos included...

  • Social media sites rally to Japan’s aid

    Friday's earthquake off the coast of Japan and the resulting tsunami has proven, yet again, how the internet and social media tools offer an information lifeline to the world in a time of crisis. The internet was designed so that US military communications could withstand a nuclear war, but is proving equally resilient in the face of natural disasters and even seismic shifts in global politics. As the waves smashed into the Japanese coastline...