Apr 13 Sony calls for unplugging laptops amid overheating
Sony Corp. said Friday that battery overheating has caused burns to three Vaio Fit 11A notebook personal computers. (The Japan News )
Apr 09 Many Windows XP PCs not upgraded at Japan local govts
Faced with budget shortages, many local municipalities in Japan were unable to upgrade their personal computers running on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP to a new operating system before the U.S. firm ended support for the OS on Wednesday. (Jiji Press )
Mar 29 Japan to e-mail missile, terror alerts to mobile phones
The Japanese Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Friday that it will introduce a system on Tuesday to automatically send alerts on any ballistic missile launches, major terror attacks and other contingencies by e-mail to mobile phones. (Jiji Press )
Mar 16 Japan's first 'e-sports' facility scores big in Tokyo's Akihabara
Japan's only facility exclusively dedicated to electronic sports has been drawing crowds to Tokyo's Akihabara since its opening on Jan. 25. (Asahi )
Feb 22 Sony launches PlayStation 4 in Japan
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. launched the PlayStation 4 video game console in Japan on Saturday. (Jiji Press )
Feb 22 Warning issued over smartphones overheating
Japan's National Consumer Affairs Center is warning against the possible overheating of smartphones. (NHK )
Jan 16 Disney Magical World shipments top 500,000 in Japan
Total shipments for Disney Magical World, or Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life as some might know it, have topped 500,000 in Japan, Namco Bandai announced. (gematsu.com )
Jan 08 Sony to distribute games for PlayStation 4 via cloud computing
Sony Corp. will start distributing games for its PlayStation 4 game console via cloud computing technology this year, President Kazuo Hirai said Tuesday, displaying the electronics company's focus on the entertainment business. (Kyodo )
Dec 27 Baidu software tracks typing without consent
The government has warned about 140 organizations, such as ministries and agencies as well as universities and research institutions, not to use a Japanese-language input method editor developed by Baidu Inc., China's largest search engine company, after it was found that all text data typed into computers using it are sent to Baidu's server, it has been learned. (Yomiuri )
Dec 12 Japan beats US to become top country in mobile app revenue
There is big money to be made on games and other apps for mobile devices around the world. There has been a change at the top of the most profitable countries for apps with Japan taking the top spot. (slashgear.com )
Dec 09 Apple flexes its muscles in Japan
Recently, research firm Kantar detailed just how dominant Apple has become in Japan. According to Kantar, Apple's iPhone accounted for an amazing 76% of all smartphone sales in Japan in October. Furthermore, Apple's iPhone made up 61% of all smartphone sales on NTT DoCoMo in October. (Motley Fool )
Dec 03 3D printer boom lures new wave of Japan entrepreneurs
Junichiro Asami gave up a stable job to join a group of Japanese entrepreneurs building businesses based on 3D printing, showing the sort of pioneering spirit Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes can revitalize a calcified economy. (Reuters )
Nov 28 Amazon launches online video service in Japan
Amazon Japan launched its 'Instant Video' online platform Tuesday (Nov. 27), offering movies and TV series for streaming, download rental and purchase, with content from all the local major studios and TV networks. (hollywoodreporter.com )
Nov 26 Message app Line hits 300 million registered users
Line has announced it's added another 100 million people to its registered user count in just four months, pushing it past the 300 million user mark globally. (techcrunch.com )
Nov 25 Memory makeover: DRAM days numbered as Japan eyes MRAM
A Japan-U.S. alliance is targeting a replacement for DRAM -- a longstanding staple of computer hardware. (CNET )
Nov 24 This social video app is more popular than Facebook among Japanese teens
Facebook started in colleges. Japanese live video startup TwitCasting said yesterday that it owns 50 percent of the college market in Japan - and it's coming here. (venturebeat.com )
Nov 23 Over 260,000 Japan local govt PCs cannot have Windows XP upgraded
A total of 266,231 personal computers with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP used by local governments in Japan cannot have the operating system upgraded to a new one before the support for the OS ends, the internal affairs ministry said Friday. (Jiji Press )
Nov 23 Japan moves up to 13th place in Web index rankings
Japan has ranked 13th in this year's international survey on Internet usage. The nation was in 20th place last year. (NHK )
Nov 20 Docomo to reexplain big data usage
As so-called big data-various types of information gathered on a massive scale, such as smartphone locations-becomes widely used, controversy has arisen over how telecom operators should obtain the consent of individuals whose private information may be offered to a third party without their knowledge. (Yomiuri )
Nov 18 New York Times hackers linked to Japan Ichitaro attacks
Security experts have uncovered attacks exploiting a zero day vulnerability in Japan's most popular word processing software, bearing all the hallmarks of a Chinese group blamed for last year's New York Times hack. (The Register )
Nov 18 Domain name suffix '.tokyo' to be available next spring
Domain names ending with ".tokyo," ".nagoya" and ".moe" will be available next spring as part of a move to increase the number of suffixes by the agency that oversees Internet addresses. (Yomiuri )
Nov 16 Sony launches PlayStation 4 in North America
Sony's new PlayStation 4 game console has hit store shelves in North America, 7 years after its predecessor the PS3 launched there. (NHK )
Nov 12 Pinterest expands internationally, launches in Japan
Pinterest recently launched in the United Kingdom, France and Italy, and now Pinterest has decided that its next international stop will be Japan, it was revealed in a blog post. The site went live on Monday. (vator.tv )
Nov 12 Games speech translation system to be upgraded
The communications ministry plans to beef up the capabilities of its multilingual speech translation system ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Yomiuri )
Nov 06 Child predators used the Nintendo 3DS Swapnote service in Japan
Last week, without warning, Nintendo terminated the Swapnote service for the Nintendo 3DS, which allows 3DS owners to exchanges hand-written messages and photographs with their registered friends over the Internet. (siliconera.com )
Nov 03 Apple now owns Japan
Despite a not-so-stellar third quarter for Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) , Japan was a bright spot for the iPhone maker. Apple now commands a record 34% market share in the country once dominated by domestic brands. (Motley Fool )
Oct 31 Google Play launches its first foreign language TV show hub in Japan
Google's brushed up on its foreign language (and content bartering) skills to bring TV shows to Japan, making it only the third country after the US and UK. (engadget.com )
Oct 26 Japan's Line messaging app considers overseas IPO next year
Japan's Line Corp, creator of the fast growing social messaging app Line, may choose an overseas exchange for an expected IPO next year, banking sources with knowledge of the matter said, within months of a high profile listing by Twitter. (Reuters )
Oct 24 Fatal addiction: Authors accuse Apple of destroying Japan's tech industry
Wall Street loves to speculate on whether Apple Inc.'s latest gadget is a winner or a dud. But here in Japan, the tech giant has another constituency desperate to see iPhones disappearing from store shelves: The nation's once-proud electronics producers. (Global Post )
Oct 23 Twitter's top 5 accounts are all in Japan
During an Aug. 3 airing of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece Castle in the Sky, thousands of anime fans watching the broadcast in Japan tweeted in unison to coincide with an exciting scene during the film's climax. (mashable.com )
Oct 22 Nintendo Wii discontinued in Japan
Boy, how fast time flies. Just a few weeks after Nintendo announced that they would cease the manufacturing of the Nintendo Wii for Japan, the gaming company has listed the console as "discontinued" (after some translation work, of course) on its Japanese website. (Ubergizmo )
Oct 17 Apple iPad Event to be simulcast in London and Japan
Apple sent out invitations Wednesday confirming the anticipated October 22 event, and the expectation is that we'll see the iPad mini 2 and the iPad 5 detailed by the company. Says Apple, "We still have a lot to cover," and to help ensure that coverage is as widespread as possible, the event will be telecast in London, Japan, and in the company's offices. (slashgear.com )
Oct 11 Docomo unveils 10 new Android smartphones
NTT Docomo Inc. unveiled 10 new smartphones Thursday to beef up its non-iPhone lineup for the winter-spring season and improve its competitiveness in a tight market. (Japan Times )
Oct 09 Panasonic to exit plasma TV panel business by end-March 2014
Panasonic Corp will pull out of the plasma television panel business by the end of the financial year to March 2014, sources familiar with the situation told Reuters, marking a key milestone in the long-term decline of Japan's TV industry. (Reuters )
Oct 08 DoCoMo loses most users ever in Sept.
NTT DoCoMo Inc., the nation's largest mobile phone carrier, lost the most subscribers on record in September even after adding Apple Inc. iPhones to its lineup as it attempts to regain market share from SoftBank Corp. and KDDI Corp. (Yomiuri )
Oct 03 Download games through Google Play vending machines in Japan
Vending machines are quite popular in Japan, and Google recently put up a few of its own to distribute mobile games to Android users. (IGN )
Sep 30 Sony to present new user experiences at CEATEC JAPAN 2013
Sony Corporation announced today that it will present new user experiences for mobile and the living room at "CEATEC JAPAN 2013", to be held at Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex in Chiba City from the 1st to 5th of October. (ciol.com )
Sep 29 Hacker mercenaries linked to spying attacks on Japan, South Korea
A small, sophisticated international hacking group was responsible for a widely publicized 2011 spying attack on members of Japan's Diet as well as dozens of previously undisclosed breaches at government agencies and strategic companies in Japan and South Korea, security researchers say. (Reuters )
Sep 28 Panasonic to nix consumer smartphone development
Panasonic Corp. will halt development of consumer smartphones, which it has been selling to leading mobile carrier NTT Docomo Inc., in October, the company has announced. (Yomiuri )
Sep 28 Twitter launches alert service for Japan
Twitter said it has launched a service that gives important and accurate information during emergencies to users in Japan, the United States and South Korea. (Yomiuri )
Sep 27 Apple ordered to pay over 300 m. yen for patent infringement
Tokyo District Court ordered the Japanese unit of Apple Inc. to pay 336 million yen in compensation to a Tokyo-based software developer for violating the developer's patented technology. (Jiji Press )
Sep 27 Line to regulate sending messages by under 18s
App provider Line Corp. said it will prohibit Line users under the age of 18 who have a certain type of smartphone from using a Line ID to call or exchange messages with other users, effective on Monday. (Yomiuri )
Sep 20 'Cheap' iPhone rolls out with hefty price tag
Apple acolytes got their hands on new iPhones Friday in the global roll-out of two new models, but failure to make headway in China and complaints about the price struck a sour note. (abs-cbnnews.com )
Sep 19 Tokyo Game Show 2013: what to tune into during Japan's off-year
What we're mainly expecting out of TGS 2013 is trailers and screenshots, I'm afraid. A couple of years ago this would have been a much longer article. The good news is, next year it probably will be, and certainly the year after that. Tokyo Game Show 2013 is a victim of the same conditions that made it a subdued affair in 2012, and which have this year made several consumer-friendly shows - PAX and gamescom, for example - a bit redundant from the press's point of view. (vg247.com )
Sep 18 Yahoo Japan unveils 3D printing technology
Internet firm Yahoo Japan has developed technology to produce solid plastic objects with 3D printers based on computer searches. (NHK )
Sep 18 Accidental leak IDs over 30,000 'anonymous' 2channel users
Japan's most popular online bulletin-board service, 2channel (pronounced ni-chaneru), recently experienced what is probably the biggest problem in its 14-year history when its promise to keep users' anonymity was severely broken by an information breach. (Japan Times )
Sep 14 Japan, ASEAN to develop system for cyber defense
Japan and 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have agreed to develop a system that will predict cyberattacks. (NHK )
Sep 14 DoCoMo ignites free iPhone 5S handset free-for-all in Japan
NTT DoCoMo's entry into the iPhone fray in Japan is sparking fierce competition for customers, with all three carriers offering certain iPhone 5S models for free with a two-year contract. (CNET )
Sep 13 Sex crimes via smartphone apps on the rise
Japanese police say more minors are becoming victims of sex crime through the use of smart phone applications allowing users to talk and send messages for free. (NHK )
Sep 12 PlayStation 4 release date in Japan announced
Sony announced at their SCEJA Press Conference that the PlayStation 4 won't hit store shelves in Japan until February 22, 2014. This is the first time Sony has not released a console first in Japan. The PlayStation 4 will cost 38,980 yen and 43,980 yen with a PlayStation Eye camera. (vgchartz.com )
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