Articles about Japan

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WD disk revenues spin slower as its flash fireworks go off

WDC beat its own better-than-expected preliminary results estimates with a $3.495bn quarter but swung to a $351m loss with fewer disk units sold. Layoffs are coming. Revenues for the fourth fiscal 2016 quarter, ended July 1, were 9.2 per cent higher than a year ago and 24.8 per cent up on the previous quarter. This quarter …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2016
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Get yer gnashers round 64-layer 3D NAND, beam WDC and Toshiba

Western Digital, via its acquired firm SanDisk, along with Toshiba, has started pilot production of 64-layer 3D NAND. These third generation BiCS3 chips are being fabbed at the Yokkaichi, Japan facilities, operated in a joint venture between WDC and Toshiba. Currently Samsung is shipping 48-layer 3D V-NAND chips. 64 layers is …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2016
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Captain Piccard's planet-orbiting solar aircraft in warped drive drama

An airplane powered by nothing more than the Sun's rays has completed its 42,000-km (26,098-mile) journey around the world after landing in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. The Solar Impulse 2, piloted by Bertrand Piccard for its final leg, made the trip in 17 legs, flying around the Northern hemisphere with stops in nine countries. Its …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jul 2016

Pokemon GO-ZILLA: Safety fears after monsters appear in Fukushima danger zone

Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co is upset that Pokemon Go players on the hunt for monsters are being lured into the Fukushima Nuclear Exclusion Zone. The fictional creatures were apparently spotted close to the destroyed Daiichi nuclear reactors by Tepco officials. The presence of the collectible cyber-animals could tempt …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2016

Yahoo! She said yes. Verizon confirms $4.8bn acquisition

Verizon has today confirmed it will splash out $4.83bn (£3.7bn) buying Yahoo, with the deal expected to close in the first financial quarter of next year. The telco was one of 40 suitors rumoured earlier this year to be interested, including Google parent Alphabet, Time and even Daily Mail parent DMG. Yahoo! has been on a …
Kat Hall, 25 Jul 2016
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Nintendo to investors: Pokémon Go won't make money come

Investors who bid up Nintendo have punished the company for pointing out the Pokémon Go app is not going to create a cash deluge. Announcing the official availability of Pokémon Go in its home market (in partnership with McDonald's, so you can guess where the happiest hunting grounds will be), Nintendo added that it only owns …
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No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

Japanese company Funai will stop making VHS devices this month, marking the end of the road for the venerable video tape standard. But the company has told The Register that low demand is not the reason for VHS' demise, despite being cited widely based on a brief Japanese language report. Funai told us it sold 750,000 VHS …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2016
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OpenStack bronze for Fujitsu

Fujitsu wants to become one of the top three contributors to OpenStack. The company's keen on the open source cloud because it thinks it's an important tool when big business tries to “digitise” processes and applications so they can compete with whichever startup is trying to eat their lunch. The company's using CloudFoundry …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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Asian nations mull regional 'Europol' in fight against cybercrime

RSA APAC A closed-door meeting of cabinet ministers from more than a dozen countries met yesterday to mull the creation of a Europol-style organisation to crack down on cyber crime in the region and abroad, The Register has learned. The Asian organisation is conceptual only, but has support from countries including China, Malaysia, …
Darren Pauli, 21 Jul 2016
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Schrödinger's cat explained with neutrinos

Physicists have found that neutrinos keep their quantum weirdness over the longest distance that quantum mechanics has been tested to date. Superposition is a fundamental theory in quantum mechanics. The idea that particles can exist simultaneously in many different states was famously compared to a thought experiment devised …
Katyanna Quach, 20 Jul 2016

For $800 you can buy internet engineers' answer to US government spying

The long-awaited response from internet engineers to Edward Snowden's revelations of mass surveillance by the US government has been launched in Berlin. The CrypTech project launched an alpha prototype of its open-source crypto-vault at the 96th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and held a two-day workshop …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jul 2016
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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

Brit-tech success poster child ARM holdings is to be acquired by Japanese telecom multinational Softbank. ARM, whose chip designs drive the majority of the world’s smartphones, is under offer for a remarkable £24.3bn - a premium of 43 per cent over current stock price. Softbank, whose last yearly revenue totalled 19.5 …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jul 2016
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Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn

Updated British semiconductor designer ARM is about to be acquired by Japan's SoftBank. The New York Times reports the deal is imminent. The FT has put a value on the deal: US$32.4bn. That's a premium of about $10bn over ARM's market capitalisation. SoftBank is a sprawling company that operates a telco in its Japanese home but is …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2016
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EU operators’ 5G manifesto misses the point

Never before have events coincided so neatly to demonstrate the gap between mobile operators’ thinking about 5G, and how future networks will really be deployed for disruptive effect. While Europe’s leading MNOs were presenting a backwards-looking "5G Manifesto" to the European Commission, veiling pleas for net neutrality …
Wireless Watch, 13 Jul 2016
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Florida U boffins think they've defeated all ransomware

Researchers from the University of Florida and Villanova University reckon ransomware can be stopped by watching what it's doing to the target's files. Taking a “save what you can” approach, the authors of this PDF reckon in their tests they were able to lower the boom on ransomware when it had encrypted just 0.2 per cent of …

New ISS crew will spend their time bombarding computers with radiation

Three new astronauts currently rocketing up to space in the Soyuz spacecraft will be conducting new experiments, including sequencing DNA and blasting computers with radiation. Anatoly Ivanishin from the Russian space agency Roscosmos is commander of the Soyuz, and is joined by two space newbies: Takuyi Onishi from Japan's …
Katyanna Quach, 08 Jul 2016

Dying satellite sends boffins one last surprise before disappearing

Hitomi, the failed X-ray observatory sent up to space by Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency, peered deep into the heart of a galaxy to reveal hot bubbling plasma before it died. The satellite was launched in February with the aim of exploring high-energy activities in space, but lost contact with Earth a month later. Errors …
Katyanna Quach, 07 Jul 2016
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3 'nauts blasted into space

Three international astronauts boarded the Soyuz rocket for a journey to the International Space Station. Kathleen Rubins (NASA) and Takuya Onishi (Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency), join Anatoly Ivanishin, an experienced cosmonaut for a wild ride into space. The Soyuz rocket launched at 21:36.41 EDT on Wednesday 02:36 BST …
Katyanna Quach, 07 Jul 2016
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More Toshiba, WD 3D flash

Toshiba and WDC will invest $14.6bn (1.5tn yen) over three years to boost their 3D NAND production. A new 3D NAND chip fab (Fab 6?) will be added to Tosh’s Yokkaichi complex in the Mie Prefecture, Japan, with site preparation taking place this year and construction starting in 2017. Yokkaichi Fab 2 is having a new clean room …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jul 2016

Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

Comment As Brexit sends London's tech sector and Silicon Roundabout into post-traumatic shock, and protesters out onto the streets of London, inventor Andrew Fentem wonders "what sort of hippy free-for-all is this anyway?" While some sections of the British press celebrate the Brexit vote in the UK, in the technology press there has …
Andrew Fentem, 30 Jun 2016
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Trans-Pacific FASTER fibre fires first photons, finally

Backed by Google and built by NEC, the FASTER consortium submarine cable has been lit up. The 9,000 km trans-Pacific cable connects two locations in Japan – the Chiba and Mie prefectures – to US hubs covering Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Portland and Seattle. As well as The Chocolate Factory, the 60 Tbps design …
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I want to learn about gamification but all I see is same-ification

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “You don’t know you’re born,” they would say to me during my first holiday job. “You don’t know you’re a sad, blubber-arsed freeloader coasting towards retirement,” I’d reply… in my head, of course. Out loud, I would complain that they were being unfair, and I would be slapped down with that most frustrating of clichés “Life’ …
Alistair Dabbs, 24 Jun 2016
Big Bang

LIGO team may have found dark matter

Scientists think the recent discovery of gravitational waves observed from the collision of two black holes may have also detected signatures of the astrophysics mystery of dark matter. Scientists at Johns Hopkins university behind the September 2015 discovery by Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) wrote …
Darren Pauli, 24 Jun 2016
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Supermassive black hole devours star and becomes X-ray flashlight

Astronomers have identified a sleeping black hole that sprung back to life – after trapping a nearby star to be later consumed – due to the black hole firing X-rays into space, according to research published today in Nature. Black holes have a strong gravitational pull on any nearby objects, and if anything ventures past its …
Katyanna Quach, 22 Jun 2016
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Cloudian clobbers car drivers with targeted ads

Cloudian object storage is being used to target Japanese drivers with focussed ads as they drive past a digital billboard. Dentsu, a Japanese advertising supplier, has set up an experimental system on a road in the Tokyo area where road gantry-located video cameras capture images of vehicles and drivers. It features deep …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2016

Fujitsu picks 64-bit ARM for Japan's monster 1,000-PFLOPS super

ISC Fujitsu has signaled it will use 64-bit ARMv8 cores in the whopping exascale supercomputer it's building for Japan's boffins. Back in 2014, the Japanese IT giant was hired by the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science to construct the Flagship 2020 machine – dubbed the Post-K super because it will succeed Japan's K …
Chris Williams, 20 Jun 2016
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Home-cooked tech helps China topple US as top supercomputer user

ISC For the first time since the Top 500 rankings of the most powerful supercomputers in the world was started 23 years ago, the United States is not home to the largest number of machines on the list – and China, after decades of intense investment and engineering, is. Supercomputing is not just an academic or government …
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Gravitational waves: A new type of astronomy

The first time physicists announced that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) had detected gravitational waves, on September 14, 2015, it was breaking news. The discovery coincided with the 100-year anniversary of Einstein's theory of General Relativity, which predicted the existence of gravitational …
Katyanna Quach, 20 Jun 2016
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Japan travel agency fears leak of 7.93 million records, passport deets

Japan's largest travel agency JTB Corp says 7.93 million passport details, and home and email addresses may have been stolen by hackers. Executives at the company held a press conference bowing in apology for the feared breach and telling local media it may have stemmed from staffer who opened phishing-borne malware. The …
Darren Pauli, 15 Jun 2016
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Orlando shootings bring Facebook's safety check to US soil

In the wake of the murder of 49 people in Orlando on Sunday morning, Facebook users in the US got their first real taste of the company's Safety Check service. "Waking up this morning, I was deeply saddened to hear about the shooting in Orlando. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the LGBT …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jun 2016
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MBE? Pah! Gartner gurus made us an MQ L

Gartner’s magic quadrant-producing gurus have awarded Commvault the data centre backup and recovery Iron Throne. They have also added Veeam to the Leader’s quadrant and severely pruned the niche player section, following a market criteria review, in "response to Gartner client requests to focus more on backup and recovery …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2016

Grim-faced 'naut Malenchenko prepares to return home

Cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko is preparing to depart the International Space Station (ISS), and it remains to be seen if the famously grim-faced Russian cracks a smile when he finally touches down on terra firma. Malenchenko and fellow Expedition 47 'nauts Tim Kopra and Tim Peake are due to board the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft on …
Lester Haines, 10 Jun 2016
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Azure F's up instance sizes

Microsoft has announced new and larger “F-Series” Azure instances. The new instances also have a new naming scheme that means the F1 instance has one CPU core and the F16 instance has 16 cores. Geddit? This naming scheme will henceforth apply to all Azure instances. The new instances run 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2673 v3 (Haswell …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jun 2016
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New periodic table names

Four elements from the lower right-hand corner of the periodic table will have new names. A document outlining the proposals was drafted by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, chemistry's governing body. Rules dictate that a new element may be named after a) a mythological concept or character (including an …
Katyanna Quach, 08 Jun 2016
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Humanity will only buy 47 smartphones per SECOND in 2016

Prognostication-producers Gartner reckon the disappointing start to 2016 will continue for smartphone makers, with the year to end a mere seven per cent ahead of 2015. If it's accurate, that would translate to 1.5 billion units for the year – a little over 47 units per second, up from 44 units per second for 2015 (1.4 billion …
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O2 chief techie: Light up dark fibre and unleash the small cell army

When it comes to improving mobile network coverage and increasing capacity with small cells, the UK needs more access to dark fibre and easier planning permissions. So says O2 CTO Brendan O’Reilly. Speaking to El Reg recently, O’Reilly said dark fibre was a prerequisite for small cells and heterogeneous networks (HetNets) as …
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Wi-Fi hack disables Mitsubishi Outlander's theft alarm – white hats

Security weaknesses in the set-up of Mitsubishi Outlander leave the hybrid car exposed to hack attacks – including the potential for crooks to disable theft alarms. The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is a top-selling family hybrid SUV. More than 100,000 of them have been sold worldwide, around 22, …
John Leyden, 06 Jun 2016
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Smartphone sales falling

Analyst house IDC has almost halved its forecast for worldwide sales of smartphones, and predicts that sales in Canada and Japan will actually fall this year. IDC had predicted 2016 would see smartphone sales rise by 5.7 per cent worldwide, but has now cut it to 3.1 per cent. Sales of Android devices are forecast to rise by 6. …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jun 2016

Swiss effectively disappear Alps: World's largest tunnel opens

Tunnel nerds, rejoice. The Swiss are today celebrating the opening of the world's largest underground passage to mark its completion 17 years after construction began. The €12bn (£8.5bn) Gotthard base tunnel is 57km (35 miles) long and will overtake Japan's 53.85km Seikan railway tunnel to become the world's largest and …
Kat Hall, 01 Jun 2016
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Jaxa's litany of errors spun Hitomi to pieces

Japan's space agency Jaxa has detailed the litany of errors that ended with the failure of its Hitomi (Astro-H) spacecraft. The agency has published a 90-page discussion of what caused the break-up. Their conclusions are pretty damning for the agency, centring around a lack of protocols to manage a major change in the craft's …
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Norks' parade rocket fails to fly, again

Japan and South Korea have had another live training exercise turn to disappointment, with another North Korean missile launch failing. Both countries had put their militaries on alert after they detected preparations for a launch, according to Reuters. That included Japan deploying Patriot anti-missile batteries and telling …

NASA firms up Space Launch System nanosat manifest

NASA has announced three more CubeSats which will travel on the first mission of the Space Launch System (SLS), slated for lift-off in 2018. A total of 13 CubeSat berths are available aboard Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), which is primarily intended to dispatch an Orion capsule "to a stable orbit beyond the moon to …
Lester Haines, 27 May 2016
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Goats boost solar power

Japanese solar power plant operator SB Energy Corp will use goats and sheep to boost the output of its 43MW plant in Yonago City, Tottori Prefecture, Japan. Nikkei Technology reports that the plant will employ four sheep and two goats to eat weeds. The site is apparently threatened by vines that grow on the plant's fences and …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2016
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Malaysians using South African cards pinch US$12.7m in Japan

Carders have made off with US$12.7 million (£8.7 million, A$17.5 million) ripping through 1400 ATMs in a mere two hours last week. The attackers netted ¥1.4 billion in cash from ATMs located in convenience stores across the country using counterfeit credit cards. Sources told local media the 1600 credit cards used in the …
Darren Pauli, 23 May 2016
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Japan on Olympic hacking mission to test utilities, trains, telcos

Japan will from next year conduct mock hacking exercises with governments including the United States and private sector organisations ahead of the 2020 Olympic games. The effort will be run out of a new penetration testing arm to be created in 2017 charged with identifying vulnerabilities in physical control systems that …
Darren Pauli, 20 May 2016
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Violin makes friends in APAC

All-flash array supplier Violin Memory says it has gained 20 new Asia-Pacific region customers in 14 months. The customers jumped onto Violin's ship between February 2015 and April 2016. Market sectors include financial, telecom, electronics and others. There have been customer wins in Australia, Korea (C&M Guangdong Cable TV …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2016
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Want a Brexit? Promise you'll sort out UK universities' £1bn research cash loss

Leaving the EU could mean UK universities lose a whopping £1bn research funding, according to report released by Digital Science today. Academics have already warned the UK that leaving the EU would hinder research. A letter to The Times was signed by more than 150 fellows from the Royal Society - including Stephen Hawking - …
Katyanna Quach, 18 May 2016
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A UK-wide fibre broadband investment plan? Don't ask awkward questions

Analysis The pace of fibre broadband deployment in the UK remains a highly contentious issue. But the current lack of fibre isn't our biggest problem: it's the absence of any national strategy. To put our fibre-to-the-premise broadband infrastructure into international perspective, FTTP services are only available to two per cent of UK …
Kat Hall, 11 May 2016
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Archaeologists find oldest ever ground-edge stone axe

The world's oldest known ground-edge axe has been discovered in Australia's remote north Kimberley region, pushing back the date of the invention to some 49,000 years. It is estimated to be 10,000 years older than the previous oldest axe of its type, also found in Australia in 2010. The oldest so-called hafted axes - those …
Darren Pauli, 11 May 2016

Japanese artist fined for virtual vagina files

Artist Megumi Igarashi - aka "Rokudenashi-ko" - has been fined ¥400,000 (roughly £2,560) for distributing 3D printable files of her genitalia - an offence under Japan's obscenity laws which prohibit the depiction of reproductive parts. Igarashi was cuffed back in July 2014 for supplying virtual ladyparts via email to a "30- …
Lester Haines, 09 May 2016