Stories by Kuriko Miyake

Opt-out spam laws enter effect in Japan

Two opt-out antispam laws took effect in Japan on Monday, making it illegal for companies to send mail to recipients who have asked them not to. Spam (unsolicited commercial e-mail) has become a social problem since wireless Internet users started receiving large amounts of it sent randomly by vendors over a year ago.

Intel releases server products for Xeon family

A new set of 12 server building blocks, including server boards, server chassis, RAID (Redundant Arrays of Independent Disks) controllers and server management software, was announced Monday by Intel Corp. Designed for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and system integrators, several of these new products are based on its new generation Xeon processors.

Hitachi buys IBM's hard drive business for $2B

IBM Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. have reached a final agreement to combine their hard disk drive (HDD) units into a new company majority owned by Hitachi, the two companies announced Tuesday.

Internet voting for best World Cup player

Japan and South Korea will use the World Cup as an opportunity to show off their secure voting technology. The two countries will collect votes from soccer fans for the most valuable player (MVP) using an advanced secure Internet voting system, Divyan Konidala, a master's degree student at South Korea's Information and Communications University (ICU), confirmed on Monday.

Mitsubishi Electric sees smaller losses this year

After seeing its business hammered by a sluggish Japanese economy and a downturn in the semiconductor market in 2001, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. expects to see its losses narrow during the current fiscal year as a result of restructuring plans put in motion last year, the company said.

NEC releases line of quiet Crusoe-based desktops

NEC on Wednesday released an all-in-one desktop PC which runs quietly without fans and features low power consumption. The company also unveiled a new line-up of notebook PCs, including a model which offers twice the battery life of previous models.

I-mode helps keep DoCoMo in the black

Japanese telecommunication carrier NTT DoCoMo saw its net profit slashed to ¥862 million (US$6.7 million as of March 31, the last day of the period being reported) in fiscal 2001, down from last year's ¥366 billion, but was helped in staying in the black by a strong performance from its I-mode wireless data business, the company said Wednesday.

Softbank to offer wireless LAN at McDonald's

Softbank is planning to provide public IP (Internet Protocol) telephony services and wireless Internet access at McDonald's fast-food restaurants in Japan, using its ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) infrastructure, the two companies announced Tuesday.

Toshiba pushes hard-disk density higher

Toshiba has pushed its hard disk drive technology up one level with the unveiling of a new 2.5-inch drive that has the industry's highest capacity per platter, the company said Tuesday.

DoCoMo R&D labs let users speak silently

NTT DoCoMo's research and development (R&D) center has taken the first step towards development of a technology that will allow people to talk on the phone without saying a word, the company said Tuesday.

The harder they come, the harder they fall

Toshiba has developed a stacked multi-chip package (MCP) that is about 30 percent smaller than its smallest current MCP, providing potential benefits for new mobile handsets, the company announced Monday.

Toshiba cuts chip package size for mobile handsets

Toshiba has developed a stacked multi-chip package (MCP) that is about 30 percent smaller than its smallest current MCP, providing potential benefits for new mobile handsets, the company announced Monday.

Bridgestone develops nanotech display

Japan's automobile tire maker Bridgestone has developed a material that can be used to make electric display panels consuming one-five hundreth the power of conventional LCDs (liquid crystal displays), the company said Wednesday.

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