Stories by Kuriko Miyake

DoCoMo's I-mode users struggling with junk mail

Large newspaper advertisements from NTT DoCoMo Inc. are nothing new in Japan. The company routinely shouts about the features and benefits of I-mode, its popular wireless Internet service, although a series that appeared last week highlighted something that is becoming a major annoyance for many of its users and attracting the interest of the government: unwanted junk e-mail, or spam.

Sony bows to pressure, unveils Linux for PS2

In response to demand from Linux users, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) has announced plans to sell a kit which enables the Linux operating system to run on the PlayStation 2 (PS2) game console platform. The kit will allow developers to write PS2 software in a Linux environment on the PS2 console.

Japanese pack 1,000 GB into 1cm-cube memory

When Bill Clinton spoke to students and administrators at the California Institute of Technology in January 2000, the then-U.S. president talked of future breakthroughs in technology that would lead to a device the size of a lump of sugar which could hold the contents of the U.S. Library of Congress. Now, the market debut of such a device may be in view in Japan, a group of engineers and scientists from Kyoto University and Central Glass Co. Ltd. said Tuesday.

Companies see potential in stamp-sized bar code

A two-dimensional bar code system originally designed to help blind and partially sighted people access written material is now being developed for its other, and possibly greater, potentials, said developers Kosaido Co. Ltd., a major Japanese printing company, and software development house Original Design Inc.