Tim HornyakTokyo Correspondent, IDG News Service

Tim Hornyak reports on IT, telecommunications, science, and technology in Japan for the IDG News Service.

Google Play Music, Netflix face tepid streaming market in Japan

Global and local firms are vying for position in Japan's late-blooming market for streaming media content.

Fujitsu receiver

Fujitsu's tiny 20Gbps receiver could transfer massive files instantly

Fujitsu has developed a 300GHz receiver that could allow mobile devices to download 4K or 8K high-def video instantly.

Canon DSLR

Canon's DSLR camera boasts an insane 120-megapixels

Canon's latest prototype DSLR camera features a 120-megapixel sensor with more than double the resolution of the EOS 5DS and 5DS R.

Canon 250-megapixel sensor

Canon goes big on resolution with 250-megapixel sensor

Canon developed an experimental CMOS sensor with 250 megapixels that could be used in some enterprise applications such as surveillance.

Fujitsu offers way to double capacity in wireless cells

Fujitsu has developed task-sharing and scheduling technology for wireless networks that could double capacity in individual cells

Pioneer LIDAR

Pioneer harnessing laserdisc tech for low-cost LIDAR

Pioneer is testing cheap, compact LIDARs by using know-how gained in laserdisc development and manufacturing.

MIT golf cart

Simple self-driving golf carts point the way for autonomous cars

Researchers from the U.S. and Singapore have developed self-driving golf carts that use minimal sensing equipment, and demonstrated them in a public park.

cats street view

Cats get their own Street View tour of this Japanese city

Onomichi in Japan has rolled out a website that lets people virtually wander the city from the perspective of a cat.

Wena Wrist

Sony's new smartwatch stays subdued while LG's Watch Urbane Luxe goes glitz

Sony and LG have different design visions for their latest smartwatches, but both resemble traditional timepieces.

Dark Sky

Crowd-sourced weather apps claim accuracy, but keep your eye on the sky

As weather apps proliferate, advocates say millions of smartphones and other devices are providing more accurate predictions than traditional models of forecasting.


Mirrativ app can live stream anything on your phone

Mobile gaming giant DeNA has released Mirrativ, a live streaming app that allows any content on a smartphone screen to be broadcast.

LG Rolly keyboard

Wonderfully named LG Rolly is LG's new rollable (but not rubbery) mobile keyboard

Portable keyboards for mobile devices tend to come in either rigid and foldable or rubbery and rollup forms. LG Electronics is launching one that's a bit of both.

Sony SRS-LSR100

This bizarre Sony TV speaker adjusts its volume to compensate for ambient noise

Sony is introducing a $166 wireless compact TV speaker that can automatically adjust the volume according to ambient noise levels.

Hitachi robot

Hitachi warehouse robot grabs goods with two arms

Hitachi has created mobile logistics robots that can use two arms to handle inventory in warehouses.

Aerosense drone

Sony's quadcopter takes smartphone tech to the skies

Sony is gunning for a slice of the growing drone market, showing off newly developed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from its drone venture, Aerosense.