BitCoin exchange website MtGox has filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan. Apologizing at a news conference at the Tokyo District Court, MtGox CEO Mark Karpeles added that the focus now is to reduce the impact saying, “The BitCoin industry is healthy and it is growing. It will continue, and reducing the impact is the most important point.”
Pictures of Japanese booth babes, cosplayers, and more from the Tokyo Game Show!
The 2013 Tokyo Game Show took place in Makurai Messe in Chiba City just outside of Tokyo this past weekend. The gaming expo may feel like E3 for the first two business days with only media and businessmen inside. However, it gets more jam packed than Seattle's PAX gaming convention on days three and four, as any gamer can get in for about 10 bucks US. Complete with a cosplayer area, TGS is definitely a sight to behold!
Technically speaking, Sony's newly unveiled Xperia Tablet Z is ever-so-slightly skinnier than Apple's iPad mini, measuring a scant 6.9 millimeters thin versus 7.2 millimeters. The difference in depth isn't exactly splitting hairs, which is measured in micrometers, but for all intents and purposes, the two tablets are comparable in thickness, or lack thereof. Unlike the iPad, however, Sony's tablet isn't afraid of a little water.
Even as Sony’s latest handheld, the PS Vita, continues to stumble from one dismal sales week to another in Japan, Nintendo has achieved something truly special by managing to sell over 5 million 3DS units in Japan in little less than a year -- the 3DS launched on February 26, 2011. It’s quite an amazing feat considering that probably even the most die-hard Nintendo supporter would have ruled out such a possibility a few months back. Hit the jump for more.
Even though all the focus is on hard drives and the aftermath of the Thailand floods, DRAM manufacturers have fallen on hard times, too. DRAM has never been cheaper, and while that’s good for me and you, it’s hard to run a business if you’re basically giving away the product. Japanese DRAM maker Elpida Memory may be learning that lesson the hard way right now; rumors say that the Japanese government is pushing hard for Elpida to join forces with Toshiba to try and keep the business afloat.
If Japan ever decides to ditch the “Rising Sun” bit, “Land of the Awesome Vending Machines” would be an apt second slogan. A multitude of useful, weird and wacky vending machines litter the landscapes of the country’s major cities, offering up goodies ranging from exotic drinks to delicious noodles and heck, even space gold and hotel rooms (as shown by Tom Edwards in his 24 hour vending machine survival stint in the heart of Tokyo). Now, those ubiquitous Japanese vending machines are getting even more useful, as one company plans on rolling out units that double as free Wi-Fi hotspots in 2012.
When Microsoft first started talking about Windows 7 slates, it was still a pre-iPad world. The prospect of Win 7-based tablets still evoked a reasonable amount of hope and excitement. But it soon became clear that Windows 7 and tablets just weren’t meant to be together. Now, the only time the two get together is when a vendor feels that it’s a match made in enterprise computing heaven. This time that vendor happens to be Toshiba.
Most of the time, Google’s nifty little Street View is nothing more than an interesting toy or a way to see landmarks along a road trip. Today, it became something else: a visual memory of one of the most damaging natural disasters in recent history. Google took it upon itself to take its cameras to the streets in the aftermath of Japan’s horrific earthquake and tsunami to show the world the true extent of the devastation, complete with before and after pictures to drive the point home.
Japanese culture? Awesome. Learning to speak or read Japanese? Awesomely challenging. For native english speakers, learning to read Japan hiragana and katakana script can be a painful, frustrating experience of the same order as putting together a set of Ikea shelves all by your lonesome. Luckily, Japanophiles needn’t fret over learning to read, thanks to Learn Kana, our Chrome Web App of the Week.
Earlier this month we reported that Japan's "K Computer" built by Fujitsu broke the 10 Petaflop per second barrier on the Linpack benchmark, an impressive feat it achieved with 705,024 SPARC64 processing cores. Not only is that fast, but it also allowed the Super K system to hang onto its pole position atop the Top500's List of the world's most powerful supercomputers, Top500 announced today.