Tim Hornyak

Tokyo Correspondent

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

9 things you didn't know about Google's undersea cable

The high-speed Google-backed FASTER system will link the U.S. with Japan next year at 60 Tbps

Lizard Squad hacker draws suspended sentence for online attacks

The 17-year-old was charged with 50,700 counts of hacking and other offenses

IT firms' cloud appetite strong as gear sales surge 25 percent

Servers are in high demand as cloud gear sales outpace those of other IT equipment

In Japan, Uber dons white gloves to battle an elegant rival

A small group of foreign and domestic firms is trying to improve on Japanese taxi services

Sony launches crowdfunding site, e-paper remote control

First Flight is a platform designed to take in-house ideas from the planning stage to initial sales

Bruised by past mistakes, tech firms brace for 'leap second'

Adding a 61st second has caused problems in the past, and some want to do away with it

IBM, Box partner on cloud analytics technologies

Box users will be able to store data on the IBM cloud and use Watson Analytics

Google's 60Tbps Pacific cable welcomed with champagne in Japan

Scheduled to be ready in 2016, FASTER will have the highest-ever capacity across the Pacific Ocean

1,000 Pepper robots sell out in a minute on launch day

The US$1,600 household robot has an emotion engine and is designed to be a member of the family

Why SoftBank's Pepper could become the iPhone of robots

Pepper can't do housework, but it's a spearhead in the coming robotics wave

KakaoTalk users will get streaming video in chat rooms

South Korean users will be able to comment on live sports matches with KakaoTV

Smartphone beacons power crowdsourced weather forecasts

Japan's Weathernews is giving out atmospheric sensors to improve its crowdsourced weather app

Virginia teen pleads guilty to giving Islamic State help on bitcoin

Ali Shukri Amin, 17, used Twitter to link to an article on how to use bitcoin, according to U.S. officials

Line launches paid music streaming service in Japan

The messaging app is available from US$2.43 per month for students

With Sidewalk Labs, Google wants to make cities more efficient

The New York startup will develop technology to reduce the cost of living and improve transport in cities

Wi-Fi signals can do rough head counts

Estimating the number of people present by looking at Wi-Fi signals could help make buildings more energy efficient

iPhone laser dongle makes measuring a snap

The low-power laser works with a camera app to measure distance as well as objects such as wall hangings

Microsoft teases HP, Dell, Toshiba notebooks and tablets running Windows 10

Part of the first wave of Windows 10 devices, some of these feature biometric authentication

Skip the waiter and order with this Bluetooth mat

PaperBeacon sends location IDs to mobile devices and could be used in restaurants and schools

Sony keeps optical discs alive with storage startup acquisition

Sony has acquired Optical Archive in a bid to get businesses to put 'cold storage' data on optical discs

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