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Ahead of this week’s Tokyo Motor Show, Japanese car manafacturers Toyota
unveil the ‘Fun-Vii’, a futuristic interactive concept car that features a
touchscreen door.


Ears looking at you kid ... models wear the necomimi, or cats' ears.

They may look cute or silly – depending on your view of view – but these ears are cutting-edge technology.

They can read your brain waves and transmit how you’re feeling … in ear movements.

When you are relaxed or bored, the ears lie flat, when you are concentrating or focused they perk up, and even wiggle if you are amused.

The “Necomimi”, which means “cat’s ears” in Japanese, launched in May but are set to go on sale at the end of the year, and was picked by Time magazine as one of the year’s 50 best inventions.

Its goals are simple – it has two brain-wave sensors that can detect and interpret what you are thinking, and show it through four different movements.

“We were exploring new ways of communicating and we thought it would be interesting to use brainwaves,” Kana Nakano of Neurowear told Agence France-Presse earlier this year.

“Because the sensors must be attached to the head, we tried to come up with something cute and catchy.”

While having brainwave sensors attached to a pair of fluffy ears may seem a frivolous, it is one example of the increasing accessibility of such technology, and how it can be used not just for high-end medical equipment, but also for children’s toys and games.


  • Apple on Monday said  that it has sold over four million of its new iPhone 4S, just three days after its launch on October 14.
  • It said that more than 25 million customers are already using iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system and the device is available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK, and will be available in 22 more countries on October 28 and more than 70 countries by the end of the year.
  • iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend—the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever.

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  • Singapore, Japan, and South Korea remain the most ambitious in the world when it comes to broadband services, according to a new study from the Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • Now in its third edition, the government broadband report shows that East Asian governments are targeting faster services and greater coverage than other countries. Already considered some of the most advanced broadband economies in the world, all three will significantly extend their lead if they meet targets.
  • Each has an official plan to provide 1Gbps services within the next two to five years, and both Singapore and Japan aim to cover more than 90% of households with these services over that time frame.
  • In Europe, governments have been focused on addressing regional and rural areas the private sector would struggle to serve profitably,” says Iain Morris, editor of the report. “As a result, target speeds tend to range from 20Mbps to 50Mbps for between 75% and 90% of households.”
  • Northern countries, including Estonia, Finland and Sweden, are typically more aggressive, targeting speeds of 100Mbps for between 90% and 100% of households within the next five to 10 years.
  • Approaches vary in other parts of the world, although higher levels of public-sector funding per household covered generally correspond to more government intervention.
  • Australia is spending the most in public-sector funds per household covered of any country in the world, with a government plan to create, own and operate an ultra-fast network in almost all parts of the country.
  • In the US and Canada, governments are mainly focused on reducing the so-called ‘digital divide’ by funding network rollout in rural areas

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Re-Strategising for More Thorough Coverage, Lower Cost

 

  • When asked about their IT security strategy, respondents believe that the top two areas of improvement by far are comprehensiveness of coverage and cost of their IT security implementation. They want coverage to be extended beyond the core network perimeter to areas like mobile endpoints and processes, and they want security-related costs to be reduced. Of the seven markets surveyed, Indian respondents ranked comprehensiveness of coverage as their no.1 priority (63%), followed by cost effectiveness (41%).

 

  • There are several drivers for the strategy changes. Heading the list are technologies under rapid adoption in India, including cloud computing (36% of respondents named it as the most important driver) and virtualisation (16%). Other influences shaping IT security strategy are the emergence of more sophisticated threats and attacks (15%), user-led IT (14%) and mobility (11%).

 

Enterprises Responding Faster to Changing Trends

 

  • In line with fast evolving trends, many organisations are assessing their IT security strategy frequently. As many as 80% of the respondents from India have conducted a full reappraisal of their information security strategy in the last 12 months.

 

  • In fact, the survey unveiled that as many as 85% of respondents are concerned about their firms’ ability to secure corporate data in this new user-led IT environment, where individual users, rather than enterprises, define the preferred IT practices and technologies they wish to use. South Korean and Indian organisations are the most worried (both 94%) by this IT consumerisation. Japan is the least worried, but even there, almost two thirds of the respondents (63%) say they are concerned.

 

Inadequate Security for Personal Mobile Devices

 

  • Across the sample, 94% of respondents say that they have a mobile security strategy defined.  Hong Kong and Taiwan are the most advanced markets in this area, both at 98% followed by India at 96%.

 

  • However, results indicate that most companies are not confident of or do not have the means to secure personal mobile devices:  67% of respondents say they only allow the use of corporate mobile devices onto which security policies can be directly enforced. Twenty six percent of enterprises place responsibility for securing personal mobile endpoints directly with the users/owners of those devices − a dangerous practice.

 

Wireless Networks: The Greatest Vulnerability

 

  • When asked about which parts of their IT infrastructure are vulnerable from a security standpoint, wireless networks are named most frequently (quoted by 59% of the respondents).  In terms of severity of risk, wireless networks are also rated highest, ahead of endpoints (ranked 2nd) and databases (3rd). Wireless networks are seen as particularly vulnerable in Japan, with 86% of that country’s respondents ranking it as their top threat, ahead of South Korea (61%) and Hong Kong (55%).

 

Migration to Application Aware and XML Firewalls has Started

 

  • Today’s security threats are no longer port-based and can slip into enterprise networks through applications. With application awareness and control capabilities underpinning the emergence of ‘next-generation’ firewalls and the death of traditional firewalling solutions, 42% of the respondents are now using, or plan to use, a firewall with application control features.  Specialised Web application and XML firewalls are also being adopted in significant numbers, with 45% of the overall sample now using, or planning to use, this technology to secure Web-based applications.

 

  • Singapore shows the highest rate of ‘next generation’ firewall adoption with 52% of its sample using this technology. India and South Korea follow closely, tying at 48%.

 

  • China and Taiwan are the largest adopters of Web application /XML firewalls, with 61% and 48% of their samples, respectively. India is 3rd with 44%.

 

Network Security Consolidation Gathering Momentum

 

  • To date, almost three quarters (71%) of respondents have consolidated security elements to take advantage of tighter security, simplified management and lower cost, and 90% of them say that they will continue consolidating security over the next 12 months.

 

  • Twenty-six percent of the sampled organisations plan to embark on a network security consolidation exercise for the first time in the next 12 months.  Only 3% of the respondents plan to continue abstaining from any network security consolidation in the foreseeable future.

 

  • South Korea is the furthest ahead in the network security consolidation game, with 78% of respondents already having done some form of consolidation. China is 2nd with 77% and Taiwan is 3rd with 74%.

 

  • In Japan, 14% of the sample feels they have embraced network security consolidation to the furthest extent desirable. This is twice as high as the Asian average of 7%.

 

  • Hong Kong organisations are most likely to start out on network security consolidation for the first time (34%). Singapore is 2nd with 32%. In Japan, the figure is only 18%.

 

India is likely to witness the rollout of fourth generation (4G) mobile telephony in 2012 even as third generation (3G) service is still gaining ground among mobile subscribers.


  • Linode today announced a broad expansion of its cloud hosting services for customers in the Asia Pacific region with the opening of a new facility in Tokyo, Japan. Any company with customers or business in the Pacific region can now leverage the Linode suite of services to build and run their applications in the cloud. The newly launched Tokyo facility is the first Asia Pacific location for Linode, and is available now.
  • The new facility will extend Linode’s globally-integrated network of infrastructure services that currently serve over 50,000 customers around the world from centers based in London, GB, UK, Newark, NJ, USA, Atlanta, GA, USA, Dallas, TX, USA and Fremont, CA, USA. Linode expects that the new facility will be able to service its continued growth while providing additional geographic redundancy to customers.

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