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Wikipedia page views a potential key to open source web trends data

Japanese researchers have conducted research to prove that Wikipedia’s publicly-available page view data could potentially provide a better insight into web trends than the more limited statistics available from Google. The paper [PDF], a collaboration between researchers at three Japanese universities, notes the success of University of Prague economist Ladislav Krištoufek in demonstrating a correlation… Read More


Equinix to expand Asian data centre footprint with Japanese acquisition

Data centre operator Equinix is planning to acquire Japanese outsourcing firm Bit-isle for an all cash transaction of 33.3bn yen – approximately $280mn (£180mn), at 922 yen per share. The successful acquisition of the Tokyo-based company is expected to leverage Bit-isle’s strong local expertise to further bolster Equinix’s position in Japan and the wider Asia Pacific region,… Read More


Majority of Japanese data centre operators looking to expand by 2020

Almost two thirds of Japanese data centre operators plan to invest in expansion projects over the next five years, according to research [Japanese] conducted by IDC Japan. The Japan Datacenter Facilities Survey, conducted in February 2015, questioned data centre managers linked to both public sector organisations and private companies, such as financial firms, manufacturing organisations and… Read More


Fujitsu smartphone introduces iris-scanning for mobile identification

A partnership between Fujitsu and Japanese communications group NTT Docomo has unveiled a new iris-scanning technology for its Arrows NX F-04G smartphone set for release this summer. According to NTT, the new Arrows model is the first phone to use iris recognition to unlock the device, for e-payments, and app logins. The scanner uses an integrated… Read More


Apple partners with IBM and Japan Post to support ageing populations

IBM and Apple have joined in a partnership today to address Japan’s growing population of senior citizens. Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty announced the collaborative project at IBM’s Watson headquarters in New York. The two tech chiefs explained that the new partnership seeks to tackle the huge challenge of accessibility among… Read More



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