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Episode 162: Ravi Naidoo takes us through 21 years of Design Indaba

Date: 11 Feb 2016
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JAPAN

Google launches music streaming service in Japan
Google launches music streaming service in Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN: Google has launched a music streaming service in Japan, becoming the latest tech giant to push into the world's number two music market, despite mixed results among earlier arrivals...

JAPAN

Messaging app Line says still considering IPO
Messaging app Line says still considering IPO

TOKYO, JAPAN: Popular Japanese messaging app Line said on Friday it was still considering plans for an initial public offering, after a report said it had shelved the sale for a second year in a row...

JAPAN

BuzzFeed moves to Japan in Yahoo partnership
BuzzFeed moves to Japan in Yahoo partnership

WASHINGTON, USA: BuzzFeed announced plans Monday to launch a Japanese news website in a partnership with Yahoo Japan, the latest step in a global expansion push.

JAPAN

Netflix to launch in Japan on 2 September
Netflix to launch in Japan on 2 September

WASHINGTON, USA: Netflix will launch its streaming television service in Japan on 2 September, the latest stop in its mission to be a global entertainment powerhouse, it said on Tuesday...

JAPAN

Toshiba president to resign over accounting scandal: reports
Toshiba president to resign over accounting scandal: reports

TOKYO, JAPAN: An accounting scandal involving massive Japanese conglomerate Toshiba deepened on Saturday as reports said the company's president would likely be forced to resign.

JAPAN

Messaging app Line launches music streaming service in Japan
Messaging app Line launches music streaming service in Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN: Mobile messaging giant Line on Thursday launched a digital music streaming service in Japan, stepping into a largely untapped market still dominated by sales of compact discs.

SOUTH AFRICA

Female millennials are the most confident and ambitious of any female generation

SPAIN

Asian firms challenge Apple with snazzy new smartphones
Asian firms challenge Apple with snazzy new smartphones

BARCELONA, SPAIN: Several big Asian phone companies launched new high-end smartphones and other wireless gizmos on Sunday, hoping to challenge US giant Apple in a big year for wireless gadgets...

JAPAN

Sony sells US-based online game unit
Sony sells US-based online game unit

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan's Sony has sold its online gaming unit to a US investment firm, in a move that should free it to make titles for consoles other than PlayStation...

JAPAN

Japan asks US publisher to change 'sex slave' textbook
Japan asks US publisher to change 'sex slave' textbook

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan has asked a major US publisher to "correct" a school textbook that references WWII sex slaves, as Tokyo's bid to polish its history moves abroad...

JAPAN

Sony to end FIFA sponsorship contract: report
Sony to end FIFA sponsorship contract: report

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony will not renew a multi-million-dollar sponsorship contract with FIFA, reports said on Tuesday, as the money-losing firm undergoes a painful restructuring and football's governing remains embroiled in controversy...

JAPAN

Japan's smartphone 'zombies' wreak havoc on the streets
Japan's smartphone 'zombies' wreak havoc on the streets

TOKYO, JAPAN: When the lights change at the Shibuya crossing in Japan's capital, one of the world's busiest pedestrian thoroughfares, hundreds of people with their eyes glued to smartphones pick their way over the road...

JAPAN

Japan's NEC rolls out counterfeit-spotting technology
Japan's NEC rolls out counterfeit-spotting technology

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan's NEC on Monday unveiled a technology that sniffs out even the most convincing counterfeits by reading microscopic patterns on everything from a luxury purse to a metal bolt...

JAPAN

Virtual vegetables... a funfair in your mouth
Virtual vegetables... a funfair in your mouth

Ebara creates an interactive PC game that uses facial recognition software to enable kids to chomp through virtual vegetables. (Video)

JAPAN

Toshiba's profits of ¥30,8bn in six months
Toshiba's profits of ¥30,8bn in six months

TOKYO, JAPAN: Toshiba said its half-year net profit rose by about 43% from a year ago, largely owing to a weak yen and strong sales in its infrastructure business.

JAPAN

Fujitsu's profits up by 31,5%
Fujitsu's profits up by 31,5%

TOKYO, JAPAN: Fujitsu said its half-year net profit jumped by nearly a third on rising IT investments among Japanese firms, but a recent economic downturn took a toll on results in the September quarter.

JAPAN

Facebook ordered to reveal revenge porn IP addresses
Facebook ordered to reveal revenge porn IP addresses

TOKYO, JAPAN: A Tokyo court has ordered Facebook to disclose the IP addresses used by fake accounts that were posting revenge porn on its pages, in the first such case in Japan.

JAPAN

Japan Display warns of enormous losses
Japan Display warns of enormous losses

TOKYO, JAPAN: Shares in Apple supplier Japan Display slumped more than 18% in Tokyo after the world's biggest manufacturer of screens for smartphones and tablets warned it would post an annual net loss.

JAPAN

Sony warns it will lose $2.14bn this year
Sony warns it will lose $2.14bn this year

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony has said the company will lose at least $2.14bn this fiscal year, more than four-times its earlier forecast and blamed a downturn in its mobile phone business for the losses.

JAPAN

Rakuten buys shopping site Ebates for $1bn
Rakuten buys shopping site Ebates for $1bn

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten will buy US online shopping operator Ebates for $1.0bn as it taps overseas markets to counter a limited home market.

JAPAN

Intelligent robot to clean your home
Intelligent robot to clean your home

TOKYO, JAPAN: The Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner is claimed to have more suction than any other robot vacuum.

JAPAN

Fans ask that Robin Williams be part of new instalment in Legend of Zelda
Fans ask that Robin Williams be part of new instalment in Legend of Zelda

TOKYO, JAPAN: Robin Williams fans are asking Nintendo to name a character in the next instalment of its popular "Legend of Zelda" series after the Oscar-winning actor, who died last week.

JAPAN

10m PlayStations sold in ten months
10m PlayStations sold in ten months

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony says that global sales of its newest PlayStation have past the 10m mark in less than a year, a record for the Japanese electronics company.

JAPAN

Sony makes $261m in three months on PS4 sales
Sony makes $261m in three months on PS4 sales

TOKYO - The weak Yen helped Sony make profits of to $261m in the first-quarter thanks to brisk sales of its PlayStation 4 console. However, the company still expects to make an overall loss this year.

JAPAN

Nintendo's loses $97m in three months
Nintendo's loses $97m in three months

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japanese videogame manufacturer Nintendo posted a $97 million quarterly net loss, with higher costs tied to sales of its Wii U console hurting into its bottom line as worldwide sales weakened.

JAPAN

Angry investors demand Bitcoin answers from MtGox
Angry investors demand Bitcoin answers from MtGox

TOKYO, JAPAN: Bitcoin investors voiced their anger after the first creditors' meeting for failed Tokyo trading exchange MtGox, whose spectacular collapse hammered the digital currency's reputation and left a trail of unanswered questions.

JAPAN

Japan's Line messaging app worth $9.8bn ahead of listing
Japan's Line messaging app worth $9.8bn ahead of listing

TOKYO, JAPAN: A smartphone messaging app set up in the aftermath of Japan's 2011 quake-tsunami disaster has applied to list on the Tokyo stock exchange, in an offering that could be worth more than $9.8bn.

UNITED STATES

Henry Buell
Redefining direct sales to reach Generation C

RIXEYVILLE, US: The direct sales industry has changed very little over the last few decades, incorporating new technologies as they have developed, rather than evolving their business practices to capitalise further on existing markets.

By Henry Buell

JAPAN

Sony counting on high-definition television for rescue
Sony counting on high-definition television for rescue

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony's Chief Executive, Kazuo Hirai pledged to drag the embattled electronics company out of a painful restructuring in the current fiscal year using its high-definition technology as a possible saviour for its money-losing TV unit.

JAPAN

No clear winner in Samsung-Apple court battle in Japan
No clear winner in Samsung-Apple court battle in Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN: A Japanese court ruled that Samsung could seek minimal damages from Apple for patent infringement, with both sides claiming victory in the legal skirmish over the design of their smartphones.

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