School Closures Reveal Regional Digital Divide

School closures reveal regional digital divide

A survey in Japan has found huge gaps among regions on the usage of digital devices and materials to help children study at home as their schools remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The education ministry asked local governments about their home study support for more than 25,000 elementary, junior and senior high schools.

Shimizu Shota To Release New Digital Single, '416'

Shimizu Shota to release new digital single, '416'

Shimizu Shota will release a digital single titled "416" on April 15. 

"416" comes about 8 months since the singer released his last digital single "Breathe Again" last August. Apparently, there is a hidden meaning behind the title, which will be revealed on the release date.

Aso Expresses Concern Over Digital Yuan

Aso expresses concern over digital yuan

Japan's finance minister Taro Aso has warned his G20 counterparts about digital currency, saying more work is needed before any issuance.

In a news conference after the meeting of the Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs in Saudi Arabia, Aso said regulations on digital currency should be drawn up to avoid potential risks such as money laundering.

Shuri Castle Main Hall Rebuilt As 3d Digital Model

Shuri Castle main hall rebuilt as 3D digital model

A group of researchers has reconstructed in 3D digital form the main hall of fire-hit Shuri Castle in Okinawa Prefecture using some 30,000 images provided by the public.

The group for the Shuri Castle Digital Reconstruction project says about 3,000 people sent in photos and video clips they had taken during their visits to the castle. It says the images were sent not only from Japan but China, South Korea and elsewhere.

Arashi Release 2nd Digital Single

Arashi release 2nd digital single

Arashi digitally released their new song "A-RA-SHI:Reborn" on December 20. 

As the group enters their 21st debut year, they will be starting a project in which past singles will be "Reborn." The first part of this project is a reproduction of their debut song "A?RA?SHI" released on November 3, 1993. This is their second digital single following "Turning Up", which was released last month. 

Suga: Digital Data On Party Cannot Be Restored

Suga: Digital data on party cannot be restored

Japan's top government spokesperson says it is not possible to restore the deleted digital records of a state-funded party hosted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The opposition camp has criticized Abe for inviting many supporters from his constituency to the annual cherry blossom-viewing party.

Google Adds 6 New Digital Wellbeing Apps For Android

Google Adds 6 New Digital Wellbeing Apps for Android

With the recent Android releases, Google has been focusing on the ‘Digital Wellbeing’ feature to help you have a healthy lifestyle (rather than just looking at the smartphone all day).

The features offered currently are quite helpful to reduce or control the screen time. You can put timers on every application and put a limit on its usage.

Google Will Require Android Phones To Come With Digital Wellbeing And Parental Controls

Google Will Require Android Phones To Come With Digital Wellbeing And Parental Controls

In recent times, we have started to notice a growing concern about people, especially kids, spending way too much time on their smartphones. This has resulted in companies like Apple and Google introduce tools that allow users to manage their time on their phones, and also more robust parental controls.

However, given that Android allows handset makers to customize the OS and create something more unique to them, this has resulted in different experiences across the board, but that could change soon. According to the folks at XDA Developers, it seems that they have discovered that in future Android devices, Google will require handset makers to introduce some form of digital wellbeing solution along with parental controls.

Sony's Playstation Could Be Getting Its Own Digital Assistant

Sony's PlayStation Could Be Getting Its Own Digital Assistant

This is according to a recent patent discovered by Daniel Ahmad and shared on Twitter where it seems that Sony is considering its own digital assistant. This is based on a patent filing where based on the details, Sony could be considering calling it the “PlayStation Assist”. However, given that this is a console-related assistant, it won’t be like your normal digital assistants that will tell you the weather or set reminders.

Instead, it seems that this is a digital assistant that will help players in their games. According to the filing’s description, “For example, when a player gets stuck on a part of a gaming application, the player can request help through a query to a back-end game assist server. The query may be of any format, or a combination of formats, including audio, text, video, etc. The game assist server is configured to match the query to modelled responses based on a current game context from which the query was presented.”

Canon Eos M6 Mark Ii Digital Camera Officially Announced

Canon EOS M6 Mark II Digital Camera Officially Announced

About a week ago, a leaked promotional video revealed that Canon had a new camera in the works in the form of the EOS M6 Mark II. If you are interested in the camera, then you’ll be pleased to learn that Canon has since officially announced the launch of their latest mirrorless camera.

That being said, the decision to launch the EOS M6 Mark II is an interesting one. This is because Canon’s earlier mirrorless efforts did not fare too well. The company has since launched a new lineup of EOS R full-frame mirrorless cameras which seems to be better received.

First Ladies Enjoy Digital Arts

First Ladies enjoy digital arts

The first ladies of Japan and the United States have enjoyed digital art works at a museum in Tokyo's Odaiba district.

The 10,000 square-meter museum features state-of the-art digital technology. It's run by teamLab, a group that has exhibited digital art in Japan and abroad.

Sony Will No Longer Allow Retailers To Sell Ps4 Digital Game Codes

Sony Will No Longer Allow Retailers To Sell PS4 Digital Game Codes

This was ideal for customers who would prefer not to hand over payment information like credit card details to companies such as Sony. Unfortunately, that will no longer be an option. Speaking to The Verge, Sony has confirmed that starting 1st of April, retailers will no longer be able to sell digital game codes for the PS4.

A company spokesperson was quoted as saying, “We can confirm that as of April 1, 2019, Sony Interactive Entertainment will no longer offer full games through SIE’s Global Digital at Retail program. This decision was made in order to continue to align key businesses globally. To support full games and premium editions, SIE will introduce increased denominations at select retailers. DLC, add-ons, virtual currency, and season passes will still be available.”