Sony hacking: Singapore ‘among sites used by hacker group’ #cloud #cloudcomputing

A hacker group that leaked confidential e-mails and recent movies belonging to Sony Pictures Entertainment last month reportedly used Singapore as one of its sites to launch its cyber attacks, according to a recent New York Times report. Responding to The Straits Times’ queries, the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCert) said the attacks on the Hollywood movie studio may have been routed from command-and-control centres across the world, including a server owned by a private company in Singapore.

With $12.6M more in the bank, MoneyForward is ready to push adoption of cloud accounting

MoneyForward, an online accounting startup servicing both individuals and companies, announced today that it raised a series B round of JPY 1.5 billion (US$12.6 million). Credit Saison, software publisher Sourcenext, Jafco, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital, GMO Venture Partners, and Dentsu all participated in the round, with Jafco being a repeat investor.

Akamai Opens Japan Data Center To Ward Off DDoS

Akamai Technologies has opened a new data center in Japan as part of an on-going expansion of its global network to fight distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. DDoS attacks are designed to render websites unavailable either by an overwhelming flood of fake requests, or with the use of malicious requests which exploit legacy protocols and programming weaknesses.

Sony Creates Smart Eyewear Device to Compete with Google Glass

Sony has unveiled its own eyewear device in an attempt to take on Google Glass and other augmented reality alternatives. The big difference between the two eyewear devices is Sony has made it available for all types of glasses, while Google Glass only works with its own design or that of official third parties. Currently, the name for the eyewear device is SmartEyeglass Attach! Sony has not revealed price or launch dates.

Sony might release upcoming Xperia Z4 in phablet and compact versions

Though its Xperia Z3 smartphone range was introduced just months ago (at IFA in September), Sony may be on the verge of announcing its successor. The next generation of premium smartphones from the brand could include the Z4 Ultra and the Z4 Compact, according to Android Origin.  The Xperia Z4 Ultra is said to be an impressive 6.44in phablet with a QHD display (2560×1440 pixels), a Snapdragon 810 processor, a 16MP camera and 3GB of RAM. Like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, this high-end smartphone is also said to come with a stylus.

Making an Apple Watch app? Japan’s Goodpatch has you covered

Goodpatch, the Japanese design firm turning heads in Tokyo, has a new tool for designers and developers. Prott, the startup’s new prototyping tool (also available in English) can now be used to design apps for the Apple Watch. They are not the first team to release a prototyping tool. Take a look around and there are a number of alternatives. Prott’s Apple Watch support is notable for being developed in a three-hour design sprint. Also, leading firms like DeNA, IDEO, and Yahoo Japan are all paying customers of the prototyping service.

Now it’s official. Line Pay is here and it’s worldwide (and has an iOS bug)

After an unnamed (and hopefully still employed) Line staffer messaged several publications December 4 about the release of Line Pay, the messaging giant had to scramble to put out the word that the app was not live. Almost two weeks later, Line Pay is here, and enduring a bumpy rollout. The payment function is meant to strengthen Line’s ecosystem. With Line Pay, users can send each other money wirelessly without divulging personal information like bank account details.

KVH Partners with JPX to Expand Tokyo Stock Exchange’s Global Reach with arrownet-Global

KVH Co. Ltd., Asia’s leading Information Delivery Platform headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and Japan Exchange Group (JPX), the world’s third largest exchange group, today announced a strategic partnership to offer arrownet-Global targeting global participants looking to access JPX’s trading venues in Tokyo from key and emerging markets in Asia, Europe and the US. KVH has been focusing on the capital markets sector since its inception and has a proven track record in providing critical network infrastructure to Japanese exchanges, including Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), Osaka Exchange (OSE) and other key venues, ,,

Fujitsu launches Cloud for SAP solutions in Australia

The new cloud service leverages Fujitsu’s IP for the optimal management of systems running SAP software, and is offered via Fujitsu Australia’s Private Hosted Cloud Platform hosted on its secure, local data centres. According to Mike Foster, CEO of Fujitsu Australia & New Zealand, the cloud service offering is unique in that it is delivered “end-to-end” by Fujitsu, with the platform leveraging the breadth of Fujitsu’s capability including data centres, managed services, hardware and SAP application support.

OpenText’s Japan data centers to offer managed services in Asia-Pacific

OpenText has opened two new data centers to support its OpenText Trading Grid  and OpenText Managed Services customers across Japan and the Asia-Pacific region. Located in Tokyo and Osaka, the new facilities provide customers with the unparalleled reliability, performance and scalability required for the real-time delivery of information across a global business network.

Sony hacking highlights challenge to CEO Hirai’s ‘One Sony’ vision

[TOKYO] Leaked emails reveal a cultural gulf between Japan’s Sony Corp and Hollywood subsidiary Sony Pictures Entertainment, highlighting the challenge of CEO Kazuo Hirai to turn around the money-losing company under the slogan One Sony. The Japanese conglomerate is heading for its fifth net loss in six years, raising questions about its ability to hold on to businesses ranging from making television sets to movies.

Apple to open new tech center in Japan

Apple will open a technology development center just outside of Tokyo, a move that will bring it closer to parts suppliers. “We’re excited to expand our operations in Japan with a new Technical Development Center in Yokohama which will create dozens of new jobs,” Apple spokesman Takashi Takebayashi said via email. He wouldn’t say why Apple is building the facility but stressed it is not an R&D center.

Tencent forms partnership and invests in Japan’s Aiming Games

Chinese social and gaming giant Tencent has recently made an investment in Japanese mobile game developer Aiming, according to a press release posted on Aiming’s site. The total sum Tencent invested has not been revealed, but the agreement also includes a cooperative partnership that will see Tencent distributing Aiming’s games across greater China and Aiming distributing Tencent games (with a non-exclusive license) in Japan.

Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier Called Copycat by Japan’s Balmuda

Chinese electronics company Xiaomi has a rather poor reputation when it comes to copying other companies. People have called comparisons to Apple’s phones, tablets, set-top boxes and even Apple’s stores and keynotes. It looks like Apple isn’t the only company Xiaomi is willing to take notes from as the Mi Air Purifier is the latest product to be labeled a “copy”, this time by Japan’s Balmuda air purifier.

Freee is crowned the king of cloud accounting in Japan. And it’s not even close

Skirmishes are breaking out in certain industries for Japanese startups. Everyone wants to be number one but getting the top spot is easier said than done. Competition is fierce, like the see-saw between Gunosy and Smartnews for the nation’s news app supremacy. Over in the world of accounting software for businesses, a new study shows that Freee is the leader, and may not be letting go of that title anytime soon.

Dell partners Midokura in Open Networking expansion

Dell has expanded its Open Networking initiative to include Midokura, a company focused on network virtualisation, in a bid to bolster its networking and server infrastructure. This agreement includes a joint go-to-market program, validated reference architecture and global reseller agreement. Dell will now offer Midokura’s Enterprise MidoNet software on Dell infrastructure, delivering a network virtualisation overlay for OpenStack that helps enterprise customers and service providers create an agile Cloud networking infrastructure based on open technologies.

Sony uses hacker techniques to fight back over stolen data

Sony Pictures is employing hacking techniques in an attempt to prevent computer users from downloading its stolen data from file-sharing websites, according to reports. Technology site Recode claims the movie studio is using Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing platform that underpins Netflix, Amazon’s store and other streaming and retail brands. The AWS platform provides access to hundreds of computers located in Asia, which Sony is allegedly using to bombard sites where its stolen data is being made available.

Tencent is bringing Puzzle & Dragons to China: better late than never?

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal broke the news that Tencent will be bringing the popular Japanese mobile game Puzzle & Dragons to China next year, “according to a person familiar with the matter.” Does that mean a massive windfall of cash is imminent for the Chinese game publisher? On the one hand, this move may be coming a little late. Puzzle & Dragons was white hot in 2013, but since then its growth has slowed.

Dubber adds NTT ICT Solutions to partner network

Cloud-based technology provider, Crucible Gold’s (ASX:CUG) new IT business focus, Dubber, has added NTT Com ICT Solutions to its line-up of system integrators. The Dubber technology suite provides cloud-based call recording and audio asset management. The agreement provides a path to NTT ICT’s extensive enterprise clients and strengthens Dubber’s system integrator network; enabling Dubber’s management to focus on revenue growth while ensuring the scalability of operations in areas of deployment and support.

Sony ready to launch Android smartwatch

TAIPEI–Sony Mobile said Tuesday that its new SmartWatch 3 will be available on the local market soon, as the Japanese company is set to introduce for the first time in Taiwan a wearable device that runs on Google Inc.’s Android Wear operating system. The SmartWatch 3 is expected to hit local stores in mid December, carrying a price tag of NT$8,990 (US$290).