Stories by Martyn Williams

NTT DoCoMo launches first Java cellphones

NTT DoCoMo Inc. announced Thursday the long-awaited launch of a new generation of cellular telephones with support for the Java programming language, and provided details of launch content for the handsets.

Report: OECD to OK Net Taxes on Music, Software

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is likely to approve a tax on cross-border Internet-based music and software sales when it meets in June 2001, according to a report from Japan's Kyodo News Service.

Sony, DoCoMo, Others to Launch E-Money System

Sony Corp., NTT DoCoMo Inc. and nine other companies announced plans Monday for a full-scale launch within the year of an electronic money system. The companies intend to develop the system into a major payment system within five years, the companies said in a joint statement.

Study: Digital Camera Shipments Soared in 2000

Worldwide shipments of digital still cameras will hit 10.8 million units in 2000 and are poised to rise higher still in 2001, according to an estimate from Japanese market research company Nikkei Market Access (NMA).

Second generation DVD-R media hits the streets

The recordable optical media marketplace is growing fast. While a host of brand new formats, such as DVD+RW, are nearing launch existing formats are getting make-overs that allow more data to be stored on seemingly identical 12-centimetre optical discs.

Sony unveils prototype humanoid robot

Sony on Tuesday lifted the veil on its latest entertainment robot development efforts and demonstrated it has made the evolutionary jump from four legs to two legs.