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A powerful mega-magnitude 8.9 earthquake rocked Japan to its core, rattling businesses with operations in the affected areas. But economists and analysts note that one of the aftershocks could be an economic stimulus for the debt-ridden country.
Most U.S. businesses, in general, seem to have escaped the worst of the damage. That’s because corporate America tends to locate its Japan operations around the heavily populated center of Tokyo. A much less populated region of Japan — more than 200 miles northeast of Tokyo off the coast near Sendai — took the brunt of the damage.
IBM (IBM) says its Japanese operations reported no serious injuries or system outages and it’s still assessing how the earthquake will effect its business. Investment bank Credit Suisse says it encountered only superficial damage to its Tokyo offices, adding that its employees managed to keep working and actually completed a number of business processes during and after the earthquake. And international law firm Bingham McCutchen’s Tokyo site also remains intact, with sound technical infrastructure.
Business Impacts: Cars, Phones and Flights
Some businesses, however, were either directly or indirectly affected by the temblor. Toyota Motor (TM), for example, shut down its Hokkaido subsidiary and its Tohoku production plants, as well as its Central Motor Miyagi Plant and its Kanto Auto Works Iwate Plant. In a statement, the storied automaker noted that its employees did not suffer any injuries and that it continues to gather information, adding: “We are also currently assessing the situation at our suppliers, dealers and the impact on North American import vehicles.”
Phone companies took some losses too. Japan relies heavily on mobile phones, and the quake put cell-phone service out of commission, while traditional land-line phone service was also severely impaired. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, a major Japan telecom carrier, set up emergency phone lines and created a special Internet bulletin board where folks could leave messages for family and friends, The Associated Press reported.
Tokyo’s bustling Narita Airport temporarily shut down after the earthquake. A limited number of flights have resumed departures from the airport, but incoming flights have remained halted. As a result, 10,000 passengers have been left cooling their heels at Narita, while another 11,000 wait at the coastal Sendai Airport, which suffered damage when tsunami-induced floodwaters submerged the runways.
In addition to Narita and Sendai, flight service to Tokyo International Airport, commonly called Haneda airport, was also temporarily suspended, Yonhap News Agency reported.
The Bright Side of Disaster
In spite of the catastrophic destruction caused by the earthquake, it actually caused less damage and death than the big Kobe quake of 1995.
“The region where this quake struck is not that key to Japan’s economy as a whole,” says James Lincoln, a professor of the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. “Tokyo is relatively unscathed. And if it had happened there, it would have affected supply chains [and] car companies, and that would have had an impact on U.S. consumers. Sendai is only about 8% of Japan’s GDP. The disruption to the supply chain is not all that great.”
And natural disasters can actually end up having some positive impacts, as well as negative ones, when it comes to a country’s economy, Lincoln points out.
“There’s going to be a lot of rebuilding — a lot of jobs created — and it could serve as a major economic stimulus,” he says, adding that the earthquake will also prompt Japanese residents living in the quake-ravaged areas to shop for replacement items for their homes.
Of course, that home damage hurts consumers. Much of the money the Japanese spend to refit their homes won’t be coming from insurance carriers, but from consumers’ pockets, according to a report from Jeffries analyst James Shuck.
Insurance Investors Unworried
But that’s good news for international insurance carriers. Investors in behemoths like American International Group (AIG) apparently felt confident, as stocks in those companies rose in trading Friday.
Even though AIG has said that it is still working to assess the losses, adding that it would take some time to evaluate its exposure, Shuck offered a bullish first take. “Overall insured losses appear significant but manageable at this stage,” he writes in his report. “We are working on an industry loss in the region of $10 billion. … On this basis, we would expect around a 5% impact on most reinsurer and Lloyd’s company balance sheets.”
In his report, he notes that the limited fatalities — probably in the hundreds, not thousands — mean that most of the insured losses will likely involve property. (Fatalities accounted for 37% of the losses in the Kobe earthquake, while 42% comes from household losses.)
In this case, household losses also will likely be limited because most homes aren’t insured, Shuck says. “Around 10% of households actually elect for supplementary earthquake cover and coverage is only for a fraction of the property value,” he writes. “This explains the wide divergence between the 1995 Kobe earthquake that incurred $100 billion of economic losses (original value), but only $3 billion of insured losses.”
Government to Take on More Debt
So, if Japanese residents lack insurance or savings, where will the money come from to rebuild their homes? The debt-ridden government, Lincoln says.
Japan already has the world’s highest ratio of debt compared to gross domestic product, and this will widen its lead on other nations. Japan has a 200% debt-to-GDP ratio, roughly twice that of the U.S.
“One interesting thing for people to watch for is how the Japanese government will respond. The government didn’t have its act together for the Kobe quake,” Lincoln said. “A lot of people criticized the Kobe government for leaving people stranded and homeless. Japan doesn’t have much of a safety net. People in crisis are expected to stay with relatives or take care of things on their own.”
Hopefully those folks have enough money stuffed under mattresses — or available to borrow from their relatives — to rebuild their lives and pump up the economy.
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After all the will-they-won’t-they of Google’s Android 3.0 OS coming to mobile phones, a Google employee has tweeted that all the features will indeed make their way to Android phones.
Further details are scarce, although an updated version of Gingerbread is set for an imminent release making Honeycomb apps compatible with its smaller-screen compadres.
Whether all the features will be included in this apparently incremental update, or whether some will be saved for the next version (Ice cream?) remains to be seen.
Good old Twitter
The full tweet from Dan Morrill, Android Open Source & Compatibility Tech Lead, reads: “Honeycomb runs all existing Android apps; all the APIs & features will come to phones in some form. Just a matter of time.”
While we probably won’t see all Honeycomb’s features make it to all phones – the Sony Ericsson X10, for example, isn’t getting any more Android OS updates – most recent Android handsets should see the upgrades from the tablet-tastic OS.
Now all we need to know is when, eh Google?
16 February 2011 Last updated at 12:16 GMT Touchless payment coming to mobile phones By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter
Dan Simmons reports on the latest near-field communication (NFC) tags that fit on phone SIM cards
Much of the discussion at Mobile World Congress has been about turning the mobile phone into a payment device.
Handset manufacturers, network operators and even the boss of Google have been talking-up Near Field Communication (NFC).
The technology allows nearby devices to exchange data – for example a sales transaction – and is seen as a way for mobiles to replace the plastic in people’s wallets.
At MWC, Orange announced it would be partnering with Samsung to roll out NFC-based contactless systems across Europe.
Meanwhile Google chief executive Eric Schmidt looked forward to a time when NFC would help him buy trousers.
In his keynote address, Mr Schmidt said NFC “should revolutionise payments when tied to advertising and location”.
He offered a scenario.
“I’m walking down the street and I need pants [trousers]. My phone has an NFC chip. It knows where I am.
“It tells me about two stores, one to the left with a 20% discount and one to the right with a 30% [discount].
“It is programmed to know I am a cheapskate so points me to the right and the store knows what pants I want,” he said.
Later this year, Orange will launch the NFC-enabled Samsung Wave 578 in Spain, Poland and France.
It is the first in a series of NFC-enabled handsets the firm plans to sell, along with others from LG and Nokia.
The phones feature an NFC antenna connected directly to a special SIM card that allows the owner’s identity to be authenticated.
Such security is seen as crucial to the success of NFC payment systems.
Pay as you go
Anne Bouverot, executive vice president of mobile services at Orange described NFC as the third wave of the mobile revoultion, after voice services and mobile data.
“Mobile contactless services will change people’s daily lives,” she said.
NFC could also offer new-found revenue for cash-strapped mobile operators, thinks Philip Veree of NFC-chip firm Gemalto.
“They could rent part of the SIM or charge an activation fee to the bank,” he said.
While much of the current NFC technology, especially in Asia where it is most advanced, focuses on using the mobile as a replacement for cash or travel cards, there are wider possibilities.
“It could be used to tap in loyalty points,” said Mr Vereeor, “or for employees to gain access to a building.”
In the UK, where Orange is launching NFC with Barclays this summer, only a handful of retailers – including Pret a Manger, Little Chef and the National Trust – are signed up.
One of the biggest issues with the technology has been persuading retailers to buy NFC-enabled machines.
In the developing world, where the huge growth of mobile banking means new hardware is constantly being introduced, this is less of an issue.
“We need to roll out the hardware so we may as well roll it out NFC-ready,” said Hannes van Rensburg, the chief executive of mobile money firm Fundamo.
NFC advocates claim that swiping a mobile phone to make payments or receive money is more secure than using manual transactions and will help eliminate fraud.
“People will be able to make payments more quickly, more accurately and more securely,” said Mr van Rensburg.
He added that the current lack of NFC-enabled handsets should not prove a barrier to its uptake, thanks to temporary solutions that add limited features.
“We will use RFID stickers which can be put on phones,” he said.
According to third-party online mobile phone retailer Wirefly, the recently confirmed Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Android gaming oriented smartphone will be launched on Verizon Wireless this year, after being confirmed for future sale by European carriers earlier this week.
What makes the confirmation stand out is that Sony Ericsson has not developed CDMA phones for sale in the US since the T608, released in 2003 in limited quantities on both Sprint and Verizon before Sony Ericsson ended all future US CDMA handset development after its release and gutted the US CDMA R&D team previously located at the venture’s former US base at Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.
With the Xperia Play being revealed for the first time in an official capacity this weekend at Mobile World Congress in Spain, the confirmation of a US version on Verizon Wireless would mark the first time since the saga of the T608 that Sony Ericsson has dedicated resources to developing a US CDMA version of a flagship handset. However, what is not known is whether the CDMA version was developed in Europe, the US or developed in Japan, as Sony Ericsson still maintains a CDMA R&D team for handset development with Japanese carrier KDDI, which also uses CDMA on a different frequency.
Ipswich, January 30, 2011:
The new Nokia X5 is a rare breed in the mobile phone world, a phone focusing on unusual design, perhaps aimed at consumers buying on looks rather than specification, but one boasting features that would not be out of place on many smartphones. For this reason, the new X5 is a very special handset indeed.
What perhaps impresses as much as the design element are the superb multi media facilities that are on offer with this model. Take the camera facility for example, you would expect somewhere around the 2 to 3 mega pixel mark, however Nokia have gone in with a 5 mega pixel unit, bringing the X5 into line with many smartphones such as the Motorola Defy. The camera is well backed up by features such an LED flash and video capture facilities, enabling footage to be filmed at VGA quality in 15 frames per second. The audio aspect is where the X5 really excels, to such an extent that the manufscturers are advertising the handset with focus heavily on this area. A huge range of file formats can be accepted, including MP3, AAC and eAAC+. The FM tuner also offers an alternative to your own files, perfect if you want to catch up on local or national news. Whatever you choose to listen to, you can do so on your own choice of headphones thanks to a 3.5mm stereo jack being fitted on the model. Only 200MB of storage memory is built in to the phone, but there is a 2GB micro SD card supplied, and you have the option to purchase these up to 32GB should you require it.
The Nokia X5 runs on version 3.2 of the Symbian OS which offers a clear and colourful interface along with great user friendliness. 600Mhz of processor ensure that the phone works quickly, and this is especially apparent when browsing the web, where the processor and some great connectivity facilities combine to give a rounded experience. The X5 is a 3G phone, so when on the move you can achieve the fastest connection possible, and there is even EDGE and GPRS should you stray out of 3G coverage. WiFi however is the ultimate connection, and provided you are in range of a local network, you can achieve the best results. Like models such as the Sony Ericsson Jalou, the X5′s main talking point is its design, which sees a move away from the candy bar shape to a more square design, dominated by the screen, with the keyboard sliding out from beneath to offer four rows of well spaced keys.
The impressive aspect about this new model is not just its looks, the phone has more substance than that. Great connectivity, superb media features and a fast processor combine to offer a package that not only looks great but works superbly.
PlayStation Games Coming To Android Phones
At it’s big PlayStation event held today in Tokyo, Sony has revealed a program whereby “certified” PlayStation games will be made available for mobile phones.
Rather than be tied to a single device, like we’ve been seeing all along, Sony is calling this idea “PlayStation Suite”, a mobile gaming platform of sorts designed for Android mobile phones.
With games bearing a “PlayStation Certified” tag, it aims to bring titles like original PS1 games (or their equivalent, we suppose?) to mobiles in a “hardware neutral game framework”.
Among the first PS1 games to launch on the service will be Wild Arms, Cool Boarders 2, Rally cross, Medievil and Syphon Filter.
While designed for Android phones, the “PlayStation Suite” titles will also be available on the PSP2.
We’ll get you more details – including what role the “PlayStation Phone” plays in all this – as they come to hand.
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Coming next: Carry-along basestation for travelers
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- By Tarmo Virki, European Technology Correspondent HELSINKI (Reuters) – A technology startup backed by Google unveiled on Wednesday the world’s first personal base station for international travelers, enabling them to cut roaming fees and make mobile…
HELSINKI (Reuters) – A technology startup backed by Google unveiled on Wednesday the world’s first personal base station for international travelers, enabling them to cut roaming fees and make mobile calls like in a home country.
Ubiquisys said the timing of devices reaching consumers depended on telecoms operators and it was in talks with several operators.
The telecom network base station, which is plugged into the travelers computer, is slightly larger than a smartphone, and needs an Internet connection.
Depending on local regulations, travelers would need to put the phone on base station or it works within a room.
The new device, called attocell, is designed for use with Apple’s iPhone, but it works also with Google’s Android phones, RIM’s Blackberry and Nokia’s smartphones.
Ubiquisys is one of the top firms in the new market for femtocells — small, low-power indoor base station for 3G mobile phone networks — enabling operators who struggle with network capacity to improve indoor coverage at a much lower cost.
Many industry analysts forecast the market to surge in the next few years, helped by falling prices, and to top $1 billion in two to three years.
In addition to Ubiquisys, major technology firms such as Cisco, Samsung Electronics, Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei make femtocells.
The devices are plugged into a customer’s broadband Internet connection, like a wireless Internet base station, and allow users to make calls or use data services with their regular 3G mobile phones.
In addition to Google Ubiquisys owners include Accel Partners, Advent Venture Partners, Atlas Venture, T-Mobile’s venture fund, SerComm Corp. and UMC Capital Corporation.
(Editing by Anshuman Daga)
Google has promised that it will extend its Android apps platform to Google TV “this year,” and now there are some signs that it may be coming as early as this spring.
Developers have noticed an Android Market update that filters for touchscreen devices — TV would be the only non-touchscreen device — which would allow Google TV users to browse TV-only apps. The addition of Android apps would be a big shot in the arm for Google TV, which has suffered from poor reviews.
As everyone has learned from mobile phones, the key to success with an app platform is an avid development community. Apple is the largest, and it has yet to announce any plans to expand its app platform to Apple TV (but I think that’s inevitable, once they’ve cleared the flurry of iPad app development.) Android is second-largest. But on television so far, Samsung is leading the way, hitting 2 million downloads last week.
As Android prepares to make its TV debut, Samsung is experimenting with ways to integrate Google TV, and by extension, the larger Android market as well. At the same time, it’s aggressively cultivating developers on its own platform. We’ll see what happens next.
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