TotemoTech - 2023-04-22


Welcome to TotemoTech on April 22nd. Let’s start with some news from the world of anime. Takara Tomy has announced that they will be streaming the 1999 anime “Zoids-ZOIDS” for free on their official YouTube channel starting from May 1st to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Zoids franchise.

Moving on to sports, AbemaTV’s CTO has revealed the behind-the-scenes infrastructure that kept the streaming of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Japan stable. It’s an interesting read for those who are curious about the technical side of things.

In other news, ANYCOLOR has announced that one of their VTubers, Amicia Michella, has been a victim of unauthorized access to her YouTube account, resulting in the account being made private and her videos being unplayable. It’s unfortunate to hear about such incidents happening to content creators.

NTT East and NTT West have announced their plan to discontinue their “Flets-ADSL” service in areas where “Flets Hikari” (fiber optic service) is not available due to a decrease in users. They are encouraging users to switch to mobile services instead.

The “white ROM discount” is under scrutiny by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications’ Competition Rule Verification Working Group. The excessive discount amounts have led to calls for regulation, which may result in the disappearance of the “1 yen smartphone.” The Fair Trade Commission has also expressed concerns about the possible violation of antitrust laws.

Digital Garage and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Club have announced the launch of their B2B payment service, “DGFT Invoice Card Payment,” for Diners Club cardholders. It’s good to see more options for B2B payment solutions.

During the Golden Week period, some procedures, such as changing the name on a My Number Card, will be temporarily suspended due to system maintenance.

Lastly, MAMORIO has announced the release of a trading card case, “TRILITH MAMORIO model,” equipped with their “MAMORIO” lost item tag. The tag allows for location tracking via smartphone, which could be useful in preventing theft or loss of high-value cards.

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