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Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres

Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’
By Ben Fong-Torres It’s short shrift time. I have a life that’s ripe (and slightly wrinkled) for blogs and tweeting; for facebooking and updating. I’m just no good at it. My last column here on AsianConnections was about the memorial in late July for my sister Shirley. My last posting on the authors’ site, Redroom, was about a radio promo tour I did (20 stops, all on the phone...

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Going Wireless - Googling for Pizza from your Phone

Posted by Mike Kai on Friday, 15 October 2004

Googling just got better for Pizza Fans

It was only a decade ago that mobile phones were a luxury item, necessary only to doctors and important corporate executives. Nowadays, mobile phones have become completely ubiquitous.

Like email, another modern staple of modern life, mobile phones have become essential for business and even everyday
interaction between family and friends. Unlike email, mobile phones have also become an important fashion accessory.

Cell phones have become much more sophisticated in the past decade. in 1994, cell phones were large and garish, today many mobile phones are designed for the style minded. It is not uncommon to see sleek pink phones, or even rhinestone-studded mobile phones. Mobile phones are also equipped with digital cameras, access to the internet, and a variety of other useful tools.

Of course, Asia, particularly Tokyo and Seoul, lead the world in both mobile technology and fashion. As an example, camera phones started appearing in Japan in 2001, while it took until 2003 for the first mass market camera phones to appear in the USA.

What's in store for next year of mobile phone technology? Japanese handset manufacturers have announced widespread plans to incorporate digital TV tuner cards into mobile phones. Japanese mobile phone users will be able to watch full-speed live television on their handsets as early as summer of 2005.

Further improvements include high resolution cameras and mini-hard drives. These hard drives, made popular by the Apple iPod, will enable users to keep an entire music or video library on their phone.

The problem with all these improvements is the fact that mobile phone batteries will have trouble providing all the juice that is needed to provide full color digital television or high quality digital audio for hours at a time. To account for this, several Japanese companies have announced that they will be replacing the batteries in consumer...

The Recording Industry's Push to Stop Illegal File Sharing

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Thursday, 30 September 2004

Ever since the original Napster.com galvanized people on the issues of illegally sharing copyrighted music over the internet, new companies have sprouted up to solve this problem.

Digital Rights Management

Since 1999, millions of copyrighted songs have been shared illegally on peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. In response, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has tried suing the networks out of existence.

Today, the RIAA filed copyright infringement lawsuits against more than 700 illegal file sharers, including individuals at 26 universities. The legal action by the major record companies also named 32 individuals at the schools for using their college networks to distribute illegally copyrighted recordings on unauthorized peer-to-peer services.

The RIAA was successful against Napster, the mother of all P2P networks, which was shut down in 2001. However, the industry has not been successful against the likes of KaZaA and Morpheus, because unlike Napster these networks have no central server, and as a result, these companies have no control over the actions of their users.

Unable to remove these networks through direct litigation, the entertainment industry has taken the controversial tactic of suing the users of the network.

Many of the users of these P2P networks are college students, and for good reason. College students have a ravenous taste for music, new and old, and only a small proportion of students actually have the funds to pay for the music that interests them. College students also often have access to fast online networks for downloads. One P2P service, the i2hub network, founded by a college student, is now one of the largest sources for illegally downloaded movies on campuses. It takes advantage of internet 2, a faster version of the internet designed for universities to share data among researchers.

As the RIAA has stepped up its targeting of college students and the colleges which...

ENTER AsianConnections' Harold & Kumar Giveaway!

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 22 July 2004

Harold and Kumar are trying to get to White Castle. AsianConnections is celebrating their adventure and giving away some dope gear inspired by the movie! Enter Now!

AsianConnections.com and FiringSquad.com proudly present "Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle" Dope Gear Giveaway .

HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE stars JOHN CHO, KAL PENN, and is directed by Danny Leiner and distributed by New Line Cinema.

To enter, CLICK HERE and enter your name and email address for a chance to win one of eleven prizes including: official CD's featuring music from Harold and Kumar, autographed mini posters, autographed "Got Munchies" CD-ROMs, or the Grand Prize: an official Harold and Kumar T-shirt, Trucker Cap, and a cup of goodies all inspired by the movie! Good Luck!!

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Harold Lee (John Cho) is stuck in a low-level investment banking job, overworked and definitely under-appreciated by his colleagues, who arent shy about handing off their own work for him to finish over the weekend. To make matters worse, he cant find the courage to talk to his pretty neighbor (Paula Garces) from down the hall at home.

While Harold toils away, his best friend, Kumar Patel (Kal Penn), is doing everything he can to avoid the real world, valiantly upholding his carefree partying ways while making half-hearted attempts to gain admittance to medical school and follow in his familys footsteps.

Seeking a break from their realities, these two likeable underdogs unwind in front of their TV for a Friday night smoke-out session, which results in an incredible case of the munchies. Catching sight of a commercial for White Castle and their mouthwatering hamburgers, Harold and Kumar discover their true mission in life (or at least their mission for this one Friday night) they must set out on an unbelievable...

Harold and Kumar Giveaway Contest Rules

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 14 July 2004

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Director Greg Pak's Robot Stories screens nationwide this month

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 13 February 2004

Charlotte Sometimes director Eric Byler Reviews Robot Stories

Winner of over 23 film festival awards, Robot Stories is science fiction from the heart, four stories in which utterly human characters struggle to connect in a world of robot babies and android office workers.

The stories include: My Robot Baby , in which a couple (Tamlyn Tomita and James Saito) must care for a robot baby before adopting a human child; The Robot Fixer , in which a mother (Wai Ching Ho, Best Actress, St. Louis Int'l Film Festival and Puchon Int'l Fantastic Film Festival ) tries to connect with her dying son by completing his toy robot collection; Machine Love , in which an office worker android (Greg Pak) learns that he, too, needs love; and Clay , in which an old sculptor (Sab Shimono) must choose between natural death and digital immortality.

Awards include the Special Jury Award for Emotional Truth from the Florida Film Festival ; Best Feature Film
from the Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival , the Sci Fi London Film Festival , the DC APA Film Festival , and the F Korean American Media Arts Festival ; and Audience Awards from the Fantastisk Film Festival in Sweden , the Boston Fantastic Film Festival and the Michigan Film Festival .

Charlotte Sometimes director Eric Byler Reviews Robot Stories

In film school we are warned against anthology films, the wisdom being that three or more separate segments are unlikely to add up to a cohesive whole. If cohesion is an indisputable criteria, Greg Paks Robot Stories has some hurdles to climb because it starts over again every twenty to thirty minutes. But the films anthology format allows Pak to explore a broader scope and evoke a deeper meaning than might otherwise have been possible.

Paks inventive vision of the not-so-distant future leaps through time in a sequence that mirrors the sequence of life-- a mothers love for her newborn child; a mothers love for her grown child; a young mans love...