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The secret’s out: Japan iPhone craze attracts global app developers

A good read from the AP, featuring several of our clients at Snapp Media and a word or two from yours truly.

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Friday, October 07, 2005

Bots gone wild: Fall break ‘05
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The thing we simply have to respect about the women of this fine island nation is they way they’re ready to drop everything for any outlandish photo opportunity, particularly if it involves cellphones, robot pets or dressing up.



(Via Engadget)


Nintendo DS goes Wi-Fi crazy
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Game Science reports on the recent Nintendo DS conference, at which the company laid out its plans for total world domination.



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3D constructs to take our jobs
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As promised, we still have a few more in-depth reports from our News Service colleagues at CEATEC. Among the more intriguing finds was the news that high-def plasma displays are actually getting smaller. While that may seem odd, manufacturers are pursuing the downward drive to win some of the current LCD market.



(Via IDG News Service)


The amazing shrinking plasmas
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As promised, we still have a few more in-depth reports from our News Service colleagues at CEATEC. Among the more intriguing finds was the news that high-def plasma displays are actually getting smaller. While that may seem odd, manufacturers are pursuing the downward drive to win some of the current LCD market.



(Via IDG News Service)


CEATEC 2005: And we’re done
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Sony pulled quite a trick at the show by unveiling an updated Vaio X range, which, you’ll recall, is the DVR to end all DVRs — it now comes with up to 2Tb of storage. The two new models offer various pick ‘n mix features that include up to eight tuners and Windows XP or just a plain vanilla jumbo media server.


Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Wi-Fi also goes to 5 (kilometers)
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Among the more interesting products that have absolutely nothing to do with HD discs were a set of Wi-Fi boosting antennas from Maspro Denkoh that can shoot wireless goodness out over up to 5km. What’s more, these hot, sweet, bank-busting goodies will work with any old 802.11b/g wireless setup.



(Via IDG News Service)


Toshiba HDD camcorder goes to 5!
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So, day two of CEATEC and we’ve got a stack more cool new gadgets for you fresh from the R&D labs of Asia. First up is Toshiba’s new HDD camcorder, which has a 4-gigger onboard and a surprisingly high res of 5 megapixels. Click on for the full lowdown.



(Via IDG News Service)


DRM pitches into HD format war
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Not that anyone ever expected this tedious HD DVD Vs Blu-ray format battle to be simple or anything, but it now seems the copy-protection needed to keep the content providers at the likes of Disney happy is going to be yet another barrier to allowing consumers to do whatever they want with movies and such like they are willing to pay hard-earned cash for.



(Via IDG News Service)


CEATEC 2005: Day 1 wrap
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Lastly for today, we took a final run around the arena to bring you snaps of the more interesting booths and products featuring on day one. NTT DoCoMo had the moodiest stand but it was clearly popular, with the main draw being a chance to get up close with the company’s entire FOMA 3G lineup. More pics inside…



(Via IDG News Service)


HD DVD, BRD prototypes aplenty
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Sure enough, the show floor was practically overrun by companies showing off their next-gen high-def Blu-ray and HD DVD players and recorders today,  with a clear feeling among industry watchers that HD DVD is edging ahead. Read on for the deets from Martyn Williams on our news team.



(Via IDG News Service)


Tuesday, October 04, 2005

CEATEC 2005: Inspirational
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After yesterday’s slow news day, let’s just say that CEATEC 2005 has been a welcome change. We’ll start with this motivational shot of a splendid 12in novelty LCD TV from Taiwanese company Hanspree and carry on inside with a few more shots of the show as the day progresses. Keep your finger on that F5 key.



(Via IDG News Service)


Toshiba HD DVD player preview
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Ahead of tomorrow’s opening day at CEATEC, Toshiba has unveiled a prototype of its new HD DVD player, the HD-XA1. The new player handles the 30Gb variety of HD discs and is set to be joined at the show by the Tosh laptop we mentioned last week. Read on for the full scoop from our News Service colleagues.



(Via IDG News Service)


Monday, October 03, 2005

CEATEC Japan 2005
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CEATEC Japan starts tomorrow at Makuhari Messe on the edge of Tokyo Bay and we’ll be there bringing you the latest on what’s hot and what’s not in the world of Japanese technology. Stay tuned.


Saturday, October 01, 2005

VIP capsule hotel rooms in Tokyo
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The venerable WaiWai column in the Mainichi Daily News has an interesting translated article from the salacious Spa! magazine which questions the value of adding upmarket rooms to the decidedly downmarket capsule hotel.



(Via Mainichi Daily News)


Toyota car security wristwatch
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Car security key fobs are just so 20th century — get with the program and hook yourself up with one of Toyota’s “Key Integrated” watches for doing that troublesome door-opening thing.




(Via Toyota)


Friday, September 30, 2005

New Aibo chows down on RSS
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The new Aibo announced yesterday afternoon is notable for its enhanced ability to communicate with the outside world through improved comms software.




(Via SonyStyle [Japanese])


US DVD pirate deported by China
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Meanwhile in China, it seems the remaining US citizen convicted of selling pirated DVD movies back in April has been deported by the authorities there two years before the scheduled end of his sentence.




(Via IDG News Service)


Memory Stick Micro joins the fray
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Just when you thought it was safe to go back to your card reader, SanDisk and Sony have decided to foist yet another flash memory card format on us.




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Blu-ray camp hits back with facts
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Looks like the claws are out in the HD DVD Vs Blu-ray showdown. After Wednesday’s announcement of Microsoft and Intel’s support for HD DVD, the Blu-ray Disc Association has hit back, claiming the opposing camp’s claims are riddled with inaccuracies.




(Via Yahoo)


“Mind reader” to aid paralysed
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We just received a hearteningly old-fashioned faxed news release from Excel of Mechatronix in Tokyo detailing a system they’ve developed with Hitachi that measures brain blood flow to allow people suffering severe paralysis to communicate.




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