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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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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Vodafone hits back with, er, GPS
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Following The New York Times’ expose of Vodafone Japan’s failings, Big V has hit back with the release of a couple of new handsets that might, just might, help it claw back some of the lost ground thanks to the wonders of satnav.

(Via The New York Times [Registration required])

Vodafone bleeding street cred
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Several of the other tech blogs picked up on The New York Times’ story on the major problems facing Vodafone in Japan as it struggles to keep hold of its present customers, never mind wooing newcomers.

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Monday, September 05, 2005

Remote presence bot freakshow
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Going by the name of gTELESTAR 2h, this hunka tin is the brainchild of the robot guys across the road here at Tokyo University.

(Via we make money not art)

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Fujitsu Loox-ing at ya again
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Two new Loox laptops just arrived from Fujitsu and they’re worth a, er, Loox seeing as how they have had a 20% battery bump to over 11 hours.

(Via PC Watch)

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Samsung’s twisty turny DMB phone
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Samsung has just dropped the SCH-B250 in Korea, its fourth model using the DMB standard for delivering satellite TV to mobile devices. Aside from the expected horizontal screen option, the newcomer is the smallest Samsung DMB handset at a respectable 144g.

(Via Samsung)

Japanese bamboo ceilings
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Time Asia has a sobering cover story this week about the lamentable prospects for working women (and what an anachronistic-sounding phrase that is) in Japan.

(Via Time Asia)

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Ricoh DVD capacity ready reckoner
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This really speaks for itself, but it’s amazing no-one before Ricoh thought of making use of the fact that already-written parts of a DVD or CD assume a different hue than the virgin sectors.

(Via AV Watch)

Tamagotchi hits 10 million sales
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Bandai reckons its Tamagotchi Plus has sold 10,000,000 units around the world as of mid summer this year. The breakdown reveals a whopping 60% of that was in overseas sales, which just goes to show that it’s not just the Japanese who dig their cute.

(Via Bandai Japan)

Friday, August 26, 2005

Palm vein scanner in the wild
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JCN reports that Fujitsu’s PalmGraph technology has escaped the R&D labs to be put to work in a new Meiwa Estates condo in Tokyo from March next year.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Play-Yan Micro for added eyestrain
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Speaking of the Micro, Akihabara News has word on Nintendo’s version of the Play-Yan for that splendid little fellow. Adding an SD card slot, the ¥5,000 Play-Yan allows the handheld to play back MP3 audio and MP4/ASF video at up to 30fps.

(Via Akihabara News)

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Game Boy Micro does Famicon
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The Game Boy Micro isn’t even with us yet (it hits the streets on September 13) and we already have a special edition; in this case in glorious old-skool Famicon colors. We like.

(Via Game Science)

Friday, August 19, 2005

Sony Bean Network Walkman
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Sony looked to jellybean candy for inspiration in designing its latest Network Walkman digital music players.

The players, which will go on sale later this year, are bean-shaped and will be available in colors that are intended to match various jellybean flavors: tropical ice is blue; cotton candy is pink; licorice is black and coconut is white.

(Via IDG News Service)

Sunday, August 14, 2005

LG XH-C751TF Home Theater
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Meanwhile in Seoul, LG has sprung two DVD/PDP new home ents setups on us that look intriguing based on what little info we have at this stage.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Sony pumps up the Cyber-shot juice
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Just a quickie here to point out that Sony has announced the DSC-T5 digicam, an update to its T series of slim 5.1 megapixel cams. The same 2.5in screen (no viewfinder of course) and MS Duo slot are in place…

iShave, therefore I am…
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Next time you’re feeling a little too facially fluffy for that videochat or pumped-up conference call, don’t waste vital calories heading for the bathroom. Simply reach for the Thanko iShaver and fumble for a free USB port.

(Via Akihabara News)

Email client and more for PSP?
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Gamespot has been poring over Japanese magazine Famitsu, discovering an interview with Sony Computer Entertainment software platform development head honcho Izumi Kawanishi wherein he lets slip that an email client for the PSP is under consideration.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The meaning of mobiles
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Professor Kenji Kohiyama of the Graduate School of Media and Governance at takes a look at the significance to Japanese society of mobile phones, or keitai denwa over at Japan Media Review.

(Via Japan Media Review)

Pentium 4 chilled and ramped to 7GHz+
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Softpedia brings news of a Japanese fanboy who invested considerable time and effort overclocking a Pentium 4 from 3.8GHz to over 7GHz using some fine cooling techniques and a lot of finger crossing, it would appear.

(Via Softpedia)

Canon ‘corders bring DVD to the mix
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Bios brings the good word on Canon’s first brave attempt at dipping its toe into the DVD camcorder market, revealing that the DC 10 and DC 20 are due to hit the streets in October.

(Via Bios)

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Direct MP3 encoding on new m:robe
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In the m:robe MR-F10, Olympus has unleashed yet another flash-based DAP on a rapidly tiring public, although this one appears to bring a little extra to the party by avoiding the crummy interface/design/feature-set pitfalls that competitors have dived headfirst into.

(Via Olympus Japan)

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