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WiMax wireless pushed to handle HD TV
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
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Mobile WiMax continues to make rapid strides in the race to establish a long-range alternative to Wi-Fi, with the latest breakthrough being a demonstration of wireless high-def TV broadcasts.

Japan’s No. 2 phone network to launch in US
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KDDI, the second-largest cellphone network in Japan, made a surprise move over the weekend when it announced that it is to begin operations in the US shortly.

Saccharine-sweet Disney social-networking site hits Japan’s phones
Saturday, April 07, 2007
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Social networking services (SNS) such as Friendster and MySpace are evidence of the popularity of interacting with like-minded people online, but none can be as cutesy as the new mobile-phone SNS from Disney Japan.

Japan’s 2D barcodes are common but unloved
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
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The business section of Sunday’s New York Times has a rather breathless feature story [registration may be required] about an incredible new phenomenon that is sweeping the mobile phones of Japan – two-dimensional barcodes known as QR Codes.

Wireless USB finally arrives on the desktop in Japan
Saturday, March 31, 2007
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Several months after being announced, Y-E Data’s YD-300 WUSB hub is finally on sale in Japan.

Dolce & Gabbana gold RAZR whips Japan into frenzy with eel-skin case
Friday, March 30, 2007
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Nowhere on Earth do brand goods go down better than in Japan, with so-called designer labels stuck on everything from special-edition Hello Kitty keychains to cross-branded fast food, so NTT DoCoMo’s new Dolce & Gabbana handset is in good company.

Samsung 8MP CMOS camera sensor gunning for CCD blood
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
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Samsung’s other attention grabber on show at the Mobile Solution Forum today is evidence that the essentially meaningless pixel-count war between digital camera and phone vendors isn’t about to end anytime soon.

Graphic entertainment for adults hits the smallest screen
Friday, March 23, 2007
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We all know that comic books are pretty popular in Japan among adults and mobile phones even more so, which is why one major publisher is putting the two together to launch the first subscription comic specifically for phones.

Price shock in store for Japan’s cellphone shoppers
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Japan’s cellphone users – i.e. pretty much everyone and their dogs here – could be in for a rude awakening if proposals that will result in them paying far more for their handsets bear fruit.

Official: Japan + mobiles = love
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
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A survey in Japan has confirmed what we all suspected – the mobile phone is rapidly eating into how most people use their free time, as well as destroying more traditional forms of communication.

What’s that you say? Phone for seniors slows down voices, eh?
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Once in a while reporters living, like your humble correspondent, on the bleeding edge of technology that is Japan have to let the façade slip and admit that something like NTT DoCoMo’s new mobile phone for the elderly actually looks rather appealing.

Northern Lights streaming live to your phone
Friday, March 02, 2007
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We all know Japanese cellphone users have it made, but the latest service available on handsets there is literally out of this world.

GPS monkey hunt in Bandai cellphone game
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
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In today’s ‘Only in Japan’ corner, we have quite possibly the finest chimpanzee-based GPS sleuthing game ever to grace a nation’s cellphones.

McDonald’s and DoCoMo join forces in Japan
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
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As if they didn’t already have enough customers between them, those two 800-pound gorillas, NTT DoCoMo and McDonald’s, are teaming up to bring burgers and bytes to each other’s patrons across Japan.

Sony Ericsson’s stunning concept phone
Friday, February 16, 2007
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After the phonic fun that was the 3GSM Congress in Barcelona this week, here’s a quick look at a rather appealing concept handset

NTT DoCoMo 4G cellphone downloads ramped to 5Gbps
Saturday, February 10, 2007
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Not content with having more 3G mobile phone users (65 million) than the entire population of the UK, Japanese scientists have achieved phenomenal download speeds on an experimental 4G network.

Samsung’s Ultra Smart F700 phone looking sweet
Thursday, February 08, 2007
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If any company knows how to make gorgeous phones affordable it’s Samsung, and the Korean giant’s latest handset does a fine job of keeping up appearances.

All about the Mario-phone that never was
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After the unwarranted hype surrounding Apple’s iPhone, which won’t see the light of day for months yet, we now have a little intrigue over a similarly hybrid phone that never was and never will be.

Is e-cash killing real money in Japan?
Friday, February 02, 2007
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Next month in Japan sees the beginning of the endgame in an ambitious scheme to entirely do away with paper tickets across Tokyo’s complex public transport network.

Monster Wi-Fi network brings Skype to the masses
Thursday, February 01, 2007
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Logitec’s latest Skype-toting pseudo-phone to be released in Japan stands more chance of success than most, as it comes as part of a deal with one of Tokyo’s largest Wi-Fi hotspot operators.

Toshiba spoils 911T uber phone with Oakley MP3 crud
Saturday, January 27, 2007
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Japan’s third-largest mobile phone operator, Softbank, chose yesterday to unveil its master plans for an assault on market leaders NTT DoCoMo through its spring line up of handsets.

The mobile phone that’s tied to a desk
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
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This is an odd one – a mobile phone that’s designed to sit on a desk and operate as a speakerphone, rather than actually go anywhere.

Nintendo DS-like phone and designer Media Skin among 20 new Japanese models
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
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So, KDDI and NTT DoCoMo went off the rails today and unveiled 20 new phones between them but there’s really nothing much to write home about. As usual, we get a bunch of clamshells with not much originality to speak of, however…

Apple’s iPhone to be big in Japan?
Friday, January 12, 2007
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Apple’s iPhone isn’t going to be available anywhere for half a year and won’t even make it to Japan at all unless a non-GSM version appears. Considering that isn’t happening until 2008 at the earliest, is the “Jesus Phone” even relevant to the Japan market? After all, aren’t the handsets here the best in the world anyway?

Seven Lucky Gods coming soon to a cellphone near you
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
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If you’re already weary of all the CES hype, with its rampant consumerism and one-upmanship and in need of a little divine help, then how about a cellphone strap featuring seven lucky, dangling gods from Japan?

Cellphones catching out Japan’s cheating husbands
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
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Hypothetical question — If you’re a cheating dog who lives with his wife, yet spends most evenings fielding cellphone text message and emails from your little bit on the side, do you…

RIM brands consumers ‘stupid’ in BlackJack lawsuit
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
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Don’t you just hate it when big companies take legal action that seems to rest on assumptions that their customers are morons? This story about RIM suing Samsung over the use of the word “Black” in the Korean firm’s BlackJack smartphone is a perfect example.

Japan gets pink RAZR on 3G FOMA network
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After at least one false start, Thursday this week sees Japan finally get a Motorola RAZR to call its own when DoCoMo launches the M702iS.

Korean convergence device rolls UMPC, VoIP and more into one ugly box
Friday, December 08, 2006
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It may be ugly as get out, but Korean firm Miu’s new UMPC seems fairly feature packed.

Man thrown in the slammer for selling bad ringtones
Monday, December 04, 2006
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Next time you fancy getting the theme from The Godfather or Close Encounters as a cellphone ringtone, just be careful where you buy it — you could be helping put the seller behind bars.

Palm launches Treo 680 in US
Friday, November 24, 2006
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Palm’s Treo just went on sale in the US for $400 unlocked or $200 with a contract. Check out our video of the Great Candy-colored Hope after the jump.

Windows Live Messenger comes to Taiwanese cellphones
Thursday, November 23, 2006
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Far Eastone Telecommunications has begun offering MSN/Windows Live Messenger to users of i-mode mobile phones, one of just a handful of companies offering the service globally.

Mobile phone sales grow — except in Japan
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Worldwide mobile phone sales grew 21.5 percent year on year to 251 million units in the third quarter, with India and China driving growth, according to research from Gartner.

Operators prepare for Singapore’s free Wi-Fi service
Thursday, November 16, 2006
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Construction of Singapore’s planned free Wi-Fi service, called Wireless@SG, is now underway as the three operators chosen for the project prepare for the network to enter operation in early January.

Google expands mobile ads test to China, India
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Google has expanded to several additional countries a test to provide ads to mobile devices, as the search engine giant pushes into this uncharted territory and attempts to extend its vibrant advertising business into the realm of cellphones.

Japanese phone users allowed to pick and choose own OS
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
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NTT DoCoMo and Intel will publish Wednesday a set of specifications that will allow users to load a second operating system onto their cellphones, the companies said Tuesday.

Glofiish X500 smartphone with VoIP, GPS, kitchen sink
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
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Taiwanese handset maker E-Ten Information Systems has launched a new Windows Mobile-based smartphone packed with GPS, computing capabilities, and VoIP software from Skype.

Sony’s mylo coming to Japan after all but who cares?
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
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Sony has just let slip that its mylo folly is due to go on sale in Japan after all — in the middle of December in fact.

DoCoMo has 860,000 on IC-chip phone credit card
Friday, October 13, 2006
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Japan’s NTT DoCoMo has attracted more than 860,000 people to its DCMX service that allows a cellphone with an IC chip to be used to make credit purchases in stores, it said Thursday.

Intel fixed-mobile WiMax chip rolls out
Thursday, October 12, 2006
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Intel is blazing a trail from fixed to mobile WiMax with a chip that has just begun shipping in sample quantities.



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