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Samsung 1.8Mbps HSDPA handset hits Europe
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
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Those would-be masters of the cellphone universe, Samsung, dropped us a friendly line to say that their 1.8Mbps HSDPA/EDGE handset has just gone on sale in France and Germany.

Verizon’s Chocolate phone gunning for iPod
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
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Verizon yesterday announced a digital music player called Chocolate, which uses a cellphone made by LG to play songs downloaded over Verizon’s wireless network.

World’s thinnest satellite DMB phone dangerously desirable
Monday, July 31, 2006
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Samsung’s SCH-B500 is not just the universe’s thinnest satellite TV- and radio-receiving S-DMB cellphone, it also happens to be so outrageously desirable even trained “spokesmodels” have to hold the thing at arm’s length if they want to escape with (mostly) unsinged facial hair.

NEC, Panasonic to tie on 3G phone chips, software
Friday, July 28, 2006
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NEC and Panasonic have agreed to work together on basic development of cellphone handsets, and with Texas Instruments on a common core hardware platform for future handsets, the companies said late Thursday.

Go-anywhere cellphones at home on the beach and in the bathroom
Thursday, July 27, 2006
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Things are pretty different here in Nippon; take cellphones — unlike in the GSM markets, Japanese carriers compete with each other mainly through handset features co-developed with the manufacturers, giving the networks massive power and influence.

Crimson Room coming soon to a pocket near you
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
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If phrases like “It’s a stale CD player, “The knob doesn’t turn” and “The outer scene is in sight” jog any memories then you’re obviously one of the many who has savored the “delights” of Crimson Room, an online Flash game by Toshimitsu Takagi from 2004.

Panasonic and NEC to brew own cellphone software
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NEC and Panasonic may establish a joint venture to develop software for cellphone handsets, the companies said Tuesday.

Grocers turn to mobile phones for customer loyalty
Friday, July 21, 2006
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A U.K. company has come up with a way to use mobile phones for a new type of customer incentive program that’s starting to catch on in supermarkets in Asia.

Infineon designs dual-band, single-chip UWB system
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German chip maker Infineon Technologies has designed a core transceiver for a new generation of system-on-chip semiconductors that will allow consumer electronic devices, such as mobile phones and PCs, to send or receive data at high speeds over the airwaves, the company said this week.

Super-fast 2Mbps uploads coming to a phone near you
Thursday, July 20, 2006
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Mobile phone users could soon be uploading data at a rate of 2Mbps per second thanks to a new chip being demonstrated this week by Qualcomm.

HP announces grain-sized wireless memory chip
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
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Hewlett-Packard researchers have developed a memory chip with wireless networking capabilities that is roughly the same size as a grain of rice, the company said Monday.

Samsung’s seamless GSM, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi switcher
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Samsung has just hit the Italian market with the world’s first UMA mobile phone. The technology is a fixed-mobile convergence standard that allows handsets to seamlessly switch from using a cell network to VoIP over Wi-Fi without user intervention.

DoCoMo announces non-Fujitsu fuel cell
Saturday, July 15, 2006
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Ah-ha! The plot surrounding DoCoMo’s fuel cell efforts thickens. After talking for years about how it was developing a super-duper fuel cell with Fujitsu, about which it has now gone strangely quiet, DoCoMo has just come out of stealth mode and fessed up that it’s in fact working with Aquafairy on a cell that’s twice as powerful as last year’s Fujitsu jobbie.

HTC bringing smartphone coolness to DoCoMo
Thursday, July 13, 2006
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Taiwan’s High Tech Computer (HTC) will enter the Japan market for the first time later this month when it begins selling a Windows Mobile-based smart phone with NTT DoCoMo, the two companies said Wednesday.

Japanese Symbian cellphones locked up tight but users don’t care
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The number of cellphones in Japan using the Symbian operating system has hit 10 million, Symbian said Wednesday.

Up with the cock: almost half of Japanese use cellphone alarms
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
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It seems odd to me that 43% of Japanese respondents to a recent survey about their morning rising habits do so to the sound of a mobile phone’s alarm. Apparently, the keitai is by far the most common means of morning stimulation.

NTT DoCoMo shopping for Super 3G gear
Saturday, July 08, 2006
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NTT DoCoMo has started shopping for equipment for a future Super 3G network that will carry data many times faster than current third-generation technology, allowing 100Mbps downloads to cellphones.

The rise and rise of DoCoMo’s credit-card IC phones
Friday, July 07, 2006
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As we’ve seen before in our regular analyses of what the major wireless networks in Japan are up to, KDDI is leading in mobile music and Willcom in smartphones, so today we’ll examine how NTT DoCoMo is setting the trend with mobile e-money services.

San Francisco Wi-Fi idea draws mixed reviews
Thursday, July 06, 2006
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While backers say free Wi-Fi in San Francisco will bring a wide range of benefits and critics fear a Googlistic Big Brother, ordinary locals and visitors in the city by the bay have other takes on the controversy — or don’t even know about it.

DoCoMo’s summer lineup wilts in heat
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Seems the stifling heat here in Tokyo has started to affect the designers over at NTT DoCoMo and the various handset makers it likes to call friends, rendering the summer lineup of 3G FOMA handsets isn’t slightly limp.

Palm’s Treo falls foul of European pollution law
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
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Palm has stopped shipping its latest smartphone to Europe because the devices don’t comply with new European Union regulations that limit the acceptable amount of hazardous substances in electronics goods.

W-Zero3[es] live and direct from Tokyo
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Tuesday’s major news was the release of Japan’s second Windows Mobile smartphone, the W-Zero3[es] made by Sharp and sold by Willcom. Check out the event, the phone itself…

Japan’s WinMo super phone gets a facelift
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As promised, here’s the rest of the news on WIllcom’s new Windows Mobile smartphone, the bizarrely named W-Zer03[es]. Click on for the details on Japan’s second WinMo mobile.

Keyboard on the side in new W-Zero3[es] from Willcom
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
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Willcom is holding a press conference in downtown Tokyo as we speak, at which it has unveiled its new take on the successful W-Zero3 smartphone.

More Internet users mobile than wired in Japan
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The number of Internet users in Japan accessing from cellphones exceeded those using it from personal computers in 2005, according to a government report published Tuesday.

Samsung’s 95g smartphone up against Treo and Blackberries
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Samsung’s Windows Mobile SGH-i320 smartphone is set to hit the streets anytime now and looks ready for the stiff competition it’s sure to face. Click on for more.

On the bus with WiMax in action
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Korea is about to get one of the world’s first Mobile WiMax services and its operator, KT, is so proud of the technology it has been driving reporters around Seoul in a bus tricked out with laptops and PDAs to demonstrate the broadband-on-the-go service. Naturally, we had a ticket and here’s the video to prove it.

GPS-phone child-safety system debuts in Osaka
Saturday, July 01, 2006
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With child murder and molestation being heavily reported by the Japanese mass media these days, there’s a lot of action on the kiddie protection front. Now, word comes that elementary schools will test GPS/cellphones (KDDI/au models) that track kids every six seconds and have various alerts and warning functions.

Sexi-cute Koda Kumi to sell Vodafone 705T
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They say sex sells, so Toshiba is dragging Kumi Koda away from her Coke adverts to plug its 705T keitai for long-suffering and recently-Softbank-acquired Vodafone.

Hopping aboard the Mobile WiMax bus
Thursday, June 29, 2006
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With a Mobile WiMax service about to soft-launch in Seoul, one of South Korea’s biggest telecom carriers, KT, last week demonstrated the mobile Internet service to a select few and we were there.

Japanese bullet train gets its Wi-Fi on
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Passengers on the famous Japanese Shinkansen “bullet trains” will be able to surf the Internet while traveling at 300kph thanks to a new service planned by the railway operator.

Samsung Ultra slim cellphones in the flesh
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Samsung’s Ultra range of super-slim cellphones were announced recently in Korea and are set to conquer the RAZR-loving planet within weeks.

Sony nemesis Immersion bringing force-feedback to phone screens
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
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Press your finger on a cellphone touchscreen in 2007 and the screen could press right back. Hapatic — or force-feedback — specialist Immersion said Monday that it plans to license its force-feedback technology to handset makers, to make virtual buttons on cellphone screens.

Wireless photo frame in action
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
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We just got our video act together on that intriguing wireless photo frame we mentioned yesterday.

Hospital finds a bloody good RFID application
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RFID tags and readers most commonly are associated with tracking goods in manufacturing and warehousing, but hospitals are starting to apply RFID for a new purpose: tracking blood.

Digital photo frame gets images from your cellphone
Monday, June 26, 2006
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A digital photo frame that can receive images from camera phones was on show at last week’s SEK 2006 in Seoul.

Samsung WiMax cellphone getting global release in ‘07
Friday, June 23, 2006
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Samsung plans a worldwide release next year of a cellphone that includes support for mobile WiMax networks, a company executive said this week.

One million tuned into mobile digital TV in Korea
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South Korean consumers have bought one million mobile terrestrial digital TV receivers in just over six months since the service was launched, according to Korean government figures.

Nokia and Sanyo abandon plan to merge their CDMA units
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What happened Nokia? Did Sanyo leaving the cap off the toothpaste at night offend your Scandinavian sensibilities or was it the old bed Vs futon argument that got in the way? Whatever it was we were expecting plenty of CDMA love to go round and now you’ve left us to pick up the pieces while Samsung and LG pocket the spoils. Click on for the tale of a love that never was.

Samsung glamor lineup smashes cellphone thinness records
Thursday, June 22, 2006
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Samsung has just taken the wraps off its “Ultra Edition” series of cellphones at CommunicAsia 2006, revealing one handset it claims is the thinnest phone ever made. Pics and full details after the jump.



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