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Making the best Japanese iPhone apps fly worldwide
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Read the full story Announcements | Internet | iPhone | NOT Japan | Wireless 11:27 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: iphone software

If you’re an iPhone app developer or know someone who is, then stay tuned for some exciting news…

Protect your iPhone with a gorgeous chunk of luxury carbon
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Read the full story NOT Japan | Wireless 01:53 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: carbon gorilla case iphone

Although it’s not exactly our remit on Digital World Tokyo to cover iPhone cases, the latest high-end protector from Europe is so exceptional, it’s clearly worth a quick rundown.

Free your iPod’s audio with a PocketDock line-out adapter
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Read the full story Audio | Power | Wireless 11:16 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: iphone ipod sendstation usb

It’s been described as the ‘must-have’’ accessory for your iPod or iPhone and - although it’s not on direct sale here in Japan - SendStation’s PocketDock adapter packs so much at such a low cost, it’s hard not to crave one.

Classic DS title Dr Kawashima Brain Training hits the iPhone
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Read the full story Gaming | Wireless 11:18 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: iphone kawashima nintendo

If we ever needed proof that the iPhone is becoming a serious gaming platform, then look no further than Namco Bandai and its introduction of the classic Dr Kawashima mental-agility games for the Apple hardware.

Sony Bravia TVs now send and receive email postcards

Sony‘s new Bravia Postcard service for cellphones pretty much does what it says on the pack - sends virtual message cards from compatible phones to net-connected Bravia TV sets.

FindTokyo app brings pop-up maps and more to iPhone
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Read the full story GPS | Internet | Japan | Mobile computing | Wireless 10:20 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: enfour gmap iphone ipod mapping tokyo

In spite of general ill-informed nay-saying about the hardware’s prospects in Japan, the Tokyo-specific iPhone apps keep rolling in thick, fast and creamy, with the latest being a gem from Enfour and Gmap.

Japanese SMS and mail on Western phones? No problem…
Read the full story NOT Japan | Wireless 10:00 PM Yoshi Suzuki • Permalink
Tagged with: berry mobile docomo nokia uk

This one flew well under the radar when it was launched a few weeks ago, but the news that Japanese-speaking residents of the UK can finally get their phones speaking fluent kanji, hiragana and katakana is worth revisiting.

Tokyo Metro iPhone app free giveaway!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Read the full story Announcements | Internet | Japan | Mobile computing | Transportation | Wireless 10:20 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: iphone ipod presselite

Anyone traveling in Tokyo knows how confusing the subway can be even if you can read Japanese, which is why we’re eternally grateful for Presselite’s new Tokyo Metro iPhone or iPod touch app. Best of all, we’ve got ten copies to give away.

Gyazapo RFID phones to carry loyalty points from 100 stores
Monday, February 23, 2009
Read the full story Household | Japan | R&D | Wireless 11:43 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: bic camera felica ntt osaifu rfid suica

When I visited NTT last October for a private demo of its new cellphone RFID loyalty-card system, it was still in its early stages of development, so there wasn’t a great deal to write home about at the time.

Video: DoCoMo lifts lid on future phone plans
Monday, February 09, 2009
Read the full story Internet | Japan | R&D | Video | Wireless 03:11 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: 4g docomo osaifu

NTT DoCoMo’s corporate videos have long been a Big Deal for the 800lb gorilla of a phone company, so it’s always worth checking out the latest to see the public face it wants to present to the world.

Huh? Now the iPhone is a web server?

The iPhone is many things to many people, but we bet few of them ever imagined it becoming a web server all by itself.

Samsung Acme phone packs it all in (no mention of iPhone killing, BTW)
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Read the full story NOT Japan | Wireless 10:44 PM Yoshi Suzuki • Permalink
Tagged with: acme iphone samsung

Samsung has more phones in its roster that there are stars in the heavens, whereas Apple – for example – has just one. Quite why, therefore, the Korean firm’s latest smartphone is being touted as an iPhone killer is neither here nor there.

Samsung Loches smartphone leaked or just a feeble PR effort?
Friday, January 23, 2009
Read the full story NOT Japan | Wireless 07:31 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: rumors samsung

Believe what you will, but our tipster in Europe just wrote to tell us about a pretty poor teaser website for an as-yet-unknown Samsung phone called the Loches.

Counting the quake-is-coming countdown alert systems in Japan
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Read the full story Household | Internet | Software | Wireless 08:15 PM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: earthquake gadget safety

Knowing when the quake will arrive keeps getting easier in Japan. Official earthquake warnings that pop up in a window on your computer screen is the latest alert method. Already earthquake warnings are broadcast on TV. Cable TV providers and telecoms offer…

NEC language interpreter for phones includes better Wiener Filter
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Read the full story R&D | Wireless 11:30 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: japanese language nec

It’s not the first time we’ve seen phones that purport to translate between languages, but NEC’s claims for its new mobile travel interpreter are certainly among the grandest.

RFID rail pass also tracks your kid’s every movement
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Read the full story Household | Transportation | Wireless 11:14 PM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: pasmo rfid safety

Kids carrying an RFID contactless transit smartcard can also use it to automatically notify parents of their whereabouts.

Facelift for shiny new Digital World Tokyo mobile site
Monday, December 22, 2008
Read the full story Announcements | Internet | Mobile computing | Wireless 06:38 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: dwt mobile

I’m not sure if turning the plain-Jane old mobile site into a fancy new version using Winksite counts as a facelift, but I can say that it looks absolutely splendid now.

Stopping ATM scams with cellphone jammers
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Wireless 09:31 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: banking crime mobile phone

A Tokyo area bank has begun installing devices that jam cell phone signals in order to prevent elderly citizens from becoming victims of phone fraud. Swindlers have been targeting seniors, telling them to go to the bank and all the while stay…

Digital phone knows when earthquakes are coming
Friday, December 05, 2008
Read the full story Household | Internet | Japan | Wireless 07:56 PM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: earthquakes sanyo

A new fixed-line phone from Sanyo uses an internet connection to receive and announce earthquake warnings.

Pair Movies sync across two phones to form one big screen
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Video | Wireless 04:48 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: advertising pair movies sony music tv

From today Japanese TV drama fans get a new way to sample the pabulum churned out by big media here in the form of something called ‘Pair Movies.’

Nokia N97 rocks up to 48GB of multimedia goodness
Read the full story NOT Japan | Wireless 02:53 AM Yoshi Suzuki • Permalink
Tagged with: iphone nokia

We’ve known about it for a while now, but it’s always good to hear when yet another ‘iPhone killer’ looks like turning up in stores a little early, like Nokia’s new N97 handset, which could hit early next year.

Updated: DoCoMo amps up the marketing spend to push new handsets
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Read the full story Wireless 10:20 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: docomo marketing

The current rebranding attempt DoCoMo is making to push its phones to some pretty jaded customers here in Japan is clearly a big deal for the company.

Nokia rolls out E63 for email fans everywhere
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Read the full story NOT Japan | Wireless 03:35 AM Yoshi Suzuki • Permalink
Tagged with: nokia

Continuing our updates for UK phone fans (aren’t we kind?), here’s news that Nokia’s mail-centric E63 is ready to roll.

BlackBerry Storming up search engine rankings
Friday, November 07, 2008
Read the full story NOT Japan | Wireless 01:49 AM Yoshi Suzuki • Permalink
Tagged with: blackberry storm

UK search guru Patrick Altoft just dropped us a line about the Blackberry Storm pre-order post we did the other day to add a little intriguing info cherry on top.

DoCoMo’s new phones drop old branding, bring us lots more of the same
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Read the full story Wireless 09:49 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: docomo

Like anyone who’s easily put off by ridiculous levels of gadgetry, I’m not very impressed by most Japanese cellphones, so I’ll just point you in the direction of DoCoMo’s newly revealed fleet of 22 new handsets.

BlackBerry Storm pre-orders open right now
Read the full story NOT Japan | Wireless 05:19 AM Yoshi Suzuki • Permalink
Tagged with: blackberry storm

We’ve been getting a lot of info about new phones hitting the UK far earlier than expected so, in deference to our vast army of readers over there in the land of bad food and even worse prices, here’s the latest.

Spookily attractive Nokia N85 goes trick-or-treatin’ today
Friday, October 31, 2008
Read the full story NOT Japan | Wireless 07:01 PM Yoshi Suzuki • Permalink
Tagged with: nokia oled

October 31 isn’t just the one day a year when the dead walk the Earth – it’s also the launch date for Nokia’s newest uber handset, the sparkly new N85.

Samsung Pixon – 8 megapixels, quad band, kitchen sink
Friday, October 24, 2008
Read the full story NOT Japan | Wireless 06:27 PM Yoshi Suzuki • Permalink
Tagged with: pixon samsung

Although the megapixel race has long since hit cellphones, it’s always been pretty much a moot point due to phones being, well, phones. Not so Samsung’s latest, which arrives in stores this week.

World’s longest ringtone lasts over an hour, but why?
Monday, October 06, 2008
Read the full story Wireless | WTF? 02:06 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: dwango ringtones

If you’ve got little to do this weekend and are interested in incredible tedium, then you could always download what its maker claims is the world’s longest cellphone ringtone.

Wi-Fi Chumby delivers Godzilla news to bedside/futonside
Friday, September 05, 2008
Read the full story Household | Toys | Wireless | WTF? 01:41 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: chumby godzilla wi-fi

Although it was announced in the US a while back, it’s only this fall that other territories will get their hands on Chumby, the so-called alarm clock of the future.

Japanese Bluetooth speakers double up as hands-free
Read the full story Audio | Wireless 01:35 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: bluetooth logicool

Adding external speakers to portable music players like iPods or even cellphones is a dubious prospect at the best of times (an accessory too far?), but at least the new set from Logicool has a little extra to offer.

Japanese salty dogs watch fish prices online to get best prices
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Read the full story Internet | Japan | Wireless | WTF? 12:57 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: fishing kanazawa

As fish supplies dwindle and competition among commercial fishing boats intensifies, a group of Japanese trawlermen have turned to the internet to give themselves an edge.

Teeny tiny software developer shows us its Android plans
Friday, June 20, 2008
Read the full story Gaming | Interviews | Wireless 03:02 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: android eitarosoft lamity

Last month, one look at the work Japanese company Eitarosoft is doing with Android made it pretty obvious a closer inspection was in order before the fledgling big player hits the inaccessible heights of some of its current customers.

Amazing survey says some Japanese might buy an iPhone
Read the full story Japan | Wireless 02:35 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: iphone surveys

In yet another one of those tech surveys that says close to nothing while appearing to contain something of substance, a Japanese probe has found that – shock! – some people here are interested in buying an iPhone.

KDDI building real-world bank to encourage e-payments
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Read the full story Household | Japan | Wireless 02:27 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: banking e-cash kddi mufg

Earlier this month, when we looked at the future of mobile technologies from an academic’s perspective, one of the predictions that stood out was that phone companies looking to encourage mobile micropayments using their handsets would be well advised to team up with a solid financial institution first.

The future in our pockets at Japan’s Mobile Consumer Lab
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Read the full story Interviews | Wireless 02:09 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: 1-seg e-cash iuj research

Japan’s legions of small northwest coastal towns are famed for their patchworks of rice paddies and garlands of snow-capped mountains that offer some of the region’s best skiing, but only one is home to a research lab devoted to understanding how we interact with our mobile phones.

Exclusive: DoCoMo gives us its side of the Japanese 3G iPhone story
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Read the full story Interviews | Japan | Wireless 08:36 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: 3g apple iphone

Everybody knows the 3G iPhone will hit Japan later this year on the crap-tastic Softbank network, but I don’t believe anyone else was able to get NTT DoCoMo to admit it had been in the race too.

Japanese RFID tech batters down doors in West
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Read the full story R&D | Wireless 02:51 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: felica rfid sony

We recently lifted the lid on just how useful – not to mention pervasive – RFID technology is in Japan, so it’s with a glad heart that we bring you news of a move that’s sure to help it spread more quickly in the West.

RFID in Japan: Japan’s experience with RFID phones and contactless cash
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Wireless 07:57 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: felica keitai osaifu pasmo rfid suica

Over the last few years, residents of busy metropolises like London and Hong Kong have grown used to the convenience – not to mention lower prices in London’s case – of transport networks that accept electronic payments. Handy pieces of plastic, like the Oyster Card, with chips onboard are clearly a part of life for many people, but the same RFID technology has a far greater reach in Japan, where it has taken the next step and migrated to mobile phones as well.

Mobile barcodes now speak to us – quite literally…
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Read the full story Wireless | WTF? 11:14 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: qr codes voice qr

Like many Far-Eastern technologies, Japan’s QR Code gets attention in the West more for being exotic than for any real benefit it brings, so we fully expect the latest all-singing version of the 2D barcode to follow suit.



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