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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, May 12, 2010

600 Tokyo bookstores band together to release iPad e-pubs
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It’ll be interesting to see if they bother to innovate for the platform or just port over existing titles.

Square, now available on iPhone and iPad - could this finally kill off PayPal?
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It’s not exactly in the same space yet, but Square could evolve to give PayPal a serious challenger at last.

High-tech Japanese toilets, now with added Twitter…
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Twenty minutes from tweet to rescue, just shows how Twitter is taking off in Japan. Mind you, he was in Akihabara…

Nintendo 3DS brought forward, 90% of people say meh…
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It seems that Nintendo is more eager than we thought to show the world its extra-dimensional new handheld.

Japanese pirates get real, no - seriously real…
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A survey carried out just before Golden Week (fine weather all round – no showers reported) has shown some very interesting results about Japanese attitudes to piracy.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Apple Japan taking iPad pre-orders now, but what about Bic Camera? Not so much…
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Some interesting gadgets on offer, but what are they?

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Dedicated Suica/RFID/NFC reader, but what about the e-ink cards on the horizon?
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The Relet seems kinda like a technology looking for an application, particularly given that the SmartDisplayer screen is already in a few credit cards in the wild.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Another RFID/NFC case rumored for the iPhone - will this one come through?
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This one’s from Visa, working with DeviceFidelity in the US. Whether or not it really hits the street remains to be seen.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Go postal retentive with Thanko’s Mailbox Sentry
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Lo-fi, old-skool, craziness from Thanko…

Friday, April 30, 2010

Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary now on iPhone from Enfour
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At $25 it’s not your average iPhone app, but the content makes it more than worth the outlay.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Amazing iPad photo app, TiltShift Generator: App Store codes available now…
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Having used this for a while, I can say it’s a stunning piece of programming - even better than the mega-smash iPhone version.

YATRSATIJ:  Yet Another Thinly Researched Story About The iPhone in Japan
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There’s a little reasonable stuff in there, but what’s all that about Softbank being “pounded by users’ demand for bandwidth”? It’s just a crappy network - is that what he means?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Avatards: DVD release marked with world’s worst cosplay in Tokyo
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At least one of them seems to have had some fun…

An iPhone developer’s take on up-selling from free apps for even bigger profits
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Worth reading if you’re wondering how to put a price on all that hard work…

Friday, April 16, 2010

International currency price chart for iTunes App Store
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It’s not exactly breaking news, but might be useful to anyone who, like me, regularly needs to look up the equivalent of, say, $1.99 in Japanese yen for an App Store purchase.

Oh soo Japanese: Winny porn virus publishes web history of victims on the net…
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When you’re basing your twisted business model on the possibility of a public shaming AND Winny users’ porn habits, you’ve got to be onto a winner, right?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Tilt Shift Generator on iPad, as seen by TSG on iPhone!
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How meta can you get?

Friday, April 09, 2010

My iPad chat with Nobi, Steve Nagata and Andrew Pothecary…
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Comments more than welcome on my very rough guesses about pricing, Emobile and anything else in there. Thanks again to Andrew, Steve and Nobi.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Toy Camera gets everywhere…
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Toy Camera gets everywhere…

Hey @takayukifukatsu - did you know Bic Camera now has a ToyCamera section? grin

Hungry for brains? Zombify your friends with ace iPhone face-changer app, ZombieBooth
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It’s the latest app from our clients at MotionPortrait, famous for HourFace and plenty more, and is well worth a look. Great sound effects too.

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