Mon May 31, 2010

Survival in digitization of TV in Japan (67) -- Analog TV blackout on July 4 [2]

The program, which is expected to go on the air all at once around Japan from 5:59am to 6:00am on July 4, 2010 to promote more awareness of chideji, has been prepared for analog and digital terrestrial TV broadcasting.

On an analog TV during the promotion time period, the viewers will see a kind of blackout display that urges them to install a chideji-enabled TV set as soon as possible.

On a digital TV during the promotion time period, the viewers will be advised to chideji-enable the other TV sets in their home.


posted by sam at 02:15:26 JST on Mon May 31, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | Terrestrial Digital TV Broadcasting

Sun May 30, 2010

iPad had 250 people stand in a line

The iPad was finally launched in Japan as well on May 28.

In front of Softbank Mobile (SBM) Corp.'s (SBM's) flagship shop at Omotesando, Tokyo, about 250 people, some of whom had stayed up all night, formed a long queue before it opened at 8am to get an iPad as soon as possible.

SBM CEO Masayoshi Son attended the countdown ceremony.


posted by sam at 02:31:15 JST on Sun May 30, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Sat May 29, 2010

Survival in digitization of TV in Japan (66) -- Analog TV blackout on July 4 [1]

The National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan (NAB) announced on May 27 that it had produced a TV program that promotes visibility of chideji in collaboration with NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai: Japan Broadcasting Corp.).

The program is expected to go on the air all at once around Japan from 5:59am to 6:00am on July 4, 2010.


posted by sam at 03:27:41 JST on Sat May 29, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | Terrestrial Digital TV Broadcasting

Fri May 28, 2010

Survival in digitization of TV in Japan (65) -- CATV keeps on going with analog TV? [5]

Two CATV stations in Japan, its communications Inc. that operates in some areas of Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture and You Communications Corp. that operates in some areas of Kanagawa Prefecture, announced on May 26 that they will convert the digital terrestrial television broadcasting to the existing analog format and relay it to the subscribers until March 31, 2015.

Therefore, the subscribers to their CATV service will continue to receive analog and digital terrestrial television broadcasting simultaneously until March 31, 2015.


posted by sam at 02:06:03 JST on Fri May 28, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | Terrestrial Digital TV Broadcasting

Thu May 27, 2010

Pac-Man is still moving around on Google

Google Inc. announced that it has decided to continue offering its Pac-Man logo on May 23, U.S. Time

So, you can play the Pac-Man on its dedicated site http://www.google.com/pacman/.

posted by sam at 00:02:46 JST on Thu May 27, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | Network

Wed May 26, 2010

Tweet on iPhone by Twitter for iPhone

Twitter, Inc. released its iPhone application for tweeting on its micro-blogging service Twitter on May 19, U.S. Time.

Its application Twitter for iPhone allows you to connect to the Twitter on not only the iPhone but also the iPod touch.

The Twitter for iPhone application is now available in English or Japanese from the App Store for free.

posted by sam at 08:43:41 JST on Wed May 26, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | Web 2.0

Tue May 25, 2010

JCI to launch SIM-lock-free mobile Wi-Fi router (2)

Japan Communications Inc.'s (JCI's) portable mobile Wi-Fi router b-mobileWiFi, which is to launch on May 24, is SIM-lock-free.

Therefore, you can choose a SIM card among ones available from JCI, DoCoMo, etc. for the b-mobileWiFi and enjoy Internet connection on your gadgets such as netbook and the iPad via the PAN Wi-Fi and the 3G network, even when you are out of public Wi-Fi coverage.

The b-mobileWiFi has a price tag of ¥19,800 on JCI's shopping website.

It weighs in at around 80 grams and measures 54 x 99 x 14 mm.


posted by sam at 00:08:53 JST on Tue May 25, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile
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