Wed June 02, 2010

Skype for iPhone gets through 3G network (1)

Luxembourg-based Skype Limited released a new version of its VoIP application Skype for iPhone on May 30, local time.

The new version allows the user to make/receive Skype-to-Skype calls on the iPhone via the 3G network, as well as Wi-Fi connection.

The application is available from the App Store for free.

The user can make/receive toll-free Skype-to-Skype calls by means of the 3G data connections service until the end of 2010.

posted by sam at 07:54:37 JST on Wed June 02, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Tue June 01, 2010

Sony to establish an E-book delivery business planning company

Sony Corp., Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., KDDI Corp., and The Asahi Shimbun Company announced on May 27 that they will establish a business planning company that works on e-book delivery around the beginning of July.

The company is expected to build and operate its platform where digital content such as book, comic, magazine, and newspaper is collectively delivered.

posted by sam at 01:38:32 JST on Tue June 01, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

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

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

Sat May 22, 2010

JCI to launch SIM-lock-free mobile Wi-Fi router (1)

Are you often irritated by being out of Wi-Fi coverage?

Japan Communications Inc. (JCI), Japan's MVNO giant, announced on May 19 that it will launch a portable SIM-lock-free mobile Wi-Fi router on May 24.

posted by sam at 09:25:30 JST on Sat May 22, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Fri May 21, 2010

Clap hands to ask Andorid the hour

Asial Corp., a Web technology company in Japan, announced on May 14 that it had released an Android application that tells the hour on May 13.

Its application ClapClap Clock will tell you the hour in English or Japanese in a voice when you clap hands twice in a row.

The ClapClap Clock application is available from the Android Market for free.

posted by sam at 09:37:09 JST on Fri May 21, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Sat May 15, 2010

iPad to launch on May 28 in Japan (5)

As for the use of it in Japan, you can choose a rate plan for data communications on the iPad -- that is, a monthly flat rate or a prepaid plan.

In addition to one of these basic rates, the subscriber needs to pay for Web access and Wi-Fi connection.

The rate for Web access on the iPad is ¥315 a month.

And the rate for connecting to the Softbank Wi-Fi Spot service is null for 24 months, but will be ¥490 a month in 25 months.

posted by sam at 01:12:42 JST on Sat May 15, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile