Sun February 28, 2010

More than 10 billion tracks downloaded

How many songs have you ever bought on the iTunes Store?

Apple Inc. announced on February 25 (U.S. Time) that the number of tracks downloaded and sold from its iTunes Store has exceeded 10 billion.

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Sat February 27, 2010

Japan's radio via the Internet (3)

The IP simulcast radio, which will be carried out as a pilot test from March 15 through August 31, 2010, will be available in the Kansai and Kanto area in Japan.

However, you won't be able to listen to Kansai's radio stations when you are in Kanto or other areas, and vice versa.

In other words, the IP simulcast radio will be implemented according to the current air coverage.

Specifically, you can listen to Kansai's radio stations by IP simulcast, including FM COCOLO, on the Web site dedicated to the Kansai area.

And you can listen to Kanto's radio stations by IP simulcast, including InterFM, on the Web site dedicated to the Kanto area.

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Sun February 21, 2010

Xperia smaller than credit card (2)

One of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications' (SEMC's) new Xperia X10 handsets, or Xperia X10 mini, weighs 88 g and measures 83 x 50 x 16 mm, which is smaller than a credit card (86 x 54 mm). It will come in colors of pearl white, black, pink, lime, red, and silver.

The other, or Xperia X10 mini pro, has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, weighs 120 g, and measures 90 x 52 x 17 mm. It will come in colors of black and red.

Both of them are expected to hit the shelves in the second quarter of 2010.

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Fri February 19, 2010

Radio Nikkei on iPhone

Nikkei Radio Broadcasting Corp. (Radio Nikkei), which is not only the sole radio station in Japan that covers the whole of Japan but allegedly the single remaining global commercial shortwave radio station, began to offer an application for the iPhone/iPod touch on February 16.

Its application, which is available from the App Store, allows iPhone/iPod touch users to listen to the radio station throughout Japan.

It will cost ¥350 a month.

Radio Nikkei's broadcasts include market information and live coverage of horse race.

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Thu February 18, 2010

Motorola adopts JCI's USIM card

Japan Communications Inc. (JCI), Japan's MVNO giant, announced Tuesday that its USIM card for NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s FOMA service has been adopted by Motorola, Inc.

Motorola will use JCI's card in its Windows Mobile-based cellphone handsets -- the FR68 and the FR6076.

The two handsets are expected to hit Japan's market in March.

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Wed February 17, 2010

Xperia smaller than credit card (1)

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications (SEMC) unveiled its two new types of Android-based cellphone handset on February 14 local time.

The handsets are both scaled-down version of the Xperia X10 (referred to as Xperia in Japan).

One of them is dubbed Xperia X10 mini and the other Xperia X10 mini pro.

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Thu February 11, 2010

E-book reader is blooming

Do you read books and newspapers on an e-book reader?

Which e-book reader are you using?

Kindle? iPad? nook? Sony's?

What is the downside to reading on an e-book reader?

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