Panasonic Mobile Communications today announced it has begun shipment of P901iTV mobile handsets to NTT DoCoMo. The P901iTV is DoCoMo's first mobile handset to receive terrestrial digital broadcasting signals in addition to conventional analog signals. The handset was created in response to the planned launch of mobile digital broadcasting in April 2006. The handset's main display is a 2.5-inch wide-view LCD screen. Approximately 3 hours of continuous digital TV viewing is possible.
2005 was a big year for mobile gaming. $600 million big, or $1.5 billion if you want to talk globally. So where are all the mobile gamers? A quick visit around the busiest, most-trafficked gaming forums shows a mild interest in the mobile platform at best, and disdain for the medium at worst. It's a given that the mobile platform will never generate the excitement and online chatter of the console or PC mediums, but why do hardcore gamers take such an apathetic stance towards mobile?
KDDI have just announced [in Japanese] a new service that combines their Osaifu Keitai (wallet phone) service with the popular EZ-Navi GPS function. Users will be able to browse their mobile phone for locations that accept EZ FeliCa transactions and then request map directions to guide them there. The Ready Go! campaign will promote use of this system between March 1st and April 30th, with prizes including "Beauty" trips to Korea, onsen (spa) vacations and Edy e-cash certificates. The company offers five fully enabled handset models and this announcement reinforces our main points in this recent article about KDDI/au's competitive edge in Japan.
Index Solutions announced a joint venture today with Tokyo based Kuremen Technologies to trial an image recognition program using photos taken by the camera of mobile phones. The new service, called PicLin, will enable the company to provide users with additional information according to the picture sent via e-mail using image recognition technology powered by Kureman.
Last week's announcement of Nokia and Sanyo joining forces to boost their combined CDMA market share in the US was lost in the next-gen mobile TV hype and media avalanche (not to mention complaints about pokey dial-up access from the venue) coming from the 3GSM World Congress. The Nokia-Sanyo combination is an obvious play with both sides bringing a decent value proposition to the table; Nokia has massive manufacturing capacity, established distribution channels and a global brand while Sanyo has proven experience producing ultra-cool high-tech handsets and strong operator/vendor relationships. The companies gave no financial details of the tie-up, which is expected to close in the second quarter, but the JV will be based in Osaka and San Diego with a
A vendor of Linux-based network security and intrusion detection devices has been acquired by a major Japanese MVNO. Japan Communications Incorporated says that Arxceo's devices will help protect mobile VoIP phone users, including dual-mode handset users. Arxceo markets Linux-based SMB firewall appliances, as well as small, Linux-based firewall devices. The small devices are placed between wireless networks and corporate networks, and provide behavior-based intrusion detection and prevention, the company says.
NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and RealNetworks, announced today that they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on February 15 as a first step to jointly deploying RealNetworks' Mobile Streaming Server software to facilitate new video streaming capabilities that DoCoMo will add to its existing V-Live service(tm). The enhanced V-Live service would create an open environment to enable content providers (CPs) to use their own multi-format, cross-platform Helix Mobile servers, to stream video content over the Internet to FOMA handsets.
In December, Furuedai Junior High School in the city of Suita, Osaka Prefecture introduced an RFID system. 160 of the 298 students at the school are wearing namebadges [.jpg image]. The objective of this system is to make the school safe. If a person who doesn't have a legitimate RFID tag comes in through a school gate, the system notifies teachers and a surveillance camera starts recording the areas.
GeoVector has announced a partnership with NEC to enable Japanese mobile content providers to offer information for end users to simply point their mobile phones at a building, retailer, restaurant, hotel or billboard advertisement. Just like using a mouse to click on your computer screen to retrieve information, now mobile phone users in Japan can Click on the Real World using their mobile phone, aided by GPS and a built-in compass. GeoVector's technology makes a variety of innovative content-based applications and M-commerce transactions possible.
A growing number of people are taking photos of deceased family members or friends during funeral services. In July last year, Akiko Deguchi, a funeral planner, saw a surprising scene at a funeral ceremony held at a Yokohama funeral hall -- five to six attendees were taking photos of the deceased person's face on their mobile phone cameras shortly before the lid was placed on the coffin.
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