A man posing as a deliveryman kidnapped the 12-year-old daughter of a company president but later released her, police said Monday. The man visited the home of the junior high school student in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday while her parents were out.
Visa International, Nippon Shinpan, Aeon Credit Service, OMC Card, and NTT DoCoMo announced that they have agreed to commercialize credit card settlements using mobile phones, and that they will start a trial service soon. The mobile phones designated for the trial service are NTT DoCoMo's i-mode-supporting 504i series and 504iS series that have the infrared communication function to download Java applications.
A Shinto priest at a historic Kobe shrine has been busted red-handed for taking a shot up a woman's skirt at a pachinko parlor with a camera-equipped mobile phone, police said. When a female employee of the parlor came close to the seat he had taken up, the 42-year-old priest thrust his mobile phone under her skirt and took a photo.
Japanese companies have a technology edge derived from digital media expertise, and particularly long experience with displays and cameras; experience in multimedia applications, from i-mode in the domestic market, has led to software and application expertise. Japanese companies have a technology edge derived from digital media expertise, and particularly long experience with displays and cameras; experience in multimedia applications, from i-mode in the domestic market, has led to software and application expertise.
Access said Tuesday that it has tied up with US software developer Adobe Systems to enable car navigation systems and Internet-accessible home appliances to read PDF (portable document format) files. Users must pay for software to convert files into PDF, an electronic text format that Adobe developed, but can download software for read-only access free of charge.
During the 505i launch event on Tuesday, Takeshi Natsuno was on stage to demonstrate the F505i's capabilities - including the fingerprintreader used to authenticate access to the phone's address book, mail, picture store, and scheduler. When Natsuno applied his finger onto the reader platen glass (located at the bottom of the phone), **nothing happened!** "OK - we'll try that later," he added somewhat sheepishly, after waiting for some 30 seconds...
ROBODEX 2003, a four-day exhibition featuring various robots, was held at the Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama April 3-6. The robots on display included pet robots, ASIMO and other human-shaped robots, and some others with different purposes. Many robots were seen with various capabilities for doing household chores.
More than one million users signed up for 3G mobile phone services in March in Japan, helped largely by surging 3G subscribers from KDDI, according to Japanﾕs Telecommunications Carriers Association (TCA). KDDI, Japanﾕs second-largest mobile phone service provider, added about 914,100 3G subscribers.
NTT DoCoMo said on Friday it plans to launch a flat-rate wireless Web access service using its personal handyphone system (PHS) network, in a bid to shore up its flagging PHS operation. NTT DoCoMo said on Friday it plans to launch a flat-rate wireless Web access service using its personal handyphone system (PHS) network, in a bid to shore up its flagging PHS operation.
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