Considering the market penetration of Opera in Japan and vast amount of mobile Flash driven offering here.. not much of a surprise. Without getting too deep into a predictable flame war, it is 'interesting' that Apple opposes the ubiquitous Adobe product supposedly based on their aversion to it being a proprietary standard.. when in-effect they are clearly "guilty" of that approach in many ways as well. Perhaps the real issue would have something more to-do with the fact that Flash would potentially crack open wider access to transactions beyond the current closed App Store money machine.. so until then you have the distant dream of html 5.
There will be plenty of shocked puppies here going forward. Mark our words this is just the beginning on what will surely become a common feature - worldwide - in the nearest future. In fact, it's natural evolution of the current Otayori Photo frames Rev.1 we've seen rolling here over the last year.. 8-)
The good folks running Mobile Squared kindly invited us to attend and present at their upcoming RoadShow Asia event in Singapore - all the Details Here - however, a perfect storm, aka Golden Week in Japan, means we're unable to attend and will run our deck remotely via Skype.
With two low-cost devices hitting the U.S. soon - and predictable APPL fanboy bashing - Sharp has delivered it's first major built-to-order product, of any likely scale, for major global markets. The formally code-named Pink, now Kin-series, units tout touch screens with decent mega-pixel cameras and on-board storage targeting the youth market for casual mobile web surfing markets and SNS activities. While we had to snicker at the final quote on their PR Note: This product is not designed for the Japanese market, however, it's a fools game to 'short' a clear desire - in the land of WalMart - to get a better than average deal.. 8-)
NHN Corp.'s Japanese unit said Monday that it has bought portal service provider Livedoor Co. from Japan's LDH Corp. for Y6.3 billion ($67.6 million), which will help the Korean company strengthen its presence in the Japanese portal segment. NHN, the owner of Naver, South Korea's biggest Internet search engine by revenue, said in a regulatory filing that it will pay for the purchase some time before May 15.
Japanese electronics giant Sharp unveiled Friday an LCD touchscreen that shows 3D images without requiring special glasses, as the race to market such products intensifies. Although Sharp has not given specific plans, there is speculation that it will equip video game giant Nintendo's upcoming DS console due out next spring, which will feature games in 3D. Both companies have commercial ties.
According to this post, the proposed NEC Corporation, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., and Hitachi, Ltd. agreement to merge their respective mobile phone businesses for the launch of a new joint venture in April 2010 will be slightly delayed.
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