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  • Fujitsu offers world's first waterproof cell phone with integrated fingerprint security system

    Fujitsu Japan has developed the F-01A [JP], the world’s first cell phone that’s waterproof and also features a security function utilizing fingerprint biometrics. In Nippon, it’s part of the line-up of NTT DoCoMo, the country’s biggest telecommunications company. Read More

  • Hello Kitty gets awesome cell phone (China only?)

    I am not really sure if this is really a product licensed by Sanrio, the company behind uber cartoon cat Hello Kitty, but this “branded” handset looks kind of cool. Read More

  • NEC develops speech interpretation software for cell phones

    NEC today announced [JP] they developed automatic software for mobile phones automatically translates travel-related words and phrases from Japanese to English and English to Japanese and that seems to be more advanced than this solution. Read More

  • Do you use a cell phone holster?

    It was pointed out to me recently that the citizens of the U.S. are just about the only people on the planet that carry their cell phones in holsters. After a moment’s reflection I realized this was pretty accurate: in all my travels through Scandinavia, and Western and Eastern Europe over the last couple of years, I don’t think I saw a single cell phone carried anywhere other than… Read More

  • Renesas to unveil full HD video processor for cell phones


    The days for Japan’s mobile digital TV standard One-Seg may be counted Renesas, the world’s biggest manufacturer of microcontrollers, is planning to unveil a processor that will make it possible to view full HD video in 30fps on cell phones during the ISSCC 2009 (International Solid State Circuits Conference) that will take place in San Francisco from February 8 to 12… Read More

  • Nokia plans to bring its Vertu luxury brand to Japan, is poised to fail

    Japan has always been a tough market crack for Nokia, the world’s biggest cell phone manufacturer. While the Finnish company boasts a 40 percent share of global handset sales, this figure has been steady at about 1 percent in Japan. Now it has come to light that Nokia plans to launch an MVNO with Nippon’s No. 1 cell phone carrier Docomo starting in either February or March next year. Read More

  • Samsung announces the Behold for T-Mobile

    Joining the T-Mobile fray today is the Samsung Behold. Yet another touch-screen device that will surely underwhelm from a manufacturer that could easily churn out better devices if they’d ditch those crappy plastic screens for real glass. However, it does have an AF 5-megapixel camera with flash, built-in GPS and it’s a 3G device. The rest of the specs can be found after the… Read More

  • NTT Docomo floods Japan with 22 new cell phones

    Japan’s biggest telco NTT DoCoMo today announced 4 new cell phone series (STYLE, PRIME, SMART and PRO ), which are part of the company’s fall/winter product line-up. Docomo will offer a total of 22 new handsets. As Japanese handset makers have recently vowed to internationalize more agressively, there is a good chance at least some of the new models will become available outside… Read More

  • Japanese iPhone gets official digital TV WiFi tuner/battery extender

    Softbank Mobile today announced the release of a One-Seg digital TV tuner for the iPhone [JP] for the middle of December. One-Seg is a digital TV system only available in Japan and Brazil and usually stands for great picture and sound quality. The device makes it possible to watch digital TV via WiFi by converting TV signals into IP-based data. Buyers can use the TV tuner (weight: 80… Read More

  • KDDI unveils winter/fall cell phone line-up (photo gallery)

    Japan’s second biggest mobile phone carrier KDDI au yesterday unveiled new cell phones for its year-end sales campaign. Priced between $400 and $550, the first handsets will be sold in early November. Here is the complete line-up: Hitachi Wooo 63H
    (featuring a 3.1-inch OLED display) Read More

  • Casio releases 8.1-megapixel camera phone with a 3.1-inch VGA OLED display

    Casio Japan today unveiled a cool new cell phone [JP], which not only comes with a number of impressive features but also received FCC approval in August. Casio claims its Exilim W63CA mobile phone is Japan’s first 8.1-megapixel camera phone. The device also features a 3.1-inch OLED display (26 million colors, 480 Ă— 800 resolution). Other functions include a newly developed Exilim… Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: KDDI's super-futuristic cell phone protoypes (photo gallery)

    KDDI au is not only Japan’s second biggest cell phone carrier but also famous for its KDDI Design Project. And while their exhibition in the KDDI Design Studio in Tokyo was disappointing, the company made a strong showing at this year’s CEATEC. See the coolest cell phone designs below. KDDI has been running this design project for years now and actually started mass-producing… Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: NTT Docomo's next-generation cell phone prototypes (photo gallery)

    Japan’s biggest cell phone carrier NTT Docomo had one of the coolest booths at this year’s CEATEC (which ended last Saturday), showcasing a lot of spectacular new stuff. These are their cell phone concepts, some of which even might make it to the mass market one day. Watch a video of their microprojector cell-phone hybrid here and a see this post for more information on their… Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: NTT Docomo's awesome micro projector/cell phone

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    Japan’s biggest telco NTT showcased a micro projector that is built into a cell phone and is able to project a 25-inch video image. Asked if and and when the device will be commercialized I received the usual answer: “Maybe in a few years, maybe never.” Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: Docomo's (awesome) detachable cell phone up and close (2 videos)

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    At this year’s CEATEC, Little Seiko, the kindergarten girl robot, is the unbeatable fan favorite, but NTT Docomo‘s (Japan’s biggest telecommunications company) detachable handset is surely one of the top 5 products of the exhibition. A lot of attendees queued 35 minutes to try the Fujitsu cell phone out themselves, including me. And let me… Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: Toshiba plans to sell fuel cell/lithium-ion battery-powered mobile phone by next March

    I am not sure if this is a good idea or not but Toshiba announced at CEATEC 2008 it will soon start incorporating fuel cells in a number of its products, i.e. digital cameras and notebooks. The company currently presents a hybrid prototype of the W55T [JP], a cell phone that is powered by a methanol fuel cell (cartridge capacity: 50ml) charging a secondary lithium-ion battery. The phone, which… Read More

  • Sharp builds the world's first mobile phone with built-in car key

    Nissan‘s proprietary “Intelligent Key” technology will soon be built into a mobile phone, which is produced by Sharp and, at this point, unfortunately Japan-only. The Japanese car company’s key system is already used in over 950,000 vehicles but now, drivers can wirelessly enter, exit and start their Nissans with the (yet to be named) Sharp phone. Reportedly, the device… Read More

  • WTF cell phone edition: Japanese mother kills son with cell phone strap

    Nothing funny here, just insight about how the world is fraked up sometimes. The story goes that four days ago in Japan, a 35-year old mother claimed her son disappeared, but later admitted to strangling the 6-year old boy with a cell phone strap (not pictured above). No word on why either. Sad. via textually Read More

  • iPhones Continue to Hammer Networks

    iPhone use in the epicenter of the technology world is on the rise, according to research released by Meraki Thursday. According to the company, which is creating Free the Net, a free wireless network in San Francisco, it has witnessed a significant uptick in iPhone usage as it continues to roll out its service. Of the 150,000 devices that have used Free the Net, the iPhone accounts for nearly… Read More

  • Japanese Kuma teddy bear phone comforts sick kids


    (video from DigInfo, Tokyo) Japan’s No. 4 cell phone carrier Willcom recently presented a very special kind of handset at the Good Design Expo 2008 in Tokyo (that ended last week). The company actually put one of their cell phones into a stuffed bear (handmade), which functions as a simplified handset: Each of the teddy’s legs and arms serves as a speed dial. It’s enough… Read More