cell phone

  • 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

    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)

    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