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Carry Your Cel Phone Around on a Hot Dog

Posted on 27 May 2008

The Japanese have long been known as innovators. As proof, look no further than this cel phone accessory. Now you too make sure you never misplace your phone by getting a strap that looks like a hot dog in a, ah, bun? What is that? has a complete line of baked-good inspired cel phone straps. It sounds like a ridiculous joke, but like we said – innovators. You can also choose from the brick oven pizza or hamburger straps.

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HTC Touch Diamond is Latest iPhone Challenger

Posted on 06 May 2008

Maybe the best thing to come from the launch of the iPhone less than a year ago is not the iPhone itself, but the pressure it has put on other mobile phone companies to actually deliver better phones. HTC thinks it has the next challenger to the iPhone in the Touch Diamond.

LONDON — May 6, 2008 — Born from a unique heritage of innovation and a deep desire to blend design with simplicity, HTC Corp., a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design, today unveiled its new flagship phone, the HTC Touch Diamond. Delivering unmistakable style and meticulous craftsmanship the HTC Touch Diamond is defined by its compact size, game-changing Internet and its new captivating 3D touch interface called TouchFLO 3D. The result is an uncompromising mobile phone that sets a new benchmark for phone sophistication and shapes consumer expectations for how a phone can be used.

“Today we mark a new era in mobile phone evolution, an era where beauty and size integrate with uncompromising innovation at broadband speeds,” said Peter Chou, president and CEO, HTC Corp. “The HTC Touch Diamond will make browsing the Web and using Web-enabled applications just as practical and easy to use as making calls.”

A New Dimension To Touch
HTC has taken a great leap forward in touch screen innovation with the introduction of its new 3D touch interface called TouchFLO 3D. TouchFLO 3D provides animated access to people, messaging, email, photos, music, weather and more. In addition, HTC is introducing a new innovative touch-sensitive control for interacting with Touch Diamond.

Making The Mobile Internet Fun
With the introduction of the Touch Diamond, HTC delivers an entirely new mobile Internet experience that utilizes broadband-like speeds with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA wireless connectivity. Committed to improving Web browsing, HTC provides a new customized mobile Web browser that enables easy viewing and effortless navigation of Websites in the way they were designed. As part of this browsing experience users can zoom and pan Websites with one-hand and automatically view optimized content that has been specially created to fit the display. Turning the device sideways automatically rotates the web page view from a portrait to landscape view.
In addition to Web browsing, the Touch Diamond includes a customized new, HTC-developed, YouTube application for watching a variety of user generated video content as well as utilizing Google Maps for mobile for mapping and traffic data.

Unmatched Style and Size
The Touch Diamond is crafted with precision to fit comfortably in a user’s hand without compromising on features or functionality. Blending contrasting design elements of metal and unique geometric facets, the Touch Diamond complements a user’s personal style.

Bursting with Innovation
The Touch Diamond delivers an unrivalled combination of features and functionality that set a new standard for integrating mobile phone innovation into a small package. The 2.8 inch display provides near-print quality viewing that enables beautiful Web browsing and viewing of photographs. The built-in camera includes an optical auto-focus lens that ensures the photos you take will be clear and consistent. Advanced wireless and auto sensor screen pivoting are just a few of the features that make the Touch Diamond experience a stand out.

The HTC Touch Diamond™ will be available to customers across all major European carriers in June. It will be available later this quarter in Asia and the Middle East. The North American and Latin American versions of the Touch Diamond will be available in the second half of 2008.
“Our long-standing relationship with HTC meant they shared their phone concept and worked with us from the earliest stage. This early collaboration is important to us because at Orange, we know that the right multimedia experience is about more than just the phone,” said Olaf Swantee, EVP of Orange’s global mobile operations. “Our approach is to select and test the best phones and integrate our applications, combining them with access to the Orange World portal, the best tariffs, integrated billing, a user-friendly interface and excellent customer support. With the Touch Diamond from Orange we have created a unique phone which has taken advantage of our latest service innovation to build upon the consistently rich experience customers expect from Orange.”

HTC Touch Diamond Key Specifications
Size: 102 x 51 x 11.33mm
Weight: 110 g
Connectivity: WCDMA / HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA
Operating system: Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
Display: 2.8-inch VGA touch screen
Camera: 3.2MP, with video calling
Internal memory: 4 GB Internal Storage, 256 MB flash, 192 MB RAM
Bluetooth: 2.0 with EDR
Wireless: WiFi 802.11b/g
Interface: HTC ExtUSBTM (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
Battery: 900 mAh
Talk time: GSM: up to 4 hours
Standby time: GSM: up to 300 hours/100 hours with push email
Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM 7201ATM 528MHz
About HTC
Founded in 1997, HTC Corp. (HTC) designs, manufactures and markets innovative, feature rich smartphone and PDA Phone devices.

Since its establishment, HTC has developed strong R&D capabilities, pioneered many new designs and product innovations and launched state-of-the-art PDA Phones and smartphones for mobile operators and distributors in Europe, the US, and Asia. These machines are available as HTC devices and as products individually customized for operator and device partners.
HTC is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile device market. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit

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Toyota Introduces Robots to Replace Humans

Posted on 24 December 2007

The new robots were developed to assist people, but can play instruments and walk like a human. Scary!

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iPhone Turning Japanese Sooner than Later?

Posted on 19 December 2007

iPhone Japan

The Japanese love their cell phones, but not an iPhone; since it hasn’t made it to the far east. But that may all change sooner rather than later. is reporting that Apple is in serious talks to bring the iPhone to Japan and it won’t be like the current model either. That’s because Japan does not have a slow Edge network like the iPhone is married to here in the U.S. and Europe. No, the Japanese know their gadgets, especially cell phones and they only demand the best.

Word on the street has Apple in talks with NTT DoCoMo, the biggest network in terms of subscribers, and Softbank Mobile, the third biggest in Japan, over the terms of any deal. While there’s little doubt DoCoMo is favourite – 53 million customers to Softbank’s 17 million – the smaller firm could yet pull a swift one and surprise us all.The key to the talks will inevitably be Apple’s business model, wherein it reaps a chunk of whatever iPhone users spend each and every month on top of whatever the hardware itself costs.

This means a 3G iPhone would be needed to enter the Japanese market and succeed. Hopefully this means an iPhone using the faster network will be here sooner that we think.

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Apple Japan Offers “Lucky Bag” Shopping Deal

Posted on 10 December 2007

Apple Lucky Bag EventApple’s Japanese online store is taking reservations for a special shopping event. From now until December 25th visitors to the site will have the chance to purchase one of the 200 “Lucky Bags” for 35,000 yen. The bags contain handpicked assortments of iPod accessories and music. Buyers won’t know the exact contents until the bag arrives in early January.

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Pocket Films Festival – Japan’s Cel Phone Film Festival

Posted on 08 December 2007

Pocket FilmsJapan is hosting their first pocket films festival this weekend. The event, started in 2005 by French filmaker Jean-Charles Fitoussi, is much like a traditional film festival – expect that all of the films are created on mobile phones.

The Pocket Films Festival explores the potential for audio-visual expression that lies hidden in a “practical high-tech toy,” and through various media, aims to construct an ideal method of communication that excites our sensibilities – something not yet obvious even to artists.

Check out the official Japanese site here. And for a bit more history visit the original French festival’s site here.

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Human PacMan

Posted on 07 March 2007

Someone has created a human-sized live action Pac Man game. That, along with the fact this video comes from Japan, is all you really need to set up this clip. The Japanese are either light years ahead of American reality show culture or the entire country is already nuts.

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