Get ‘jiggy’ with the new Sharp cell phone

Ohhhh, I can see the chaos on the Tokyo subway now… At rush hour, the trains are packed at their regular 180% of capacity but all the Japanese keitai addicts are dancing with their cell phones.

New Cell Phone Responds to Shakes, Jiggles
….Japanese handsets slated to hit stores next month are designed to …respond to shakes, tilts and jiggles. The mobile phones manufactured by Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. for Vodafone K.K., the Japan unit of the British mobile giant, come equipped with a tiny motion-control-sensor, a computer chip that recognizes and responds to movement…..
…In “The House of the Dead,” the mobile version of the Sega Corp. game, players can actually aim their cell phone in various directions like a gun to shoot the zombies who appear to be coming from all sides in the display….
dancing cell phone

Satellite Broadcast to Mobile Ho’s!

Via my good friends over at Wireless Watch Japan [Hi Lars!] here’s a video of the wild new Moba-Ho’s…and there a some cell phone and devices shown too. Run-time 12:32

booth bimbos for Mobile HosMobaHo mobile device- MobaHo!: Satellite Broadcast to Mobile
In the mobile space, Asia is a huge, innovate-or-die marketplace, and MobaHo! — a joint venture of 88 Japanese and Korean companies — is gambling Big Money that Asians will want satellite TV and radio broadcasts beamed from the sky direct to their handheld receivers, cell phones and car-mounted tuners — and maybe even iPods …

Bagle Virus Makes A Return

Yep. A new one,< !yawn> again. I saw a couple of these in my email filters this morning. Norton says it’s a Level 2 Risk. I rate it a zero risk since I toss all those nasty delivery notification or confirmation messages in the bit-bucket: if an email is important I answer it. Anal retentive folks can send their “confirmation” requests to the same place my Viagra spam and an executable-in-attachment goes.

Beagle virusBagle virus makes a return
Antivirus companies are reporting the spread of a new variant of the mass-mailing PC virus known as “Bagle”….which some experts refer to as an e-mail worm, is rearing its head …. Trend Micro said that the new offshoot, which it calls Bagle.AZ, is distributed as an e-mail attachment that cloaks itself as a delivery notification or confirmation. It uses “spoofed” e-mail addresses to appear to be from a known source, the antivirus software maker said…. it first discovered the virus on Thursday in Japan…..

Any company who isn’t protecting their e-mail gateway should not be in business since it is simple to stop these worms at the gateway. Non-braindead companies establish policies that prohibits users from receiving executable files.

Hopeless Juki-Net free-speech suit filed against Japan

Gee, I can feel the ground below my feet is getting cold. Oh wait, that must be Hell freezing over since this American is expecting to win a “free-speech” lawsuit against Japan Inc and it’s “creative Courts.

Free-speech suit filed against Japan
Tokyo—-A US computer consultant says he has sued the Japanese government for the cancellation of his speech after he uncovered flaws in a controversial database of Japanese citizens’ personal data….
…Nuwere was due to speak about Juki-Net, a computer network launched in 2002 in which municipalities assign identification codes to residents to let government agencies track people by name, gender, address and date of birth…..

How does the new Google Video Search see Japan?

Q: So how does the new Google Video Search see Japan?
A: Not very well and only as a techno outpost of America

PBS Network – Mon Jan 24 2005 at 7:00 PM PST – 30 minutes
Nightly Business Report
… as Lucy Craft reports from Tokyo…cellphone addicts, Japan is the closest thing to Paradise….
Wed Jan 12 2005 at 7:00 PM PST – 30 minutes
One, two, three, “insider” Camera crews capturing every single Brad pitt angle in Tokyo….
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Asia Pacific Broadband jumbers jumped 50% as Japan lags

Ever the Internet laggard, JAPAN is only tied for No. 3. Someday, when mobile Internet is counted in these numbers Japan will be Number One. However, mobile Internet even on Japan’s 3.5G cell phones sucks—I threw away my 3G cell phone last month since its screen and button are unusably small.

Asia Pacific Broadband Numbers Jumped 50% in 2004, Says Gartner

January 14, 2005 (HONG KONG) — fixed-line broadband connections grew by 50% during 2004, according to provisional estimates from Gartner.
The fastest growing major Asian market in 2004 was Thailand, which Gartner estimates grew by more than 1,000%…
South Korea, the world’s leading broadband market, managed to grow 13%. Its absolute penetration (against population) is 25%, and its household penetration rate is now approaching 80%. Last year also saw Hong Kong narrowing the gap with South Korea. Its absolute penetration rate is now 21.7% and its household penetration rate around 60%. Japan and Taiwan are now running neck and neck behind Hong Kong with around 15% penetration each. search engine for TV and radio broadcasts
Find video and audio clips in CNN, BBC News, CBS, Fox, ESPN, C-SPAN, ABC, NBC, et al…. as well audio broadcasts of BBC, NPR and VoA propaganda.
Here’s a search for today’s video of “Japan”

Mickey Mouse rats out his most faithful fans in Tokyo

The odd thing about this that ALL companies leak customer info. Why this is “news” is silly.
Mickey Mouse rats out

Tokyo Disney Resort leaked personal info on annual pass holders

URAYASU, Chiba — Personal information on some 140,000 individuals who have purchased annual admission passes to Tokyo Disney Resort has been leaked to outsiders, their operator said….a man who claimed he had bought an annual admission pass. He claimed that he had a list of personal information on Disney customers, and threatened to reveal to the media that the list had leaked to outsiders unless the company bought the list.


Better than John Waters Smellivision, Japan’s NTT has either developed a new bong or a really ugly lava lamp. Just look at the expression on the computer geek’s face.
NTT new smellivision

A Japanese man sniffs
perfume wafting from a globe-shaped aroma generator, developed by Japanese precision equipment maker Mirapro Co, which created a special scent based on information provided through an Internet website operated by Japan’s NTT Communications…

Yahoo Japan To Start Providing Quick Info On Quakes

It may sound unbelievable in hi-tech Japan, but there is NO fast online resource for earthquake information. The Japanese Weather Service who handles earthquakes has a website that seems to runs on just one dial-up modem line and it has NEVER EVER functioned after a large earthquake. As in all offices in Japan, here in my office we have to find a TV to get earthquake news. Yahoo’s entry will be a great service to the nation.
Thank you Yahoo! Japan.

Yahoo Japan to start providing quick info on quakes
Yahoo Japan, the country’s largest Internet portal site operator, will introduce a system in which the information will be displayed on the top page of the site…. will include what time an earthquake occurred, which area it hit, where its focus was, in addition to the intensity

See also: NTT DoCoMo to prioritise SMS in event of disasters–Geekzone, 08/04/2004 20:17:00 NZ