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By Jonny Marx

Double data dose
Calls for free from Fujitsu

This phone from Fujitsu spin-off Net2-Com isn’t likely to trouble Vodafone et al, but it does show the way ahead. The ¥30,000 WiPCom 1000 is a dual-mode handset that can place potentially free calls over the ’net either through a Wi-Fi connection or by using one of those Air H PHS datacards that are so popular now.

This a very geeky product and we doubt you’ll ever see one unless your company buys into the whole idea, but we just love the idea of a decently small (110g) phone that has a proper operating system (admittedly, it’s Windows CE.NET) akin to a real smartphone and isn’t one of those tedious clamshell designs. www.net-2com.com

 

Happy faxer
Trees rejoice, Sharp style

Hey—have you heard? Fax makes it happy, you know? Well, Sharp believes so to such an extent that it has given its “Fappy” line of fax-phones that very tagline. Nonsense English aside, the new Fappy UX-F50CL (around ¥35,000) has a lot to offer anyone who digs that ole paper-based gig. There’s a nice cordless handset to go with Sharp’s call-blocking system, which allows you to prevent nuisance callers and cold-calling salespeople from even making the phone ring. Add to that a large color screen that can be used to preview faxes before printing (or not), and it’s not all bad for the future of our forests. www.sharp.co.jp

 

Crafty Canon
Small and straight to DVD

Camcorders are never the most exciting items, but Canon’s late arrival to the DVD ’corder market is interesting in that its models are the world’s smallest cameras that record to 8cm DVDs. That matters because the competition is all rather bulky, so the 465g DC 10 and DC 20 may just have some appeal.

The lower-numbered camera (around ¥95,000) has a 1.3megapixel CCD, while its big brother (¥15,000 more) has a 2.2megapixel CCD. Both share miniSD slots and 10x zoom lenses. http://cweb.canon.jp/dv/lineup/dc20

 

EZ i-channel
Mobile surfing gets lazier

At the launch of DoCoMo’s new i-channel service, the company was remarkably up-front in stating that it was intended to get people using its i-mode plan (and hence, spending more money) even in cases where they really don’t know how to do so. The new i-channel is intended to do this by pushing content such as news or weather forecasts to handsets in the form of a screensaver-like scrolling ticker.

The idea is that, after paying the monthly ¥150 fee, users spot something they’re interested in without actively soliciting it. They then have the opportunity to actually lift a finger and use it to press the dedicated i-channel button to jump on the Internet proper, thereby opening their virtual wallets further. i-channel can be found on the new 701i series phones, and that’s one of them (the P701id) in the pic there. www.nttdocomo.co.jp

 

Houston,we have a craving
Can they hear you slurp in space?

Now that instant ramen manufacturers have saturated the Earth-bound market by selling 65 billion packs a year, Nissin has set its sights a little higher in developing noodles perfect for slurping in zero gravity.

The company scored a major PR coup by getting its high-tech Space Ram (don’t they have a dictionary?) onto the recent NASA shuttle mission in the bento of Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, prompting him to mug furiously for the cameras. Whatever next, ackee and saltfish for the Jamaican spacemen?

Apparently, Noguchi enjoyed the freefall men, although those of us with our feet on the ground will have to make do with the regular, crappy type for now. www.nissinfoods.co.jp/news/
news_release050727.html

 

Portable potential
PSP grows up with new software update

Late July saw the software on Sony’s PlayStation Portable updated to enable it to surf the web and play more kinds of video, among other things. Big deal, eh? The significant part is in the simultaneous launch by Sony Communication Network of the Portable TV site, making use of those new functions. Simply fire up the new PSP browser and surf over to the site for downloads of TV shows, movie trailers and more.

The limited amount of content is all free for now, but it can’t be long before the channel is used to deliver paid-for material that’s slightly more entertaining than the idol drivel and other cheap shows currently on offer (adult movies are already available on the PSP’s UMD discs).

You’ll need to register with So-Net via the site before actually getting your hands on the free gear, but that’s pretty easy even for those with minimal Japanese. www.p-tv.jp

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