The blog has moved:

December 9, 2008

Dear users,

please note that I’ve launched a new community related to everything mobile in japan, including the iPhone.

Please go to

My blog posts are there, from now on.

Feel free to join the network !


iPhone Softbank mail sound notification [Jailbroken]

October 16, 2008


As every iPhone user in Japan knows, Softbank has implemented it’s own notification method of the offered e-mail account.

This setting allows a push notification to be delivered on the screen when a new incoming message has hit the server, while, strangely enough, not pushing the e-mail itself directly (one has to rely on fetching or manually force the download).

One of the biggest complaints about this system in heavy-email-texting Japan (e-mail being used instead of SMS) is that the notification comes without any sound or vibration.

This hasn’t yet been addressed by new Softbank carrier settings, but if you have a Jailbroken iPhone -or are ready to do so-, here’s a work-around.


Apple Keynote, Oct ’08: no news on iPhone front

October 15, 2008

The light indeed turned towards MacBooks this time. The only tidbit of information concerning the iPhone was …that the headphones were compatible with the newly released notebooks.

It seems however that the touchpad trend launched by the iPhone has given new ideas to Apple, as the new trackpads are now button-less and feature finger movements. Can’t wait to see that (my current MacBook seems very old suddenly)!

If you’ve been hiding under a rock this night in Japan, just grab the official podcast [iTunes Store link]

An App you might like – 食べログ [Lifestyle]

October 15, 2008

食べログ, by Inc. is an iPhone App that taps into the [link] database, allowing you to search through Japan-wide restaurant reviews by customers.

Using the built-in GPS, it allows you to locate nearby places and make your pick.

Language: Japanese

Price: free [iTunes Store link]

Review: N/A

Sound off in the comment if you’ve been using this and like to share your experience with us.

Gmail IMAP Controls, better iPhone experience

October 10, 2008

Today, Google lauched a new Google Labs service dedicated to give users a better IMAP Gmail user experience. 

For iPhone users not wishing to use MobileSafari to access their Gmail, this new service now lets you decide which labels on the folder list, allowing a less cluttered interface.


Gmail IMAP

Gmail IMAP



Just go on Settings on your Gmail account and play with the tool.

You can learn more about this on the Official Gmail Blog.

Softbank wins first major iPhone corporate contract

October 8, 2008

In a country where smartphone use is lagging, a 1,000 iPhone handset corporate contract is exciting news.

Let’s see if this idea spills over other Japanese companies.

Japan’s Softbank Mobile has signed its first major corporate contract for the iPhone 3G.

The deal, with management and technology consultancy BearingPoint, will see 1,000 of the phones put into the hands of the company’s analysts and workers across the country, the two companies said on Monday.

BearingPoint said it is adopting the iPhone with the aim of improving the productivity of its consultants and helping them access information more easily.

via PC World – IPhone Gets First Major Corporate Customer in Japan.

Widescreen iPhone email apps appear

October 8, 2008

It’s either a coincidence or a App Store decision, but mulitple apps allowing for widescreen email input have emerged on iTunes today. It’s unclear how Chinese character input appears with these tools.

Make your choice and sound off in the comments.

 Wide Email [iTunes link]







 Sideways [iTunes link]







 TouchType [iTunes link]








Compose [iTunes link]