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NTT Docomo Touch Wood SH-08C commercial: Amazing stuff

Thanks to reader Matt London for sending me this one. Have a watch: This is an advert for the NTT Docomo Touch Wood handset — the concept? Well… to highlight the ‘wood’ part of the phone, someone has built a huge staircase out of … wood, along with xylophone parts too. The aim? Play Bach’s […]

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DoCoMo kills off 2G

Get out the black arm bands – it looks like rumours of the death of 2G really haven’t been exaggerated. Japanese giant NTT DoCoMo has announced its preparing to kill off its second generation network and will now officially stop taking subscriptions for its 2G mova service from this November. And, as a sweetener for […]

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InvenSense’s magic touch pulls in $19m funds

There’s no denying haptics have a certain cool factor. Obviously they’re appealing to venture capital firms right now: motion-sensing software company InvenSense has attracted $19 million in a series C round of funding, led by Sierra Ventures and a load of other big names like Qualcomm Ventures and DoCoMo capital. InvenSense, whose applications include image […]

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LTE networks hit 250Mbps

NTT DoCoMo has been pushing ahead with boosting network speeds: the Japanese operator says it has notched up a downlink transmission rate of 250Mbps over an outdoor LTE test network. DoCoMo is now working on testing handover from one base station to another, and how LTE performs in both indoor and outdoor environments, carrying out […]

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Gizmoz gets animated with $6.5 million funding

Animated avatar company Gizmoz has landed $6.5 million in funding, with an investment round led by DoCoMo Capital, joined by ngi capital. Previous investors Benchmark Capital and Columbia Capital also contributed funding. Gizmoz said it will use the cash to will invest into Asian expansion, starting with work in Japan, and also announced today that […]

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DoCoMo tries to get Softbank to ditch handset

Japanese mobile giant DoCoMo has filed a complaint against competitor Softbank, with DoCoMo alleging that one of its rival’s handsets bears a little too much of a resemblance to one of its own devices, the Financial Times says. According to the paper, DoCoMo is trying to get the disputed device withdrawn from sale, after the […]

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Sony Ericsson, DoCoMo reviewing phone union

If reports are right, it looks like the partnership between Sony Ericsson and Japanese giant NTT DoCoMo might have hit a snag. According to Trading Markets, the pair are reviewing their product development plans but declined to say what the results might be. Earlier reports had suggested that Sony Ericsson would stop supplying devices to […]