is the latest American celebrity
to be featured in a TV commercial for SoftBank Mobile Corp
, a Japanese telecommunications and media company. Tarantino stars as “Uncle Tara-chan” in the bizarre and very popular “White family” commercial series
. The Whites
consist of the "Mom", the daughter “Me” (a Softbank shop saleswoman played by popular singer/actress Aya Ueto
), the "Older Brother"
(played by African American actor Dante Carter)
, and the father, Otosan
, who happens to be a white Hokkaido-ken
dog named Kaikun
The Nokia Morph
concept phone is currently featured in The Museum of Modern Art “Design and The Elastic Mind
” exhibition (warning: flash interface). This 'self-cleaning' shape-shifting mobile follows Nokia's other recent phone concept, the environmentally-friendly Remade
, unveiled at Mobile World Congress
earlier this month.
A nightvision camera you phone up
This seems to be a wireless CCTV camera that you phone up with your mobile and watch what is going on. It says it works in the dark. Now what would anybody use that for? As you dial it I guess it has it's own sim. "Pupillo", err horrid name.
I dont know whether to be upset or envious?
Dont know about the kid market but i could totally see this for "older" (read my mom) consumers.
Among the most confusing dilemmas facing today's consumer is the question of which cell phone carrier is right for you. Even though Consumer Reports just published an article
rating different carriers, the results are far from conclusive
. I've been searching for web resources to cut through all the crap, and I thought I'd share a couple with the MeFi community, since typing "compare cell phone plans" into Google brings up a load of pop-up laden vendors thinly disguised as dispensers of advice.
- PhoneScoop.com offers the most comprehensive lists of cell phone features I've seen, a handy comparison tool, and a good number of intelligent user reviews.
- LetsTalk.com suffers from a bit of that thinly-disguised-vendor syndrome, but it is useful for comparing different services and getting clearly presented, itemized lists of each service's features. Be wary of the service comparison tool, because it's rather incomplete, but it's a good starting point to compare plans.
"Ultimately, the system should be offering data that discloses a cell phone user's geographic location, mood and availability."
Thought this might be something to think about and speculate on. Fascinating/Creepy, as so much is these days. Reminds me of Erik Davis's piece
in the (possibly) late lamented Feed on the erosion of privacy.
This make sense.
Farm workers are an ideal market for cells. It's weird how fast the way we relate to a technology changes. What do Mefi'ers think that cell phones meant when they first appeared and how has their meaning changed over the years?
provides a pointer
to the growing backlash in the US against cell phone use. While "conspicuous" phone use can certainly at times be annoying, the general level of distaste and phone rage
seems to be a phenomenon confined to the United States.
People in Europe, Australia and Asia, took to mobile technology like the proverbial ducks to water and haven't developed anywhere near the same irritation levels.
Is this just a difficult transition for a country slow to adopt a technology or says something deeper about the American psyche?
Afterall, we are talking about the country that invented Dick Tracy and Maxwell Smart.
(it's a newsletter) noticed a flurry of wireless deals came about today. AOL is planning mobile versions of instant messenger, email, and other AOL services
, Microsoft is working on mobile MSN and Hotmail
, while Amazon has unveiled their phone portal to shopping
. Looks like we will soon be reminiscing about the good old days when the internet used silly wires and cables.