Far East iPhone report

Review, anthology and some information for Apps and ecosystem of iPhone from Japan

Thursday, April 5, 2012

APN setting for iPad(3rd generation) with iPhone 4 SIM

My boss bought iPad (3rd generation) at Singapore and bring to Japan.  He has dozen of SoftBank Mobile handsets, then he thought if iPhone 4 SIM is capable for activating 3G service on his new iPad.  It failed.
iPhone 4 SIM has different APN setting from iPad's.
It should be set as following.

APN smile.world
Username dna1trop
Password so2t3k3m2a

It worked, anyway.

This might run your iPad with iPhone 4 SIM, but I strongly suggest not to use usually, because SoftBank Mobile does not allow and may claim additional payment.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Safari 4 brings you to next web experience

"How do you tweeting?" seems world most question.
Then, how do you tweet? I love to tweet from Tweetie, I'm Japanese translator staff of it, on iPhone but I have frustrated that I can't feel in tweeting world like as using iPhone. I'm using P3:PeraPeraPrv , I'm English version coordinator of it :), on my Mac. I like this tool for posting like chatting. I've tried many twitter client on Mac but all of them don't make me feel similar with clients works on iPhone.
Then, I decided to make something and made it. The project "pbtweet" works on twitter.com.
pbtweet - pretty good, better tweeting experience for Safari -
  • Showing conversation chain
  • Hiding redundant tweet from timeline
  • Adding photo frame badge from twitpic.com
  • Supports oAutoPagerize
  • Safari 3 or later ( Strongly recommended Safari 4 )
  • Mac OS X ( recommended Leopard )
  • SIMBL (Smart Input Manager Bundle Loader)
  • GreaseKit (User script launcher on Safari)
Install and startup
  1. Install SIMBLE read guidance at SIMBLE website.
  2. Install GreaseKit read guidance at GreaseKit website.
  3. Install pbtweet go to pbtweet website and click pbtweet link.
  4. Go to twitter.com

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Kojien updated in standard way

Kojien 6 ver.2 price: ¥8,500($79) developer: LogoVista Corporation size: 684MB iTunes
If I should select dictionary in order to re-build Japanese alone, I select Kojien. Most reliable Japanese-Japanese dictionary for me. Past time, I post a review for this app, now Kojien 6 got update to version 2.0.
Then App Store will be one years old, many application developed into new version, Kojien also.
New Kojien 6 have following feature.
1. New index interface
2. Min-cho style font
3. Search from selected string
New index and interface is well streamlined, but graphical design is boring and kiddy like as Japanese cellphone's app. Why Japanese old man loves to use many color... I hate multi coloring habit. 2nd points, Min-Cho-style font is well. Min-Cho style font is like as Times, traditional glyph design. They implement IPA font distributed by Japanese government information technology department. IPA font is not so stylish but has correct glyph style suites dictionary.
Kojien app smells "translated" application from other OS platform but ver2.0 comes near to iPhone. Some interface image is not well but experience is one that applications on iPhone.
LogoVista is not young company well known Japanese digital booklet application developer. Their products is not cutting-edge but on the way of standard application development.
Kojien ver.2.0 is just standard Japanese application their made. Well hearing user's voice and implement. Yes, this method may not open something new, but think different.
How iPhone OS has rich broad platform. Young fresh independent engineer are well seen on the board, but iPhone OS keeps veteran maker's standard application also.

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