Evernote CEO: A Half Of The Third Party Developers Are Japanese

Silicon valley-based tech start-up Evernote, which has introduced services for note-taking and archiving for PCs and smartphone devices, announced new partnerships with seven Japanese companies on Wednesday.

Evernote CEO Phil Libin is now visiting Japan, and he says, “Our Japanese users share almost 18% of our total user accounts, which is the second place in the order of our user count by country.  The first book for Evernote was published in the U.S. just a few weeks ago, but in Japan, eight books have been available for Evernote users.”

Evernote shook hands with:


Gakken
(a publishing company producing educational toys)
They provide content of science experiments for adults for Evernote’s dynamic catalog feature called the Trunk.  (cf.: Otona-no-Kagaku “Science for Adults”)


Tokyu Hands[J]
(zakka and hardware store chain)
They provide a series of quick tutorials to make your daily life better for the Evernote Trunk, which is called “Hint File[J]“.


NEC Biglobe[J]
(one of Japan’s largest ISPs)
They will integrate some of their portal sites with the Evernote Site Memory, a new feature that allows you to save webpages on your Evernote app.


King Jim
(manufacturing office stationary and simple digital gadgets)
They are well known for having developed a simple digital memo called Pomera[J].  They’ve introduced the  iPhone app[J] for transferring text from Pomera to the iPhone by reading a QR code, and it enables transferring text to Evernote as well.


NTT West
(Japan’s largest telco’s arm in charge of the western part of the country)
They introduced a tobacco sized server called N-TRANSFER[J], which allows you to connect USB devices to cloud services and to connect USB devices to remote USB devices over the Internet without PC.   Now it enables transferring images taken with PFU’s image scanner ScanSnap to Evernote.


Flight System Consulting[J]
(system engineering company)
They developed  a variety of the iPhone apps.   The latest version of TweetMe[J], their Twitter client app for the iPhone, allows you to tweet text you’ve noted on Evernote just simply by pressing a button on the app.


Just Systems
(producing a well-known Japanese word-processing software and an input method editor(IME))
ATOK Pad for iPhone, an input method editor developed by them, supported a new feature that allows you to transfer what you’ve entered with the editor to Evernote by a simple single action. (Refer to this Asiajin story for details about Just Systems.)

According to Mr. Libin, more than 2,000 third parties have developed their products using the Evernote API, some 250 products of them are available at stores on the Internet or off the Internet, and almost a half of all the third party developers are Japanese companies and individuals.

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Japanese Community Radio Services Can Be Tuned In Around The Globe With iPhone

On Wednesday, Tokyo-based tech start-up, Flight System Consulting[J] released the iPhone/iPod touch app that allows you to listen to Japanese community FM radio services over the Internet, in association with CSRA[J] or Community Simul Radio Alliance.   The app costs 350 yen.   At the time of the app’s release, nine stations participating in the alliance can be tuned in, and all 36 member stations will be available by this summer.

The app is available only at Japanese AppStore, but it has no geographically-based access restriction, that’s why you can tune in radio programs with it regardless of whether you’re in Japan or abroad.

The current version has the feature showing you weather update as well as tuning in radio programs.   The coming future updates will support additional features including video broadcast,  link shortcut to the iTunes’ page of the tune being aired, and link to e-commerce sites selling local specialties in the area of the station that you’re currently tuning in.

According to Taro Kimura, the well-known news anchor and the president of CSRA, the proceeds from the app sales are mainly allotted for system integration cost.   Radio stations participating in this service get no financial profit from the app sales because buying the app needs to be taken same with buying a portable radio for clearing copyright issues. (If radio stations got profit from the app sales, they might be required to pay additional copyright license fees.)

January 2010 Japan-IT Links (part 1)

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Here is the first half of January Japanese IT/Web interesting news links we did not take as a dedicated article. (part 2 is here)

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