04. Wake Up Echo, I Think I Got Something To Say To You ♪

My massive series on mobile & internet service begins! Carriers & contracts & MVNOs! (Oh my…) Plus: SO. MUCH. NEWS. Alexa’s here! What chargers should you get for your iPhone X? And a chat with… Pikachu?! All this & more on this week’s episode of #ZettaiGeekDayo!

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Fun Stuff
Cameraaman
Demonstration of my Echo lights/AC hack with IRKit

Amazon’s Echo Launches in Japan
Amazon teaches Alexa Japanese for Echo’s next destination
Amazon Japan launches the Echo series (Japanese)

¥5,980 for the Echo Dot
¥11,980 for the 2nd Generation Echo
¥17,980 for the Echo Plus

Pikachu Talk (Japanese)
A Pikachu Talk app is coming to Google Home and Amazon Alexa devices

Amazon Music Unlimited Coupon Offer (Japanese)
“アマゾン、4000万曲が月780円で聴き放題「Music Unlimited」 Echoプランなら月380円”

SmartFuture Smart Plug
Koogeek Smart Plug
Anker’s Eufy Genie scheduled for released in Japan (Japanese)
The Roomba will be Alexa compatible in Japan (Japanese)

Tech News in Japan
Mars earbuds are equipped with space-age translation tech
“Toshiba considering withdrawing from the sluggish PC & TV business” (Japanese)
Finally confirmed! Suica/FeLiCa is no longer limited to iOS/watchOS devices bought in Japan!
Prepaid IC Cards in Japan
Differences Between iPhone X Models (A1865, A1901, A1902)
QZSS (Quasi-Zenith Satellite System)

Main Stories
Seneo QI ワイヤレス充電器
Baseus Qiワイヤレス充電器

Anker PowerPort Speed 1 PD30
USB-C – Lightning Cable (1m)
USB-C – Lightning Cable (2m)

Here’s 2 articles about IIJmio & their plans to become a “Full MVNO”. (Japanese)
格安SIMのIIJ、国際データローミングを3月提供。ピクト表示も「docomo」→「IIJ」に
これがMVNOの生き残る道!「フルMVNO」化を進めるIIJ:週間モバイル通信 石野純也

NTT DOCOMO (English)
au (English)
SoftBank (English)

LINE makes splash by launching cut-rate smartphone service
LINE Mobile (Japanese)

See you next week!