Archive for February, 2008

February 29th, 2008

Has Apple lost its simplicity edge with this new tie up in Japan?


I was quite surprised today to receive my regular mail from Apple Japan touting their latest clever gadgets only to see some of the most un-Apple accessories I have ever come across. It is for a tie up with luxury brand Swarovski, who are famous for their crystal. The Swarovski brand has a good reputation […]

February 25th, 2008

Samurai.FM fundraising drive

My good mate and founder, Hash, just announced the start of a fund raising drive for This is a great opportunity to give a little back to a great source of free music that has been running for over 4 years streaming music from great DJs and musicians and providing the soundtrack to […]

February 21st, 2008

Feature on Web2Asia

I recently had a nice chat with Georg Godula from Web2Asia about what it takes to make in the interactive industry in Japan. He followed that up with an interview with me and has recently published that on Web2Asia. Check it out here : Scene Report: Japan – UltraSuperNew Inc. In the interview I talk […]

February 17th, 2008

Dependent Records hoax and blogger research standards

Recently Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten of The Next Web (a blog I also write for) reported on what was a breaking story on independent record label, Dependent Records, closing shop and making their entire catalog available on file sharing site, Pirate Bay. It turns out the story was a hoax, republished by a number of […]

February 14th, 2008

Otorevo brings the noise… and a record contract

Matt Romaine, lead developer over at Columbia’s Otorevo here in Japan just wrote on his blog that the Otorevo platform has just announced its first album release. Otorevo (“Sound Revolution”) is Columbia Japan’s attempt to get on to the social bandwagon, giving the public the power to select which artists get the record deal. First […]

February 13th, 2008

Fresh website time.

Today we put the finishing touches on the new version of the UltraSuperNew website and hit the big red LAUNCH button. It has been a long time coming and I am very happy to have it finally out there. Basically we got sick of people asking us what we do, so we squeezed a few […]

February 6th, 2008

Interesting and Surprising keywords at Flightclub … top 10

Since we launched the Flightclub website last year we have been watching the odd sources of traffic that make it to the site. One of the things we noticed early on is that we started to rank high in google and yahoo search results for some strange terms. With the new version launch in January, […]

February 5th, 2008

How to enjoy Livedoor post-Horiemon … by using Fon

Today Fon Japan and Livedoor, one of Japan’s biggest ISPs, announced they would start a partnership to connect their free Wifi access points across Japan. Livedoor is coming out of some hard times after the very public and very dramatic securities fraud convictions that led to sentences for four executives in early 2007. Most notoriously, […]