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Just saw an ad for a new Verizon cellular feature, called "V CAST Song ID". You're out and about, you hear a song you like on somewhere out there, you point your phone at the audio source, the phone records a sample of the music, the cellular system somewhere up in the clouds analyses the song's waveform (or ID's a digital watermark or something), IDs the title and artist... and -- of course -- you can then BUY IT.

Pretty kewl.

http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/s...07/0004592468&EDATE=MON+May+21+2007,+08:30+AM

http://getitnow.vzwshop.com/index.aspx?id=news_going_details&appId=5768
 

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I think the Much Music Phone did that for a while.
 

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Fido also has a service for that a while back. Basically you would call a * number, it would record the song, and call you back / txt you with the details.
 

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Fido also has a service for that a while back. Basically you would call a * number, it would record the song, and call you back / txt you with the details.
For a price, right.

Get used to the idea of lots of cell features that cost a bit each time and rack up profit for the carriers...

Neighbor's first month bill on a Treo: $1,300. It was autonomously connecting to the web while on the charger stand at night and racked up 49 Mb in downloads. Doing what, I don't know.
 

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well. How behind the times I is?

Maybe the fact that this capability isn't so new means than Apple could implement it? As the iTMS currently does only host-computer music purchases, maybe they'd do this like a "remote order" for the song purchase. The next time you boot iTunes at home, a dialogue window pops up saying "you have iTunes Music Store content pre-ordered. Would you like to buy them now?" and have a Yes, No and Review Order button or something??
 

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Cell phone cameras help Japanese lose weight



TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- Wondering how much of a diet-buster that banana cream pie on your plate is? Some Japanese have a novel way to find out: Photograph it with your cell phone and send the image to an expert.

With cell phones ubiquitous in Japan and rising concern over expanding waistlines, health care providers have put two and two together to allow the calorie-conscious to send photos of their meals to nutritionists for analysis and recommendations.

Public health insurance offices in Osaka prefecture in western Japan have launched the service on a trial basis. About 100 cardiac patients signed up in the first year, followed by diabetes and obesity patients in the second.

"Japanese have been getting fatter, especially men in their 20s and 30s, and there is concern over what they learned about nutrition when they were younger," Osaka official Satomi Onishi said. "We're hoping that this program can help us to get a handle on the problem."

Osaka is using a system developed by Asahi Kasei Corp., a Tokyo-based chemical and medical equipment manufacturer. The system is operating at about 150 health care providers and local governments around the country, company official Naoki Yoshimura said.

Nutritionists can work with photos from one day's meals to several weeks' worth, he said. Results come back in three days. Participants also can log onto a Web site to get further dietary information and upload photos from digital cameras.

Dr. Yutaka Kimura developed a similar system at Kansai Medical University's Hirakata Hospital, also in Osaka prefecture. Five patients participate in the program, which costs $37 (4,500 yen) to join and $21 (2,500 yen) per month thereafter. Patients photograph meals over the course of three to seven days, and a nutritionist e-mails back analysis and advice.

"Patients used to fill out meal logs, but people tend to forget things or underestimate their portions," Kimura said. "Photographing meals and e-mailing them in is easier and gets more accurate results."

The battle of the bulge is a growing obsession in Japan, a country that is slowly losing its reputation for low-calorie fish-and-rice diets and slim waistlines.

As Japanese have turned to bigger portions and more meat and fried foods, obesity and related illnesses such as high blood pressure have become a rising concern.

The Health Ministry estimated last year that more than half of Japanese men and about one in five women between 40 and 70 years of age -- nearly 20 million people -- were at risk of metabolic syndrome, a term for a cluster of conditions associated with obesity, high cholesterol and increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

With the Health Ministry hoping to see a 25 percent reduction in the number of people at risk of metabolic syndrome by 2015, Osaka officials hope the cell phone program will help.

"Cell phones are everywhere here," Onishi said. "We're hoping they can now make it easier for people to get help improving their diet."

http://edition.cnn.com/2007/TECH/biztech/05/24/japan.dieting.ap/index.html


McDonald's Japan has started placing QR codes on food packaging so that customers can point their camera phone at the wrapper, click any button, and then have the product's nutritional information sent to their Cell phone. This YouTube video (a Japanese TV commercial) shows how it works
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml0vzly5YUc
 

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Rogers has had this feature for about 5 years, especially on its Much Music phones.

http://www.shoprogers.com/store/wir...sp?shopperID=QXMHXX76J6EG9L6EKWTW3QELHW8LCPKC



But identifying songs and then downloading does add up, as suggested above. I guess it's for people too lazy to bluetooth the song to their phone when they get home? Impatient youth? The idle rich? One born every minute?

And I heard people actually pay for ringtunes--even if they already legitimately own the songs!
 

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But identifying songs and then downloading does add up, as suggested above.
Maybe bandwidth usage could be reduced by iPhone queuing up the orders in the owner's iTunes account as I suggested?
 

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Maybe bandwidth usage could be reduced by iPhone queuing up the orders in the owner's iTunes account as I suggested?
Bandwidth suggests there is a data charge. #DJ entails a per-download fee, it doesn't use data.

I use bluetooth to send songs to phones: either Finder > Services > Send File to Bluetooth Device, or just open Bluetooth and drag and drop to the right folder on the phone.
 

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Bandwidth suggests there is a data charge. #DJ entails a per-download fee, it doesn't use data.
Whatever. It's all bandwidth. I think you get that my point is a for-fee service to the phone

I use bluetooth to send songs to phones: either Finder > Services > Send File to Bluetooth Device, or just open Bluetooth and drag and drop to the right folder on the phone.
Ordering via phone, then computer host-based delivery via the iTMS is what I'm talking about. Then, onwards to the phone regardless of connection protocol.
 

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Just a quick question regarding music and phones.... I have the samsung d807x and the software that came with it to manage music etc is not mac compatible. What program will convert itunes music to mp3s and is there an alternative program to get the music working on my phone? I transfer via bluetooth and the file shows on my phone but wont play.
 
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