‘Kyodo News’ Available for iPhone/iPod Touch Through ‘Kijizo’ News Distribution System Developed by EAST
TOKYO, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ — “Kyodo News” is now available for iPhone and iPod touch. Daily Japanese news is available not only in the Japanese language but also in English for the international market. The Japanese and English versions are both priced at US$2.99 for a 3-month subscription in iTunes App Store of Apple Inc.
The news is distributed to iPhone/iPod touch through “Kijizo” which is a solution for news reader (client) and news distribution (server) developed by EAST Co., Ltd. based in Tokyo, Japan. The Kijizo servers use the Amazon EC2 cloud computing environment. This is intended to keep pace with rapid user growth and also for speedy news distribution around the world.
The English news will be useful especially for international users who are interested in politics, economy, science and other vital information evolving in Japan.
About EAST Co. Ltd.:
Based in Tokyo, Japan, EAST is a software developer with a 25-year history of collaboration with many local publishing and news service companies. Now, EAST is expanding this collaboration to worldwide news distribution on iPhone/iPod touch. EAST also provides solutions for Windows Mobile- and Google Android-based devices, Windows-based personal computers, digital TV and electronic paper devices.
About Kyodo News:
Kyodo News, founded in November 1945, is the leading news agency in Japan and one of the most influential news agencies in Asia. It covers ever-changing developments in Japan and the rest of the world, distributing news in the Japanese, English and Chinese languages around the clock to domestic and overseas news media as well as international organizations and institutions. It also provides photos, graphics, audio and video scripts.
Kijizo : http://kijizo.jp/
EAST Co., Ltd.: http://www.est.co.jp/
Kyodo News: http://home.kyodo.co.jp/
Kyodo News Kijizo (Japanese version): http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=328812360
Kyodo News Kijizo (English version):
1. Kyodo News in Japanese -The categories of news articles in Japanese consist of "Top 10 News", "Main", "Society", "Politics", "Economy", "International", "Sports" and "Life". -New categories might be added, if there are special events such as elections or the Olympic Games. -The average number of news articles and photos distributed daily is about 140. (The number of actually obtained news articles and photos varies according to the day.) -The subscription lasts for 3 months from the date when you first launch the application. (Once expired, a new subscription is needed.) -The news articles available in the past 24 hours will be retrieved by an update. -You can archive the past 72 hours (3 days) of news articles. 2. Kyodo News in English -The categories of news articles in English consist of 'TOP News', 'Latest News Summary', 'Politics', 'Economy/Business', 'Market', 'Asia', 'Crime/Accidents', 'Sports', 'Life' and 'Science/Tech'. -New categories might be added, if there are special events such as elections or the Olympic Games. -The average number of news articles and photos distributed daily is about 150. (The number of actually obtained news articles and photos varies according to the day.) -The subscription lasts for 3 months from the date when you first launch the application. (Once expired, a new subscription is needed.) -The news articles available in the past 24 hours will be retrieved by an update. -The news articles that can be saved are those retrieved within the past 72 hours (3 days). 3. Kijizo Functions & Features (both Japanese and English versions) -You can move among news articles by flicking. -When you turn the iPhone on its side it switches to the landscape mode and photos are displayed in Cover Flow. You can enlarge photos in Cover Flow with a tap. -An auto update when started or a manual update within the application retrieves the latest news. -The caching enables you to see news articles offline. -The Home icon displays the number of unread news articles. -You can switch to display either unread articles only or all the articles. -You can choose categories that are displayed or hidden. Contact: Toshiya Oshima New Business Development EAST Co., Ltd. Phone: +81-3-3374-0544 Fax: +81-3-3374-2998 E-mail: email@example.com URL: http://www.est.co.jp/english/index.shtml
SOURCE Kyodo News