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Japanese iPhone Application Turns the Device into a Full-Blown Web Server

A new iPhone application called, “ServersMan@iPhone,” which recently launched in Japan’s App Store, turns the device into a comprehensive web server.

Developed by Tokyo-based venture company, FreeBit, distinguished for delivering their network platform to numerous VNO/ISPs, the new application allows your iPhone to act and appear as any common web server would. Once installed, internet connected PCs can access the device device to upload or download files through the browser or can additionally make use of the webDAV protocol. If both the iPhone and PC are on the same network, you can connect directly, yet if they are on different networks, FreeBit’s VPN software can appropriate the connection.

The application itself is noted to be a quick “Personal Data Center” and is characterized for having a simple and intuitive user interface. The company notes that one can setup a complete server environment in a mere 5 minutes without the need to read any instructional documentation.

Supported by the iPhone and 2nd generation iPod touch, the application can be used as a portable storage network, that can be accessed over both WiFi and 3G networks. A “Cloud Switch” feature automatically determines the relationship between the original terminal and access network to find the best and fastest route.

Serverman@iPhone supports the following file formats:
• iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote)
• Microsoft Office ( Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
• PDF
• HTML
• Source Code ( Javascript, XML, CSS)
• Logs, video, audio, images.
Additionally, by touch or shaking the device, you can manipulate files in an intuitive operation.

ReadWriteWeb notes that the name “ServersMan” is said to be influenced by Sony’s iconic “WalkMan” as FreeBit has lent an invitation to Sony’s former CEO Nobuyuki Idei to join the firm as a business advisor. The application is currently only available in Japanses App Store, yet an English version is expected to make an appearance in March.

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