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iOS 7 design sparks new Japanese porn craze

iOS 7 design sparks new Japanese porn craze

By 23 September 2013

With the release of iOS 7, Apple's latest iteration of its mobile operating system, Japanese iPhone owners have started a new craze based on its flat design. As the boxes that appear as pop-ups on the screen merely blur the background, some users are... >>

Kinect-enabled mannequin mimics shoppers' movements

Kinect-enabled mannequin mimics shoppers' movements

By 18 February 2013

In one of the creepiest Kinect mods we have seen, Japanese clothing retailer United Arrows has developed a mannequin that will mimic your movements. The idea is, you walk past the shop window in central Tokyo and the mannequin will follow anything you... >>

BlackBerry to pull out of Japan over low market share and translation cost

BlackBerry to pull out of Japan over low market share and translation cost

By 7 February 2013

With the BlackBerry Z10 smashing records for the company in both the UK and Canada, BlackBerry reportedly plans to stop selling handsets in Japan.  According to Nikkei business daily, BlackBerry can't justify launching its BlackBerry 10 operating system... >>

Google Maps for Wii U now available in Japan

Google Maps for Wii U now available in Japan

By 7 February 2013

Since the launch of the Wii U last year, users have been waiting to use Google Maps on the console. At last, the folks at Nintendo have announced Maps integration in its new Wii Street U app, now available in Japan.  Users with access to the Japanese... >>

Sony preps garnet red and azurite blue superslim PS3s for Japan

Sony preps garnet red and azurite blue superslim PS3s for Japan

By 25 January 2013

Sony is continuing to release multi-coloured variants of the further trimmed, superslim PlayStation 3, with its home country of Japan the latest to get differently hued options. Joining the classic white and original charcoal black editions - the former... >>

Nexus 7 outsells iPad in Japan

Nexus 7 outsells iPad in Japan

By 18 January 2013

Google's Nexus 7 Android tablet has finally overtaken Apple's iPad in sales. In Japan, at least. And that's not just the iPad mini, but all iPads, when lumped together. A survey carried out among 2,400 consumer electronics stores in Japan by business... >>

QR codes filling the void while NFC dawdles

QR codes filling the void while NFC dawdles

By 2 October 2012

By the time you’ve finished this article, you will see QR codes everywhere. You’ll see them on posters on your way to work, on products you’re about to buy and even on the boxes and devices strewn about your person as we speak. Just take a look... >>

Shippo: The mind-controlled human tail accessory that wags when you're happy (video)

Shippo: The mind-controlled human tail accessory that wags when you're happy (video)

By 26 September 2012

We've seen some harebrained gadget ideas in our time, but rarely have we seen anything like Shippo, a device that utilises both of those things: hair and the brain. The Japanese word "Shippo", the name of the product, means "tail" when translated and... >>

Is China the new Japan?

Is China the new Japan?

By 17 May 2012

"By 2015 China will have more than 650 million people connected and online.”  These were the words of HP's CEO Meg Whitman at the company’s recent conference in Shanghai. “China is just below the worldwide average at about 200 PCs per 1000,”... >>

Calls to ban Japanese AKB48 advert cause internet sensation

Calls to ban Japanese AKB48 advert cause internet sensation

By 19 March 2012

An advert starring Japanese girl group AKB48 has aired in Japan and has sparked a storm of controversy since a YouTube version hit the 'net. Many even call for it to be withdrawn. The commercial for Puccho candy stars the band - dressed as schoolgirls... >>