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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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?

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"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

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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... >>

Asahi Soft Drinks offers free Wi-Fi in vending machines

Asahi Soft Drinks offers free Wi-Fi in vending machines

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Japanese vending machines are the stuff of legend. Pocket-lint has bought all manner of things from street vending machines in Tokyo in our travels - noodles, plastic characters from the world of manga, cans of the deliciously named Pocari Sweat, a freshly... >>

8-bit Super Mario cushion for Nintendo softies

8-bit Super Mario cushion for Nintendo softies

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There are a lot of reasons for wanting to live in Japan. Japanese cuisine in iPhone case form for one, Star Wars lightsaber lighting up the Tokyo subway too and, of course, hi-tech vending machines (containing drinks and nothing else - get your minds... >>