Japan archive

  • iOS 7 design sparks new Japanese porn craze
    Phones

    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
    Gaming

    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
    Tablets

    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
    Phones

    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)
    Gadgets

    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?
    Phones

    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
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    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...

  • Asahi Soft Drinks offers free Wi-Fi in vending machines
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    Asahi Soft Drinks offers free Wi-Fi in vending machines

    By 29 December 2011

    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
    Gaming

    8-bit Super Mario cushion for Nintendo softies

    By 25 October 2011

    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...

  • Star Wars lightsaber lights up on Tokyo subway
    Home Cinema

    Star Wars lightsaber lights up on Tokyo subway

    By 23 September 2011

    Whilst beaming a bloomin' great light from the top of the BT Tower to make it resemble a lightsaber was a pretty cool way of promoting the Blu-ray versions of Star Wars: The Complete Saga and the individual trilogy box set; it only lasted for a few hours....

  • Japanese cuisine in iPhone case form
    Gadgets

    Japanese cuisine in iPhone case form

    By 23 June 2011

    Food and smartphone unite! A Japanese case manufacturer has created this pair of awesome culinary iPhone 4 cases. We imagine the idea of a giant slab of plastic eel pinned to the back of your handset is not going to be particularly ergonomically friendly....

  • Mitsubishi to unveil giant 'digital earth' in Tokyo science musuem
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    Mitsubishi to unveil giant 'digital earth' in Tokyo science musuem

    By 1 June 2011

    As you can imagine the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo is already chock-full of some of the most outrageous technology available. The latest addition however, a 10,000 OLED screen packing 'digital globe' puts most of the other...

  • Sharp unleashes 5D attraction to Japanese thrill seekers
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    Sharp unleashes 5D attraction to Japanese thrill seekers

    By 27 April 2011

    Sharp has revealed details of an incredible looking theme park attraction that is dubbing "The 5D Miracle Tour". The incredible setup, which will be installed at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, comprises 156 60-inch LCD TVs...

  • Google satellite imagery displays the devastation in Japan
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    Google satellite imagery displays the devastation in Japan

    By 31 March 2011

    Google has published the latest images of Japan from its satellite providers, showing the full extent of the damage in the Sendai region after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake. The harrowing pictures, which will be updated into the Google Maps and Google...

  • YouTube Person Finder hoping to connect Japan earthquake victims
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    YouTube Person Finder hoping to connect Japan earthquake victims

    By 21 March 2011

    After going live with its Person Finder search service, Google has now launched the YouTube Person Finder - a tool it hopes will make it easier for missing people in Japan connect to their loved ones. The country is still in a state of extreme crisis...

  • AT&T helps out Japan effort with free calls and texts
    Phones

    AT&T helps out Japan effort with free calls and texts

    By 14 March 2011

    AT&T has announced that, for the rest of March, calls and texts to Japanese numbers from its mobile network (and also calls from its fixed lines) will be free of charge. The move is to help out US citizens trying to reach their friends and families in...

  • VIDEO: Sexy, cool, weird beer can device promo
    Gadgets

    VIDEO: Sexy, cool, weird beer can device promo

    By 11 March 2011

    The phrase "only in Japan" definitely gets overused. But an advert that features a sexy lady, a fairly useless gadget and some very over-excited men - well, the phrase definitely fits on this occasion. What you're looking at here is the Takara Tomy Beer...

  • Google helps Japan earthquake victims with Person Finder
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    Google helps Japan earthquake victims with Person Finder

    By 11 March 2011

    Google has launched a Person Finder tool - to help people affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The simple tool allows you to search for someone, or leave personal details so you can be found - and could prove to be an incredibly useful tool...

  • Japanese taste the future with hi-tech vending machines
    Gadgets

    Japanese taste the future with hi-tech vending machines

    By 11 August 2010

    No one has embraced the technological revolution quite like the Japanese. And when we say embraced, we mean produced a number of impressive, hi-tech gizmos and gadgets that could definitely be classified as exorbitant. And this latest bit of futuristic...

  • VIDEO: GPS glasses help you find your way
    Gadgets

    VIDEO: GPS glasses help you find your way

    By 5 August 2010

    Now Google Maps on your iPhone or Android (or Ovi Maps for you Nokia fans) is an absolute God-send. It sends shivers to the very core of Pocket-lint's soul to think of the days before GPS mapping was available in our hand anywhere, anytime. But when you've...

  • Panasonic trials all-in-one 3D plasma TVs in Japan
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    Panasonic trials all-in-one 3D plasma TVs in Japan

    By 21 July 2010

    Consumer electronics giant Panasonic has treated Japan with two new Full HD plasma TVs. However, these are not your common or garden tellies: not only are they 3D, they have a 3D Blu-ray deck built into the side, and a hard drive installed for recording...

  • Japanese satellite dish retailer is Mickey Mouse operation
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    Japanese satellite dish retailer is Mickey Mouse operation

    By 15 July 2010

    A Japanese retailer, Maspro, has struck a deal with Disney to create the Mickey Mouse satellite dish. Constantly smiling, no matter which direction he's facing, the Mickey dish would certainly brighten up the side of a house or council flat. We're not...