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Steve Jobs gets new life as manga comic book hero

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The Steve Jobs story has been told in many ways, but it's about to get the serialized manga treatment in Japan. [Read more]...
Steve Jobs gets new life as manga comic book hero

Storing Nuclear-Bomb Waste in Glass

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A waste-treatment start-up that helped stabilize Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is hoping to get a piece of one of the biggest and most difficult nuclear waste problems facing the U.S....
Storing Nuclear-Bomb Waste in Glass
Nintendo killing news, weather, and other built-in Wii apps on June 28th

Sprint Deal to Weigh on Softbank Earnings

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Japan's Softbank said its $20.1 billion deal to buy 70% of Sprint Nextel will hurt earnings in the upcoming fiscal year before adding to profits two years down the road....
Sprint Deal to Weigh on Softbank Earnings

Smell the superhero: 'Iron Man 3' to get odor effects in Japan

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The moviegoing experience is about to get more interactive in Japan with "Iron Man" 3 debuting in 4DX, complete with tilting seats and smells. [Read more]...
Smell the superhero: 'Iron Man 3' to get odor effects in Japan

Bomberman gets unofficial web-based version, crams in up to 1,000 online players

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This is about to ruin any hopes you had of a productive day. Bombermine, an unofficial version of SNES throwback, Super Bomberman, is a web-based gift that lets you face-off against up to 1,000 players in a single game. Borrowing the same scoresheet setup of a first-person shooter, you'll...
Bomberman gets unofficial web-based version, crams in up to 1,000 online players

Sony Computer Entertainment to fuse Asian and Japanese units into one

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As part of recent restructuring and cost-cutting efforts, Sony's Computer Entertainment (SCE) division will merge its Asian and Japanese operations into a single entity. The company said that it would result in a new management unit, with SCE Japan president Hiroshi Kawano taking the helm and the Asian unit's...
Sony Computer Entertainment to fuse Asian and Japanese units into one

NTT DoCoMo details its 150Mbps LTE rollout, plans to double base stations

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To this day, relatively few wireless carriers offer LTE at its loftiest 150Mbps speeds. We'll soon get to count NTT DoCoMo among those ranks, however. Alongside the launch of its summer phone lineup, the Japanese network has firmed up some details of its Xi speed-up plans. The initial rollout...
NTT DoCoMo details its 150Mbps LTE rollout, plans to double base stations

Kobo touts 'millions' of sales in 2012

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Kobo's starting its post-CES 2013 (the year doesn't really start until after the Consumer Electronic Show, right?) with a little bit of sales-inspired back patting. Apparently the company managed to bring 4 million folks on-board to its e-reading ways over the past six months, bumping up its registered user...
Kobo touts 'millions' of sales in 2012

VIDEO: Nintendo boss eyes return to profit

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The boss of Japan's gaming giant Nintendo insists the company will return to profit in the current financial year, despite doubts from analysts....
VIDEO: Nintendo boss eyes return to profit
Tracking the history of Zelda in 'Hyrule Historia'

'New playing options,' not better graphics to lead PS4 -- report

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That's the claim from an unidentified source talking to Japan-based news outlet Nikkei. That source says Sony wants to turn the PlayStation 4 into a living room "nerve center." [Read more]...
'New playing options,' not better graphics to lead PS4 -- report

Flipboard amps up user-generated magazines with Android release and new Web-based editing tool

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Flipboard has brought its magazine curation service to Android devices. The popular service has released an update that will now brings in features iOS device owners have been experiencing for the past couple of months. In addition, to allow better organization with individually curated magazines, Flipboard has unveiled a new Web-based...
Flipboard amps up user-generated magazines with Android release and new Web-based editing tool

Before Japan Votes, Mum's the Word, Twitterwise

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A 1950 Japanese law that lays out what candidates for public office can and cannot do in the official campaign period before election day has been interpreted to forbid nearly all digital electioneering, a huge obstacle for parties....
Before Japan Votes, Mum's the Word, Twitterwise
State of the Internet: The broadband future is faster, but still unevenly distributed
Sony to sell camera mount for extreme dogs
Wii U to get Google Maps Street View through motion-controlled panorama app
'Sound Bottle' captures audio, automates the remix
Panasonic develops emergency flashlight that can be powered by (almost) any battery

Kate Spade to use iPads as retail signage

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Fashion retailer Kate Spade is rolling out iPads in its stores as signs beginning with Japan, then onto the U.S. [Read more]...
Kate Spade to use iPads as retail signage
Amazon's Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite finally arrive in Canada

The world's smallest and lightest phone now does email, is still ridiculous

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Ultrapixels, styli and Retina displays -- enough. Willcom's Phone Strap 2 has arrived and it weighs 32 grams. Does it look familiar? It should, as it's the spitting image of its predecessor, the WX03A. With the same 32mm x 70mm footprint (though it's 1mm thicker), it's a pretty absurd...
The world's smallest and lightest phone now does email, is still ridiculous
Rise of the giant robots: how 'Mazinger Z' spawned a genre

Apple forces Line to remove the ability to send virtual items as gifts from its iOS app

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Asian mobile messaging service Line is seeing early success with its monetization model — to the tune of $58 million in revenue for Q1 2013 — but there’s a little bad news today as the company has withdrawn the gift sharing feature from its iOS app at the request of...
Apple forces Line to remove the ability to send virtual items as gifts from its iOS app

Samsung locks up Sharp as long-time screen provider

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Japan's Sharp has secured a US$110 million lifeline investment from Samsung Electronics, and agreed to become a major supplier of screens for the South Korean company's growing electronics empire....
Samsung locks up Sharp as long-time screen provider

Dish tells FCC its Sprint buyout is 'better for national security'

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In a filing to the U.S. agency, Dish says it would be "better for American consumers" if it were able to buy the mobile provider instead of Japan's SoftBank. [Read more]...
Dish tells FCC its Sprint buyout is 'better for national security'

Flipboard Attracts 500,000 Magazines, 3 Million New Users in 2 Weeks

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Two weeks after launching Flipboard 2.0 with a user-generated magazine feature, the company has announced that readers made over 500,000 magazines. Other interesting stats from Flipboard released on Thursday include: 6 billion pages flipped per month and 3 million new users in the last two weeks. The “Modern Gentleman’s Playground”...
Flipboard Attracts 500,000 Magazines, 3 Million New Users in 2 Weeks

U.S. court denies Samsung request for documents to be used against Apple in Japan suit

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A California court judge on Wednesday handed down a ruling denying Samsung's request to use documents from the Apple v. Samsung patent trial in a separate case currently underway in Japan....
U.S. court denies Samsung request for documents to be used against Apple in Japan suit

East, West Meet in Mobile Game

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GungHo Online Entertainment of Japan and Supercell of Finland are working together. In "Puzzle & Dragons" from Gungho, players will encounter characters and themes from Supercell's "Clash of Clans."...
East, West Meet in Mobile Game

DealBook: SoftBank and Sprint Win National Security Clearance for Deal

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SoftBank of Japan has reached a tentative agreement to win clearance for its $20.1 billion bid for Sprint Nextel.    ...
DealBook: SoftBank and Sprint Win National Security Clearance for Deal
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