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Smallest Mobile Phone Ever Unveiled

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Willcom's new Phone Strap 2 is 1.25 inches wide and has two hours of battery life. Japanese firm Willcom has unveiled the world's smallest smartphone--a 1.25" x 2.75" miniphone with a battery that supports two hours of talk time. According to Yannick LeJacq of the International Business Times, the...
Smallest Mobile Phone Ever Unveiled
Boeing's Dreamliner batteries "inherently unsafe"--and yours may be too
Gree launches second U.S. social mobile game, Alien Family

Puzzle & Dragons made $113m in April as developer GungHo's market cap rivals Nintendo's

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Japanese firm's puzzle-RPG is generating $3.8m of daily revenues and putting rivals in the shadeFinnish developer Supercell made waves in the mobile games industry in April when it claimed its Hay Day and Clash of Clans games made $179m of revenues in the first quarter of 2013.Now even that achievement...
Puzzle & Dragons made $113m in April as developer GungHo's market cap rivals Nintendo's

Softbank to buy 70% Sprint stake to gain entry into US market

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$21.1bn deal for stake in No 3 US carrier is the most a Japanese mobile operator has spent on an overseas acquisitionJapanese mobile operator Softbank Corp has said it will buy up to 70% in Sprint Nextel Corp, the third-largest US carrier, for $21.1bn (£13bn) - the most a Japanese...
Softbank to buy 70% Sprint stake to gain entry into US market

Video: Matt Mullenweg tells former rival Anil Dash what’s ahead for WordPress

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Not that long ago, Matt Mullenweg, a founding developer of WordPress, and Anil Dash, once chief evangelist of Six Apart and Movable Type, were publicly feuding over open source and the relative merits of their respective blogging platforms. But that’s another country. Six Apart was acquired by Say Media and...
Video: Matt Mullenweg tells former rival Anil Dash what’s ahead for WordPress

Smartphone Users' Privacy Betrayed By Their Gadget Sensors, Says Study

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Can your accelerometer betray your PIN code? Research into smartphone security has revealed that your phone's sensors could help criminals unlock your stolen gadget. And, given that these elements all come as standard on most smartphone models, and are not subject to the same controls as other phone functions,...
Smartphone Users' Privacy Betrayed By Their Gadget Sensors, Says Study

Troubled Sharp opens $350 million voluntary redundancy initiative

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These are tough times at Sharp and the company is out to retain every yen that it can. Now the financially troubled Japanese firm has revealed it has set aside close to $350 million (27 billion yen) to offer its staff voluntary redundancy packages. Earlier this month the company announced...
Troubled Sharp opens $350 million voluntary redundancy initiative

Sharp says rivals will launch devices with its power efficient IZGO displays from Q2 2013

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Sharp says that gadget lovers in the West can expect to see the power efficiency benefits of its advanced IZGO displays in competitors’ smartphones and tablets from the second quarter of 2013. In an interview with Bloomberg, a company executive gave a rough timeline for the launch of devices —...
Sharp says rivals will launch devices with its power efficient IZGO displays from Q2 2013

Japan’s Gree launches first U.S. mobile social game, Zombie Jombie

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It’s just a cute little zombie game, but it could be the start of something big. Gree has become a billion-dollar company in Japan with its mobile social games network. Now it is launching Zombie Jombie, the first title made by Gree’s U.S. developers for an American audience. The title...
Japan’s Gree launches first U.S. mobile social game, Zombie Jombie

NEC jumps the gun, debuts its MWC smartphone lineup ahead of Barcelona

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2012 may prove to be a very good year for NEC, which has launched two smartphones and a tablet in the past month alone. Having not missed a beat, the Japanese firm has gone ahead and revealed its lineup for Mobile World Congress a full week ahead of the...
NEC jumps the gun, debuts its MWC smartphone lineup ahead of Barcelona

In a smartphone world, everything is an accessory

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In the race to create slicker products, mobile phones are the new brains for hire. At Ceatec, Japan's largest electronics show, the booths are packed with the latest round of "smart" products, from cars that suggest what you should eat to fitness scales that tell you what not to....
In a smartphone world, everything is an accessory

Rakuten announces $10M fund to promote "synergy" among startups in Asia

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Rakuten, Japan’s leading e-commerce platform, announced today it will establish a $10 million investment fund for startups and companies located in Asia. The announcement was made at StartupAsia, Tech In Asia‘s two-day conference for the Asian tech community held in Singapore. At the conference, Shin Hasegawa, Director of Rakuten’s Global...
Rakuten announces $10M fund to promote "synergy" among startups in Asia

Snapdish Aims At Instagramers' Food Photo Habits

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A Japanese firm is trying to carve a nice in the social photo-sharing craze--with photos of users' dinners. Instagram purists who hate the fact the service is extremely well used for sharing photos of its users' meals will love to hear that Snapdish is expanding internationally from its Japanese...
Snapdish Aims At Instagramers' Food Photo Habits

Foxconn May Be Setting Up U.S. Manufacturing Base

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The firm has been evaluating sites in Detroit and L.A., so does this mean that future iPhones will bear the Made In U.S.A. stamp? Reports from Asia are suggesting that Foxconn is looking to establish a manufacturing plant in the U.S. Digitimes suggests that the firm, which makes devices...
Foxconn May Be Setting Up U.S. Manufacturing Base

NEC Terrain for AT&T spied in leaked press photos, packs a QWERTY keyboard

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Memory of a time where an NEC phone graced US shores escapes us, but the prolific -- and often accurate -- @evleaks has tweeted a press shot that signals a handset from the Japanese firm might soon arrive stateside. Emblazoned with AT&T's logo and reportedly dubbed the NEC Terrain,...
NEC Terrain for AT&T spied in leaked press photos, packs a QWERTY keyboard

Sony Reports Record Loss: $5.7 Billion Lost In 2011

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News updates all day from your Fast Company editors.Sony corporation just reported a record loss for a single fiscal year: 457 billion yen, an equivalent of $5.7 billion dollars for the year 2011. $3.2 billion, about 56% of the loss, was incurred in the final January-March quarter as Sony saw...
Sony Reports Record Loss: $5.7 Billion Lost In 2011

A Windows Laptop With an Apple Price, but Less Juice

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[ See post to watch video ] Laptop sales have been tanking as tablets surge. The new Windows 8 is off to a slow start with users. And the hybrid machines that claim to work as both tablets and laptops are still niche products. So what’s a laptop maker to...
A Windows Laptop With an Apple Price, but Less Juice
Sharp technology to be used for Hon Hai iPhone panel plant, says Nikkei

Taiwan's iCook.tw lands deal to bring Rakuten promotions to its recipe-sharing social network

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Three months after iCook.tw, a social network for sharing recipes, landed funding from Japanese VC CyberAgent Ventures, the Taiwanese startup has agreed to a partnership with another giant from Japan, e-commerce player Rakuten. The deal — reported by E27 – will see iCook introduce a dedicated Rakuten Taiwan channel to its...
Taiwan's iCook.tw lands deal to bring Rakuten promotions to its recipe-sharing social network

Japanese firm DeNA brings its mobile gaming platform to Android in Korea

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Japan’s DeNA has teamed up with Korean Internet giant Daum to officially launch a localized version of its Mobage mobile social gaming platform for Android mobile devices in South Korea. According to an announcement from DeNA, the ‘Daum Mobage’ platform and apps are now available for devices running the Google-owned...
Japanese firm DeNA brings its mobile gaming platform to Android in Korea

AU Optronics, Idemitsu Kosan announce 'strategic alliance' on OLED development

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The OLED-infused future is fast approaching in Taiwan, where AU Optronics today announced a "strategic alliance" with Japanese firm Idemitsu Kosan. According to AUO, the partnership will see both companies collaborate on new OLED displays and patents, with Idemitsu filling the role of supplier. Taiwan-based AUO delivered the following...
AU Optronics, Idemitsu Kosan announce 'strategic alliance' on OLED development

UK's first ultrafast broadband cities announced

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Chancellor says Brighton and Hove, Coventry, Salford and Aberdeen are among 12 cities to share £50m investment potBrighton and Hove, Coventry, Salford and Aberdeen are among 12 cities that will share £50m of funding for ultrafast broadband and public Wi-Fi, George Osborne has announced.Alongside a new deadline for awarding rural...
UK's first ultrafast broadband cities announced

CEO Of Japanese Telecom Company Softbank Describes Huge Sprint Deal In One Fantastic Quote

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The big news in the telecom world is that Japanese firm Softbank is buying 70% of US wireless operator Sprint in a $20 billion deal. From Softbank's perspective, the deal can probably be captured in one quote, and one chart. First, the quote, as tweeted by Jim Cramer: And...
CEO Of Japanese Telecom Company Softbank Describes Huge Sprint Deal In One Fantastic Quote

Japanese firm wants to transform the Moon into a giant solar power plant (Physorg) http://is.gd/cAUr4

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Japanese firm wants to transform the Moon into a giant solar power plant (Physorg) http://is.gd/cAUr4
Vaudeville: a 12-foot-tall rideable mech you control with Kinect and your smartphone
Suzumo's sushi robots can make almost 1,000 rolls an hour

Softbank Acquires Majority Stake In Sprint

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Japanese mobile provider Softbank is to buy up to 70 per cent of beleaguered U.S. cellphone network Sprint. The deal, announced earlier this morning in Tokyo, is worth $20.1 billion, and is the biggest overseas acquisition ever made by a Japanese firm. The deal will give Sprint, the third largest...
Softbank Acquires Majority Stake In Sprint

Troubled Sharp is reportedly looking to offload $1.2 billion in assets

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Troubled Japanese tech giant Sharp is reportedly looking to sell more than $1.2 billion in assets, including a key solar panel plant in its native Japan. A report from the Daily Yomiuri [via Reuters] claims that the company is already in negotiations with an overseas bidder as it looks to...
Troubled Sharp is reportedly looking to offload $1.2 billion in assets

This $650 iPhone Case Can Withstand A .50 Caliber Shot In The Back

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The iPhone is a notoriously fragile device. That’s where cases come in. However, this case, by a Japanese firm called Marudai, might be the toughest (and most impractical) case ever made. The massive backside is made of a combination of steel and aluminum, which is apparently tough enough to save...
This $650 iPhone Case Can Withstand A .50 Caliber Shot In The Back
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