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Kenshiro robot has muscle and bones, is ready to stretch its way into your nightmares

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Add this to the list of terrifying robots we hope to never be chased by. Thankfully, Kenshiro here looks to be fairly slow from the video below. Still, this skeleton-and-muscle headless humanoid robot has secured a place in our nightmares for the foreseeable future, thanks in part to its...
Kenshiro robot has muscle and bones, is ready to stretch its way into your nightmares

Sharp reportedly firing 5,000 employees, narrowing focus on smartphone displays

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Sharp finally had something positive to report a couple of months ago when it received a much-need cash injection from Samsung, but today's news isn't so rosy. According to The Asahi Shimbun, Sharp will reveal a three-year management plan next Tuesday that'll see 5,000 workers losing their jobs as...
Sharp reportedly firing 5,000 employees, narrowing focus on smartphone displays
Japan's new 'floating' maglev trains will run at a blistering 310mph
The Japanese art of monetization

Sinking Sharp mortgages Japanese factories to stay afloat

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Japanese electronics maker Sharp has come upon some hard times, and it has mortgaged “almost all” of its factories in its home country to get a $1.92 billion (150 billion yen) line of credit while it waits for a deal with Foxconn parent Hon Hai to come through, Reuters reports....
Sinking Sharp mortgages Japanese factories to stay afloat

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

A Really Handy Trick Every Windows 8 User Must Learn (MSFT)

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The new touch-friendly Start menu on Windows 8 can be a bit jarring at first, but with a little practice, you'll find it can be incredibly useful. One of our favorite features is the ability to "pin" bookmarked websites and your favorite apps to the Start screen. Watch the video...
A Really Handy Trick Every Windows 8 User Must Learn (MSFT)

Sharp Rescue Needs Precision

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Sharp posted record profits four years ago too. But the Osaka-based firm suffers from a focus on fancy TVs, withering price competition for solar cells and a strong yen that erodes returns for a manufacturer that still makes much of its gear in Japan....
Sharp Rescue Needs Precision
Thieves steal more than $100,000 worth of iPhone 5 handsets

Um @Jacob @ai we have a problem in Osaka! http://flic.kr/p/7Shxm8

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Um @Jacob @ai we have a problem in Osaka! http://flic.kr/p/7Shxm8

Meetrip expands its Airbnb-like marketplace for local travel experiences to 10 new cities in Asia

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We all like to experience the real culture behind countries that we visit and Meetrip, a Japan-based online marketplace that gives travelers the chance the enjoy local experiences, has made this more possible in Asia after it expanded to 10 new cities there. The site, which borrows cues from social...
Meetrip expands its Airbnb-like marketplace for local travel experiences to 10 new cities in Asia
Foxconn to take largest stake in Sharp's Osaka LCD plant, says Nikkei

Japan unveils prototype of new maglev train, promises speeds of up to 311 mph

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More than a year after the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Tokai) received construction approval to get going on its maglev railways, it has finally unveiled a Series L0 prototype that would put its current bullet train system to shame. Designed to travel at 311 mph, a single one...
Japan unveils prototype of new maglev train, promises speeds of up to 311 mph

Aibo, Walkman, Transformers, and Paro the baby robot seal in Japan tech hall of fame

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An exhibition in Osaka, central Japan, has assembled a hall of fame for Japanese tech products, with hits including Sony's Walkman and Aibo, an original Tranformer toy, and Paro the baby seal robot on display.The "First in the World" exhibition, organized by a local trade group, a museum and...
Aibo, Walkman, Transformers, and Paro the baby robot seal in Japan tech hall of fame
Panasonic halving HQ workforce, says Nikkei

Japan Thoughts Take 3

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We’re on the back 9 on the Japan trip now (coming back the 18th), so I thought I’d follow up post 1 and 2 about Japan with a third one. We’ve stayed in five different cities now (and have been to seven), as far as I can tell there...
Japan Thoughts Take 3

Sanyo's ICR-PS605RM Xacti stereo recorder features six mics... for recording lots of stuff

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Sure, you can have your little voice recorders if you like, but when you're ready to seriously up your game you have to talk to Sanyo. Indeed, the kids from Osaka have really gone and done it this time with their ICR-PS605RM Xacti stereo recorder. This bad boy features...
Sanyo's ICR-PS605RM Xacti stereo recorder features six mics... for recording lots of stuff
Sharp installs Takashi Okuda as new president after forecasting record losses

Ailing Sharp sacks chief, vows turnaround on robots, LCDs

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Japan's Sharp booked another huge loss on Tuesday, and unveiled its latest turnaround plan, which includes relying on partnerships with Samsung Electronics and Foxconn Technology Group for business, sacking top management, and expanding into new fields such as robotics. Osaka-based Sharp, one of the world's largest LCD screen makers...
Ailing Sharp sacks chief, vows turnaround on robots, LCDs

Xcom Global launches LTE data for travelers at $18 a day, starting in Japan

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Xcom Global has been busy carving out a reputation as the world traveler's best friend, but that globetrotter has always had to make do with 3G even if there was 4G back home. As of September 20th, frequent roamers of the sort will have access to LTE when abroad...
Xcom Global launches LTE data for travelers at $18 a day, starting in Japan

Such a nice day in Osaka (@ oLa briLLant) http://4sq.com/d4gx2x

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Such a nice day in Osaka (@ oLa briLLant) http://4sq.com/d4gx2x

Sony sells off Tokyo office for $1.2 billion to raise cash

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Sony has announced that it has sold off its Sony City Osaka, Tokyo-based headquarters for $1.2 billion. The struggling Japanese technology giant has sold the property to Nippon Building Fund and an unspecified Japanese institutional investor, but will remain the lessee for the next five years. About 40 percent of...
Sony sells off Tokyo office for $1.2 billion to raise cash
King Kizer boxing robot emulates 'Real Steel' with Kinect-like motion controls

A Few Secondary Japan Thoughts

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We’re now at a place called Lake Nojiri just outside of Osaka, and I thought I’d follow up on this post with a few more thoughts. The concept of “tipping” doesn’t exist in Japan. The price on the menu is what you pay. It’s awesome. At least, I hope...
A Few Secondary Japan Thoughts

Sharp's warning it may collapse surprises few

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Japan's Sharp, a major supplier of LCD displays to Apple and other manufacturers, has warned that it may not survive if it can't turn around its business, an admission that caught few off guard. The Osaka-based manufacture said there is "material doubt" about its ability to continue operating in...
Sharp's warning it may collapse surprises few

iPhone 5 thieves break into mobile shops in Japan hours before launch

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Thieves broke into a number of mobile phone shops across central Japan and stole hundreds of iPhone 5 handsets hours before the device went on sale Friday morning, police said. The robbers broke doors and forced open the front shutters on at least three shops in Osaka, two run...
iPhone 5 thieves break into mobile shops in Japan hours before launch

Aibo, Walkman, Transformers, and Paro the baby robot seal in Japan tech hall of fame

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An exhibition in Osaka, central Japan, has assembled a hall of fame for Japanese tech products, with hits including Sony's Walkman and Aibo, an original Tranformer toy, and Paro the baby seal robot on display....
Aibo, Walkman, Transformers, and Paro the baby robot seal in Japan tech hall of fame

Japanese Group Buying Site Luxa Closes Series B Of $5.3M

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Japanese group coupon buying site Luxa just closed its Series B funding of $5.3 million (500 million Yen) from JAFCO. The Japanese VC also backed Luxa’s Series A round in November 2010, when it put in the same amount. This brings Luxa’s total funding to $10.6 million since operations started...
Japanese Group Buying Site Luxa Closes Series B Of $5.3M

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

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Good morning! Here's the news: Facebook has poached more than half a dozen engineers from Apple to build a Facebook phone, the New York Times reports. This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Facebook has started the process of building a phone right in front of our eyes....
10 Things You Need To Know This Morning
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