Topic / Japan

All is not lost, Nintendo announces more 3DS games (in Japan)

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Screenshot of TEKKEN 3D PRIME EDITION (Image: Nintendo/Bandai Namco) Nintendo 3DS fans/owners/haters, don’t fret. Nintendo has announced some new titles – and some of them aren’t remakes. However, most of the dates we have now are only for Japan, but give or take a month or two and then you should get an European/US release date. Knowing some people, you may have heard about Chris Southcott’s pure hatred of the […]

Nintendo 3DS to go pink to attract the ladies

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I apologise for the title, but still it sums up what Nintendo is trying to get at. They have announced a pink colour version of the Nintendo 3DS at its Nintendo 3DS conference. Yes, pink. No sorry, I mean lightish red. A very, very, very lightish red in fact. Dubbed the “Misty Pink”, the colour scheme is attract – according to TechCrunch – the ladies to the brand. Yes, it’s […]

Hulu expands worldwide – heading to Japan later in the year

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Hulu is going abroad. The company has announced that it will go international and expand to Japan. The Japanese version of the site is expected to come later in the year, but unlike the American version, it is going to be a subscription service. “Japanese audiences are passionate about premium video content, and the country is a major producer of world-class TV and feature films,” Johannes Larcher wrote in a […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 41: Copyright THIS!

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Image: Fertala/Flickr (Creative Commons) New Zealand is about to get a three-strikes law that remains very controversial, in how it got passed and what’s in the law. The TECHGEEK Weekly Podcast discuss the impact it has, while also discussing about Android’s latest security flaw and the BlackBerry Playbook. Meanwhile, it looks like one post on our site is about to be a cause in an all-out staff rivalry – I’ll […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 37: Kicking in the Front Seat

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We’re back with a new episode, and while the tech industry is at a standstill, the Internet gets a red-light district, and the Zune bids adieu. Meanwhile, the week has been dominated by security flaw after security flaw, and Rebecca Black infects our Chris’ mind with the weekend. We also wonder why 13-year olds are driving cars, and Internet Explorer 9 is finally out – and Stewart hates it. Why? […]

Why the Internet can be useful and cruel at the same time

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Image by: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au OPINION: The Internet is a marvellous place where we can all communicate instantly without waiting several weeks to communicate internationally, or when we need something instant. But the true power of the internet is always in a major breaking story – such as a natural disaster. This year, we have seen three: the Floods in Queensland, the Earthquake in New Zealand and the powerful tsunami-and-earthquake combo […]

Zuckerberg to partner with Baidu to open Facebook China?

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Image: Sina (via guardian.co.uk) Founder of Facebook and recent inductee to Time’s Person of the Year, Mark Zuckerberg, has been spotted in China taking a tour around Baidu; and now, speculation is rising of a possible Facebook in China, with the help of Baidu’s power in one of the largest markets in terms of users on the Internet. Baidu has been quick to downplay such rumours, telling that his meeting […]

Kinect sells one million units in 10 days

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Think the Kinect is a passing fad, with the fact that it just happens to be a camera that manages to track almost every move you make and could have potential gaming applications to it? Well, it might not be as Microsoft has announced that the Kinect has sold one million units just in the past ten days. While Japan and Asia haven’t experienced the Kinect just yet, Europe and […]

Overheating iPod stops Tokyo train during rush hour

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Unlike here where Metro Trains have the luxury of having a 15 minute allowance of being late, Japan takes late trains seriously – heck, drivers can be fined for being late over a minute than the expected time. Well, the drivers don’t have to blame themselves today, when a train delayed the entire network for just eight minutes during the morning rush hour. They can blame someone’s overheating iPod. Yes, […]

Sharp to have 3D smartphone this year, no glasses required

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Thought 3D would be dead? It has infected movies, televisions and gaming, and the most logical step has to be mobile phones. Right? Sharp is said to be releasing a 3D-capable smartphone sometime in the year. However, you will not need to wear any glasses, a la the Nintendo 3DS. A spokesperson for the company, telling Reuters, said that it will likely have a 3D capable camera. And like all […]

USB hub lets you control your ports like a power board

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Ever got tired of pulling the port of an external hard drive for a few minutes but realise you have just messed up your configuration? Me neither, yet it is such a problem that Japanese electronics manufacturer Elecom has tapped into to make a USB hub that allows you to simply switch off the device from being connected to your computer, rather than pulling it out – just like a […]

Microsoft to make small name change in Japan

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According to the Japanese website MyCom (in Japanese with Google Translate), Microsoft is making a small, but sentimental change to its corporate name. In celebrating its 25th year in Japan, Microsoft will be – on February 1st of next year – changing its company name from “Microsoft Co. Ltd.” to “Microsoft Japan Co. Ltd”. Like I said, small change; but it puts more emphasis on the country where the company […]

Can you decypher the time on this watch?

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Believe it or not, this is actually a watch. No joke. Called the Zonal – and yes, I don’t even know what that means exactly – it is essentially a watch that depicts time in red segments of a squircle, or a rounded square. The top right one tells the hours, while the bottom left tells the time in increments of five. The bottom right tells the one minute increments […]

Rumour: Nintendo 3DS to have software install?

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RUMOUR MILL: Other than the 3D gaming experience without wearing those hideous (and possibly unhygienic) glasses, there might be another feature that was not revealed when Nintendo showed off the 3DS. According to Nikkei, the new console may allow users to install Nintendo 3DS games right onto the onboard storage – allowing users not to carry those games with them on the go. According to the Japanese equivalent to the […]

Pokemon Black and White: Starters & Trainers

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It is never too early to start picking out your kick-ass team of Pok√©mon for the new Pokemon games, even if it’s still quite a ways away from being released. Of course, the most important decision to build up a Pokemon team is two choose which of the 3 Starter Pokemons you begin your journey with. ‘Thanks to an image published in latest issue of CoroCoro (Japanese Magazine), you can […]