Topic / Japan

Pokemon Black and White: Legendaries

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The Japanese Pokemon Website has revealed the fifth generation Pokemon or Pokemon Black and White Legendaries, Reshiram and Zekrom. The cover of the Pokemon Black version will feature the Legendary Pokemon Reshiram, and the White version cover will feature the Legendary Pokemon Zekrom. Reshiram is white in colour with blue eyes, possessing big wings and claws. Reshiram somewhat has familiar features such as Palkia’s feet and Darkrai’s head and tail? […]

New footage of Pokemon Black and White released

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Yes, despite what you may think about these creatures – weird may be one of them – the Pokemon Franchise is set to come out with another edition, and you would have thought that they could have waited about a year or so after the new HeartGold and SoulSilver, but Nintendo likes to milk this puppy. Anyway, in Japan, there is a show called Pokemon Sunday and they have shown […]

Toyota Austalia issues recall on Prius hybrid

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Toyota’s recall of its Prius Hybrid car has now extended to Australia, after Toyota Australia announced that it will start a safety recall campaign on the current models of the Prius – which have been on sale since July of last year in Australia. This effects a total of 2,378 cars in Australia – joining the already 430,000 cars affected by the recall in Japan, the United States, Europe and […]

TG Podcast: Ep. 1 – We’re Back…

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And we’re back with something new. Thanks to Stewart, we are getting back into the podcast game, though we are going to do this monthly. Yeah, I know, a monthly podcast. Basically that would mean that we would basically catch you up with an entire month’s worth of news in a 30 or so minute show, and thanks to Stewart’s wonderful (or infamous) editing skills, we did just that. The […]

Japanese PM starts tweeting, opens blog

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First Kevin Rudd, then Barack Obama and now Yukio Hatoyama? Hatoyama, who is the current Japanese Prime Minister, has decided to join a long list of politicians who are hoping to gain some youth creditability by launching a blog and tweeting – especially when his government’s support rating has dipped after taking control from the long-running Liberal Democratic Party of Japan in September last year. His blog, titled Hato cafe, […]

Tether your feet to your laptop with USB slippers

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From the same people that gave you USB eye warmers comes another way to tether yourself to your laptop. These are slippers that connect to that free USB port and warm your feet – though the manufacturer won’t call them slippers, but Hot Roomshoes (see URL). Though, it seems kind of redundant when you can have an electric heater in your room. It only comes in one colour (brown), but […]

Japan goes crazy over … eye warmers?

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  From the home of anime comes this, a USB-powered eye warmer and – as the title says – it basically warms his eyes up to 44 degrees. It supports USB 2.0 and USB 1.1, and because its a USB, you can use this on both a Mac and a PC. There is also a button where you can switch this on and off, so you don’t have to constantly […]

Hitachi replicates 3D images that you can see without 3D glasses

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It looks like Hitachi has finally solve a common problem when watching 3D TV – the glasses. Its new “Full Parallax 3D TV” product, though only having a screen size of 10 inches, recreates a 3D image without you needing those geeky looking glasses, which come in a one-size-fits-all. It uses 16 projectors and a lens array to cover them, allowing the person to view it in any direction; and […]

TDK creates 320GB disc, stacks 10 layers on single disc

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TDK is known to push the boundaries in storage devices, as it showed of a possible 960GB laptop drive and a 3.2TB desktop drive – yeah, you heard that right. But in preparation of the CEATEC trade show in Japan, TDK has announced that it has now pushed the boundaries in the optical storage devices world with a 10-layer, 320GB disc, and it still looks like an ordinary disc.

Japan studios to create new anime on Halo universe

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Anime studios in Japan are set to take on Microsoft’s iconic franchise, Halo, by collaborating with Microsoft on a new anime, “Halo Legends”, that would see the game’s universe being launched in a new medium in several original short films.

Japanese mobile network takes pounding from porn downloads

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Pornography downloads is said to be straining the US$74 billion, next generation wireless network in Japan, as many users opt to download their pornography on their mobiles, instead of using their PCs, because many have unlimited download caps. According to Bloomberg, for unlimited Internet access, users would have to pay 6,300 yen (or US$66) a month on NTT DoCoMo. But because of the increasing use of downloading porn on your […]

The most expensive 16GB USB drive in the world

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If you go for the high-end, stylistic gadgets, then this one might interest your eye. Called the MNEMOSYNE, it is a 16 gigabyte USB storage cube that literally makes you disassemble it to actually get the USB drive which is inside the layers that make the cube – no, we are not kidding. Designed by Italy-based Japanese designers Toshi Satoji and Katsuya Masaki, each cube has a unique puzzle pattern […]

Microphone that allows people not to hear you sing…

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Japan is the home of the things that we most likely would never find at any department store in Australia, but this might be the gift for someone who just loves to sing to their hearts content – and save you in having your hearing checked. Introducing the “Unfussy Kara OK” microphone, that promises to allow you, despite looking like a vacuum cleaner attachment, to sing and have that voice […]

A watch that tells time without a face

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A watch that tells the time, but doesn’t have a face? That would make it impossible, and very confusing. However, there is such an object; heck, I thought it was just a bracelet. Using LED lights to show the time in the traditional digit format, it will show the time (in 24-hour time) with a press of a button. However, the store is from Japan – and ordering it online […]

PlayStation 3 outsells Wii in Japanese market

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After years of outselling both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 in the crucial Japanese market, the second-largest market after the United States, the Wii has fallen behind by the PlayStation 3 in March for the first time in sixteen months. The PlayStation 3 sold, according to Enterbrain, 146,948 consoles; overshadowing the 99,335 consoles that Nintendo managed to sell. Microsoft finished third, selling 43,172 Xbox 360 consoles.