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Technological fun for the home

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 08:34

Gadget maker Cerevo has taken advantage of the hype surrounding this month's release of the Hollywood version of "Ghost in the Shell" by producing a 1/8 scale robot model of the original anime's AI combat-vehicle Tachikoma.

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Tweeters spill their guts on #gaijinconfessionfriday

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:54

Things got real this Friday — real funny — as non-Japanese living in Japan admitted their biggest blunders, mistakes and unpopular opinions using the #gaijinconfessionfriday hashtag.

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‘Senran Kagura’ makes a big splash

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 13:44

The “Senran Kagura” games are ridiculous. But that’s the whole point. Previous installments have followed the adventures of buxom female kunoichi (female ninjas), who end up with tattered clothing while battling foes. This latest game, however, trades ninja gear for water guns. “Peach Beach Splash” is set at a ninja-skill tournament in which bikini-clad kunoichi […]

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Spring improvements: Learn to program, exercise for charity and then pour the perfect beer

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 13:44

Ways to build a better understanding of coding Learning programming will become part of the Japanese elementary school curriculum from 2020, and this new toy from Sony Global Education and educational toy manufacturer Artec could give kids a head start. Called KOOV, this set of colorful building blocks, electronic parts and computer software is designed […]

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Nintendo is switching it up

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 13:44

It’s still early in 2017, but Switch, Nintendo’s newest gaming console, is bound to be the most desirable hardware of the year. Both a home console and a handheld, it’s being touted as an all-in-one must have. Drop it in its dock and players can game on a television screen. Attach Joy-Con controllers to the […]

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Techie home comforts

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 13:44

A polite talking ted You may remember Paro, the therapeutic seal robot that has been successful enough to be used by therapists to help dementia patients with stress. Well now NTT DoCoMo has now collaborated with toy firm Iwaya, electronics maker Vitec and communication doll producer Mooredoll to bring to life Cocokuma, a similar stuffed […]

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Tributes to the ‘father of Pac-Man’

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 07:08

Following the news that Masaya Nakamura, whose company created Pac-Man, had died at the age of 91, social media was filled with tributes to the "father" of the beloved yellow gobbler.

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New releases for wintry nights in

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 13:44

Bring on the virtual terror New “Biohazard” (“Resident Evil” in the West) games are always a very big deal, so it’s no surprise that “Resident Evil 7” is causing a fuss. “RE7” is set in Louisiana four years after “Resident Evil 6.” The protagonist is Ethan Winters, a man who is searching for his missing […]

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Turning YouTube into yen: Can vloggers become the new foreign correspondents?

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 08:30

In 2015, Sharla of the YouTube channel Sharla In Japan found herself juggling two careers. Since 2011, the Canadian-born creator had been making videos about her life here to a quickly growing audience. But actually making them was tough, as she also had a day job. “I hated it,” says Sharla, who’s asked us not […]

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Here’s to a new age of ‘reality’

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 13:44

Feel the power of VR Everyone is now familiar with virtual-reality headsets, but what about other wearable VR equipment? Cerevo have announced an upcoming release of Taclim, which it says are the world’s first VR shoes and VR gloves. This tech allow users to actually feel VR experiences via tactile devices — one in each […]

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