A new crop of smartphones for spring

As spring descends on Japan, we’ll all be welcoming warmer temperatures and cherry blossoms in the coming weeks. But spring in Japan typically means new smartphone lineups from Japan’s major mobile carriers, too. And while consumers’ love for Apple’s iPhone is still in full bloom, there are ...

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The announcement I wish Nintendo would make

This morning I stumbled across M.G. Siegler’s post on the death of Nintendo, which he says has been “greatly under-exaggerated.” Like Siegler, I’m a fan of Nintendo. But I don’t think they’re completely dead. There is one final Hail Mary pass that I think Nintendo ...

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Rage of Bahamut and Japan’s quest for global gamers

One of the biggest Japan-related tech stories from 2012 was the success of Cygames’ social card battle game Rage of Bahamut on DeNA’s Mobage network. Whether or not Japanese social games can succeed in markets abroad is a very interesting question, and Bahamut so far is perhaps the most ...

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2012 in tech — and what it means for the year ahead

In the world of technology, the past year has seen a changing of the guard in almost every sector. Personal computers, mobile devices, gaming and Internet services have all seen incredible developments, with new challengers taking the place of old incumbents. As we move into the new year, we’ll ...

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Japanese companies aspire to take a bite out of the e-reader apple

With so many competitors in the tablet and e-reader market these days, it’s getting harder and harder for manufacturers to differentiate themselves from similar offerings. Apple’s iPad held 68 percent of the worldwide market share in the second quarter according to Massachusetts-based research firm IDC, while Samsung and ...

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Making the move away from smartphone snaps

For aspiring photographers looking to step up their game from a point-and-shoot camera or smartphone, there have been a number of exciting new options released in recent weeks. Whether you want to take the leap to your first DSLR, opt for a more evolved point-and-shoot, or go with something in ...

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Cuba deals Russia blow with five-set win

Hamamatsu, Japan, May 20, 2012 - Defending World League champions Russia suffered their first defeat of their 2012 campaign on Sunday as Cuba picked up a 3-2 (23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 18-25, 15-10) victory in yet another classic Pool A match in Hamamatsu, Japan. Cuba was led in scoring by their young ...

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Serbia hands Japan second five-set loss

Hamamatsu, Japan, May 20, 2012 - Japan suffered their second five set loss in as many days on Sunday after being narrowly beaten by Serbia 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 25-27, 25-19, 15-12) in Pool A of the FIVB Volleyball World League in Hamamatsu. Serbia was led by the young Aleksandar Atanasijevic who ...

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Russia narrowly avoid shocking loss to Japan

Hamamatsu, Japan, May 19, 2012 - Russia followed up on their tough five-set win over Serbia on Friday with another challenging 3-2 (20-25, 25-23, 25-16, 19-25, 15-12) win, this time over hosts Japan in Tokyo in Pool A of the FIVB Volleyball World League. Leading Russia was the hard-hitting Pavel Moroz ...

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