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Sharp made another Japan-only phone with razor-thin bezels

Sharp made another Japan-only phone with razor-thin bezels

Sharp one-upped just about every other smartphone two years ago when it debuted the Aquos Crystal, a device with almost nonexistent bezels on three sides. Now the Japanese phone maker is back with a smaller version: the Aquos Mini SH-M03. With dimensions measuring 126 x 66 x 9mm, it manages to fit a 4.7-inch display, the same size as the iPhone 6s' screen.

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NuAns Neo brings Moto X customization to US Windows phone

NuAns Neo brings Moto X customization to US Windows phone

The Windows phone platform may be barely surviving in the US, but the Japanese design startup NuAns still wants to give it one unique, stylish flagship handset. First revealed back in December, the Neo is a Windows 10 phone with enough design customization to put the Moto X to shame. And now it's making its US debut with a new Kickstarter campaign.

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These are Pokemon Sun and Moon’s Legendaries

These are Pokemon Sun and Moon’s Legendaries

Pokemon Sun and Moon (AKA SUMO) have two legendaries as of today - Solgaleo and Lunala. As you may have guessed, sunnier of the two will appear in the Sun version of the game, while the Lunar pokemon will appear in Moon. Despite their names, they will not be Sun Type nor Moon Type - nor any sort of astronomical sort of type. Solgaleo is a psychic/steel Pokemon and Lunala is psychic/ghost Pokemon. Both will be fully identified only when the game has been released, as it always is.

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Japanese companies including Sony, car makers freeze production following earthquakes

Japanese companies including Sony, car makers freeze production following earthquakes

The southern Japanese island of Kyushu has been struck by two serious earthquake in the last few days, causing some significant damage to the region. As a result, several local companies with factories in the region have decided to temporarily halt production as part of an effort to make sure their facilities are safe. This includes Sony's camera sensor factories in the cities of Nagasaki and Kumamoto, which was hit the hardest by the quakes.

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Sharp RoBoHoN walking robot phone starts shipping next month

Sharp RoBoHoN walking robot phone starts shipping next month

It’s a robot and a phone, and it’s called RoBoHon. No, it’s not a mobile phone in the shape of a robot — it’s an actual walking robotic that happens to be small enough to carry around with you while out and about, never mind how eccentric you’ll look holding a humanoid robot against your head. RoBoHoN is particularly focused on hands-free control, featuring a projector, speaker, and camera, among other things.

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HTC 10 in Camellia Red will be exclusive to Japan

HTC 10 in Camellia Red will be exclusive to Japan

The HTC 10 was finally unveiled this week, and in an unexpected surprise the phone is shaping up to be a top-tier Android flagship. Along with high-end specs and support for Apple AirPlay, the HTC 10's camera has been ranked as on-par with the recent Galaxy S7 Edge from Samsung. When the phone was announced, it was showcased in three colors: Carbon Gray, Glacier Silver, and Topaz Gold — but it turns out there's a fourth option, Camellia Red, that will be exclusive to Japan.

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Amazon Japan begins shipping video games internationally

Amazon Japan begins shipping video games internationally

Gamers who like to import titles from Japan take notice, the Japanese version of Amazon will now ship select games and hardware to international locations, potentially offering a cheaper option than turning to dedicated importers. While Amazon Japan has offered international shipping on other types of products, this is a first for video games. The change went without a formal announcement, and was only recently noticed by users on Twitter and the NeoGAF forums.

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Universal Studios Japan to open Nintendo Land by 2020

Universal Studios Japan to open Nintendo Land by 2020

Nintendo diligently guards its brands and characters almost to the point of being stingy. That is partly to blame for the dearth of exciting real-world adventures you can have with Mario and Luigi, Link and Zelda, and Pokemon. In four years' time, however, that might change radically. Japanese media report that Universal Studio Japan, one of only four such theme parks in the world, will be opening a "Nintendo Land" section by 2020. And it won't simply be a building with Nintendo merchandise but something likened to the famous Harry Potter area in the very same complex.

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Nintendo made a limited SNES-themed 3DS but only for Japan

Nintendo made a limited SNES-themed 3DS but only for Japan

Nintendo fans, you've likely already heard the news from yesterday's Direct livestream that some of the best games from the Super Nintendo console are coming to the New 3DS handheld. But Japanese version of the announcement also had something extra: a limited edition New 3DS XL featuring a Super Famicom-themed design, complete with the colored buttons for A, B, X, and Y. The Super Famicom was Japan's domestic name for the SNES, which looked a tad different from the one on our shores.

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Panasonic to recognize same-sex marriages among staff

Panasonic to recognize same-sex marriages among staff

In a statement today, Panasonic announced that it will recognize same-sex marriages among its employees, something that will be reflected in its employment policies. The new policy will go into effect this upcoming April — the finer details about what it will comprise aren’t yet determined, but it reportedly will bring some benefits that are offered to married workers, such as health insurance and maternity leave.

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VAIO, Fujitsu, Toshiba PC triumvirate might happen in March

VAIO, Fujitsu, Toshiba PC triumvirate might happen in March

Partly thanks to the rise of smartphones and tablets, the once lucrative PC market has been losing its luster for almost half a decade now. These are desperate times for many PC makers, which call for desperate measures. Three Japanese companies have been reported to be close to showing their desperation, by joining forces to tackle the common foe of declining PC sales. That VAIO, Fujitsu, Toshiba merger might actually even happen before the end of March. However, that drop might not even make any ripple in the global PC market.

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Apple Stores in Japan will put a screen protector on your iPhone

Apple Stores in Japan will put a screen protector on your iPhone

One of the most common accessories that users pick up for their smartphones has got to be a screen protector, those clear plastic films that stick to the display to prevent scratches and smudges. Unfortunately, trying to get the protector to line up perfectly with the screen, home button, or ear speaker during application, not to mention air bubbles, is one of the most frustrating process. Well, Apple Stores in Japan are the first debut Apple's new solution: handheld Belkin devices that will automatically install screen protectors on iPhones.

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