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Toshiba plans to ditch North American TV market

Toshiba plans to ditch North American TV market

Toshiba has been selling TV in North America for a long time with mixed success. The company has never been one of the top brands in the business mostly unable to compete on pure performance and unable to sell at prices as low as other TV makers. The company has now announced that it plans to pull out of the North American TV market altogether.

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Lucky Bag: Apple hasn’t given up on TV just yet

Lucky Bag: Apple hasn’t given up on TV just yet

Apple’s Lucky Bag promotion for Japan is underway, and the contents of the bags have been revealed. This year, the top-end bags will get an 11-inch MacBook Air with 128GB memory, as well an Air Jacket case, Incase Slim backpack, Powerbeats2 wireless headphones, a Mophie Powerstation Juice Pack, and a TwelveSouth PlugBug. There are second and third-tier bags as well (Apple’s not just going to give out MacBooks to everyone), but one aspect of the Lucky Bag promo stuck out to us: the Apple TV.

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Apple ‘Lucky Bag’ coming back to Japan this year

Apple ‘Lucky Bag’ coming back to Japan this year

Apple has announced their “Lucky Bag” promotions are coming back to Japan. The deal, which brings a bag full of goodies for a remarkably lower price than normal, has a history of success with Apple fans. The mystery bags offer up equipment and other goodies like accessories, and no two bags are alike. Last year, we heard some of the bags may have had Mac Pros inside, so who knows what Japanese customers may see this year. They’re not cheap, though — the bags sold for around $340 last year.

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Firefox OS coming to Japan with LTE on board

Firefox OS coming to Japan with LTE on board

Firefox OS isn’t dead just yet! A new report suggests the operating system that runs web apps instead of native ones is coming, but will hit Japan rather than the United States. In conjunction with Japanese carrier KDDI, Mozilla is bringing Firefox OS to the Japanese via a new smartphone. The FxO is decidedly mid-range, but is adequate for what Firefox OS asks of it. the device goes on sale today, though we’ve not yet learned what pricing will be.

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Real Bunny Smartphone Case: behold, the newest tech trend

Real Bunny Smartphone Case: behold, the newest tech trend

Over in Japan there's a trend in smartphone cases where real rabbits are used to protect their iPhones. The rabbits used for these cases range in size and shape and breed, but for the most part they're just about the right size for an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to fit neatly on their tummies. Of course once they decide to flip over, it all goes to heck. And no, it's not a particularly slow day for news, it's just an awesome day to see bunnies holding smartphones.

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Tokyo court orders Google to delete crime-implying search results

Tokyo court orders Google to delete crime-implying search results

Google was ordered by the Tokyo District Court this week to delete a number of search results that a Japanese man claimed tied him to criminal activity he was not involved in. The decision comes not long after a European court ruled that internet users have the "Right to be Forgotten," forcing Google to accept requests for deleting URLs to misleading or false information from their search results.

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Galaxy Note Edge available in Japan starting 23 October

Galaxy Note Edge available in Japan starting 23 October

Since it's a limited edition smartphone, the availability of the Galaxy Note Edge is always going to be something worth noting. Quite surprisingly it isn't its hometown of Korea or the main markets of the US and the UK that will be getting dibs on the eccentric smartphone. Instead Samsung has first launched its curved edge screen smartphone in the Japanese market, supposedly owing to the country's culture of embracing the latest, and sometimes the strangest, technologies, which is what the Galaxy Note Edge definitely is.

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