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Vonage offers free calls to Japan

Vonage offers free calls to Japan

If you have friends or loved ones in Japan where the major earthquakes recently hit and you are trying to get in touch with them to be sure they are OK, Vonage is making getting in touch cheaper. Vonage has announced that it will be waiving all per minute charges to Japan for a full week.

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The Japan Tsunami … how you can help

The Japan Tsunami … how you can help

We're seeing some frightening and amazing images from the tremendous devastation that Japan has experienced this sad day. And it's only natural to see people suffering and wonder how we can help? Here's a quick list of things we can all do provide immediate relief:

First, users can text a donation the Red Cross. By texting "REDCROSS" to 90999, Canadian Readers can text REDCROSS to 30333. Users will be debited $10 to relief efforts in Japan. One thing to remember though, is that most donations won't be credited to the Red Cross until at least a month or three later after that charge has been paid by the cellphone user through bill payment. So while it will be of tremendous benefit a few months later when the headlines fall away, there's other more immediate options including going to the RedCross donation site and selecting Japan Relief, or another pressing disaster relief project. Users can choose to pay by credit cards or even Amazon's payment's option. Users are also encouraged to donate blood for relief efforts as the scope of the disaster is so vast that blood supplies will be drastically spread thin.

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World’s First Robot Marathon in Osaka, Japan

World’s First Robot Marathon in Osaka, Japan

The world's first robot marathon is being held in Osaka, Japan. The contest is expected to take up to four days to complete with toy-sized robots traversing over 26 miles (42km) to complete 423 laps of an indoor track. Video of the competitive race after the jump.

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BlueDot YouTube Box Releasing in Japan

BlueDot YouTube Box Releasing in Japan

Not that there is any shortage of set top boxes, or internet connected TVs, but here is another one, dedicated to YouTube. BlueDot is introducing its first YouTube box in Japan, the YouTube XL BTC-10. It connects to your TV via an HDMI cable, and to the internet via an ethernet connection so that you can connect to YouTube directly from your TV.

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Android phone of the future?

Android phone of the future?

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Japan's Osaka University never fails to fascinate us with his amazingly life-like robotic creations. However, his latest creation, the Telenoid R1 is very different. Designed as a way of remote communication, the Telenoid R1 aims to make you feel as though the other person on the line is right there with you. What better way to stay connected?

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Japan Losing Vending Machine Edge?

Japan Losing Vending Machine Edge?

Believe it or not, Japan was not the first country in the world to come up with the gold vending machine, the first of which was released early this week. Not a machine made of gold, but a machine that allows you to trade money for gold in a vending machine environment. Ron Paul would be proud, as the USA beat Japan to the punch by a month, while Germany and Abu Dhabi beat Japan by almost a year! As reporter Yoree Koh says, "It's enough to make you cry into your ramen."

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Electronic Eco-Friendly Rickshaw Designed by Japan Firm

Electronic Eco-Friendly Rickshaw Designed by Japan Firm

I have the distinctive honor of presenting to you the very first post on SlashGear to feature a rickshaw. This rickshaw is both electronic and eco-friendly. This is the Meguru, a three-wheeled, three seat tiny vehicle that's made to go what they call "maximum speed" and range of about 25 miles per hour. Of course that's just with the out-of-the-box build, you can add batteries as you like for a longer ride.

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Sony Buying Back Chip Plant from Toshiba

Sony Buying Back Chip Plant from Toshiba

So waaay back before 2008, Sony had control of a chip plant in Nagasaki, a semiconductor plant to be more precise, a plant which that year they sold to Toshiba Corp. Sony now plans to buy BACK that plant from Toshiba so that it might strengthen it's complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensor business. All of this has been reported by the Nikkei business daily newspaper.

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