Japan

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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Wine Vending Machines in Pennsylvania

Wine Vending Machines in Pennsylvania

I always knew that some day I'd be able to use that title for a post. That day has come. There are now wine vending machines in Pennsylvania, where there's no such thing as a legal independent wine and liquor store. For real! Pennsylvania is notorious for its strange liquor laws, this Wine Vending Machine move the latest in efforts to get liquor to regular residents safely. Certainly they'll be delivering wine strangely, with a process that might end up leading to more spreading of germs via the mouth than it does tasty glasses of red or white.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 30 2010

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 30 2010

You sassafrass you, NOOKcolor! Last night we spoke about how NOOKcolor had been rooted and presented to you the final chapter in our "A Week With" reviews of that device, but what's this?! I snuck another one in on ya! A Week with NOOKcolor: The Missing Link – Viewing Manually Loaded Books and What a Root Means for the Future. Then there's news about how NOOKcolor saved B&N's butt financially this year, and the iPad responds with a magazine - it's got TRON on it! Maybe not a direct response, and I know it's released by Richard Branson, but, you know, but I don't think iPad is worried about the B&N competition. Then we've got some Farmville news and some NASA news about what might be aliens - this expressing the range of information we present here at the R3 Media Network. ALL THIS AND MORE on the SlashGear Morning Wrap-up!

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Tiny LED Push Pin Lights for your Super Cute Tackboard

Tiny LED Push Pin Lights for your Super Cute Tackboard

Here's something so tiny and light-up that I don't see how you could possibly resist. The Push Pin Light, straight out of the most glorious place for things you might never have thought of, Japan. One of my favorite stores for cute gift purchases, Strapya World, has these little beauties on pre-order now, shipping next week. They come in green, blue, orange, pink, and white, and have replaceable LR41 button batteries so you can use them forever!

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Samsung Predicts Selling 40 Million Smartphones in 2011, plus an Array of Tablets

Samsung Predicts Selling 40 Million Smartphones in 2011, plus an Array of Tablets

Samsung's mobile devision head Shin Jong-kyun has told reporters in Seoul that the company expects to sell more than 20 million smartphones by the end of 2010, (up from 18 million units projected earlier in the year.) From there, he said, Samsung Electronics Co feels it will sell more than 40 million smartphones worldwide in 2011. This was reported by the lovely Nikkei Business Daily newspaper in sunny Seoul South Korea.

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Fruitspensor with Energy Efficient Ways

Fruitspensor with Energy Efficient Ways

Remember not that long ago, as in just a few days ago, when I posted a story about the wackiness of a Banana Dispensing Machine? That ain't as wacky as some (I) may have thought. Turns out the folks over at Healthy Vending have developed a machine that not uses 35-50% less energy than your average pop-dispensing machine, it's ready to dispense anything from granola bars to orange juice to fruit. It's cheap, it's efficient, and it's aimed at offices.

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Nintendo Announces First Public Sampling of 3DS

Nintendo Announces First Public Sampling of 3DS

Today along with announcements mostly relating to earnings from Nintendo came word of plans for a public (!) 3DS demo event in Japan. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata noted that the event will be held January 8, 9, and 10 (three days over the weekend) on the outskirts of Tokyo at the Makuhari Messe convention center. If you'll remember correctly, Nintendo held similar events for the DS and Wii in Japan as well.

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Japanese Vending Machine Update: They’ve Got Bananas and Hot Soup Now!

Japanese Vending Machine Update: They’ve Got Bananas and Hot Soup Now!

If you take a look into the history of SlashGear, we've had our eyeballs stuck in vending machines for a while now. It's a very abridged history, but one trend sticks out like a box full of assorted juices: the Japanese have the best vending machines in the world. Without a doubt. Japanese culture today is such that if you're on your way walking from any place to any other place, chances are there's going to be a machine on the street to sell you a beer. And what's new for today? Hot soup and bananas!

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Anti-Aging Glasses are Real, May or May Not Work

Anti-Aging Glasses are Real, May or May Not Work

One way to look at getting older, is the fact that while you progress in age, the technology that makes our world interesting is getting older, and better, each and every day. The other way to look at getting older, is to see yourself in the mirror every day, and notice all those wrinkles, lines, and other obvious indicators that you're racking up the calendar days. If you inherently think about the latter more often than the former, then perhaps these anti-aging glasses from Japan were manufactured just for you.

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