Japanese gamers will be able to get their hands on a new limited-edition PS3 in a gold hue with a special design on the top starting on March 1, 2012. The limited-edition PS3 is gold and has a white drawing and some other styling cues on the top to celebrate the odd-looking game One Piece Warriors. Apparently, the game is very popular in Japan.
For those of you wishing to get up close and personal with the destruction and collapse of massive parts of Northeastern Japan as crushed up by the earthquakes and tsunami from March 2011, you can certainly do so thanks to Google Maps new initiative to archive images of the area in the weeks after the disasters unfurled. In addition to being able to see these areas inside Google Maps (until they're updated as repairs are made and new images are collected), you can see before and after shots at a special site Memories for the Future, fully optimized for a browser-centric experience. What do you think, citizens of earth, is this a suitable memorial for the terror that occurred earlier this year?
Google has launched a new Street View tour that takes you through the Japanese areas that were devastated by the tsunami and earthquakes earlier this year. The tsunami virtually destroyed the areas in March. Google had promised previously to put up Street View images of the devastated areas for people to view.
Japan is still cleaning up and investigating the scope of the disaster from the tsunami that hit the area hard. The massive tidal wave hit Japan and devastated coastal areas and caused major damage to the nuclear power plant that was in its path causing radiation leakage. Some new details about the destructive wave prove that part of the reason the devastation was so massive was that the wave that hit Japan was the result of the two merged tsunamis.
Apple may be preparing for an LTE-based iPad 3 to launch by summer of next year and an LTE-based iPhone 5 to arrive by fall, if a new report from Nikkei Business is to accurate. The story claims that Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has reached an agreement with Apple to distribute the next-gen devices on this schedule, which suggests that device would arrive worldwide on a similar time frame.
Japanese fans of mobile TV will be getting a smartphone only broadcast TV station next year that will be called Nottv. The new station is being backed by some of the largest TV stations in the country and one of the largest mobile carriers so it has the muscle to succeed if users like the content. Nottv was announced at Ceatec this week and will use bandwidth left over from when Japan ended analog broadcasts this year.
Boeing has just signed and hand delivered the first ever 787 "Dreamliner" aircraft to All Nippon Airways in Japan. We can't really say hand delivered because this aircraft is simply massive. It's so big in fact, that they've even announced it twice. Bringing years of aircraft technology from Boeing into one of the biggest, and most technology filled planes to date.
Android phone geeks in Japan will soon have another new smartphone to lust over, and this one sounds pretty good. The smartphone comes from Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile Communications and it is called the Arrows Z ISW11F smartphone. The device runs Android 2.3.4 operating system and is waterproof to IPX5/8 classification. That means you can get it wet or splash it accidentally and it will survive.
The folks at the Au KDDI store in Nishi-Kasai in Tokyo Japan have just tweeted something that'll get your Windows Phone Mango ears ringin', that being that they're going to have the Fujitsu IS12T as early as this Thursday, August 25th, 2011. Windows Phone 7.5 Mango has been juicing up the Microsoft-loving public for some weeks now, especially after a slightly early build leaked this past week. Last we'd heard, this device was already supposed to be released to the public by this time - that did not happen, but this new release certainly appears to be legit!
What we're to understand we're looking at here is one strange combination of brands creating a device that's no less than completely absurd. This is a Yahoo! phone made for Japan (since Japan is still so very in love with Yahoo) and will be running on Android. You may recognize this device if you're familiar with Sharp's line of cute little phones: this one being a rebranded Sharp AQUOS smartphone in white. What the non-Google search engine group will be adding to the device is a brand new interface skin on the inside and a lovely new Yahoo! branded case on the outside - why they thought this would be an awesome idea is anyone's guess.