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Sharp redefines “edge-to-edge” smartphone display

Sharp redefines “edge-to-edge” smartphone display

This week the folks at Sharp have let loose images and hands-on with their new "Aquos Crystal" phone. This device runs Android and will be sent up by carriers with VoLTE, but the most important feature is the most obvious: a near bezel-less front panel. When we first heard the term "edge-to-edge display", this is what we were thinking.

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2020 Robot Olympics planned for Tokyo

2020 Robot Olympics planned for Tokyo

Japan is looking to trump the long-running RoboCup, planning to host a Robot Olympics event in Tokyo in 2020. The event would take place alongside the summer games, with prime minister Shinzo Abe saying it would demonstrate the current state of robotic technology.

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Sony’s Walkman finds success in Japan, but what about the US?

Sony’s Walkman finds success in Japan, but what about the US?

In a world where smartphones make the most convenient portable music players, the market for dedicated MP3 players has dwindled. That hasn't stopped Sony from hawking its once-popular Walkman line of PMPs, however, and the effort is slowly paying off, with Japan embracing its latest Walkman ZX1.

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PlayStation 4 gets icy makeover in Japan until July 16

PlayStation 4 gets icy makeover in Japan until July 16

If you thought that gaming consoles are just for the males of the species or that certain animated films are only for the young ones, perhaps it's time drag yourself to the 21st century. As if trying to say that gaming, and some films, are for every person of any age or gender, Sony is selling a limited edition PlayStation 4 console in Japan that has undeniable markings of the Disney 3D animated hit Frozen.

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Mega Metagross confirmed for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Mega Metagross confirmed for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

This month’s Coro Coro magazine from Shogakukan has produced the newest Pokemon for the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire releases: Mega Metagross! This Mega evolution is only the latest in a number of Megas revealed for this title, bringing the heat on both Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS this Winter.

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Dragon Quest X on Nintendo 3DS to use streaming tech

Dragon Quest X on Nintendo 3DS to use streaming tech

Fans of the Dragon Quest franchise in Japan will probably have mixed feelings about the arrival of the latest title on Nintendo's 3DS handheld. While Dragon Quest X, also known as Dragon Quest X Online or DQXO, is known for being a semi-online game, on the 3DS it will become fully online, because, instead of running off a cartridge or internal memory, the game will be completely streamed to the handheld instead.

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VAIO Inc opens up shop with three new laptops

VAIO Inc opens up shop with three new laptops

VAIO laptops are back, but they're not your grandfather's VAIO, so to speak. But even with new management, a new brand of its own, and the absence of Sony, VAIO's new laptop models, two new VAIO Pros and a new VAIO Fit, won't be giving you any form of culture shock, as they unabashedly look exactly like your grandfather's VAIO.

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Toyota FCV Sedan gets a photo op, launch date and price

Toyota FCV Sedan gets a photo op, launch date and price

Last year, we came across Toyota's "eco-friendly" car, a hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle (FCV) that was set to launch 2014. It's 2014 now, and the car maker is unveiling this FCV's shiny exterior to the public and announcing how much it will cost Japanese buyers to get one when it does really launch next year.

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Japan’s new robot newscaster cruises the uncanny valley

Japan’s new robot newscaster cruises the uncanny valley

Robots are all after our jobs! If you're not convinced entirely yet, then Japan's latest technological marvel just might. Japanese scientists have revealed to the public a new kind of eerily human-looking android that will be announcing news, arriving in real-time, in near pitch-perfect and fluent Japanese.

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Godzilla 2014 vs US Air Force: real talk

Godzilla 2014 vs US Air Force: real talk

Godzilla is nearly at our doorstep. In less than a week, Godzilla’s 2014 big-screen movie will be bringing mayhem to the world. Understandably, the folks at Air & Space with the Smithsonian decided it’d make far more sense to speak about the film with the United States Air Force than the filmmakers - not about the film, but about Godzilla himself.

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Xbox One launches in Japan in September

Xbox One launches in Japan in September

Microsoft has announced that gamers in Japan will get the Xbox One this coming September, leaving a long summer to be spent toiling away with the Xbox 360. According to the company's Japanese division, the next-generation console will be hitting shelves on September 4.

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Japan mobiles to receive email warning terror alerts and more

Japan mobiles to receive email warning terror alerts and more

Ever since the Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster that struck Japan in 2011, the authorities have been actively carrying out mock tweet-evacuation-drills and sending alerts to citizens using modern day technology. From April 1st, the Japanese Fire and Disaster Management Agency will be implementing a new system that will automatically send out email alerts to mobile phones, regarding any ballistic missile launches, terror attacks and other eventualities.

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