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LG G2 Gold edition: for the tyrant king in you

LG G2 Gold edition: for the tyrant king in you

When the gold iPhone 5s was revealed in leaks, it was called fake. When the actual, real deal, official iPhone 5s was released in gold, it was the start of a wave of releases that'd forever be called copycats. While devices like the Sony Xperia RAY have been appearing in gold for many moons now, there seems to be no end in sight for the odd, internationally tapped color set. Here we're seeing the LG G2 in a particularly interesting shade of the precious metal.

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Japanese volcanic island gets a name and could survive years

Japanese volcanic island gets a name and could survive years

Back in November, the first reports of a new volcanic island off the coast of Japan surfaced. At the time, there were few details about the island and it was so new it didn’t even have a name. Scientists said that they would hold off naming the island until they could see if it would survive more than a short time above the surface of the ocean.

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Keanu Reeves and 47 Ronin cast recorded in both English and Japanese

Keanu Reeves and 47 Ronin cast recorded in both English and Japanese

The upcoming film 47 Ronin is in a position to release the mother of all bonus features in the near future - an entirely separately filmed alternate version. What actor Keanu Reeves has revealed this week is the fact that the director of the film, Carl Erik Rinsch, wanted the entire cast of the film to be able to speak their lines in either Japanese or English. He went a step further in asking every actor to perform two separate takes of every scene, in English and in Japanese.

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Japan beats US to become top country in mobile app revenue

Japan beats US to become top country in mobile app revenue

There is big money to be made on games and other apps for mobile devices around the world. There has been a change at the top of the most profitable countries for apps with Japan taking the top spot. Previously, the top country for mobile app revenues was the US. Japanese consumers spent 10% more on apps than consumers in the US did in October.

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PlayStation 3, Vita, Nintendo 3DS to get new “Persona” games

PlayStation 3, Vita, Nintendo 3DS to get new “Persona” games

Fans of the long-running Persona series of role-playing games and animes are in for a triple helping of new material. Atlus, the maker of the games, announced the upcoming titles one at a time over the course of this weekend's Persona event. Their Japan releases will be staggered over the coming 12 months.

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New volcanic island pops out of the sea near Japan

New volcanic island pops out of the sea near Japan

The Earth is racked with volcanic activity. There are active volcanoes in many parts of the world and some of them are active very frequently. One of the most volcanically active places in the world is Hawaii. The island state gets new land mass every year thanks to volcanic activity. A new volcanic island has poked its head above the surface of the ocean for the first time near Japan.

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Apple to near 50% market share in Japan in 2014

Apple to near 50% market share in Japan in 2014

Apple has seen a large boost in adoption in Japan over the last couple years, and as the trend holds, it is expected the company will near 50-percent market share in the nation some time next year. Current estimates have iPhone sales more than doubling over 2012's sales, and growth for the company has officially eclipsed that of Greater China and other areas, both domestic and abroad.

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Japan Display brings new world’s most HD display to smartphone market

Japan Display brings new world’s most HD display to smartphone market

This week the folks at Japan Display Inc. have unveiled their newest in super-sharp screen technology with a 5.4-inch WQHD TFT LCD Module. This piece of technology spreads 1440 x 2560 pixels across 5.4-inches of screen real-estate, making this panel roll out with a cool 543 pixels per inch (PPI). That's well and above the most dense panels on the market today.

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Huawei UltraStick SD card brings 3G internet to laptops

Huawei UltraStick SD card brings 3G internet to laptops

It would appear that the engineers at Huawei have decided that you need your USB ports open more than you need that SD card reader free as they've created a 3G-capable SD card for the masses. This device is able to connect to your laptop the same way you'd plug in a USB "MiFi dongle", but it does so through a standard full-sized SD card slot. No more worrying about every passerby cracking your web with a simple karate chop - this web fits all the way in.

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iPhone 5s and 5c arrive Friday: sold out in China, lines in USA and Japan

iPhone 5s and 5c arrive Friday: sold out in China, lines in USA and Japan

You might not know it, but the iPhone 5s has already gone on sale in China and subsequently sold out - every single size and color. This doesn't mean that places like Japan or the United States should worry, as there is separate stock for each different region, but it just goes to show: the lines at 5th Avenue in NYC and in the Ginza district in Japan may not be there without purpose. It's quite possible Apple will sell out of iPhones this time around.

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Japanese iPhone buyer lines up a week before release, others brave typhoon

Japanese iPhone buyer lines up a week before release, others brave typhoon

Japan is probably known for people who are extremely passionate about certain things, including gadgets, and this scenario probably reinforces the point. A 44-year old man has set up camp in front of the Apple store in Tokyo's Ginza district to earn the distinction of being the first to own one of the newly unveiled iPhone smartphones.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics stadium one of several retro-fitted arenas

Tokyo 2020 Olympics stadium one of several retro-fitted arenas

British firm Zaha Hadid Architects won their bid to create the new Tokyo-based national stadium back in November of 2012 - today they've announced it'll be aimed for use in the 2020 Olympics. This beast of a piece of architecture will be able to seat 80,000 and will first be playing host to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, showcasing a few of its futuristic features in the process. This stadium will be one of three structures revived from their original state, each of them built originally for the 1964 Summer Games.

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