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Yahoo Google Phone Coming Soon from Sharp

Yahoo Google Phone Coming Soon from Sharp

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.

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Hitachi To Stop TV Production By Year-End

Hitachi To Stop TV Production By Year-End

It's been a tough year for TV manufacturers, with the sector reporting major losses across the board, especially among the Japanese TV manufacturers. Sony recently announced restructuring its money-losing TV business, and now just a day after, Hitachi has announced that it, too, will be making some changes, which include shutting down its TV production operations in Japan before the end of the year.

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Ruckus Wireless and KDDI Corp to deploy first and largest instant on WiFi network in the world

Ruckus Wireless and KDDI Corp to deploy first and largest instant on WiFi network in the world

Ruckus Wireless and KDDI Corp in Japan have announced that they have teamed up to deploy the world's first and largest instant on WiFi access and mobile data offload service. KDDI is the principal telecommunications provider in Japan and has over 32 million subscribers on its network. The network tech was pioneered by Ruckus and is designed to offload the network data traffic from the huge number of subscribers on the KDDI network.

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Hanako 2 Dental Patient Robot Gets Upgraded

Hanako 2 Dental Patient Robot Gets Upgraded

It's time again for news of freakishly human-like robots from Japan. We've seen plenty of very life-like humanoid robots in the past, such as with the Geminoids, but this one has a more defined purpose. The Hanako is a dental patient robot created for simulating real-life procedures for practicing dental students. Just recently, the robot got upgraded to Hanako 2 with major improvements in appearance.

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Pentax WG-1 GPS Now Available in Shiny Orange and Bright Beyond Belief

Pentax WG-1 GPS Now Available in Shiny Orange and Bright Beyond Belief

If there's one thing I love, it's multiple colorways, and what I mean when I say that is that if you make a device, and I'm talking to you OEMs, I love to see it in several different color combinations. Just yesterday we had a post up on Android Community about the onset of colors in the chassis of Android devices, now let's talk for a moment about the Pentax WG-1 GPS camera - a device which we last spoke about back in February as a rugged alternative to the fragile point and shoot devices that are so common in today's digital landscape. Today we see a colorway that doesn't make your eyes freak out and jump our of your head: Shiny Orange!

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iRobot Packbots Enter Fukushima Reactor

iRobot Packbots Enter Fukushima Reactor

Sunday, iRobot packbots entered the Fukushima Daiichi reactor building 3 to explore parts of the plant that have been closed to people since the facility was evacuated. Japanese nuclear workers were entering some locations in the plant just after the disaster, but now they've mostly pulled back to safe locations. The shorter term radiation doses were relatively safe, but at sustained elevated levels the threat of damage grows. The repair efforts continue with support from a number of robotic helpers.

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Nintendo 3DS UK Launch Most Successful Ever for the Gaming Company

Nintendo 3DS UK Launch Most Successful Ever for the Gaming Company

Nintendo must be jumping for joy now that the gaming device is well on its way toward populating the hands and hearts of gamers all around the world. Especially in the UK, where this launch is now Nintendo's most successful EVER. The company has sold a ginormous 113,000 3DS handheld consoles in its opening weekend alone, this trumping even the Nintendo Wii which sold 105,000 units in the same amount of time at launch.

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