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iPhone 5S Gunmetal parts appear in Japanese repair shop

iPhone 5S Gunmetal parts appear in Japanese repair shop

Though it's not quite as likely that we'd find official Apple-made hardware leaked to a Japan-based parts replacement store as it would one in China, today's appearance of a Gunmetal-colored iPhone 5S SIM-tray is intriguing all the same. What we're seeing here is a series of comparison shots of this Gunmetal color (not black, but darker than the white iPhone 5) near the iPhone 5's two color iterations. This would be the fourth color iPhone 5S tray to have appeared in the past month.

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Nexus 7 did not outsell iPad in Japan according to IDC

Nexus 7 did not outsell iPad in Japan according to IDC

Earlier this year it was claimed by several news sources, then quoted again just this month by Google, that the Nexus 7 outsold the iPad in Japan in the fourth quarter of 2012. This assertion comes from a report by market research firm BCN, as quoted by Nikkei and re-published by several publications since early this year. Here after Google repeated the claim at their Nexus 7 reboot event, a bit more information on BCN's study has come to light - as have some rather contradictory numbers from research firm IDC.

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Xbox One release date set for 2014 in Japan: plans unchanged

Xbox One release date set for 2014 in Japan: plans unchanged

Though the country is synonymous with its major influence on the multi-tiered world of gaming and entertainment for a generation, it would seem that Microsoft isn't quite so keen: the Xbox One wont be coming to the big J until 2014. This announcement comes amid further suggestion that Japan is a "tier 2 country" as far as releases go, with Microsoft Japan President Yasuyuki Higuchi making their position clear with several months between releases.

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Japan says Boeing 787s can resume flight after modifications

Japan says Boeing 787s can resume flight after modifications

Back in January, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner jets were grounded by the FAA after experiencing issues with batteries overheating, which posed a fire risk. It took a couple months, but last week the FAA approved Boeing's new battery design, and yesterday it lifted the ban it had in place. Now Japan has given the go-ahead for resuming flights after the modications and changes needed are made.

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Japanese National Police Agency wants ISPs to block Tor

Japanese National Police Agency wants ISPs to block Tor

You may not be familiar with a service called Tor. Tor is a web service that allows users to surf the Internet, use IM, and other services while keeping themselves completely anonymous. Tor is a free and open-source that is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.

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Google Street View shows abandoned post-earthquake Fukushima city

Google Street View shows abandoned post-earthquake Fukushima city

A couple years have passed since the earthquake that devestated Japan and set off a nuclear emergency, resulting in the abandonment of Namie-machi, which is located near the coastline in Fukushima prefecture. The former residents of Namie-machi are still unable to return, but can now take a virtual walk around the place they called home thanks to Google Street View.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 launches in Europe and Japan, US version now $269

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 launches in Europe and Japan, US version now $269

Good news for those located outside the US. Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is now available in a select number of countries in Europe, including the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, as well as Japan. To celebrate the expansion, Amazon also dropped the price of the tablet to $269 in the US, with the 4G version now starting at $399.

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Japan launches two new satellites

Japan launches two new satellites

On January 27, Japan launched a rocket into orbit with a pair of new surveillance satellites onboard. The goal of the launch was to strengthen the surveillance capability of Japan and allow the country to keep an eye on North Korea. Tensions between Japan and North Korea are high after North Korea promised to conduct another nuclear test.

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Japan to launch 4K TV broadcasts in July 2014

Japan to launch 4K TV broadcasts in July 2014

During CES week, European television network Eutelsat launched the first-ever 4K TV channel, and while it's only for experimental and demonstration purposes, it'll set the tone for the future of television broadcasting. Case in point: Japan is planning on launching 4K TV broadcasts in July 2014, which is two years ahead of schedule.

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Azurite Blue, Garnet Red PS3s on the way to Japan, Europe

Azurite Blue, Garnet Red PS3s on the way to Japan, Europe

We love our colored consoles here at SlashGear, and Sony seems all to willing to deliver. Hot on the heels of its new Classic White PS3 come consoles that have been colored Azurite Blue and Garnet Red. These two consoles are launching in Japan next month, with a launch in Europe apparently lined up as well.

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Dish demands FCC see Softbank-Sprint deal “unripe for consideration”

Dish demands FCC see Softbank-Sprint deal “unripe for consideration”

This week the folks at Dish Network have made it clear that they're going to go hardcore with their business tactics when it comes to attaining Clearwire - their methods including hitting the competition where it hurts: Sprint's merger with Softbank. Several months ago Softbank made a bid to attain US-based Sprint while Sprint made a bid to attain Clearwire, their ability to purchase Clearwire being based on they themselves being purchased by Softbank. Because Dish Network sees Softbank's acquisition of Sprint as contingent on Sprint's future purchase of Clearwire, they've filed for the whole stack of cards to come tumbling down.

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iBookstore to launch in Japan as early as January

iBookstore to launch in Japan as early as January

A report from the Japanese publication Nikkei is claiming that Apple will be extending its digital bookstore into Japan this month. The report claims that the Apple iBookstore could be rolled out in Japan as early as January 2013. The report also indicates that Apple has signed up with a number of big Japanese publishers.

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