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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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World’s fastest train resumes testing in Japan

World’s fastest train resumes testing in Japan

Japan is already home to some of the fastest trains in the world with a fleet of bullet trains crisscrossing the country at incredibly high speeds. However, the current crop of bullet trains isn't fast enough for Japan and Central Japan Railway has resume trials of its incredibly high-speed maglev train. The train is expected to begin operating commercially by 2027.

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iPhone 5S release September 20th based on T-Mobile blackout

iPhone 5S release September 20th based on T-Mobile blackout

There's a bit of insight flowing this week on when the next iPhone will be released, coming from a set of documents shared by T-Mobile USA employees on when they've got a call to work without question. These are "blackout dates" and they've been shared with TMOnews, and though they do include a "subject to change" disclaimer, it would appear that T-mobile will be busy from the 20th through the 22nd of September. This is supported by separate reports from Japan which point toward the same date.

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Apple tipped to open new retail store in Tokyo

Apple tipped to open new retail store in Tokyo

Apple has been incredibly successful with its retail stores that are located all around the world. Apple currently has a number of stores, including locations in Japan. A source who claims to be familiar with the plans at Apple claims that the technology giant plans to open a new retail store in the upscale Tokyo Omotesando shopping district as early as March of 2014.

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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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