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Apple ‘Lucky Bag’ coming back to Japan this year

Apple ‘Lucky Bag’ coming back to Japan this year

Apple has announced their “Lucky Bag” promotions are coming back to Japan. The deal, which brings a bag full of goodies for a remarkably lower price than normal, has a history of success with Apple fans. The mystery bags offer up equipment and other goodies like accessories, and no two bags are alike. Last year, we heard some of the bags may have had Mac Pros inside, so who knows what Japanese customers may see this year. They’re not cheap, though — the bags sold for around $340 last year.

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Firefox OS coming to Japan with LTE on board

Firefox OS coming to Japan with LTE on board

Firefox OS isn’t dead just yet! A new report suggests the operating system that runs web apps instead of native ones is coming, but will hit Japan rather than the United States. In conjunction with Japanese carrier KDDI, Mozilla is bringing Firefox OS to the Japanese via a new smartphone. The FxO is decidedly mid-range, but is adequate for what Firefox OS asks of it. the device goes on sale today, though we’ve not yet learned what pricing will be.

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Xbox Japan chief steps down after Xbox One’s dreary sales

Xbox Japan chief steps down after Xbox One’s dreary sales

From the launch of the original Xbox, Microsoft has had a very difficult time getting its game console to find success in Japan, and sadly that continues to this day, where the latest system, the Xbox One, has tragically low sales numbers. In order to take responsibility for the system's poor performance, the Head of Xbox Japan, Takashi Sensui, has resigned from his position.

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Real, working 4-foot tall transformer built in Japan

Real, working 4-foot tall transformer built in Japan

Say hello to J-deite Quarter, a four-foot tall, 77-pound real working transformer. Built by two Japanese engineers with their companies' support, the bipedal robot can walk at a speed of 0.6 mph, and change into the shape of a 3-foot long sports car that can drive up to 6 mph. Yeah, it's pretty cool.

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Real Bunny Smartphone Case: behold, the newest tech trend

Real Bunny Smartphone Case: behold, the newest tech trend

Over in Japan there's a trend in smartphone cases where real rabbits are used to protect their iPhones. The rabbits used for these cases range in size and shape and breed, but for the most part they're just about the right size for an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to fit neatly on their tummies. Of course once they decide to flip over, it all goes to heck. And no, it's not a particularly slow day for news, it's just an awesome day to see bunnies holding smartphones.

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Tokyo court orders Google to delete crime-implying search results

Tokyo court orders Google to delete crime-implying search results

Google was ordered by the Tokyo District Court this week to delete a number of search results that a Japanese man claimed tied him to criminal activity he was not involved in. The decision comes not long after a European court ruled that internet users have the "Right to be Forgotten," forcing Google to accept requests for deleting URLs to misleading or false information from their search results.

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Galaxy Note Edge available in Japan starting 23 October

Galaxy Note Edge available in Japan starting 23 October

Since it's a limited edition smartphone, the availability of the Galaxy Note Edge is always going to be something worth noting. Quite surprisingly it isn't its hometown of Korea or the main markets of the US and the UK that will be getting dibs on the eccentric smartphone. Instead Samsung has first launched its curved edge screen smartphone in the Japanese market, supposedly owing to the country's culture of embracing the latest, and sometimes the strangest, technologies, which is what the Galaxy Note Edge definitely is.

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Burger King’s all-black burger: surprisingly tasty

Burger King’s all-black burger: surprisingly tasty

Food dyed unnatural colors -- we've seen it before, and we'll see it again, but that never quite quells the reaction such foods produce: eww. Such has largely been the response to Burger King's new all-black hamburger, but as with all things, the eyes can be deceiving.

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Diggin’ In the Carts takes a much needed look at game music

Diggin’ In the Carts takes a much needed look at game music

When you pick up a game or read a game review, chances are much of the focus is on the graphics and then on the gameplay (with story following at third, if there is one at all). But video game music can also make or break a game and is, more often than not, overlooked. Red Bull Music Academy is giving VGM, or video game music, a well-deserved and long overdue focus with its Diggin' In The Carts documentary.

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Batman sighted in Japan riding on a trike

Batman sighted in Japan riding on a trike

It's not unusual to spot costumed personalities doing stunts while shooting or doing some promotional thing. But suddenly zooming past you in the middle of a highway? Not so much. One lucky resident of Japan's Chiba prefecture was able to snap up some shots of the Caped Crusader cruising down the highway on what looks like a very strange three-wheeled bike.

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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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