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Designed for Lilliputians
Mar 07
// Josh Tolentino
To me, the viability of ever-smaller electronics began to peter out around the same time smartphones and tablets gained prominence. As the touch screen became the dominant (and in many cases preferable) mode of interface and ...
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Docomo's NERV smartphone captures the Evangelion feel


May 21
// Josh Tolentino
And that's both in the "It looks like it could be in the next Rebuild movie," sense, as well as the "Evangelion is merchandising incarnate so why the hell not a sweet phone" sense. That latter sense is the one most...
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Crunchyroll comes to Windows Phone


Apr 27
// Bob Muir
Poor Windows Phone users. Despite being a devoted iPhone fan, I do admire the Windows Phone's "Metro" style. But despite this cool design, there's a serious dearth of apps available for it. It seems that unlike Andr...
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Cunning pirate charged for making crappy audio recording


Jan 20
// Bob Muir
Okay Japan, we get it, you've got a tough stance on piracy and people stealing content. That's why you'll throw the book at the occasional small offense while many big offenses go unpunished in the West, especially in places ...

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FarmVille launches in Japan as FarmVillage?


Dec 01
// Dale North
The first ever localized version of Zynga's insanely popular social game FarmVille goes to Japan. It has been renamedFarmVillage, and it hits mobile devices this month in beta, on Mixi, Japan's largest social networ...
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Augmented reality app gets us closer to Eden of the East


Oct 28
// Bob Muir
One of the things that most fascinated me about Eden of the East was the titular information network, which allowed cell phones to recognize things in the world around them and provide a bevy of useful facts about it. An...
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Man gets arm stuck in toilet trying to rescue cell phone


Oct 23
// Crystal White
A Chinese man from Jiangsu province managed to get his arm stuck in the the pipe of a toilet after trying to retrieve his dropped cell phone. Emergency teams arrived to aid the man, and saved him with only minor cuts and brui...
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BONES job application materials include silly pose


Oct 18
// Bob Muir
Are you watching Star Driver? I hear it's pretty cool. If you have seen it, you'll notice the villainous Kiraboshi Jujidan, or Order of the Glittering Star Cross, all greet each other with a special pose, seen in th...
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Wait, what? Persona 3 Social coming to mobile phones


Aug 17
// Josh Tolentino
With three versions of Persona 3 (the original, the FES expansion, and the PSP remake) already out in the wild, it's clear that Atlus isn't above revisiting popular territory. That's been a good thing so far, as each iterat...
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Minari no Seishun is now available on Android phones


Jul 22
// Bob Muir
Osamu Tezuka is basically the godfather of manga. He created numerous classics and crafted a visual style that those who followed in his footsteps would build from. Plus, you know, he made Astro Boy - that had a pretty big ef...
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Call out to the stars with the Gundam cellphone


May 28
// Josh Tolentino
Space might belong to the spacenoids, but you don't need to be a stinky Newtype to send your feelings over great distances. Rejoice, primitive Earthborn, for the Gundam cellphone is here!Marketed by the inimitable Softbank, t...
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HNNNGGGG: Otousan wears a school uniform


Mar 31
// Dale North
I knew it was only a matter of time before Softbank put our favorite dog in a school uniform. It has happened, and it was worth the wait. Actually, they also put Okasan in uniform. It looks like the two are on a high school d...
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WTF? Ring tone to clear your sinuses?


Mar 30
// Dale North
Wait. Hold the phone...to your nose.Got spring allergies? Some people in Japan do. The cherry blossoms were lovely when I saw them last week, but all the sneezing and sniffling wasn't. And now there's a fix for the congestion...
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Japanese iPhone app has girls smashing guitars


Mar 01
// Dale North
If there's one thing your iPhone is good for, it's Apps that serve no real purpose. Take this new one, for example. It comes from a company called K's Japan that makes an electric guitar named SMASH. The purpose of this 5,250...
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Survey points out your girlfriend's bad phone habits


Feb 22
// Dale North
I can't say that I nitpick how others use their phones, but when I looked over this list of Japanese internet-based questionnaire on phone habits, I realized that I too have phone-based desires for my mate. Just not these one...
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METI taps Hatsune Miku for recycling campaign


Jan 23
// Karen Mead
Now, I thought that the devious plan to send Hatsune Miku to Venus was the crème de la crème of weird Miku news, but that just goes to show what I know. METI (Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry) ha...
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Viewers get to choose the Yamato Rebirth's ending


Nov 25
// Josh Tolentino
Having been too young to watch much anime during that period, I missed out on much of the huge space opera greatness that Space Battleship Yamato was part of. Needless to say I was pretty stoked when they announced that the v...
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Sadly, this mobile isn't deliciously melting in your hand


Nov 19
// Josh Tolentino
Oh, NTT Docomo, you and your strange-yet-desirable cellphone models. First a wooden phone, and now this?!The latest fashionable gadget from the Japanese telecom giant is a flip-phone by Sharp, customized by jewelry maker Q-Po...
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Bondage cellphone strap ensures no one will ever call you


Nov 10
// Josh Tolentino
Have you ever looked at a cellphone strap or lanyard and wished "boy, I wish I could tie a woman up  in a sexy manner with this?" No? That just means you are not in the target market for this kinky little acces...
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Give your network wood with Docomo's new cellphone model


Oct 06
// Josh Tolentino
I have to thank NTT Docomo for giving me the first-ever opportunity to use a "wood" joke on the internet, with their new line of "Touch Wood" cellphone models.The new phones use thinned Japanese cypress wo...
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Vocaloids don't make for good bling


Oct 05
// Josh Tolentino
While it would be a good thing overall if Hatsune Miku and her Vocaloid pals were a more global phenomenon, there are times when I am reminded exactly why this is not the case just yet. Seeing this Miku-themed iPhone is one o...
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Japan hates Twitter: Only 2.6% ever tweeted


Jul 15
// Josh Tolentino
Tweeting isn't for everyone. I myself haven't completely warmed up to this intertube sensation. It might take a lot longer for Japan at large though, as a recent survey by the iBridge monitor group revealed that just 2.6% of ...
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Like the iPhone, but hate your pockets? This iPhone casing is for you


Jul 13
// Josh Tolentino
I don't know a whole lot about the devil machine that is the iPhone, but I do know that a lot of people like it, including Dale North.Of course storing one's iPhone in a pants pocket unprotected is a definite no-no. To furthe...
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Otousan wimpers as Japan doesn't care about the Jesus Phone S


Jul 08
// Dale North
I love my iPhone, but I know it isn't for everyone. The device has had a bit of a rough time taking off in Japan, and a new survey shows that even the new 3GS isn't winning the Japanese public over. A whopping 30 percent of ...
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Dakimakura on the go: here's the portable cell phone version


Jul 02
// Colette Bennett
You know what a dakimakura is, right? A long body pillow that usually pictures a character from an anime series in various states of undress, which is for "decor" (which is a nice way of saying "dry humping&quo...
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Japan to use mobile phones to track disease?


Jun 08
// Dale North
The Japanese use their phones for everything: mail, gaming, oh, and phone calls. And now they'll use them to track disease, if the plan between Softbank and Aoyama Gakuin University works out. A group of 1,000 students will b...

Hands-on: iPhone app Find!Tokyo

Apr 27 // Dale North
First off, this app weighs in at 115mb, so make sure you have the space!Find!Tokyo is more like a traveller's resource than just a plain ol' map program. The opening screen has several buttons that take you to Tokyo train maps, station maps, area maps, and even an airport map. Click through, and you'll see a full color, English language map you can scroll around with your finger. All of Tokyo's wards are represented with maps, each with some landmarks labeled. Each of the maps are clear, colorful, and easy to read. A press of one of the navigation buttons toggles between Japanese and English, too.  The focus is on trains and major streets. You're not going to find a GPS-style street-by-street listing here. Bigger areas, like Harajuku and Omotesando (combined on one map) have breakout menus that point to specific locations, like shopping centers. It's like they've taken everything you'd want to see out of a travel guide and plotted it on portable maps. I can see how this would be very convenient for first-time visitors to Tokyo.The application also contains a directory of attractions and travel needs, divided by category. Select an attraction type, select an area, and then a location to get a detailed map, directions from train, contact information and more. This would be supremely useful if you're looking catch a movie or visit the zoo during your trip. Or if you need to go to the hospital. The accompanying write-ups give useful information, too. For instance, one hospital's page points out the after hours entrance.One of the most handy features is a Narita Airport access guide, complete with maps and bus (Airport Limousine Bus) pick up points and routes. There's even external links to schedules here. This goes above and beyond the typical travel guide. For me, the most useful thing is going to be the in-station maps, which detail where come in and leave for different transportation lines. They don't have all of the stations mapped out yet, but at least the biggest and most confusing are covered. Station navigation is even confusing for the natives, so imagine how bad it can be for first timers! These maps give you a very easy-to-decipher overhead view; I know these will come in handy!If you know that you're going to Tokyo, you should purchase this application. The price of $4.99 is not much to ask for the tons of English language information here. There's also the side benefit that you don't have to look like a silly tourist when you're following directions from your iPhone.
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Getting lost in Tokyo can be fun...for awhile. Then there comes this point where you start to realize that everything looks the same, and that addresses aren't easily accessible or understood. Sure, you could carry a map, but...

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New mobile service allows you to record crushes and hope for a love match


Apr 08
// Colette Bennett
Picture this: you're wandering down the street, maybe by yourself or with a friend, and suddenly a total fox rushes by you on his or her phone, looking kind of hurried and delicious all at the same time. Your pupils suddenly ...
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CUTE: Softbank Otousan's actor, Kaikun, featured in many books


Mar 04
// Dale North
Japanator boss Dick McVengeance and I have a standing tradition of sharing and/or pointing out new appearances of Otousan, the white Shiba Inu made famous by Japan's Softbank mobile phone commercials. I love this dog. Serious...
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Great otaku iPhone apps: Evangelion Clock and Picture Stamp


Feb 24
// Dale North
Let me tell you about these two new iPhone apps, both based on the Rebuild of Evangelion world and developed by Tokyo-based Appliya. Now, I know what you're thinking: how good could a clock be? And doesn't the iPhone already...

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