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Say hello to the world's smallest, lightest cellphone

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 input for most ...


Docomo's NERV smartphone captures the Evangelion feel

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 likely to ensu...


Crunchyroll comes to Windows Phone

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 Android users, who ...


Cunning pirate charged for making crappy audio recording

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 like Sweden. Wh...


FarmVille launches in Japan as FarmVillage?

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 network. This is a bi...


Augmented reality app gets us closer to Eden of the East

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. And if it wasn't ...


Man gets arm stuck in toilet trying to rescue cell phone

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 bruises to his arm....


BONES job application materials include silly pose

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 the gallery below...


Wait, what? Persona 3 Social coming to mobile phones

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 iteration of Persona ...


Minari no Seishun is now available on Android phones

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 effect on pop cul...


Call out to the stars with the Gundam cellphone

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, the Gundam ...


HNNNGGGG: Otousan wears a school uniform

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 date, enjoying a...


WTF? Ring tone to clear your sinuses?

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...from your ph...


Japanese iPhone app has girls smashing guitars

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 yen guitar is ...


Survey points out your girlfriend's bad phone habits

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 ones.This survey a...


METI taps Hatsune Miku for recycling campaign

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) has teamed up wit...


Viewers get to choose the Yamato Rebirth's ending

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 venerable proper...


Sadly, this mobile isn't deliciously melting in your hand

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-Pot to look like ...


Bondage cellphone strap ensures no one will ever call you

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 accessory, sold at G...


Give your network wood with Docomo's new cellphone model

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 wood as part of t...


Vocaloids don't make for good bling

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 of those times.O...


Japan hates Twitter: Only 2.6% ever tweeted

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 Japanese people...


Otousan wimpers as Japan doesn't care about the Jesus Phone S

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 those polled ha...


Japan to use mobile phones to track disease?

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 be given iPhones...


Hands-on: iPhone app Find!Tokyo

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 Tokyo is a hug...


Great otaku iPhone apps: Evangelion Clock and Picture Stamp

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 have enough cl...


*gasp* Japan to ban keitai in school

Fire off that last mail message and get your blog reading done, Japanese students. You won't be able to do that at school anymore. It seems that Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology doesn't want stude...


Japan gets musical instrument cellphones; I cry

I f*cking hate my cell phone. I get a new keitai every few months in the hopes that I'll like it more than the last, but I never do. And every time new features are added on: touchscreens, video players, mp3 functionality, dildo vibration.....


New Japanese mobile phone rules to remedy child prostitution

Japan's Education Rebuilding Council has drafted measures for mobile phones to protect the young ones from the evils of the internet. The council hopes that filtering functions will prevent kids from accessing Web dating services, which...


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