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Mobile

Sony’s Xperia A4 has powerful specs and a cool vibe, but it’s only going to Japan

Sony might be done with low-end smartphones, but it's not giving up on its mobile division by announcing the Xperia A4, the successor to last year's Xperia A2. It might not pack the latest and greatest, but the Japanese-exclusive is plenty…
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Japanese authorities waking up to drones, ban flights in all of Tokyo’s public parks

Tokyo-based drone enthusiasts have had it pretty easy when it comes to flight freedom around the city. However, following a recent high-profile incident where a man flew radioactive material onto the Prime Minister's office, it's…
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This nanotech toothbrush cleans your teeth without toothpaste

While our computers keep getting smaller and our processors keep getting faster, one thing has remained constant: We still brush our teeth like people did in the 1800's. Japanese designer Kosho Ueshima aims to change that.
Movies & TV

18 years after Dragon Ball GT, Akira Toriyama and Toei Animation continue gathering the Dragon Balls

Many people around the world have gotten a look into the world of Japanese anime thanks to Dragon Ball. Akira Toriyama and Toei Animation are planning to introduce a new generation of fans to the series through Dragon Ball Chou.
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Japan: Man arrested after using drone to dump radioactive sand on leader’s office in nuke protest

We've seen quadcopters used in a myriad of ways over the last couple of years, but using one to transport radioactive material as part of a political protest certainly appears to be a first.
Mobile

Vengeful girlfriend sends cheating ex’s Apple devices to a watery grave

An unnamed Japanese woman found out that her boyfriend was cheating on her. Her specified method of revenge? Throw all of his Apple products into a bath and watch it all die. Unsurprisingly, many approved of her methods.
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Meet Aiko Chihira, the robotic humanoid who’s greeting shoppers in Japan

A department store in Tokyo, Japan has unveiled a humanoid receptionist featured to draw customers in. The robot, Aiko Chihira, is the latest development from Toshiba and Osaka University.
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Japan just crushed the high speed rail record with a 366 MPH maglev train

Back in 2003, Central Japan Railway Company's MLX01 train set the bar at 581 kph (361 mph), and for over a decade that record has remained unbeaten. Until now. The company has broken its own record with a 366 mile per hour test run.
Wearables

Apple Watch preorders are selling on eBay for as much as $13,499

Appleā€™s new smartwatch is turning out to be a good source of dough for shady eBay scalpers. If you missed out on the pre-orders and are looking to waste some currency, the Internet would be more than willing to oblige.
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Japanese scientists send electricity through the air, so you’ll never have to plug in again

Scientists at the Japanese space agency have developed a new, more efficient method of transmitting electricity wirelessly. The scientists even managed to power a tea kettle from a great distance.
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Meet Robear, a Japanese robot nurse with the face of a bear

With its population aging fast and birth rate falling, Japan is set to call on robots to help care for its senior citizens. A team of researchers in Nagoya recently unveiled the third version of Robear, a robot with a bear's face capable of…