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‘Anti-Glass’ specs developed to block face recognition technology

If you have concerns about Google Glass and its potential for face recognition services, you might need to get yourself a pair of these 'anti-Glass' specs developed by researchers in Japan.

Trash can that looks like new Mac Pro causes a stir in Japan

The design of the new Mac Pro is SO 2008, at least, it is if the design of the Tubelor trash can is anything to go by. The Tubelor hit the headlines in Japan this week when someone noticed it bore a striking resemblance to Apple's new…

Apple fans in Japan hit with hefty iDevice price hikes

Apple has suddenly whacked up the prices of a number of its iDevices in Japan, with a weak yen cited as the cause of the hike. Anyone who was considering buying, for example, the 128GB iPad will now have to fork out an extra 13,000 yen…

First-ever 256GB Surface Pro coming to Japan with Office 2013 and exclusive Touch Covers

Microsoft's finally bringing the Surface Pro to Japan. Not only will it come with Office 2013 and Windows 8 Pro, but for the first time ever, it'll come with 256GB of storage. Gone is the 64GB version, leaving only the 128GB and the new…
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Stormtrooper cosplayer enters train station after anonymous murder tweet, things get weird

A man dressed in a Stormtrooper outfit walks into a public train station in Japan right around the same time an anonymous tweeter threatened mass murder at that very station. Spoiler alert: He wasn't the murderer cops were looking for.

Sony announces ‘Digital Paper’: Ultra-thin, 13.3-inch flexible e-reader for universities

Sony's delving into the education side of things with its new 'Digital Paper' flexible e-reader. Though currently a prototype, the 13.3-inch E ink device is intended for use at universities. With an included stylus, the device is designed…

Microsoft refuses to let Japan go and gives the Xbox 360 one final push

Japan has never cottoned to Microsoft's consoles, not the original Xbox nor its far more successful successor, the Xbox 360. Microsoft has never quite given up on the market, though, and it's giving the Xbox 360 one more marketing push…

Street View: Google posts imagery of town evacuated after Fukushima disaster

At the request of its mayor, Google has posted Street View imagery of Namie, a town close to Fukushima that was evacuated, and remains empty, following the multiple meltdowns at the nuclear facility more than two years ago.

Asus to release a cheaper Transformer Book … in Japan

The first Windows 8 ultrabook convertible by Asus was a tad too expensive than people would've liked. Thankfully, the company will be releasing a cheaper version of the device this week - but only in Japan.

Street View: Google to map deserted town evacuated after Fukushima disaster

A town in Japan evacuated in March 2011 after a meltdown at the nearby Fukushima nuclear facility is being mapped by Google. Street View cars began collecting data in the deserted town this week, with images expected to appear online in the…

Google’s Public Alerts service launches in Japan, offers up-to-date information during natural disasters

Google has launched its Public Alerts service for people living in Japan. The online system will provide up-to-the-minute information and relevant emergency alerts in the event of a natural disaster.

Apple launches iBookstore in Japan, goes up against Google, Amazon and Rakuten

Apple launched its iBookstore in Japan on Tuesday. With millions of people in the East Asian nation owning iPhones and iPads, the new market is sure to be a lucrative one for the Cupertino company.