Japan

Stunning “Around the World” time-lapse video created with over 6,000 photos

While many Americans worry about their job during uncertain economic times, photographer Kien Lam decided to ditch his job as a finance analyst to follow his passion for photography.

Photography

Japanese drinks company launches vending machine with free Wi-Fi (as well as drinks)

Japanese drinks giant Asahi has decided to put its thousands of vending machines to better use by turning them into Wi-Fi hotspots, a move which should prove popular in a country where such hotspots are few and far between.

Cool Tech

Nintendo 3DS news roundup: early 2012 lineup revealed, DLC coming, sales exceed 4 million in Japan

Good news for fans of the Nintendo 3DS. The system has sold more than 4 million units in Japan, Nintendo has revealed its early 2012 game lineup, and Fire Emblem will be the first game with DLC.

Gaming

Toyota officially announce the Aqua hybrid, also known as the Prius C

Toyota officially unveils the Aqua hybrid car in Japan. It's set for its US debut at the Detroit International Motor Show in January, when it'll be named the Prius C.

Cars

Car security: Japanese engineers develop seat that knows who’s sitting on it

Japanese engineers in Tokyo have come up with a new piece of technology to help improve car security: a high-tech car seat that recognizes the vehicle's rightful owner.

Cars

Early adopters of the Nintendo 3DS will get these free GBA games

Nintendo has revealed the last 10 games that early adopters ("Ambassadors") will get to download free, and they include Zelda: The Minish Cap, Metroid Fusion, Yoshi's Island, F-Zero, Fire Emblem, WarioWare, and Kirby.

Gaming

New Street View images of Japan tsunami disaster show full extent of damage

Google has now added to its Street View website images of the areas affected by the tsunami which struck Japan in March. The company said it hoped the new data would ensure "the memories of the disaster remain relevant and tangible for future generations.”

Web

Supercar pile-up in Japan dubbed world’s most expensive car crash

It's a highly unusual sight - a fleet of luxury cars lying mangled and wrecked along a highway. The 14-vehicle supercar pile-up happened in Japan on Sunday when a driver of one of the eight Ferraris in the smash lost control of his vehicle. With so many…

Cars

Japanese robotic bear could help prevent snoring

Loud snoring can prevent entire households from getting a good night's sleep. With this in mind, Japanese engineers have come up with a robotic bear designed to stop people engaging in this anti-social act.

Cool Tech

Honda demonstrates new version of its ASIMO humanoid robot

A few years ago, Japanese robot ASIMO messed up when, during a demonstration, it fell down some stairs. On Tuesday, its maker, Honda, unveiled a new version of ASIMO and put it through its paces in front of the world's press. A staircase, however, was not…

Cool Tech

Twitter launches new Stories product to highlight positive power of the tweet

Twitter Stories gets launched to highlight the positive power of the tweet.

Social Media

Nearly two thirds of PS3 owners plan on purchasing the Vita

While North American consumers have to wait for the PlayStation Vita until early 2012, Sony is predicting that a large portion of PlayStation 3 owners will snap up the device quickly.

Gaming

Indiana Jones plays Uncharted 3

In the video below, Harrison Ford goes meta and plays Uncharted 3: Drake’s Decision for a Japanese commercial.

Gaming

Eight-block line forms outside Apple store in Tokyo for iPhone 4S

Apple fans in Japan already have their hands on the new iPhone 4S smartphone - well, that's if they're not still stuck in the eight-block line that formed prior to the opening of Apple's Ginza store in Tokyo.

Apple