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Forget foldable: Japanese researchers develop a display you can cut to pieces

Flexible displays are set to play a big part in future devices, but displays you can cut could be even more important. Researchers in Japan have developed a display that can be cut with scissors and still be totally usable afterwards.
Mobile

The Sharp Basio 2 is a peculiar beast that packs physical call and message buttons

Here to shatter expectations about how an Android phone should look, the Sharp Basio 2 features physical call and message buttons, as well as a cover for the main camera. The phone will be released in Japan.
Gaming

‘Pokémon Go’ officially launches in Japan following delay

'Pokémon Go' has officially launched in Japan, following a delay reportedly caused by the leak of an email between developer Niantic and launch partner McDonald's. It's available on both Android and iOS.
DT Daily

‘Pokémon Go’ takes aim at Japan, with some help from a Big Mac 2:35

Android N lets users know where their apps really came from, the U.S. Army may outfit every soldier with a small drone, ‘Pokémon Go’ heads to Japan with some help from a fast food chain.
Mobile

After four years, Lenovo finally unveils its first Windows 10 Mobile phone

Lenovo took the wraps off the SoftBank 503LV, the company's first Windows 10 Mobile phone made in partnership with Japanese tech conglomerate SoftBank. The phone will be available to Japanese businesses in October.
Mobile

The Sharp 507SH is the first Android One phone for the Land of the Rising Sun

Sharp unveiled the 507SH, the first Android One phone to be released in Japan and to be both dust- and water-resistant. The phone will be available in the coming weeks for a reportedly affordable price.
Cool Tech

Suzuki takes its expertise to the Moon in seeking the Google Lunar Xprize

Suzuki will partner with Japanese lunar exploration team Hakuto, the automaker announced yesterday. Through the partnership, Suzuki will provide technical support to help develop Hakuto’s lunar rover to compete for the Google Lunar…
Virtual Reality

First Japanese VR porn festival ends prematurely, due to overcrowding

Japan's first VR porn festival ended not with a bang but with a whimper. Attendees mobbed the exterior of the expo -- far too many in fact -- persuading the organizers to shut it down before even a fraction of them had entered.
Mobile

Bezels? What bezels? The Sharp Aquos Mini (almost) gets rid of them

Sharp unveiled the Aquos Mini, the latest phone in the company's line of nearly bezel-less handsets. The phone is currently available in Japan, though there is no word as to whether it will be available internationally.
Mobile

Sony’s mobile division decides to ‘defocus’ efforts in the US and India

During its investor day, Sony Mobile reportedly announced it will shift its focus away from the U.S. and other markets and toward the likes of Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia. The cause seems to be stifled phone growth.
Cool Tech

With masses of hazardous space junk orbiting Earth, Japan offers a solution

Right now there are countless fragments of space junk orbiting Earth that are big enough to cause serious damage to working satellites or even the ISS. Japan's space agency is close to testing an innovative solution it hopes can make space…
Web

Google’s $300M undersea Internet cable between US and Japan is now live

Back in 2014, Google teamed up with five telecom and communications firms to install an undersea cable network between the US and Japan to help deal with increasing Internet traffic. And now, that cable is live.