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Keloid Short Film - AkihabaraNews.com

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Honda Aircraft Company, Honda's subsidiary aircraft business, has just introduced their currently in-development lightweight jet called HondaJet to the public at the 2014 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.

They also announced that they will begin the full-scale process for commercial production in order to start delivering to end customers within 2015 after being able to obtain the aircraft's type certification by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) of the United States.

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Yoriko Takahashi - June 19, 2014

Are you too lazy to keep holding your smartphone with your hand?  

Thanko's new Flexible Arm for Smartphone can hold your smartphone for you. You can fasten your smartphone with a big clip attached to the end of the flexible arm and there is another big clip to make the arm fasten to anywhere the clip gets fixed.

The arm allows you to adjust the height and angle of your choice.

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