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Thanko released "Mobile Battery Na Video Camera", 3000mAh mobile battery that has a small video camera built-in.

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App-Enabled Geiger Counter for Smartphones
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Akihabaranews.com .みんな new gTLD domain

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.みんな (.minna) literally means "everybody" in Japanese, and is being positioned by Google as an alternate online address space for Japanese.

CP+ Day One - AkihabaraNews.com

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We’ve been in love with Team Skeletonics’ human-powered exoskeleton for years, and all throughout, it's pretty much been the same mechanical and aesthetic configuration. But it now looks like they’ve been refining in the background, and might be bringing something new out to play.

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