Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week we're talking about Japan's role in the iPhone 6's alleged and guessed at and in all ways speculated upon manufacturing delays due to display assembly issues, and then we talk about gambling, booze, and internet addiction and how that last one might be really kinda highly subjective and we're not buying all the Ministry of Health is selling!

• • •

Welcome to Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!
It’s already Friday west of the international dateline – here in Japan, it’s totally the future. The weekly JTFF is our somewhat Technosnarky coverage of 2-5 particularly important, specifically Japan-related tech stories. Get yourself hip to the micro & macro that went down while North America was sleeping – check in with Akihabara News every Friday morning and BOOM! Ahead of the game, you win.

:: JTFF – August 22, 2014 ::

• Japan Display, Inc. Part of iPhone 6’s Reportedly Possible but Nobody Really Knows for Sure Potential Supply Shortage that May or May Not Exist Maybe Kinda
Damn, we humans love to pointlessly speculate on iPhone stuff, don’t we? Well, the JTFF isn’t above doing the same, but at least we have our angle to follow (Japan). And, of course, we too will dork out on the new phone when it’s released. Dismissing that digression, anybody remember Japan Display? We do! The JTFF has been following the Japan Display saga for a few years now, and basically, it was this bold experiment that took the failing display divisions of three tech giants (Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi) and mashed them together into one independent display-making corporate entity. Surprising many, it turned out rather well: the divisions meshed nicely, profits ensued, the company increased their business with Apple, and earlier this year held a $4 billion IPO. Not bad, not bad at all. But now, according to rumour and insider speculative geekery, along with a handful of other manufacturers, Japan Display was dealt a production setback when Apple realized it was squeezing the iPhone 6 a bit too tight and sacrificing screen brightness. This is a speedbump for Japan Display because it’s also reported that nearly ⅓ of the hybrid company’s revenue comes from Apple, which some analysts see as a bit precarious. But to that we say: “Hmmmmm… well maybe, but Apple does seem to be doing well for itself, and if Japan Display keeps doing well at what it does, then hey - success, yo.”
[JAPAN DISPLAY PART OF APPLE’S POTENTIAL SUPPLY PROBLEM - TIMES OF INDIA]

[RELATED]
iPhone News & Coverage

• Japan Loves Booze, Gambling, and the Internets (and might need a 12-step program)
There is a lot of gambling in Japan: Pachinko, which is basically developmentally disabled vertical pinball with prize money, is everywhere. Here in Tokyo where we’re pounding this keyboard - a mostly residential area - there are no fewer than 4 pachinko parlors within a 7-minute walk. Gambling addiction rates are considered high (according to recently released survey). There is a lot of booze in Japan: With considerable signal degradation, if you translate the word “飲み会 / のみかい / no mi kai” into English, you’ll arrive at “drinking party.” It’s want for context, however, because drinking parties are often highly professional outings. It’s standard procedure for companies small and huge, social groups, sports teams, and many other social institutions to have these drinking parties, and unless they’re the DD or have a severe aversion, people are expected to at least have some beer. Bars and booze vendors thrive in Japan, and unless they really, REALLY have a problem, individuals who are habitual, even daily alcohol users are spared the the ‘alcoholic’ label. Alcohol addiction rates are considered high (according to recently released survey). There is a lot of internet in Japan: Internet addiction rates are considered high (according to recently released survey). This is where the rubber data hits the dorky road for us, and it’s something that we have to take issue with - mostly because humans don’t fully know what ‘internet addiction’ means...yet. Does the arithmetic of defining internet addiction factor in time spent online by people whose jobs require it? Or, exactly how often do I have to check my phone in a given hour to be considered addicted? We’re totally hip to the internationally accepted definitions of gambling and alcohol addiction, but internetting is something of a frontier, and nailing down what exactly constitutes addiction isn’t quite so easy, we say. So, this new survey by Japan’s Health Ministry, cited in the piece we’re citing here, would benefit from digging a bit deeper and refraining from using or needing to use speculative terminolgy like “could be” and “seems,” etc. Oh, and if these societal ills are so damn bad, how is it that Japan's is the world's longest-lived population? Oh again, one other thing: Japan's internal social science skills are not exactly...highly regarded. As such, we call for an independent, foreign based investigation of this internet addiction issue. Like the French, maybe. That'd be good.
[GAMBLING, BOOZE, AND THE INTERNETS ARE JAPAN’S ADDICTIONS - INTERAKSYON.COM VIA AFP]

[RELATED]
We’re Not Really Sure What’s Related so Just Look at This Because it’s Cool

That was the JTFF, and live from the future – that is all.

• • •

Tokyo at Night via PhotoEverywhere.

 
Source: 

Related Articles

Animal Head Smartphone Speakers from Elecom

Would You Like to Listen to a Bear, Cat, or Rabbit?
Today Elecom released a new animal-themed plug-in smartphone speaker series.

Run'a is going to release a watch with Doraemon design, the "Doratch '14-'15 Limited Edition", to celebrate Doraemon's birthday (September 3, 2112).

2 models will be available on September 3, and both of them will be sold for ¥21,120 and are available in a limited quantity - only 2,112 watches - both numbers commemorating Doraemon's birthday.

Sony's wristband style wearable device SmartBand SWR10 will be released for about ¥9,800 on May 23.

Please read the details about SmartBand SWR10 in our previous article.

SmartBand SWR10 is a wearable device to work with your smartphone and record daily activities such as exercise and walking, sleep time, and smartphone usage information (photos taken, music played, phone calls, SNS, etc.).

NTT docomo - Smartphone for Seniors from Hot J-Designer

Grandparent Phone? Yeah!

Sharp Electronic notebook WG-N20


Sharp is going to release new electronic handwriting notebook "WG-N20" on August 8.

You can write smoothly in the electronic notebook as if you were writing in a regular paper notebook with a pencil. It is capable of saving maximum 2000 pages/ 100 notebooks so that you can create many notebooks for both personal and professional purposes and manage them easily. You can set the pass-code in order to feel safe to carry around the electronic notebook.

Breaking News: Japanese Researchers Win Nobel Prize for Blue LEDs - AkihabaraNews.com

AkihabaraNews Congratulates:
Isamu Akasaki of Meijo University and Nagoya University; Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University; and Shuji Nakamura of University of California, Santa Barbara for:

Sony - Improved 160g digital book reader from the "Reader" series

From Sony's digital book reader, "Reader" Series, new model "PRS-T3S" in 3 colors (black, red and white) will be out on October 4.

It has a 6-inch display (756x1024 dots). The resolution became 60% better than the previous model (600x800 dots). The book reader without a cover weighs only 160g, which makes it the lightest book reader in Japan. The backside has a microSD/SDSC slot.

Yoriko Takahashi - January 07, 2014

Akihabaranews.com - Family Mart - Kinniku-Man

 

After Family Mart released Warsman and Ramenman collaborated steamed buns last year, finally a steamed bun of the leading star Kinnikuman from the anime series "Kinnikuman" will be released for 180 yen on January 14.

The beef based stuffing is seasoned with the flavor of Gyu-don (beef bowl). Gyu-don is Kinnikuman's favorite dish and appears often in the pages of the series.

Terrie's Take - AkihabaraNews.com

Terrie’s Take is a selection of Japanese-centric news collected and collated by long-time resident and media business professional Terrie Lloyd. AkihabaraNews is pleased to present Terrie’s learned perspective; we all could use another take on the news - here’s Terrie’s:

• • •

Ricoh Imaging today started accepting advanced orders for the "PENTAX Q7 Special Edition" set, which will ONLY be available at their online store. It will be released on May 30 for ¥49,800.

To know more details about PENTAX Q7, read our previous coverage here.

Green House - Mobile battery for smartphones able to transform into LED light

 

Green house is going to release the 6000mAh mobile battery for smartphones "GH-BTL6000" that can be used as an LED light.

This 2.1A high-power mobile battery has 2 USB ports built-in so that you are able to charge two USB-charge-compliant devices at the same time.

Price: ¥7,980
Color: white, black, pink, red, orange
Size: W145×D55.3×H28mm
Weight: 230g
 

Pages