Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

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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!

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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]

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• 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]

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

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This week it’s all about tiny little Japan's huge reach into the rest of the world: on one hand we've got the Vatican contracting with NTT to digitize over 600 years of archival documents and library stuff, and on the other we've got the Japanese government giving 38 handsome scholarships to some of India's best & brightest.

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Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) is going to start selling new product PlayStation TV in European countries and the U.S. this fall.   

PlayStation TV is a non-portable version of the PlayStation Vita handheld game console. It has been already released in Japan and other Asian counties in November 2013 as "PlayStation Vita TV". While "PlayStation Vita TV" is in white, the new PlayStation TV is in black.

Yoriko Takahashi - April 09, 2014

Buffalo is going to release a washable PC keyboard (BSKBU12BK) in late April.

Keyboards, especially in between keys, easily get dirty with dust and food particles. I have had a serious desire to just wash my keyboard with water sometimes in the past, but of course I didn't.

However, Buffalo's new BSKBU12BK keyboard is washable. You can wash it with water or even scrub tough dirt out with water using the accompanying brush. Letters on the keys are carved by laser so that they are not likely to vanish easily.

REVIEW: The ASUS ZenPhone 5 & ZenWatch Do Tokyo
Tech giant ASUS recently came out with two new devices in Japan, and they're looking to compete with the likes of Samsung, HTC and yes - even Apple. The Asus ZenFone 5 is a smartphone running Android, and the elegant ZenWatch brings some style to the future-thinking Android Wear ecosystem.

KAGA HIGHTECH introduced a wireless shutter button for iPhone/iPad called "TAXAN MéoSnap Pachil". It will be released for 1,980 yen on May 28.

One very big benefit of the product could be to take a group photo without sacrificing somebody to be the photographer.

It can be used with Bluetooth 4.0 and iOS 7.0 or later compliant iPhone or iPad. Once you pair it up with your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth before the initial use, you can use it every time without installing any application or complicated setting.

Elecom  PC GLASSES  Cut blue light by 65%

 

Elecom is going to release eyeglasses called "PC GLASSES", which cuts blue light by 65% and reduces your eye strain caused by staring at smartphone, tablet, PC etc.

All parts of "PC GLASSES" are produced in Japan, and "TR-90" developed by Swiss EMS is used for the material of the glasses frame. "PC GLASSES" is light so that you won't feel uncomfortable after wearing them for a long time.

Available colors are brown, green, gray, navy, pink, and wine red.

Price: Open price
Weight: 16g

Via: Elecom

Sakura-Miku-Man is back! Now available at Family Mart.

Last March, Family Mart released the cutest An-man (a steamed bun with a redbean jam filling) in collaboration with Hatsune Miku.

Because Sakura (cherry blossom) season is just around the corner, this An-man's Hatsune Miku has pink colored hair, not the usual turquoise hair. Therefore, it's called Sakura-Miku-Man. Her famous pigtails are recreated on Sakura-Miku-Man.

 

2x3D, developed by the Shirai Lab at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, is a system that lets the same screen be viewed simultaneously by people who want to watch it in 2D and 3D.

Whereas conventional passive 3D systems use polarizing filters for both the left and right eyes, this system uses a special picture-generating algorithm. Pictures for the left eye can be seen with the naked eye and only pictures for the right eye need to be viewed through a polarizing filter.

Potato chips… meet Colonel Sanders!

Calbee and Kentucky Fried Chicken collaborated to make a new type of potato chips that will be out on January 6.

The flavor is Colonel Crispy, which is based on KFC's "Colonel Crispy" boneless crispy fried chicken.  The chips have stronger garlic and soy sauce taste added on. Sounds like a seriously delicious taste!

Photo by Tabelog

 

 

 

ANA, One of the major Japanese airlines, has announced that they are finally going to start offering in-flight Wi-Fi access, provided by OnAir of Switzerland, on March 1.

First, they will introduce the service for a few of their Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 767-300 aircraft, which usually fly to Europe, the U.S. and some Asian counties. Then, they will add the service to more airplanes for a total of 28 aircraft by the end of this year.

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