Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week we’ve just one little nugget to rollout: You might have heard that SoftBank is taking Sharp’s flagship smartphone to the U.S., but what you might not know is that Sharp might have the company of a much larger brother.

• • •

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 29, 2014 ::

• SoftBank is Taking Sony to America (Carpooling with Sharp)
Poor Sony mobile. They’ve got a whole lotta good built into their Xperia line of premium smartphones - including waterproofing, typically excellent Sony build quality, and a fantastic camera - but not a whole lotta people around the world are clamoring for their devices (anybody else smell a VAIO-esque situation?). Not even here in Japan - this is iPhone country, yo. To pile it on, at the moment only one carrier in the world’s largest economy, T-Mobile, offers Sony smartphones, and they’re the smallest of America’s big four.

Which is ironic because...>
Enter SoftBank, who, as we reported last week, is spiriting away to America Sharp’s biggest and baddest and sexiest smartphone, the Aquos Crystal, to be hawked by its acquired-last-year subsidiary, Sprint. It now appears likely that Sharp’s near-bezelless device is going to have a travel companion: the soon to be announced Sony Xperia Z3, or perhaps one or more of the Z2 models.
<...SoftBank tried to buy T-Mobile but then gave up because it was a huge pain in the ass or something)

Obviously that T-Mobile deal isn’t doing crap for Sony, so is this new move going to be the foot, or toe, or toenail in the Red, White, and Blue door that Sony needs? We shall see. We shall see. Oh hey - any readers have a Sony Xperia phone? Like it? Let us know down below in the talky-talk space.
[SOFTBANK’S SPRINT TO OFFER SONY SMARTPHONE, TOO - REUTERS CANADA]

[VERY RELATED]
SoftBank brings Japanese AQUOS CRYSTAL smartphone into the American Market
SoftBank Hungry for T-Mobile, World Conquest

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

• • •

Tokyo at Night via PhotoEverywhere.

 
Source: 

Related Articles

Why Does Japan Get Dyson's New 360 Eye Robo-Vacuum First? - AkihabaraNews.com
The steadily plodding iterations of iRobot’s Roomba and its legion of copycats are old hat, and the collective We aren’t really impressed anymore. While the 360 Eye performs the same task, it stands out, and just kinda has that new robot smell. The talking points/broad strokes/things to know are:
KONBINI RAID! - AkihabaraNews.com

KONBINI RAID!
Bizarre Best; Minute or Less

Yoriko Takahashi - February 27, 2014

Akihabaranews.com - Lotteria - Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)

The burger chain Lotteria, in a collaboration project with Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese), is going to release the ¥2,000 burger combo called "10m-kyu Shingeki no Kyojin Hoshoku Set (10m級進撃の巨人捕食セット - Predatory Set for Titan as big as 10-meter high)" and the ¥1,600 french fries combo called "Cho Ogata! Sasha no Imo-musume Set (超大型!サシャの芋娘セット - Supersize! Sasha's Potato Girl Set)" in limited quantities. They will be released on March 20.

 USB lighter "Jii! Jii! Jii!" - Cute, eco and convenient

 

Japanese love their cigarettes and are never without them and a lighter.  And recently, a cute singing lighter has arrived on the scene.  It is chargeable through your computer's USB port, giving hours of lighter fluid-free cigarette lighting.  Wind and rain? There's no flame so there's no problem!

Sing a long with Jii!  Fill your lungs with smoke and your heart with song!

 

People who care about coffee own an espresso machine. If you care so much about tea, why not try Sharp's new HEALSIO Ocha Presso?

Terrie's Take - AkihabaraNews.com
Terrie’s Take is a selection of Japan-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:
One of the Gyoza on the iPhone case shows inside stuffing that looks so juicy, and the sauce of the smartphone stand looks like real liquid goodness.
BIG-ASS GALLERY #2 - 2014 Tokyo International Toy Show

That's Right, Yet Another Big-Ass Gallery of Really Great Photos. Of Toys 

Finally a Banner Worth Clicking: AkihabaraNews is an Amazon Associate!
Our Amazon Associate program is coming along nicely, and the better it does, the less we'll push irrelevant, space-wasting banner ads. So if you're shopping at Amazon anyway, bookmark and click through our banner - they get your business, you get your stuff, and AkihabaraNews gets a little high-five on the side.
Strang J-Commercials - AkihabaraNews.com

Christmas is a Time for Watching Very Strange Japanese Adverts
It's the end of December, and not only is there not a whole lot of tech news going on, not a whole lot of people are interested in reading and/or watching it.

TokyoStreetView - November 16, 2014

TokyoStreetView: Todoroki Valley (4K VIDEO) - AkihabaraNews.com
An environment unique to Tokyo, Todoroki Valley is a simple walking trail adjacent to the Yazawa River and surrounded by a very dense forest that totally shields it from Kan-Pachi Dori, one of Tokyo’s busiest roads. While the Todoroki Valley’s 1.2 km walking trail is pure bliss, it’s only at the end of the voyage that you can discover yet another hidden wonder: the Todoroki Fudo Temple. Here you can enjoy some delicious mochi (Japanese rice sweets) and ramune (Lemonade), and you have the option to let the gods hear your prayers and wash away your sins.

Pages