SoftBank Announces Summer 2015 Smartphones and Services
Fingerprint ID Padlock: Go Ahead and Lose Your Keys!
TokyoStreetView: Yasukuni Shrine (4K VIDEO)
Commuter Gamer #2: Passing the Time on Tokyo Trains (REVIEW)
Yoriko Takahashi
- May 21, 2015
SoftBank Announces Summer 2015 Smartphones and Services
Lots of phone stuff and gadget stuff, sure - but with so many duplicate models across all Japanese carriers, SoftBank President Miyauchi stressed that it’s really time to compete through services, software, and carrier-specific services and options.
Editor
- May 20, 2015
Fingerprint ID Padlock: Go Ahead and Lose Your Keys!
Japan is a screamingly safe place, but things do of course get stolen. Until now, that has meant using combination or key padlocks of some sort - both of which function on a fundamentally forgettable opening mechanism. Now your digit of choice is the key, and the pattern of your parts the combination.
TokyoStreetView
- May 19, 2015
TokyoStreetView: Yasukuni Shrine (4K VIDEO)
Yasukuni Shrine is unfortunately known by many outside Japan as a center of controversy. In truth, the shrine is simply dedicated to anyone - Japanese or not, soldier or not - who lost their life while serving Japan. Though modest in size, Yasukuni is nonetheless an impressive shrine and a place to relax when needed.
Contributor
- May 18, 2015
Commuter Gamer #2: Passing the Time on Tokyo Trains (REVIEW)
For your playing enjoyment: A strategic, action-adventure and story-driven journey set in a Viking-esque time where the land has been cast into perpetual day by an unknown curse, and/or an elegant and relaxing puzzle game, based around the discovery and manipulation of objects.
SoftBank Announces Summer 2015 Smartphones and Services
Fingerprint ID Padlock: Go Ahead and Lose Your Keys!
TokyoStreetView: Yasukuni Shrine (4K VIDEO)
Commuter Gamer #2: Passing the Time on Tokyo Trains (REVIEW)
SoftBank Announces Summer 2015 Smartphones and Services
Lots of phone stuff and gadget stuff, sure - but with so many duplicate models across all Japanese carriers, SoftBank President Miyauchi stressed that it’s really time to compete through services, software, and carrier-specific services and options.
Fingerprint ID Padlock: Go Ahead and Lose Your Keys!
Japan is a screamingly safe place, but things do of course get stolen. Until now, that has meant using combination or key padlocks of some sort - both of which function on a fundamentally forgettable opening mechanism. Now your digit of choice is the key, and the pattern of your parts the combination.

TokyoStreetView - May 19, 2015

TokyoStreetView: Yasukuni Shrine (4K VIDEO)
Yasukuni Shrine is unfortunately known by many outside Japan as a center of controversy. In truth, the shrine is simply dedicated to anyone - Japanese or not, soldier or not - who lost their life while serving Japan. Though modest in size, Yasukuni is nonetheless an impressive shrine and a place to relax when needed.
Commuter Gamer #2: Passing the Time on Tokyo Trains (REVIEW)
For your playing enjoyment: A strategic, action-adventure and story-driven journey set in a Viking-esque time where the land has been cast into perpetual day by an unknown curse, and/or an elegant and relaxing puzzle game, based around the discovery and manipulation of objects.

Yoriko Takahashi - May 18, 2015

au Rolls Out Summer 2015 Products and Services
In the first half of au's summer push, new products included 7 smartphones, 2 tablets, and a feature phone for summer 2015. The entire second half was all about Real Service. Just like NTT docomo's event the day before, au shortened the amount of time spent talking about gadgets.
Thanko's Bracelet Lightning Cable Does Not Come in Dude Colors
Until the nerds figure out a reasonable way for us to not need cables for charging stuff, a fashionable bracelet that doubles as a Lightning cable is at least a viable alternative. As long as you can live with tertiary pastel colors, dude.
AkihabaraNews participated in NTT docomo's 2015 summer roll-out and witnessed Fujitsu's ARROWS NX F-04G smartphone, the world's first smartphone that has an iris recognition system built-in. But this year, sadly, Ken Watanabe is NOT built-in!
TokyoStreetView: Nikko Toshogu Shrine (4K VIDEO)
Tokyo Station holds a special place in the hearts of Tokyo residents. Despite being over 100 years old, the main building still remains the same and is actually one of Tokyo’s architectural treasures thanks to its unique design and brick walls.
Canon is going to release new interchangeable lens "EF50mm F1.8 STM" for the EOS camera series in late May. It's a successor model of their long-selling "EF50mm F1.8 II" lens.
Top 5 Japanese Tech (and culture) Videos of the Week
1) Akihabara in all its 4K beauty, 2) Something super dorky about nerve mechanisms, 3) One of the great title trailers from our new Commuter Gamer feature, 4) A really expensive looking gigantic tomb thingy, and 5) Figuring out how to put AI into telepresence robots so they'll be better at telepresence.

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