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:
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SanktGallen, a microbrewery from Atsugi, Kanagawa prefecture, is going to release Sakura-mochi flavored beer - called "Sakura" - in a limited quantity on February 27.
Sakura-mochi is a seasonal rice cake filled with sweet bean paste and wrapped in preserved cherry leaf. Less hops are used for this Sakura beer to maximize the Sakura flavors extracted from cherry blossom petals and leaves.
Price: ¥450 (330ml)
LG will be unveiling the third generation of its popular L Series smartphones at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014. The L SeriesIII devices retain LG’s distinctive minimal design philosophy while boasting an impressive package that includes enhanced hardware, UX features and OS unmatched in its class. With the original L Series and L SeriesII having enjoyed tremendous success worldwide, the L SeriesIII is expected to continue the momentum with its handsome design and practical user benefits inspired by LG’s more premium G Series.
This week it’s Sony's, Hitachi's, and Toshiba's once-failing, leftover screen-making divisions coagulated into an actual business ready for IPO, Canon reminds us that it's not all DSLRs and gigantic copiers, and Rakuten, one of Japan's only standout international tech players, throws down cash for Viber!
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As we pointed out last year, Valentines Day in Japan is a time for the ladies to give a romantic gift to their special someone.
Chocolate is considered most appropriate, especially from an expensive, foreign brand. And perhaps it is a universal truth that nothing says I Love You like a box of exotic chocolates from an exclusive French boutique that the guy has never heard of.
It seems like Sony is going to unveil their new Xperia Z2 (Sirius) at MWC 2014 (Mobile World Congress) which will start on February 24 in Barcelona, Spain. However just before the kick-off of the show, a Youtube video showing a device that looks like the new Xperia Z2 has been revealed.
According to the video, the device looks like it has Android 4.4 KitKat, 4K movie function, and a plugin called "Time Shift Video".
Some of the leaked specs:
NTT docomo announced that they have developed a USB data card L-03F that is compatible with their LTE service Xi (down 150Mbps, up 50Mbps). They are planning to release it in late May.
It supports quad-band (2GHz/800MHz/1.5GHz/1.7GHz) which gives users a wide, fast, and comfortable data communication experience using the LTE network.
OS: Windows 8.1/8/7, Mac OS X 10.9.1, Mac OS X 10.8.5, MAC OS X 10.7.5, MAC OS X 10.6.8