This week it’s all about Sony getting good news in the form of bad news that's not really bad at all, the Japanese parliament has approved a nuclear deal with a Middle Eastern country and it's not scary unless you're an anti-nuke hippy, and we share a particularly enjoyable survey of how Western sci-fi continues dipping into the J-cookie jar.
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Reece Scott, our newest contributor, holds a B.A. in Japanese from Georgetown University, a Master’s in Modern Japanese Studies from the University of Oxford, and is currently a graduate student at Tokyo's Digital Hollywood University in the Digital Contents Management program. He is passionate about otaku culture and trends.
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Häagen-Dazs just introduced their new "Spoon Vege" vegetable flavored ice cream series. They will release 2 flavors on May 12 in Japan: Tomato Cherry and Carrot Orange
Tomato Cherry has mainly a rich tomato flavor and the fruity aroma and acidity of cherries is added to it. Carrot Orange has a sweet carrot flavor and the refreshing aroma and acidity of orange.
Canon is releasing "Macro Ring Light MR-14EX II" for its EOS series for ¥80,000 on April 25.
It is an external strobe light that gives a flash light evenly to subjects and it's suitable for macro photography. There is a two-lamp light-emitting system. You have the option of emitting light from only a single lamp and you can control the light amount.
The guide number is 14 (ISO 100, m).
- Weight: 450g
- Battery: 4 size AA alkaline batteries or Ni-MH batteries
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Transformers film series, Takara Tomy is going to release fully posable Transformers Movie Advanced Series figures on May 17.
Transformers at AkihabaraNews
ZERO-I, a new coating technology that achieves outstanding improvements in resistance to wear and heat
Seavac has been researching the conventional coating technologies using TiN, Ti-Al, and CrN, and developed ZERO-I, a new coating that combines the advantages of all three.
"The hardness is about 3,500 HV. This coating is heat-resistant to over 1,000 degrees. Conventional Ti-Al coatings were heat-resistant to nearly 900 degrees, but this coating has even better heat resistance, and hardness as well."
Hatsune Miku is going to join Lady GaGa's world tour "LADY GAGA’S artRAVE: the ARTPOP ball" and will be performing as an opening act at 16 venues in North America from May 6 until June 3.
This is Miku's first time to participate in a musician's live concert tour. Japanese geekiness will spread to North America via Lady GaGa!
Hatsune Miku also participated recently in a duet with Japanese music group, BUMP OF CHICKEN.
ICEPEN is a Vietnam based startup that blasted 150% past its Kickstarter goal and is now in production. The stylus is a 3-in-one device that includes a standard rubbery tip, a precision tip, and a traditional twist-out pen. AkihabaraNews tested two pre-production units, and here’s what our reporter thought.
Toshiba today started shipment of sample products of a new microSD card to companies such as mobile device manufacturers. The micro SD card supports the ultra-fast UHS-II interface standard for the first time in the industry.
There is a 32GB model (THNSX032GAJCM4) and 64GB model (THNSX064GBK5M4).
The 32GB model has a read speed of 260MB/s and a write speed of 240MB/s, which is an 8 times faster read speed and 2.7 times faster write speed than Toshiba's current UHS-I compliant model (MUH-A032G).