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.
Surreal Tokyo: "In Motion," by Aaron Grimes (VIDEO)
It's easy to grow accustomed to the bombast of everyday life here in Tokyo, but it's also nice to get an occasional reminder of how beautiful the city can be. Photographer and videographer Aaron Grimes' In Motion elegantly captures what the majority of Tokyo's denizens probably take for granted.
At Keio University, the Imai Laboratory, in the Department of Information and Computer Science (Faculty of Science and Technology), is doing three research projects to make communication easier.
REVIEW: Fujifilm X-T1 and The Street Cat Project
You’ll see here the Fujifilm X-T1 Silver Graphite Edition tested for two weeks, solely in the arena of street cat photography - it's s smaller than your DSLR, but it’s certainly not pocket- or even purse-sized. It’s a big camera for taking big photos, for when you absolutely, positively must capture that moment. Read me and look at kittehs!

Reno J. Tibke - May 04, 2015

May the Fourth be With You (Japan Style)
Here in Japan, the same popular characters are popular (although the bad guys are much more appreciated), but often they’re just doing other stuff. Like...well, for example: in Japan, the visage of an evil, genocidal dark lord is used to sell Goodyear Tires. Maybe because...both are black?