Stephen Karnas

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Steve is editor, writer and contributor for AkihabaraNews.

In addition to his involvement with AkihabaraNews, Steve is Co-Founder and Director at WIXI, a domain marketplace, registrar, and parking provider based in Tokyo.

Steve is a veteran of the domain industry.  He joined Register.com in New York City in 2000 and worked closely with its management team in the area of strategic corporate development.

In 2002, Steve joined Darshaun and Solis Corporation, becoming Chief Operating Officer and Director and running the daily operations of the company.  After Solis was acquired by GMO Internet in 2005, Steve stayed on for 3 years to run Solis as an internal team within GMO.

Before joining the domain business in 2000, Steve worked with Putnam Investments, an asset management company in Boston, in their Corporate Development group.  Before that he was with Strategic Management Group, a management and financial consultancy in Philadelphia.

Steve earned his BS in Finance from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Stephen Karnas - February 14, 2014

Akihabaranews.com - Valentine's Day - Chocolate Teeth

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.

Akihabaranews.com - ANA Social Media

ANA (All Nippon Airways), showing leadership in Social Media, has partnered with a US Social Entrepreneur Organization called Ashoka to create a kind of digital charity/donation concept called Blue Wing.

Akihabaranews.com - Ravijour True Love Tester Bra

Technology continues to break new ground. Last week in Japan, the latest development in Smart Clothing was unveiled, this time in the area of love - helping women understand their bodies, and helping men understand women's hearts.

There are many strategies employed by men around the world to unlock a woman's heart, which, as many of us know, is a good way to unhook her bra…

But just what is the right formula? What does it take to get the job done, and how do you know when it is all systems go…?

Akihabaranews.com .みんな new gTLD domain

Google has released .みんな - a new domain extension for Japanese who want to carve out their own, new space on the Internet.

.みんな (.minna) literally means "everybody" in Japanese, and is being positioned by Google as an alternate online address space for Japanese.

Akihabaranews.com - Casio STB-1000 Bluetooth Fitness Apps Sports Watch

Casio America has announced the release of a new sports watch that utilizes Bluetooth v4.0 and enables wearers to access personal fitness data from mobile apps, operate a music player on a smartphone, etc.

Casio will display the watch at CES (the International Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, January 7-10.

TOP 13 of 2013: Deff Sony Xperia Cases - AkihabaraNews.com

【Published February 15, 2013 - Top 13 of '13

Japanese precision craftsmanship is not reserved for electronics and machinery. In fact, traditional Japanese precision developed in other areas such as wood and metalworking.

Now, a bit of the old can be applied to the new.

Auto Mee S Cleaning Robots - AkihabaraNews.com

【Published February 5, 2013 - Top 13 of '13

Takara TOMY Company, Ltd., the Japanese toy company, just released a tiny cleaning robot, called the “Auto Mee S”, designed for cleaning smartphone and tablet LCD displays.

This is a fun gadget to have and would be a great gift that I would love to get…

Akihabaranews.com - LG Electronics - LG G Flex - Curved contour

In a first in the smartphone market, LG has unveiled the LG G Flex which is curved from top to bottom. The company says that the design was made possible through special innovations with the display and battery.

It will be available in Korea starting in November, with other markets to be announced in the future.

Akihabaranews.com - Fukushima - How much radioactive cesium is there?

We've been asked a lot about what is happening with the Fukushima reactor situation.  And we're certainly watching it.

Well, we're a tech news site, and nuclear power is some awesome technology, and it seems that the technology to contain and fix this problem may turn out to be just as awesome and interesting to learn about.  But more importantly, we are here, living in Japan, and wondering and worrying about what is really going on.

Akihabaranews.com - Honda Motor Europe - ASIMO was promoting science in Slovakia

ASIMO is back again.  He has traveled to Bratislava, Slovakia to attend European Researchers' Night to help give inspiration to the country's next generation of scientists and engineers.

Akihabaranews.com - Fujitsu - QR Code Coupons and Information Real-Time from your TV

At CEATEC JAPAN 2013, Fujitsu is demonstrating a new application of technology that allows users to receive embedded information in real-time from TV programs via a tablet or smartphone.

Stephen Karnas - September 27, 2013

Akihabaranews.com - Casio Oceanus Manta Watch Series

Casio Computer Co., Ltd. announced that it will release new OCEANUS watches, “OCW-S3000” and “OCW-S3001”, from its premium “OCEANUS Manta” series on October 31. 

Tokyo Virtual Circuit - Racing-Spec Porsche 996 GT3 Simulator

When race car drivers need a little extra practice or when driving enthusiasts want to really let it fly and feel what pushing their car to the limit on a real racing circuit feels like, what do they do?  In Japan, they go to Tokyo Virtual Circuit in Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo.

Grand Theft Auto V - Touch & Try at Tokyo Game Show 2013

Japan is getting a taste of the phenomenon that is Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V at Tokyo Game Show 2013.

At its own Touch & Try pavilion at the show, Rockstar showed what it's like to navigate Los Santos and Blaine County. The company has built an incredibly detailed and lifelike world, which we are told will take inestimable hours of time sitting on your couch to fully explore and appreciate.

Those at the show are being given a taste and the consensus that we heard matches the enthusiasm that we're reading online.

Stephen Karnas - September 20, 2013

Akihabaranews - Girls of Tokyo Game Show 2013

AkihabaraNews was impressed with the games at Tokyo Game Show 2013.  But we must also give some more recognition where it is due: to the GIRLS of Tokyo Game Show 2013.

Akihabaranews - Girls of Tokyo Game Show 2013

AkihabaraNews was impressed with the games at Tokyo Game Show 2013.  But we must also give recognition where it is due: to the GIRLS of Tokyo Game Show 2013.

See more photos and at higher resolution on the Girls of Tokyo Game Show 2013 gallery page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tokyo Game Show 2013 - On the Ground at Gaming's Premiere Event

The world's largest game exhibition "Tokyo Game Show 2013", is now taking place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba and the AkihabaraNews team was there yesterday on Press Day taking in the excitement and getting some hands on experience with many new games.

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