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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.

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.

Gaming Giant, Nintendo's Hiroshi Yamauchi - A Special Thank You

We would like to pay tribute to Hiroshi Yamauchi, the visionary who transformed Nintendo into one of the leading games companies in the world and one of the towering figures in gaming who made it what it is today.  He has died in Japan at age 85.

We thank him and his team at Nintendo for Super Mario Bros., Zelda, Star Fox, Game Boy, etc., etc., and for those old enough to remember, Donkey Kong!!

Honda - Civic Type R going for the fastest front wheel time at Nurburgring

At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda Motor Europe President, Manabu Nishimae, revealed details about the new "hotly anticipated" Civic Type R.

LG - Ultra HD TV Prank - Witnessing the end of the world?


Kinda Mean, but...

An amazing demonstration of an 84-inch Ultra-HD TV from LG and just how life-like its picture is.

This video is going viral and it is brilliant promotion by LG.

Nikon - COOLPIX P7800 High-Performance Compact Digital Camera

Nikon has also announced the release of the high-performance COOLPIX P7800, the successor to the P7700.  

Nikon - COOLPIX S02 - Improved Ultra-Compact Digital Camera

Nikon has announced the release of the ultra-compact COOLPIX S02, the successor to its ultra-compact S01 model, and featuring a number of notable improvements.

Let's Visit Tokyo - Yoyogi Park - What's Japan's Best Udon?

Anyone who has traveled in Japan will know that udon is one of the country's most important foods.  There are many different ways to serve these noodles and many opinions about what is best.

In Yoyogi Park on August 24th and 25th was a chance for udon restaurants from around Japan to settle the score.  It was "The Competition to Decide Japan's #1 Udon".

Stephen Karnas - September 02, 2013

Mt. Fuji - The danger that lurks beneath

We brought you news that on June 22, Mt. Fuji finally received World Heritage site status by UNESCO.  The mountain's symbolism for the country and natural beauty cannot be denied, and it is something of a pilgrimage destination for people, not only from Japan, but from around the world.

Fujifilm Square - Weekly Photo Exhibits in Tokyo

One of our favorite places in Tokyo is Fujifilm Square at the Midtown complex in Roppongi.  Every week or so there is a new photo exhibit on display, and there are often multiple exhibits at the same time.  Entrance is free, and it is open to anyone.

There is typically a theme for each photo exhibit, whether it is based on activities, a certain photographer or group of photographers, domestic photos, overseas photos, certain places, vintage photographs, new photographs, etc.

If you are visiting Tokyo or live here and find yourself in Roppongi, it is worth taking a look.

Let's Visit Tokyo - Summer Taiko in Ebisu!
At the same summer festival in Ebisu that was featured in last week's Let's Visit Tokyo video, we were able to capture one of the Taiko acts from the opening ceremony on one of the days. Watch an entire Taiko session from start to finish in front of Ebisu station.
Japan's Traditional Sushi Now Comes with Futuristic Technology

With its masters required to hone their skills over decades, sushi in Japan is steeped in tradition. But it is also often a high-tech operation where robotic precision steals the limelight from the chef's knife.

The country is dotted with thousands of "kaiten" (revolving) sushi restaurants where raw fish slices atop rice balls travel on conveyer belts along counters waiting to be picked up by diners.

Kira-Kira Names - Shiny Names for Kids to the Chagrin of Many in Japan

A new trend for children's names sweeping Japan is the "kira-kira name" phenomenon.  "Kira-kira" literally means "shiny" or "sparkly" and what is going on is kids are getting shiny new names that look or sound cute or interesting, but are unintelligible to all but the kid's parents.  The Chinese Kanji are being used as a phonetic symbol rather than for the meaning of the kanji.  And names are being given that sound like characters from animation films or games. 

Honda to Build New Test Course and Mega Solar System in Tochigi Pref., Japan

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced plans that it will build a new test course and mega solar system in the city of Sakura in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.

Originally planned in 2007, but postponed due to the economic slowdown, Honda's new test course will be approximately 25 hectares in size and will be utilized for the development of advanced safety technologies.  The original plan was for a large-scale, high-speed 4km circuit, but the company decided to modify the purpose and scale of the project.

Sony - "Wavefront Control" Surround Home Theater Systems - 4 Models

Sony has announced 4 models of surround home theater systems to be released over the coming months featuring wavefront control technology, NFC and Bluetooth.

Massive 7.8 Earthquake Hitting Nara Prefecture in Japan was a False Alarm

The false alarm took most Japanese news sites either down or made them unusable as the nation looked for information about what happened.  Most notably down was Japan's #1 site, Yahoo.co.jp. Staff at AkihabaraNews could not load the Yahoo.co.jp site and we found this graphic from a blogger who also could not reach Yahoo.co.jp.

Pioneer - Class D "Direct Energy HD Amp" - SC-LX87

Pioneer has announced 2 new AV amplifier units that will be released in the end of September - the Class D "Direct Energy HD Amp" (SC-LX87 and SC-LX77).

They are 9-channel "Direct Energy HD Amplifiers", employing the "SABRE 32bit Ultra DAC" (9.2ch) from ESS Technology, Inc. giving it high-quality, high-power output.

Both models, at 810W and 770W respectively, feature power and intensity and surround playback of high-resolution sound, with Apple Lossless, AIFF, FLAC, and WAV.

Online Electric Vehicle (OLEV) - The Future of Transport and Energy is Now in Gumi, South Korea

I am convinced that some of the coolest and most ground-breaking ideas and practical applications of ideas are coming out of Korea.  Put this solidly in that category.

The city of Gumi, South Korea is proving that solutions for future energy and transportation problems are happening NOW…

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