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Average Global Internet Speeds Are Still Increasing Average Global Internet Speeds Are Still Increasing
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Most of us in the U.S. love to rag on our ISPs and blame them for what we perceive as painfully slow Internet speeds. Our ISPs certainly do deserve their fair share of criticism, but we should also celebrate when …

Google Takes Street View Trekker Up Mt. Fuji Google Takes Street View Trekker Up Mt. Fuji

Google announced today that it has taken its Street View Trekker camera device (you know, the backpack) up Mt. Fuji to gather some new imagery. The 360-degree panoramic shots cover the Yoshida trail that takes hikers up the mountain, as …

The Japanese Are Still 3D Printing Fetuses The Japanese Are Still 3D Printing Fetuses
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We all thought it was over. The nightmares brought upon by 3D printed fetuses had just subsided last month, but Fasotec had to force its way into the news cycle once again with another story of how it 3D prints …

Woolly Mammoth Goes On Display; To Be Cloned?
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A 39,000-year old woolly mammoth found in Siberia last year is about to go on display in Yokohama, Japan for curious parties to check out on a three-month exhibition. Named Yuka, the 2-year old female was found with permafrost on …

Japanese Officials Confuse Google Groups Privacy Settings, Leak Internal Trade Memos Japanese Officials Confuse Google Groups Privacy Settings, Leak Internal Trade Memos

It appears that some government officials in Japan have found themselves scrambling after a Google Groups privacy misstep allowed internal memos to be open and available for anyone to browse at their convenience. According to the AFP, the incident occurred …

Google Street View Trekker Goes To ‘Dead City’ Google Street View Trekker Goes To ‘Dead City’

Google is releasing some new Street View imagery from the abandoned Hashima Island, which is known by “Dead Island” or “Dead City” from the James Bond flick Skyfall. Google announced the imagery in a Japanese blog post, and shared this …

Would You Wear These Goofy Glasses To Protect Your Privacy? Would You Wear These Goofy Glasses To Protect Your Privacy?

Google Glass makes some people feel rather uncomfortable. The biggest concern seems to stem from the idea that Google Glass will eliminate more of our privacy with facial recognition software and the like. Despite Google banning such software on Glass, …

Japanese Troops Being Trained in California

Members of the Japan‘s Self-Defense Force this week are training on the southern coast of California. According to an Associated Press report, the troops are being trained for the next two weeks by U.S. Marines. The training will specifically train …

Teen’s $54K Bar Tab: Bar Is Responsible For Paying It
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A Japanese teenager ran up a $54,000 bar tab with his buddies using his dad’s credit card, and now a judge says he doesn’t have to pay it back because the bar didn’t verify his identity. The 16-year old had …

F-15 Fighter Crashes in Okinawa, Japan

According to multiple publications, a United States Air Force F-15 operating out of Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan has crashed. The report, generated by the Associated Press, also indicates the pilot ejected and survived the incident: A U.S. Air …

Japan Mayor Apologizes For Sex Slaves Comments
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Earlier this month, Osaka, Japan Mayor and co-leader of the Japan Restoration Party, Toru Hashimoto caused controversy by referring Japan’s policy of providing “comfort women” to soldiers in World War II as “necessary.” The women he referred to were taken …

McDonald’s Mega Potato Fries To Clog Arteries In Japan
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McDonald’s is huge in Japan, and it just got bigger with its Mega Potato Fries. IT Media reports (via Kotaku) that McDonald’s is now offering its largest calorie item in the history of the chain with the Mega Potato. It …

Square Opens Up in Japan, Its First Expansion Outside of North America Square Opens Up in Japan, Its First Expansion Outside of North America
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Japan, say hello to Square. The mobile payments platform has just announced that it is now available in your country. Square is available in Japan with the support and partnership of Sumitomo Mitsui Card Corporation (SMCC). Responsible for introducing Visa …

Send Odors Through Your Smartphone With Scentee Send Odors Through Your Smartphone With Scentee
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Smell-O-Vision was a short lived idea in the 1960s that never really took off. Even so, people have tried to communicate smells through electronic transmission for quite some time now. One new smartphone accessory may have finally perfected it. Say …

Abenomics Bra Increases Bustline, Economy Abenomics Bra Increases Bustline, Economy

Lingerie makers in Japan have come up with a clever marketing strategy to get the word out about what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls “Abenomics”: put pretty women in sexy padded bras and compare it to inflating the economy. Abe, …

This Baseball-Playing Robot Is Leading The Charge In Artificial Brain Reearch This Baseball-Playing Robot Is Leading The Charge In Artificial Brain Reearch

Super Baseball 2020 predicted a future where robots and cybernetically enhanced humans competed on the diamond for our enjoyment. Now some research at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo is starting to fulfill part of that prophecy. Wired reports that …

7.2 Quake Off Japan Rocks Northern Islands

It seems that the planet’s recent surge of large earthquakes isn’t quite over. The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that shook the islands North of Japan on Friday morning. The quake was centered around 250 km (155 …

Japanese ISP Now Offers 2Gbps Internet, Twice The Speed Of Google Fiber Japanese ISP Now Offers 2Gbps Internet, Twice The Speed Of Google Fiber
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The Internet infrastructure in the U.S. is pathetic. It’s slow, expensive and run by companies that care more about their bottom line than what their customers actually want. There is one bright spot though – Google Fiber and its record-breaking …

Google Loses Lawsuit Over Autocomplete in Japan Google Loses Lawsuit Over Autocomplete in Japan

A Tokyo District Court has ruled that Google must alter its autocomplete results to make sure they don’t suggest criminal activity when users search for a specific man’s name. This case began in March of 2012 when a Japanese court …

Google Street View Takes You to Abandoned Fukushima Town of Namie-machi Google Street View Takes You to Abandoned Fukushima Town of Namie-machi

Google is announcing another batch of fresh Street View imagery, this time coming from Japan. More specifically, Namie-machi, a small city in Fukushima Prefecture that’s in the Fukushima exclusion zone. That means that although years have passed since the nuclear …

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Gets A Permanent Price Cut, Launches In Europe And Japan Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Gets A Permanent Price Cut, Launches In Europe And Japan

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ launched late last year for a rather affordable $300. To perhaps undercut the competition even more, Amazon has decided to make its flagship tablet even cheaper. Amazon announced today that the 16GB Kindle Fire HD …