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McDonald’s Mega Potato Fries To Clog Arteries In Japan 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 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 …

Google Expands Public Alerts to Japan to Help with Natural Disaster Preparedness Google Expands Public Alerts to Japan to Help with Natural Disaster Preparedness

Google has expanded its new public alert program to Japan, a country that is still feeling the effects of a massive hurricane and tsunami that hit two years ago. Google Public Alerts, first launched in the U.S. following hurricane Sandy, …

Apple Launches iBookstore In Japan With Exclusive Titles Apple Launches iBookstore In Japan With Exclusive Titles

During the iPad Mini event last year, Apple announced native Asian language support would be coming to iBooks. Now iOS fans in Japan can take more advantage of this native support as the iBookstore has made its way over to …

Kinect Brings My Worst Nightmare To Life Kinect Brings My Worst Nightmare To Life

It’s been well established that I’m scared of a lot of things. Dolls, E.T. and the eventual robot uprising all leave me wide awake at night. The good news is that my greatest fear has yet to be brought to …

This Smart Trash Can Makes Sure You Never Miss A Basket Again This Smart Trash Can Makes Sure You Never Miss A Basket Again
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There’s something inherently fun about trying to throw wads of paper into a trash can from across the room. As kids, we held impromptu trash basketball tournaments to see who was the true master of trashketball. Now one Japanese inventor …

3D Printers Can Make Your Valentine’s Day A Little Sweeter 3D Printers Can Make Your Valentine’s Day A Little Sweeter

How do you show your undying love to your significant other on Valentine’s Day? Do you cook a nice meal to enjoy between the both of you? Or do you go out to see a movie? Perhaps you’ll make a …

Japan Might Drop Its Support For TPP Japan Might Drop Its Support For TPP

It’s been a while since we last heard anything about the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. All we knew was that the secret negotiations were still ongoing, but no public statement had been made for a few months. Now the silence has …

Scientists Capture The Birth Of A Thought On Video Scientists Capture The Birth Of A Thought On Video
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Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wonder what my thoughts look like?” It’s the kind of meta-question that you normally would never ponder, but some scientists have captured the birth of a thought on video for the first time. …

Android Tablet Beats iPad Sales in Japan Android Tablet Beats iPad Sales in Japan

A new report from a Japanese publication named Nikkei claims that Apple’s iPad sales in Japan this holiday season were beaten by sales of Google’s Nexus 7. The report cites a survey from Japanese market research firm BCN, which contacted …

The World’s Shortest Escalator, Enthusiastically Sought Out and Taken Seven Times The World’s Shortest Escalator, Enthusiastically Sought Out and Taken Seven Times
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This guy took a trip to ride the Guinness-certified shortest escalator in the world, because, why not? As he says, it’s obviously a thing of beauty and magnificence. The fact that it even exists may be incomprehensible to some, and …

World’s Oldest Man Ever Clocks In At 115 Years World’s Oldest Man Ever Clocks In At 115 Years

The world’s oldest man is still alive and kicking today as he celebrates the honor of being a world record holder. The man, Jiroemon Kimura, was born in Japan on April 19, 1897. The Telegraph reports that Kimura was officially …

ACTA Is Officially Dead In Europe ACTA Is Officially Dead In Europe

There was much rejoicing in the streets earlier this year when the European Parliament rejected ACTA, a multinational trade agreement that many felt would hurt online innovation in profound ways. There was one sliver of hope for ACTA’s continued existence, …