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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, however, as the European Commission submitted the treaty to the European Court of Justice for review. Now that last avenue …

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That 3D Printed Fetus Is Back Just In Time For The Holidays

Back in July, a Japanese company started offering 3D printed models of a fetus for expecting mothers. It was all kinds of creepy, but there must be an appeal there that I just don’t understand. Maybe a video, instead of just creepy pictures, will help clear up why this is a thing. The folks at Diginfonews went to the business …

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This Smart Toilet Is Japanese Innovation At Its Best

One of the major buzzwords in tech for the past few years has been smart. Since the advent of the smartphone, everything else must become start as well – smart TVs, smart cars, smart toilet paper, etc. That being said, it seems somewhat ridiculous that nobody has created the smart toilet yet. Thankfully, some geniuses in Japan have corrected this …

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Wii U Sells Over 300,000 Units In Japan At Launch

The Wii U has now officially launched in every major territory. It pulled respectable numbers for its US and UK launch, but what about Japan? The numbers have just been reported and it’s another good launch weekend for Nintendo’s newest console. According to numbers from Famitsu, the Wii U sold 308,570 units in the two days since its launch. Compare …

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Walk Through Tsunami-Ravaged Buildings In Japan On Google Maps

Google announced that it has added indoor imagery from buildings hit by the 2011 tsunami in Japan to Google Maps, as well as its Memories for the Future site. Google worked with four city governments in the Tōhoku area to get the imagery, which was collected using the same technology the company uses for its indoor business photos. They were …

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Functional Battle Mech Provides Preview of Future Warfare

Proving once again that the Japanese will almost certainly be the engineers of humanity’s future enslavement by robots, a Japanese company has created a functional mech robot. The device, called Kuratas, runs on diesel fuel and opens to reveal a seat where a pilot can enter the cockpit. Using one-for-one controls, the pilot will then be able to use motion-control …

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Add Transformers To The List Of Things 3D Printers Can Make

3D printing is often used to make ordinary objects, but the really amazing stuff comes when creators thinks outside the box. The people of Japan have really exemplified this with the disturbing 3D printed fetus and awesome 3D printed portraits. Now a Japanese robotics company has made a transformer with a 3D printer. The company, Brave Robotics, will be attending …

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Amazon Appstore Makes the Move to Japan

Today, Amazon has opened up its Appstore to another country. Marking its first expansion into Asia, Amazon has launched the Appstore in Japan. Like any location, the Amazon Appstore in Japan will feature localized content and a localized mobile store, as well as Amazon’s “free app of the day.” Any and all apps purchased from the Appstore can be used …

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You Can Get A 3D Printed Model Of Yourself In Japan

3D printers have been used for some strange things, but the strangest has come from Japan. Back in July, we reported on a Japanese company that would recreate a fetus via 3D printing. It was a little strange, but there’s probably a market for it among mothers. Now Japan is back with another crazy 3D printer business, but it’s decidedly …

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Kindle Paperwhite To Be The First Japanese-Language Kindle

One of the more overlooked announcements from Apple’s event yesterday was that the iBooks now has support for Asian languages. Chinese, Korean and Japanese are all available in native right-to-left format with their own stores to support the titles available in these countries. It seems the announcement has forced Amazon’s hand to announce their own Asian expansion. Amazon announced today …

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Japanese Researchers Create Robot Wheelchair That Can Walk Up Stairs

One of the greatest challenges facing our handicapped population is making sure every building is wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately, some buildings are just too old or small to add ramps or lifts. It can be discouraging, but some of the brightest minds in Japan may have found a solution. The Chiba Institute Of Technology has created an all-new wheelchair that is …

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New PlayStation 3 Ad Shows Off Re-Designed Console in an Odd Way

Earlier this month at the Tokyo Game Show, Sony revealed its new re-re-designed PlayStation 3. The newest model of the console is even smaller than the last – 20% smaller and 25% lighter than the PlayStation 3 Slim, to be exact. Unfortunately for consumers, despite the new design, the cost of previous editions of the PlayStation 3 haven’t gone down. …

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