All posts tagged "Tech"

  • Do you want to cut your communication costs? Here are the best deals in Japan now.

    The lure of purchasing a new handset in installments bundled with voice calls and data plan through major mobile phone carriers in Japan may sound attractive at first. But, if you do the math, you actually pay...

    • Posted August 3, 2017
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  • Booking your summer vacation online? Be vigilant with credit card fraud.

    Summer is here and most families may be shopping online for cheap air tickets and hotel accommodation. While e-commerce has become the norm for many, Japanese people are still concerned about the security of online shopping because...

    • Posted May 26, 2017
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  • Sony Xperia Android 7.0 Powered Multi-Touch Projector is coming

    Sony’s Xperia portable projector first unveiled at the Mobile World Congress and again at the CES this year held in Las Vegas, is finally hitting the stores this spring.  Sony’s latest home-friendly device is called  Xperia Touch....

    • Posted March 2, 2017
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  • Technology has changed the way moms express milk

    Millennial moms grew up in a digital generation for whom multi-tasking has become the norm. But using classic breast pumps  today means they have to stop what they’re doing in order to pump.  The latest technology has...

    • Posted February 14, 2017
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  • Japan’s new gorgeous TV

    Sony has joined the OLED bandwagon and its latest offering was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The much talked about sleek and flat Bravia 4K OLED TV A1E series come in...

    • Posted February 14, 2017
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  • Which Home Internet Plan is the best in Japan?

    Fiber optic vendors in Japan might be constantly tweaking their fee structure to stay on top of the game but Sony Network Communications’ blazing fast internet speed NURO is hard to beat. With its 2 Gbps fiber...

    • Posted February 14, 2017
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  • Even old people in Japan play Pokémon Go

    This augmented reality game that drives people to hunt down kawaii (cute) monsters in the most unreasonable places has created a stir in the gaming world. With more people of all genders and ages getting hooked on...

    • Posted January 3, 2017
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  • Reading books together just got easier!

    It is now possible to read stories to children from the big screen via Apple TV. The new iBooks StoryTime app by Apple has a ‘read aloud’ tool that tells the story and turns the pages automatically....

    • Posted November 16, 2016
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  • Who thinks a flip smartphone is cool? Freetel does.

    Freetel, a small Japanese smartphone company with a big ambition to compete with the big guns of the mobile phone industry has just released its new Sim-free Musashi Android flip phone. Who uses a clunky flip phone...

    • Posted April 23, 2016
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  • The new house-phone-looking mobile phone is also a router

    Xmobile calls its new house phone-looking mobile phone Sugoi Denwa (amazing phone) developed by Abit Corporation, a next generation communication tool developer.  Sugoi Denwa is not only a mobile phone but a router as well. It needs...

    • Posted November 17, 2015
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  • Cool iPhone app measures weight of an object

    Heavy pressure applied to iPhone’s 3D Touch, activates its built-in sensors.  There’s a new app called “Plum-O-Meter” that helps measure the weight of as much as five objects at the same time on an iPhone 3D Touch....

    • Posted October 28, 2015
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  • This USB stick will instantly kill your computer

    When most of our life depends on computers, we want to protect it from any damage as much as possible. There’s a weird looking USB stick in circulation known as USB Killer 2.0 that can instantly kill...

    • Posted October 15, 2015
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  • This app drains iPhone iOS 9’s battery fast

    It is not your new iPhone’s fault but Facebook app’s. When you use Facebook app on your iPhone iOs9, it’s automatically set to track your location through the phone’s GPS module. According to The Mac Observer, Facebook...

    • Posted October 15, 2015
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  • Japan creates a cute talking, walking robot phone

    Japan is unstoppable in its quest for world robot domination. Sharp’s new Robohon, a robot and telephone in one, proves he’s more than a ‘Siri’. The word ‘Robohon’ is a portmanteau of ‘robot’ and ‘phone’ (pronounced and...

    • Posted October 5, 2015
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  • What electronic devices do to toddlers

    Emil Protalinski of Next Web reports that global sales of tablets in the second quarter of 2013 reached 51.7 million units, a sharp rise of 43 percent from 35.1 million in the same quarter of 2012. This...

    • Posted October 3, 2015
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  • The ‘Fire’ Kids Play With

    With tablets becoming increasingly relevant in early education and home settings, the new Amazon’s Fire HD Kids Edition: HD 8 and HD 10 have just raised the bar. Not only have the features greatly improved since the...

    • Posted September 20, 2015
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  • 9-year old American kid earns $1M a year doing what he loves

    The rise in popularity of social media has made everyone a content creator but you wouldn’t imagine a 9-year old kid has got what it takes to pull off  a million dollar business out of what he...

    • Posted June 2, 2015
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  • Pebble

    Billed as the future watch, Pebble Time is a multi-purpose smart time piece powered by lithium-ion polymer battery lasting up to seven days. It measures 46mm x 34mm x 10.5 mm including a standard band. If you’re...

    • Posted May 12, 2015
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  • Colour your world with Fun’iki

    Named after a Japanese word that means ambience, Fun’iki Ambient is essentially an illuminated eyewear that lets you manage time properly. By syncing the eyewear to the smarphone via a special app, you get all your email,...

    • Posted May 12, 2015
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  • It’s back with a bang

    Purveyor of luxury speaker brand Bang & Olufsen releases its budget size BeoPlay A2 portable Bluetooth speakers at three times less expensive than the furniture sized A9. Measuring 5.6 x 10.1 x 1.7 inches and weighs only...

    • Posted May 12, 2015
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  • Nikon D5500 out now

    D5500 is Japanese giant camera manufacturer NIKON’s Spring 2015 offering. Its compact, lightweight and touchscreen camera was incorporated with families in mind who want to capture moments or angles with easy, simple operation and clear shots. Friendly...

    • Posted March 5, 2015
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  • Could this Danish dating site be a cure to Japan’s low fertility rate?

    apan’s current fertility rate of 1.43 % is slowly but steadily rising from 1.26% where it was in 2005. Compared to the last three years, the number of mothers in their 30s giving birth to 2nd and...

    • Posted December 15, 2014
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  • Japan Providers will now unlock phones

    It’s official. Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Internal Communication has announced that it has ordered all cell phone, smartphone and tablet carriers in the country to unlock devices when requested by customers starting May 2015. The...

    • Posted November 1, 2014
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  • Art has no limits

    When Takayuki Fukuzawa launched a series of eyebrow raising T-shirt designs called “Moso Mapping Akai Bra T-shirt” or 3D red bra T-shirts via mail order, it was sold out in three days. Takayuki Fukuzawa who works at...

    • Posted November 1, 2014
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  • Tiny. New. High performance Cheap cam

    Just as global economy shrinks, so too does the size of new smartphones and cameras. GoPro Hero is a good example. GoPro Hero, a tiny but high-performance video camera that casual photographers will want to buy and...

    • Posted September 30, 2014
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  • Apple unveils its new Apple Watch

    It’s official. Apple Watch, the first wearable smart device for men and women was revealed today at a product launch in California. It will be available from US$349.00 in the U.S. which means Japan’s price may slightly...

    • Posted September 10, 2014
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  • Money alone can’t buy you creative brains but it can help you build one

    Here comes OSMO, a buzz worthy, state-of-the-art  tool for creativity. Osmo is a new game on iPad for kids from ages 6 up designed to spur creativity and boost social intelligence. The new gadget was invented by...

    • Posted August 11, 2014
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  • What using Facebook app on your smartphone really means

    If you are concerned about being smarter than the smartphone,  start by understanding how Facebook affects your privacy and your money. Facebook is a useful social media tool but without knowing how things work, you can possibly...

    • Posted August 9, 2014
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  • A pair of eyeglasses that warns you of fatigue

    Some workaholics in Japan just don’t know when to stop to listen to their bodies crying out for rest. But here’s one of Japan’s latest inventions that might help.  It’s a pair of eyeglasses that come equipped...

    • Posted May 30, 2014
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  • Smart solution

    Do you always doze off when you watch TV in the living room and wake up with back and neck pains the next day? Korean Wireless Telecommunications company SK Telecom came up with a smart solution. The...

    • Posted April 13, 2014
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  • Fun things you didn’t know you can do on facebook

    1.  This is fun (but we don’t advise those just starting to learn English to use this feature).      2.  Do you want to choose only the feeds you want to see?  Here’s how: 3.   Go...

    • Posted March 31, 2014
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  • The latest Math based game addiction is now on Android

    Among the many mobile apps out there, Threes has created an increasing number of addicted iPhone/iPad gamers in the last month. Threes has been enjoying the top ranking paid apps on iTunes store since February. The apps...

    • Posted March 30, 2014
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  • The new smartphones: iPhone 6 and Samsung S5

    Apple’s worldwide launch of the new iPhone 6 in September  was reported by Nikkei Asian Review.  The report mentions that iPhone 6 will come in 4.7 and 5.5 inch models, and a higher resolution, one of iPhone...

    • Posted March 29, 2014
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  • The Phoenix Weekly Story Comic Book

    Set your kids on the right path with help from the Phoenix. The Phoenix Weekly Story Comic for Kids published by David Fickling books is a Weekly Comic series with an iPad version. Newly launched in Japan,...

    • Posted March 4, 2014
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  • Health gadget

    Tellspec is the newest gadget to watch this year.  It tells you what’s in your food. While this super small gadget can’t really tell you much about radiated food which concerns us here in Japan,  what it...

    • Posted January 8, 2014
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  • Microsoft abandons smart bra project

    Among the many high-tech projects submitted each year,  Microsoft has finally decided not to proceed with the smart bra. This underwear was to allow women to avoid emotional overload by controlling their stress levels. The wearable engineered...

    • Posted December 17, 2013
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  • The new celebrity robot

    If you want to learn a language start young. If you want your kids to build coding skills early, invest in this toy.  The new celebrity robot called  play-i is the brainchild of Vikas Gupta,  ex Google...

    • Posted December 16, 2013
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  • Say goodbye to idle chatter and gossiping housewives

    When sharing news or information does more harm than good, it is better to try a new trick. The new Nokia Lumia update can now put annoying phone numbers on blacklist mode.  The new block feature filters...

    • Posted October 6, 2013
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  • The SIM CARD option in Japan

    All mobile phone carriers in Japan competing in the market have just one common goal-  to lock each subscriber in to a fixed monthly fee in addition to the actual calls made, for up to two years. ...

    • Posted August 7, 2013
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  • Community News

    Skype Classrooms Becoming the Norm Japanese language teachers are now reaching out to students who want to take a course but lack the time to commute to school via SKYPE classrooms. One Japanese teacher says, “It’s pretty...

    • Posted August 5, 2013
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  • Poppy

    A new gadget  is making its way to the iPhone community.  It’s called “Poppy”.  Poppy turns an iPhone into a 3D camera where you can capture, view and share video clips and photos in one device.   ...

    • Posted July 14, 2013
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  • You can now post images beside your comments on Facebook

    Another welcome change on Facebook is being able to post an image beside your comments.  With this new feature, everyone active on the social networking site should be able to enhance their facebooking experience with friends and...

    • Posted June 20, 2013
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  • What’s cool?

    A new family-friendly app is on a mission to restore balance.  Join The Nine, the most unlikely gang of heroes in their desperate quest to restore balance to all things.  Until Aug 5, download Bucketz exclusively on...

    • Posted May 7, 2013
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  • The Consumer’s Electronics Show

    Curious techies, tech enthusiasts and investors all over the world traveled to Las Vegas for the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, the world's largest technology and trade expo, to see the latest gadgetry. Meet the stars of...

    • Posted February 4, 2013
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  • Digital Eve: IT solutions with a feminine touch

    TF spoke to Chiharu Kawai, Media Coordinator for Digital EveTell us about Digital Eve.In June 2000, Digital Eve began when three women, Dana Jones, Diane Darling, and Judy Hawkins got together online to talk about starting a...

    • Posted December 25, 2008
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  • MySpace Mishaps, Facebook Fumbles

    There was a time not too long ago when keeping in touch with phone calls and e-mails sufficed in keeping contact with school buddies and family. It’s a different story today, with websites like MySpace and Facebook...

    • Posted November 29, 2008
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