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Spotify finally expands to Japan, where CDs are still king
Spotify finally expands to Japan, where CDs are still king
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has noted that there will be an uphill battle in Japan for the streaming service, a nation where CDs remain king. The ...... 05 Oct 2016 - 1 comment
Foxconn closes deal for Sharp at $3.5 billion
Foxconn closes deal for Sharp at $3.5 billion
Foxconn has completed their acquisition of struggling display maker Sharp, although the deal was at a significantly reduced price than when ...... 01 Apr 2016
Nintendo's mobile app Miitomo is a hit
Nintendo's mobile app Miitomo is a hit
Nintendo has announced this week that their mobile app Miitomo is a hit, with over 1 million downloads in its first three days of availability. ...... 23 Mar 2016
Japan to get some 8K broadcasts of the Olympics
Japan to get some 8K broadcasts of the Olympics
The Olympics Broadcasting Services has announced that 130 hours of 2016 Olympic coverage will be shot in 8K (7,680 4,320-pixel resolution). ...... 09 Mar 2016 - 3 comments
Vaio, Toshiba and Fujitsu ready to merge PC operations this year
Vaio, Toshiba and Fujitsu ready to merge PC operations this year
Vaio, Toshiba and Fujitsu are preparing to merge their PC operations by the end of the year, creating a producer that can, at least, dominate Japan. ...... 18 Feb 2016
Foxconn offers to buy struggling tech co. Sharp
Foxconn offers to buy struggling tech co. Sharp
Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn has offered to purchase struggling electronics maker Sharp for 625 billion ($5.3 billion), handily outbidding ...... 22 Jan 2016
Sony slashes price of PlayStation 4 in Japan
Sony slashes price of PlayStation 4 in Japan
Sony has dropped the price of the PlayStation 4 console in Japan by 13 percent ahead of the holidays in order to keep up demand for the system. ...... 16 Sep 2015
The Japanese just do not want the Xbox One
The Japanese just do not want the Xbox One
According to the most recent video game sales figures, it is clear that the Microsoft Xbox One is selling just as poorly, if not worse than ...... 26 Jul 2015 - 1 comment
Flip phones make a comeback, in Japan
Flip phones make a comeback, in Japan
In what may be a bizarro world, a new report shows that flip phone shipments rose in Japan in 2014 while smartphone sales fell for the second year in a row. ...... 18 Feb 2015 - 2 comments
Microsoft Xbox One has horrible launch in Japan
Microsoft Xbox One has horrible launch in Japan
Following its recent launch in the nation, the Microsoft Xbox One had a rough time selling in Japan. Just like its predecessor, the Xbox ...... 10 Sep 2014 - 5 comments
Microsoft Xbox One finally headed to Japan, 27 other markets
Microsoft Xbox One finally headed to Japan, 27 other markets
Microsoft has announced the timeline for the launch of the Xbox One in an additional 28 markets. Most notably is the gaming haven of Japan, ...... 03 Sep 2014
DDR4 RAM already available for sale in Japan
DDR4 RAM already available for sale in Japan
Even though Intel's new X99 chipset with DDR4 support will not be available until later this year, it appears some retailers in Japan are already ...... 23 Jun 2014 - 9 comments
Japanese consumers buy 300,000 PlayStation 4 consoles in 2 days
Japanese consumers buy 300,000 PlayStation 4 consoles in 2 days
Japanese video game industry publication Famitsu is reporting that the PlayStation 4 is already a hit in the nation. The company has sold ...... 27 Feb 2014 - 6 comments
Sony PlayStation 4 finally available in home country of Japan
Sony PlayStation 4 finally available in home country of Japan
Sony has finally made the popular PlayStation 4 console in their home country of Japan, a surprising three months after its launch in North ...... 22 Feb 2014
Famitsu: Here are Japan's top selling games of the 21st century
Famitsu: Here are Japan's top selling games of the 21st century
Famitsu has released an interesting list this week, the top 100 best-selling games in Japan for the 21st century. Sales are for the period ...... 13 Nov 2013 - 2 comments
Sony PlayStation 4 to launch in Japan on February 22nd with 19 games
Sony PlayStation 4 to launch in Japan on February 22nd with 19 games
Sony has confirmed the release date for its upcoming PlayStation 4 console in its home country of Japan. The device will launch on February ...... 09 Sep 2013 - 2 comments
4K streaming to set-top-boxes being tested in Japan
4K streaming to set-top-boxes being tested in Japan
A Japanese telecommunications company is running a trial in Japan this week, delivering 4K video content over the Internet to set-top boxes ...... 14 Jun 2013 - 4 comments
Japan gets 256GB Surface Pro with Office 2013
Japan gets 256GB Surface Pro with Office 2013
Microsoft has unveiled a new model of the Surface Pro tablet for Japan. The tablet has 256GB internal storage, a full copy of Office 2013 ...... 29 May 2013 - 7 comments
Japanese carrier Willcom shows off world's smallest phone
Japanese carrier Willcom shows off world's smallest phone
The small Japanese carrier Willcom has unveiled the world's "smallest and lightest phone." Dubbed the Phone Strap 2 WX06A, the device weighs ...... 06 Mar 2013 - 8 comments
Sony slashes Vita price in Japan
Sony slashes Vita price in Japan
Sony has cut the price of its Vita handheld in Japan in an effort to boost sales. The company's console launched with hype but a high price ...... 19 Feb 2013 - 2 comments
Sega's new laptops all look like old consoles
Sega's new laptops all look like old consoles
Sega has unveiled their new "Sega Note" notebooks, a series of laptops designed to look like the company's retro consoles. There are four ...... 16 Feb 2013 - 6 comments
BlackBerry to ditch Japan
BlackBerry to ditch Japan
BlackBerry to quit Japan. According to a report from the Nikkei business daily, BlackBerry will soon cease selling smartphones in the Japanese ...... 07 Feb 2013
Japan sneaks anti-piracy messages into P2P networks
Japan sneaks anti-piracy messages into P2P networks
"Operation Decoy File" Users of domestic P2P networks in Japan may download certain files thinking they are pirated content, but instead ...... 06 Feb 2013 - 2 comments
Japan to be first with 4K TV broadcast starting in 2014
Japan to be first with 4K TV broadcast starting in 2014
The Japanese government will be the first to launch a 4K TV broadcast. By July 2014, the broadcast should be live, two years ahead of the ...... 27 Jan 2013 - 7 comments
Google Nexus 7 outselling iPad in Japan
Google Nexus 7 outselling iPad in Japan
According to at least one survey, the Google Nexus 7 is outselling the Apple iPad in Japan, huge news if accurate. Market research firm BCN ...... 17 Jan 2013 - 1 comment
Sony finally stops shipping PlayStation 2 in Japan
Sony finally stops shipping PlayStation 2 in Japan
Thirteen years after its launch, Sony has stopped shipping PlayStation 2 consoles to retailers in Japan. Launched on March 4, 2000 in the ...... 28 Dec 2012 - 2 comments
Japanese downloaders can now face prison time
Japanese downloaders can now face prison time
Japanese Internet users who download unauthorized movies, music and games can now face up to two years in prison or a fine as large as 2 million ...... 02 Oct 2012 - 5 comments
Amazon to launch Kindle in Japan next month?
Amazon to launch Kindle in Japan next month?
The Japanese Nikkei is reporting that Amazon will bring its Kindle e-reader to Japan this year, as soon as next month potentially. Amazon ...... 23 Sep 2012
Nintendo prices Wii U in Japan at $338, or higher
Nintendo prices Wii U in Japan at $338, or higher
Nintendo has revealed it will release the Wii U console on December 8th in Japan. The company will sell two models of the system, starting ...... 13 Sep 2012 - 7 comments
Sony confirms rare PS Vita overheating issue
Sony confirms rare PS Vita overheating issue
Sony has responded to the reports that their PlayStation Vita handheld has been experiencing overheating issues in Japan. In some extreme ...... 26 Jul 2012 - 6 comments
Japan: New law could give pirates jailtime
Japan: New law could give pirates jailtime
Japanese legislators are looking to pass a new law that would make piracy a criminal offense with potential jail time. Anyone convicted of ...... 21 Jun 2012 - 14 comments
Nintendo sells 6 million 3DS units in Japan
Nintendo sells 6 million 3DS units in Japan
Japanese gamers pick 3DS over Vita. After a slow start for its 3D gaming handheld, Nintendo has started to pick up some momentum with the ...... 23 May 2012 - 1 comment
Japanese couple paid $7400 after their Apple iPod Nano explodes
Japanese couple paid $7400 after their Apple iPod Nano explodes
The Nikkei is reporting that Apple Japan has been ordered to pay restitution to a couple whose iPod Nano exploded. Apple will pay 600,000 ...... 13 Apr 2012 - 13 comments
Samsung ships 5 million Galaxy Notes
Samsung ships 5 million Galaxy Notes
Samsung has announced it has shipped 5 million Galaxy Note units since launch last October. The number is impressive for what was expected ...... 28 Mar 2012 - 3 comments
Sharp releases outdated tablet
Sharp releases outdated tablet
Sharp has released a new tablet in Japan with outdated specs. The 10-inch device, dubbed the Sharp RW-T110, has a 1280 x 800 display, a 1 ...... 21 Mar 2012 - 1 comment
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