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Tech ways to deal with everyday chores

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Wake up, it’s a beautiful morning Waking up to natural sunlight is not just a nice way to wake up, it actually inhibits the release of the hormone melatonin, which keeps you less alert, and helps you get up faster. Forcing yourself out of bed first thing in the morning ...

BitSummit reveals the reach of indie games

Jul 23, 2016

BitSummit reveals the reach of indie games

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BitSummit, the independent game festival annually held in Kyoto, has grown rapidly in the four years since it went from being an idea in founder James Mielke’s head to a respected event that developers and fans from around the globe look forward to each ...

Wearable tech for the summer

| Jul 16, 2016

Wearable tech for the summer

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Orphe encourages you to dance in the dark No New Folk Studio’s prototype of its Orphe “smart footwear” was well-received last year, when its Indiegogo campaign raised more than 200 percent of its target. Now, the sneakers are finally available for pre-order via Isetan’s ...

Video games may become China's best cultural export

Jul 6, 2016

Video games may become China's best cultural export

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When Chinese internet giant Tencent acquired the Finnish video game developer Supercell last month for $8.6 billion, it became the world’s dominant publisher and distributor in the $100 billion gaming market. It was a blockbuster deal: No other Chinese entertainment company in any field ...

Millennials shun 'old-school' television for the likes of YouTube

Jul 4, 2016

Millennials shun 'old-school' television for the likes of YouTube

A media revolution is taking place, and most people over 35 years of age aren’t tuned in. Millennials and their successors are shunning old-school television in favor of watching what they want whenever they wish on Google-owned YouTube or other video platforms like Dailymotion ...

New releases fill in the gaps in gaming

| Jun 25, 2016

New releases fill in the gaps in gaming

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A necessary evil “Resident Evil 7” was announced this month, but it won’t be available until January 2017. What’s a “Resident Evil” (“Biohazard” in Japan) fan to do until then? Luckily, to tide us over, Capcom is also releasing a remastered version of “Resident ...

Bright ideas for bookmarks, toys and apps

| Jun 18, 2016

Bright ideas for bookmarks, toys and apps

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Kyouei Design’s flashy bookmark The tech-savvy may prefer to read e-books from tablets these days, especially since one of the advantages is that the device is often backlit making it easier to see text in dim environments. Printed matter, however, never seems to lose ...

OkanoTV

| May 24, 2016

OkanoTV

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In a light-hearted yet informative way, YouTuber Chris Okano (known online as OkanoTV) gives viewers insight into many aspects of Japanese society and culture — from the usual guide videos to humorous takes on the more more left-field aspects of this country. Chris is a ...

Bright new things in Japan's gaming world

| May 21, 2016

Bright new things in Japan's gaming world

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Nintendo’s summer colors Over the years, Nintendo has released a slew of colors for its 3DS handhelds, so it’s easy to feel jaded and write new ones off as just another sales grab, but the upcoming Japan-only 3DS pop color combinations are definitely eye-catching. ...