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New Japanese app bribes you with free coffee for putting down your smartphone when driving 【Vid】

If you’d like more coffee and fewer traffic accidents in your life, this safe driving app is for you.

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Korean mobile game featured eerily similar gameplay to Pokémon Go…in 2011

Korean netizens unearth a Korean mobile game that seems to be a blatant ripoff of the wildly popular Pokémon Go, except it predates Niantic’s megahit by five years.

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“Long Live China!”: Chinese players hijack Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine Pokémon Go gym

Some Chinese Pokémon Go players have apparently teamed up to conquer the in-game gym located in Tokyo’s infamous Yasukuni Shrine.

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Pets get mouse ear makeovers thanks to trending app in Japan

The popular app is sweeping through the country, transforming dogs and cats into cute new creatures with round and furry mouse-style ears.

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The inevitable march of Pokemon Go clones continues as Korean publisher announces “Pororo Go”

The production house behind Korea’s hit kid’s show Pororo the Little Penguin recently announced a partnership with a developer to release an augmented reality game called Pororo Go.

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China creates its own version of Pokémon Go called “City Spirits Go”

China’s knock-off game has a number of surprisingly similar elements and characters that look weirdly like the originals from Pokémon Go.

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Always keep some cats hanging around with these Neko Atsume hanging cup figures

Decorate your drinks with this adorable Kitty Collector, six-figure set.

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Japan’s top 10 mobile games account for roughly half of the entire market’s revenue

Survey reveals unique traits of the Japanese mobile gaming market.

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Combining the new Pocky and “Teagurt” brings you kisses and the taste of cheesecake

These are just two of the reasons to love this awesome collaboration from Japan.

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Tokyo’s busiest train stations have a new, free, English-compatible navigation app

Let your smartphone take the guesswork out of finding your way around Shinjuku and Tokyo Stations.

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Is it acceptable to break up via instant message? Japanese men and women weigh in

As hugely popular instant messaging app LINE supplants most other forms of communication in Japan, a poll asks young Japanese people: Is it okay to break up with someone by IM?

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Mikuture, the Hatsune Miku app that brings our favorite CG idol into all the pictures【Photos】

The Vocaloid star has been secretly hiding in your smart phone, just waiting for the right application to let her loose.

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Hide stubborn iPhone apps with this handy trick

Tired of Apple’s standard apps clogging up your iPhone or iPad screen? This simple workaround can help!

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Developers assert that they were motivated by philanthropic sentiments to help roughly four out of every five women in the world.

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Smartphone smash Neko Atsume heads west, we talk to the localization team behind it【Interview】

As further proof that cats rule the Internet and humanity at large, the relaxed, mostly goal-less mobile app time waster, Neko Atsumewhich tasks players with simply collecting a bunch of cartoon cats and kind of just watching them do stuff—proved a massive success in Japan despite a distinctive lack of explosions, destruction and, er, constantly running from left to right that are the typical hallmark of successful mobile games.

In fact, the game is so popular among cat lovers (read: everyone) that the Japanese version of the game began trending abroad, even though the large majority of fans surely had to resort to Internet guides to make any sense of the Japanese kanji plastered all over the in-game menus and inventory.

Said fans were in for a great surprise, though, when last week, developer Hit-Point updated the game with full English support thanks to renowned localization agency 8-4. We had a chance to sit down with the 8-4 team and chat about the behind-the-scenes work that went into localizing the app for an English speaking audience.

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JINS MEME: Award winning glasses track your physical state and concentration levels

Thanks to the world of smartphones, we’re now able to connect to ourselves on a physical level in a way we never could before. Fitness apps and wearable devices like the Fitbit wristband allow us to monitor everything from the number of steps we take to our walking speed and heart rate.

While activity trackers usually take physical data from our wrists, Japanese eyewear brand JINS is taking a very different approach by monitoring not only our physical but also our mental state, with the new JINS MEME glasses. Using a number of built-in sensors to gather data from the eyes and body, now you can monitor everything from posture to alertness levels and find out how your body and mind “age” alters throughout the day.

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You can now turn your computer into a furry friend with this cat purr generator

Are you wishing you had a cat to cuddle up with, but for one reason or another you can’t? I understand that nothing can truly fill that furry void like the real purr-y thing, but you gotta make do with what you have, so here it is guys, the online purr generator, which allows you to create your own customized rumble-y purr, straight from your speakers!

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Square Enix to release Dragon Quest game exclusive to smartphones

Game developer Square Enix, renowned for its number of long-running Japanese RPG series, announced yesterday that a new, smartphone-only entry in the fabled Dragon Quest franchise will hit online stores sometime this year.

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Pursue romance with a gorilla in new dating sim “I Fell in Love Gorilla”

If you’ve ever looked at all the vanilla dating sims coming out of Japan and thought, “Man, I’d really like to give one of those dating sims a try. But my true romantic interests lie with gorillas,” then we have great news for you!

Gorilla Kareshi (oradorably, I Fell in Love Gorilla, in English, it seems) is just the dating sim for you! Not only does it feature a gorilla love interest, the gorilla is the only possible love interest in the game.

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Math-solving phone app is the quickest way to self-study, skip homework, and/or fail your tests

I think we can all agree that math is a pretty handy thing to understand, right? A basic concept of things like fractions and algebraic equivalents is what keeps us from getting taken advantage of by con men who make such tempting offers as trading two of their shiny monies (or even three!) for our one paper money when the latter is actually of greater value.

Still, basic math is all about following the proper procedures to arrive at the one true solution, which is why you don’t get partial credit for having the wrong answer on your math assignment just because you took a novel approach and wrote the numbers with nice penmanship. As such, you can program a machine to spit out the answer in a fraction of a second, and with a new smartphone app, all you have to do is snap a picture of the math problem, and let the app take over from there.

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