The Japanese smartphone application and artificial intelligence engine SELF, which features a highly-detailed female robot named Ai Furuse, has just added upgraded conversation functionality, promising, “communication close to that of a real girlfriend or partner.”
Too tipsy to type? One tap will find the way home for you, plus tell you how much time you’ve got before your night out becomes an all-nighter.
We try out the new system at a high-tech digital vending machine in Tokyo.
Transform the app into an environment perfect for Clow Cards and our heroine, Sakura.
This quick tutorial proves you don’t need large screens and fancy tablets to create amazing digital artworks.
If you’d like more coffee and fewer traffic accidents in your life, this safe driving app is for you.
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.
Some Chinese Pokémon Go players have apparently teamed up to conquer the in-game gym located in Tokyo’s infamous Yasukuni Shrine.
The popular app is sweeping through the country, transforming dogs and cats into cute new creatures with round and furry mouse-style ears.
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.
China’s knock-off game has a number of surprisingly similar elements and characters that look weirdly like the originals from Pokémon Go.
Decorate your drinks with this adorable Kitty Collector, six-figure set.
Survey reveals unique traits of the Japanese mobile gaming market.
These are just two of the reasons to love this awesome collaboration from Japan.
Let your smartphone take the guesswork out of finding your way around Shinjuku and Tokyo Stations.
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?
The Vocaloid star has been secretly hiding in your smart phone, just waiting for the right application to let her loose.
Tired of Apple’s standard apps clogging up your iPhone or iPad screen? This simple workaround can help!
Developers assert that they were motivated by philanthropic sentiments to help roughly four out of every five women in the world.
As further proof that cats rule the Internet and humanity at large, the relaxed, mostly goal-less mobile app time waster, Neko Atsume—which 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.