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Turn your smartphone into a telescope and take pictures of outer space with new device

Ever wished you could take pictures of the moon’s craters on your phone? Now there’s a way, thanks to a new smartphone telescope gadget!

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Finally! A music video portrait orientation, perfect for the smartphone age【Video】

This clever little video makes it seem like they’ve hacked your iPhone.

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Learn to mix drinks like a pro with the latest app from the series that was BANNED in Korea

The latest in the controversial drink-mixing visual novel app is now available.

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10 things foreigners in Japan notice about Japanese phone culture

Is Japanese smartphone culture really so different from other countries? Foreigners weigh in…

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11-year-old boy cuts off own finger in rage after being scolded for too much smartphone gaming

A simple squabble over the breakfast table turned into a scene from a horror movie for one family.

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Clever costume changes in SoftBank’s new Disney-themed, CG-free ad【Video】

Ninety seconds is all you need to reach the “happily ever after” ending of this super-cute video.
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Playing games while lying down a pain in the neck? Try this new Wearable HDMI Monitor!【Pics】

For those of us who don’t want a little thing like sleep getting in the way of our gaming.

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Thieving made easy! Japanese smartphone service lets you order duplicate keys by taking a photo

Breaking into people’s houses is a snap with this new app!

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Elementary school student’s “wish to become a smartphone” breaks Japanese internet’s heart

Get ready to break out the tissues for this one.

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Clever ad publicly shames commuters in real-time for “smartphone walking” in train station【Video】

A metro operator set up a monitoring device and announcement system to single out individual commuters caught using their smartphones while walking near escalators or passing trains.

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“World’s first washable smartphone” goes on sale in Japan accompanied by cheese-tastic ad【Video】

Foolishly allowed a sticky-fingered child to hold your phone? Have a crippling fear of germs and wish you could disinfect everything? Now there’s a smartphone you can wash with soap and water!

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Acquittal of attacker who was “stabbed by smartphone rays” draws anger online

A 41-year-old man was found not guilty of assault after claiming electromagnetic waves from a smartphone were stabbing his body.

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Protect your phone with new set of miniature Sailor Moon weapons and magical items

Now you can protect your smartphone with a new line of gorgeous Sailor Moon earphone jack accessories, featuring miniature magical items and weapons from the anime series.

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Man gets hand stuck in toilet trying to rescue his cell phone 【Video】

In this digital age, it’s hard to imagine life without technology at our every beck and call, our cell phones in particular. While smartphones have only been mainstream for a decade or so, most of us have a hard time remembering life before them, and would be hard-pressed to go a day without one.

But how far would you go to keep from losing your precious phone/lifeline? Would you run out into traffic? Jump into a frigid lake? Or, do as this guy did and stick your hand deep down into a toilet? If you would do the latter, just be sure you don’t get your arm stuck and require the fire department to come to your rescue.

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Evangelion SIM-free smartphones and life-sized figures on sale at 7-Eleven

Convenience stores around the world are known for stocking everyday items like toiletries, magazines, snacks and soft drinks.

But in Japan, the konbini is also a place to send and receive deliveries, buy movie and theatre tickets, and pick up a life-sized Eva doll and Evangelion SIM-free smartphone.

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Pico Cassette looks to keep cartridge games alive in a smartphone world

Music has all but gone entirely digital. Video rental stores are a critically endangered species. Even video games are steadily moving towards more online distribution. At this rate we’ll soon be welcoming the first generation to think sticking a piece of plastic into a machine for entertainment is as attractive an idea as rubbing two sticks together for fire.

Then again, isn’t there something intrinsic in humans to want to put a cartridge or disc into something for entertainment?

That’s not a rhetorical question. I really have no idea, but the makers of Pico Cassette are hoping so. This device will load video games both new and old into your smartphone by plugging into its headphone jack.

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Have you ever wondered what kind of smartphone Shaolin monks want?

Our rice-resurrecting Japanese writer Meg isn’t just one of our favorite writers, she’s also one of our globe-trotting writers! And while we’re always happy to hear from her, this report she filed from China has a particularly special place in our hearts because it’s from the Shaolin Temple in Hénán Province!

In addition to sightseeing, it seems that Meg also took the opportunity to chat with some of the Shaolin monks. So, what did Meg want to discuss with the ascetics she met? Did she ask them to accept her as a disciple or get them to teach her a special technique to defeat all her enemies? Or maybe asking them to tell her the secret to eternal life? Not quite…

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One for the ladies: MMORPG “Avabel Online” brings female gamers together

In Japan, playing video games isn’t really considered to be a “geeky”, boys’ hobby as much as it can be in the west. The rise of smartphone games in particular have made playing video games in public totally normal, and you’re just as likely to see a young, besuited salarywoman (virtual) button-mashing away on the train as you are a teenage boy.

This commercial for smartphone MMORPG Avabel Online shows what we mean! In it, a group of female friends (who are actually budding actresses who won a competition to be the promotional “faces” of the game), are shown playing together in various locations – a cafe, someone’s bedroom, and more. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also a pretty cool ad to watch.

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Become an official supporter of the Evangelion smartphone, going on sale this year!

Evangelion fans, rejoice! If you were wondering what more you could possibly add to you collection of EVA goods, you won’t have to wait much longer for the next must-have item – the Evangelion smartphone, which is scheduled to go on sale around the end of this year.

As if that weren’t exciting enough, you can also become an official “supporter” which will get you the latest, up-to-date information, plus a special gift.

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New Chinese smartphone game lets you bomb 15 major cities in Japan, but…

On 26 May, Chinese internet company NetEase announced the release of a new smartphone game titled The Great Tokyo Air Raid. The game allows you to pilot a bomber and drop ordnance on 14 of Japan’s most populated areas.

After completing a mission, the player is awarded points based on how many cities they have destroyed. The points will also come with a message such as “Thank you for your contribution to world peace!”

This is how the game is being reported in Japan at least. And while all of those facts are true, after playing through The Great Tokyo Air Raid myself, it’s actually only about a tenth as disconcerting as the media would have you believe.

…It’s still a little unsettling though.

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