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NEC fax machine PDFs incoming by email to your cellphone
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Read the full story Household | Internet | Wireless | WTF? 09:30 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Long ago, in the mists of time before email, a device called a facsimile machine once roamed the offices of the land before dying a swift death on a cold Thursday afternoon in early 1997. Except in Japan, that is, where domestic and office faxes alike are still evolving into something entirely new.

First iPhone muggings reported - and it hasn't even launched yet ...
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Read the full story Audio | Japan | Wireless | WTF? 09:24 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: apple fiction iphone

Reports from Japan say the first incident in a predicted wave of iPhone-centric street robberies has occurred a full two days before the US launch of Apple’s world-changing, famine-ending, disease-curing ‘Jesus phone’ that is destined to be all things to all men.

Networked drinks machines keeping the peace
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Read the full story GPS | Japan | R&D | Wireless | WTF? 08:51 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: osaka security vending machines

The largest city in western Japan has just seen the start of an unusual security trial that uses IC tags, GPS and drinks vending machines to make the streets a little safer.

Nostalgic Japanese schoolbag case for iPod shuffle
Friday, June 22, 2007
Read the full story Audio | Japan | WTF? 06:24 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Trading on nostalgia never hurt any company with an eye on the bottom line, which is obviously what Digital Cowboy had in mind when it created its ‘iPod shuffle Randoseru Carrying Case’ - a faux leather shuffle cover in the style of an elementary-school satchel.

Softbank helps drunks find missing cellphones, moms locate kids
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Read the full story GPS | Household | Japan | Wireless | WTF? 04:04 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Here in Japan, Softbank Mobile - the brand Vodafone Japan transformed into last year - is about to launch a service that will surely appeal to the nation’s legendary drunken Friday-night salarymen who seem to have a habit of leaving their phones anywhere but their pockets.

Say it ain't so: stick-on goatees for follicly challenged Japanese men
Friday, June 15, 2007
Read the full story Household | Japan | WTF? 06:48 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Everyone knows that when it comes to wasting money on unnecessary luxuries there’s gullible and then there’s plain stupid - you can be the judge on this one, as I’ve lost all sense of what passes for normal here in Japan.

China takes sledgehammer to Flickr's walnuts
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Read the full story Internet | WTF? 09:54 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: censorship china flickr

Following in the footsteps of Google is generally not a terribly bad idea, but when it comes to doing business in China, photo-sharing website Flickr is probably seeing things a little differently right now.

Undead Japanese gadgets provoking fear and loathing at 30,000 feet
Monday, June 11, 2007
Read the full story GPS | Japan | Transportation | Wireless | WTF? 09:04 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: airlines big brother paranoia safety

The tense security climate that airlines worldwide currently operate in is now bringing an unexpected technical challenge for both passengers and staff, as Japanese carriers have been finding out recently.

Internet umbrella gets mapping and snapping
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Read the full story GPS | R&D | Wireless | WTF? 09:22 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: google earth internet ubiquitous computing umbrellas

Among the oddest things we’ve seen in our tech travels round Japan is the internet umbrella built by two Tokyo students, Takashi Matsumoto and Sho Hashimoto. The device, which is currently hard to avoid in the Japanese media, combines several existing technologies to create a Blade Runner-style vision of a connected future.

Japanese MP3 player blasts out facials too
Friday, June 01, 2007
Read the full story Audio | Household | WTF? 04:52 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: crap facials minus ions mp3 negative ions

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Although Japan has a reputation as a pretty sophisticated high-tech wonderland, there’s no shortage of garbage products designed to appeal to the wallets of the gullible or the plain bored, so the latest bizarre gadget barely caused us to wrinkle an eyebrow.

Medical robot mimics obscure conditions, keeps students on toes
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Read the full story R&D | Robots | WTF? 04:20 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: medical robots wigs

That fine-looking android you see in the photo above may look a little rough and ready but don’t be fooled by appearances – it’s actually the world’s first fully symptomatic medical-condition simulator.

Coin-op drinks machines vend free with ads
Friday, May 11, 2007
Read the full story Displays | Japan | WTF? 01:33 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: advertising bargains vending machines

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If you thought commercialism of all sorts and advertising in general were pervasive in the West, then you’ve probably never been to Japan, where inducements to buy have been elevated to an art form.

Japan unlearns how to use computers
Monday, May 07, 2007
Read the full story Desktop PCs | Japan | WTF? 07:05 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: mixi yahoo

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When it comes to Japan, it’s commonplace to see a lot of drivel and preconceptions pushed as fact by ill-informed Western media, particularly when it comes to stories about technology and how it is used there.

Humping dogs are back and ready for a little USB lovin’
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Read the full story Toys | WTF? 02:06 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: bargains humping dogs usb

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Phew - Golden Week in Japan has been a scorcher but we’re back and ready to go again. Even better, so are the famous USB Humping Dogs you know and love.

Japanese quantum computer breakthrough heralds end of weak, fleshy humanity

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Quantum computers that manipulate subatomic particles to perform lightning-fast calculations came closer to reality recently when a Japanese team demonstrated that it had created a quantum circuit that could control the building blocks of atoms.

USB Humping Dog mod adds memory, eases hump
Monday, March 12, 2007
Read the full story Toys | WTF? 07:21 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: humping dogs

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DWT reader and electronics whizz Dan Gliebe has been kind enough to do us a quick how-to guide detailing a couple of improvements he made to his USB humping dogs recently.

USB Humping dogs in down ‘n durrty foursome
Friday, February 16, 2007
Read the full story Japan | Toys | WTF? 06:24 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: humping dogs

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Looks like YouTuber pireze has been up to no good with his USB Humping Dogs — just check out the sordid scene he’s coerced them into in the vid after the jump.

USB Humping Dog on sale here now!
Monday, December 18, 2006
Read the full story Toys | WTF? 05:44 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: humping dogs usb

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At Christmastime, what better way is there to spread peace and goodwill to all mankind than through the humanitarian deeds of the world-renowned USB Humping Dog?

World’s first battery-powered manned plane takes regular AAs
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Read the full story Japan | R&D | WTF? 07:39 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: aircraft batteries oxyride panasonic

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