Mat Smith

Senior Editor
Mat once failed an audition to be the Milkybar Kid: an advert creation that pushed white chocolate on gluttonous British children. Two decades later, having repressed that early rejection, he completed a three-year teaching stint in Japan with help from world-class internet and a raft of bizarre DS titles. After a few weeks back in the UK, he's recently returned to Japan, heading up our coverage of a country that's obsessed with technology -- often in very unusual ways.

Articles by Mat Smith

04.07.16
Google puts money into cementing green energy standards in Asia
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Google puts money into cementing green energy standards in Asia

The company is giving seed funding to a non-profit that works to certify renewable energy.

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04.05.16
Japanese internet cafes' latest service is VR theater for one
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Japanese internet cafes' latest service is VR theater for one

'Attack On Titan' and 'Ghost In the Shell' VR content will debut on Gear VR hardware. And occasionally inside egg chair 'pods'.

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04.04.16
Huge data leak reveals the hidden wealth of the rich and famous
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Huge data leak reveals the hidden wealth of the rich and famous

'The Panama Papers' leak is 2.6 terabytes of data shedding light on offshore savings, tax havens and the people that profit from them.

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04.01.16
Unique white dwarf will help clarify what happens to dying stars
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Unique white dwarf will help clarify what happens to dying stars

With an atmosphere made of oxygen, it's the first of its kind. And a mystery.

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04.01.16
Verizon plans $20 upgrade fee, even if you paid for your new phone
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Verizon plans $20 upgrade fee, even if you paid for your new phone

Sprint and AT&T already do the same for users that change their phone.

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03.31.16
Trim this 3D-printed bonsai tree by hand, just like a real one
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Trim this 3D-printed bonsai tree by hand, just like a real one

Design house Nendo plans to bring boutique plastic bonsai to Japanese crowdfunding sites, then the world.

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03.31.16
Everything we learned at the 'Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV' event
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Everything we learned at the 'Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV' event

Anime series, figurines, chocobos, release dates, Florences, machines and more!

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