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Don't worry, the gruesome image (above) of SoftBank's Pepper isn't part of Elon Musk's robot takedown plan. It's actually a teardown by Japanese website Nikkei showing exactly what makes the emotion sensing 'bot tick. The head came off the body easily enough, but Pepper probably won't get an "easi...

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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said mergers and acquisitions are an option for turning the company's fortunes around in a Nikkei interview. Iwata said the company "should abandon old assumptions about our businesses. We are considering M&As as an option. For this reason, we'll step up share bu...

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Yes, it's futuristic, but that ponderous trickle of energy from base station to device isn't great for impatient types. Sony, however, thinks that it's solved the problem of slow wireless charging with its latest invention. The new unit, based on a forthcoming version of the Qi standard, promises...

October 18th 2013 at 7:07am 0 Comments
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While we've heard rumors of the death of plasmas before, Japanese business paper The Nikkei is reporting that Panasonic may stop using the technology in fiscal 2014. Without citing sources, it claims Panasonic will shut down production at its main Amagasaki plant, reducing production gradually to...

March 17th 2013 at 9:49pm 0 Comments
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According to a Nikkei report sourced to an unnamed Sony Computer Entertainment employee, the PlayStation 4 will have "new playing options" as its primary selling point, rather than its hardware specs. It sounds very Nintendo-like on a broad scale, but somewhat different in execution, as those new p...

February 8th 2013 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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If it feels like we've heard about Amazon's intention to punch through the Japanese wall with Kindle before, it's because we have. However, if a new report on Reuters via The Nikkei is to be believed, it could finally be getting closer. It's said that the internet retailer had planned to launch i...

September 22nd 2012 at 11:36am 0 Comments
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Nikkei, a Japanese newspaper with a penchant for correctly reporting Nintendo-related news before its official announcement, is reporting that Nintendo is planning a version of the 3DS with a larger 4.3-inch top screen. This "3DS XL" type system, if (Andriasang's writeup of) Nikkei's report is accu...

June 4th 2012 at 6:25pm 0 Comments
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The iPad, iPhone and other Apple products have become so popular in Japan that Apple is now Japan's top consumer brand. Just three years ago, Apple was barely visible in the #64 spot in Nikkei's annual brand ranking. Last year, Apple had made it to 11th place, and this year the company skyroc...

March 30th 2012 at 3:30pm 0 Comments
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Back in the summer of 2010, a tantalizing prospect came up: Seaman on the 3DS. It was teased by Yoot Saito, the creator of the Dreamcast original, and since then we've been all about it. We've been so about it.According to a report from Japanese news outlet Nikkei Inc. (via Andriasang), Seaman is t...

February 20th 2012 at 5:00pm 0 Comments