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Upgrade to iOS 5.1 and Never Know Your Real Battery Life Again?

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Now, replace your car and its gas tank with your iPhone and its battery pack. That's exactly what seems to be happening with the iOS 5.1 update to some users in Japan. The battery reading on the iPhone has become wildly unreliable, making huge jumps in percentage in a matter of moments.

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Bye Bye Barcode: Toshiba’s Supermarket Food Identity Scanner

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Barcodes? Who needs barcodes? A new scanner has been developed by Toshiba Tec that can recognize the various objects that you place in front of it, including a variety of produce.

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The Japanese Wrist-Mounted Finger Piano

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For those of you out there who love playing the piano and want to hone your skills wherever you are, there are a lot of smartphone apps. But what you see above is a new Japanese Wrist-Mounted Finger Piano which will give you an experience far better than playing on your phone’s touchscreen.

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Radiation Watch $46 Pocket Geiger Counter for iPhone

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Japan is still recovering from the meltdown, earthquake, and tsunami in Fukushima, so it makes sense that public fears over radiation are at an all time high. Whereas a more conventional Geiger counter could easily run you hundreds of dollars, the Pocket Geiger from Radiation Watch starts at just $46. The Pocket Geiger is an accessory for the iPhone and ...

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Space Elevator Concept From Japan

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Are you amazed after hearing about the travel distance of an elevator in the Burj Khalifa? Then get ready for this new concept from Tokyo-based construction company Obayashi Corp. The Japanese company has come out with their space elevator concept which involves constructing a space cable, which extends a quarter of the way to the moon from the Earth’s surface.

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Japan’s Tsunami Waterproof Fujitsu ARROWS Ultra Thin Android Smartphone

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If you have dropped your phone in the toilet, sink, swimming pool, or pond, you're going to love Fujitsu. The device in the photo above is being is a new waterproof smartphone from Fujitsu, dubbed the ARROWS ES IS12F.

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Japanese Vending Machines By Asahi Dish Out Free Wi-Fi

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It's not just about Coke and Sprite, because you also get a range of iced coffees, iced teas, Calpis, and more. Now, it turns out that the "and more" with Asahi Soft Drinks vending machines refers to the inclusion of complimentary Wi-Fi.

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Toyota Aqua: The Even More Compact Hybrid Commuter Car

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This is Toyota's smallest hybrid offering on the market and it is said to get 35.4 km per liter; that works out to about 83MPG or 2.8L/100km. That's better than its Prius stablemate, which "only" gets 32.6 km per liter.

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Anti-Theft Car Seat Identifies Driver With 360 Sensors

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If someone steals your car remote, they can get in, start your car, and drive off with it. There has to be a better way to protect your vehicle from theft and that's exactly why some researchers in Japan have come up with a way to use your butt as a protective measure.

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The Blue LED In Your Nose That Pulses When You Breathe (Video)

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I don't really understand why you'd want to do this, but I don't really understand a lot of that whole "body modification" kind of thing to begin with. At least this is totally temporary. In the video below, you can see Noda Akira showing off his latest creation: a blue LED that you stick up your nostril and it will respond to your breathing by lighting up.

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Google Street View Adds Time Machine: Japan’s Visual Tsunami Timeline

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Google's mobile vehicles drove 44,000 km to make panoramic 360 degrees images of areas in Northeastern Japan that were affected by the March 11, 2011 Tsunami.

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Sharp At It Again With Overpriced Galapagos Tablet

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It seems like every time I turn around a less-than-popular electronics vendor is attempting to boost their sales through the creation of a tablet. In the United States, the company Sharp would qualify as one of these less than popular vendors, although its tablet line is aimed instead at the Japanese market.

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Special NTT DoCoMo smartphone jackets measure radiation and more

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The first of these is meant to measure radiation, for example, giving you a head's up if your head is taking in a few too many gamma rays.

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Gingerbread-powered Sony NW-Z1000 Walkman challenges iPod touch

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Not everyone needs the "phone" part of a smartphone and that's why devices like the iPod touch exist. What if you'd prefer to align yourself with the Google side? Sony is doing just that by releasing the company's first ever Android-powered Walkman media player. Here is the Sony NW-Z1000.

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Stay cool with Kuchofuku air-conditioned work shirt

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The Kuchofuku air conditioned shirt looks like the everyday garb of any old salaryman, but hidden inside are dual fans that provide you with a constant stream of cool air. The fans blow from 12L/s to 20L/s, depending on whether you choose the strong or weak setting. It is a polyester shirt, though, so I imagine it doesn't "breathe" all that well. Maybe that's the point: to keep the cool air in and the hot air out.

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