I started off liking the HTC One. Now, having used it as my only camera while on holiday in Japan this past week, I’m in love with it. HTC has a whole lot riding on the One this year, and one of the more contentious features is the Zoe photography system, blending stills and short
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Tokyo's subways will soon offer a new mobile app with free Wi-Fi access, then track if the information it provides changes passenger habits.
TechCrunch’s Japan office is bringing together folks from the local and West Coast’s startup communities this Thursday for an all-day event in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills area.
Doors open at 10 a.m. and a half-hour later, we’ll have the COO of Yahoo! Japan Kentaro Kawabe speaking, followed by Mixi CEO Kenji Kasahara then Uber’s Travis Kalanick. There will also be a session on growth hacking and a startup competition. Alexia Tsotsis and I are also in town exploring the Japanese startup scene, and cat cafes, so if you’re a Japanese startup looking for connections to a more global audience, come by.
A Tokyo court ruled Friday that Samsung did not infringe an Apple patent in a locally filed lawsuit, a minor victory for Samsung in the ongoing legal battles between the two companies.
University of Tokyo builds a soap bubble 3D screen, guarantees your display stays squeaky clean (video)
There are waterfall screens, but what if you’d like your display to be a little more… pristine? Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a display that hits soap bubbles with ultrasonic sound to change the surface. At a minimum, it can change how light glances off the soap film to produce the image. It gets truly creative when taking advantage of the soap’s properties: a single screen is enough to alter the texture of a 2D image, and multiple screens in tandem can create what amounts to a slightly sticky hologram. As the soap is made out of sturdy colloids rather than the easily-burst mixture we all knew as kids, users won’t have to worry about an overly touch-happy colleague popping a business presentation. There’s a video preview of the technology after the jump; we’re promised a closer look at the technology during the SIGGRAPH expo in August, but we don’t yet know how many years it will take to find sudsy screens in the wild.
If you’d been by the shore of the Sumida River in central Tokyo this past weekend, you would have noticed that it was glowing a distinct shade of blue. That’s because Panasonic decided to kick off the first-ever Tokyo Hotaru (fireflies) festival by sending 100,000 EVERLED light bulbs down the river, both to mimic fireflies as well as to pay homage to a Japanese tradition of floating candles on the water. Before you cringe too much at the thought of the environmental impact, rest assured that Panasonic minimized the footprint of its aquatic LED parade. All the bulbs ran on solar power (presumably, charged during the day) that kept Evolta batteries fed inside, and the entire lot was scooped up in a large net afterwards. We love the exhibition as a large-scale demo of sustainable lighting — you may just want to avoid fishing along the Sumida’s shoreline for awhile in case you catch a straggler.
Mark Zuckerberg’s surprise visit with Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda came as his Facebook enjoys a belated boom in the world’s third-largest economy.
Hundreds lined up in Tokyo, some for a day and a half, for a chance to buy Apple's new iPad early Friday.
A robot costume made of old iMac parts recently surfaced in China. Or was it Japan? That depends on who you believe.
Japan suffered an earthquake and tsunami last year, devastating its automotive business, but the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show is an example of the country bouncing back, with new concepts and tech initiatives highlighting the industry’s resurgence.
TechCrunch Japan organized TechCrunch Tokyo 2011 [JP] on Tuesday, a one-day event that attracted a total of 600 people (and will hopefully be organized next year again, possibly as TechCrunch Disrupt Tokyo). The crowd was a mix of people from the local web and mobile industry, Asia, and the US (including TechCrunch’s very own Erick Schonfeld who came to Japan for the first time in ten years).
Apart from presentations and panel discussions (which can be watched here), a few hours of the program were reserved for a total of ten Japanese and one Korean startup to to demo their services on-s
Honda has unveiled its futuristic-looking electric concept roadster called the EV-STER just a few days ahead of the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show set to take place from December 3 through December 11. We’ve seen some very Tron-inspired renderings of the vehicle earlier this month, but now we get photos of the real thing along with [...]
Honda will be occupying the largest booth at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show and it’s got plenty of production and concept vehicles to fill up all that space. The company released a preview of its entire lineup today, which includes several automobiles and motorocycles as well as home power generation technology. Two electric vehicle concepts [...]
Honda fans, hope you’re down for some last-minute tickets to Japan, as the automaker plans to release not one, but seven (!) stunning concepts at the upcoming Tokyo Motor show. Ranging from plug-in hybrids to electric motorcycles, we’re most stoked about the Small Sports EV — a dashing two-seat roadster that reminds us stylistically of BMW’s i8. Details are light, but Honda promises that it’ll be fun to drive, yet also achieve “excellent environmental performance.” Alongside it is the plug-in hybrid AC-X, which looks like an LED-ridden redux of the lease-only FCX. And finally, there’s the Micro Commuter concept, which despite looking the least production-ready of the three, gets kudos for having a dedicated spot to load the accompanying Motor Compo EV motorcycle. Not much else to report on all seven this far out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ogle at photos of these three and their motorcycle brethren at the links below.
News of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs reached Japan on Thursday, as manufacturers hawked their latest iPad and MacBook clones at a giant trade show outside of Tokyo.
All good things must come to an end, and likewise with this year’s Tokyo Game Show which wrapped up yesterday. Despite the PS Vita’s dominance and the lack of newly-announced hero hardware at the show, we were still able to keep ourselves entertained with the odd peripherals here and there, alongside some very interesting exhibits both at TGS and the Amusement Machine Show next door — head past the break to humor yourselves. Alternatively, feel free to catch up on our TGS coverage while you’re here (we have a list after the break as well), and don’t forget to check out our awesome buddies over at Joystiq for even more gaming news.
Gallery: Tokyo Game Show 2011 wrap-up