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Special Device Help Prevent Suddent Infant Death

Special Device Help Prevent Suddent Infant Death

Researchers from Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin has developed a new breathing sensor system that help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This syst...

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University Installs Grass Lawn in School Library

University Installs Grass Lawn in School Library

Cornell University has built a grass lawn inside their school library as a part of a project of their institution's Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. The department is currently conducting a r...

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Wash Your Clothes in a Portable Washing Machine [Video]

Wash Your Clothes in a Portable Washing Machine [Video]

Meet, the Scrubba, a portable washing machine, in form of a bag. This wash bag, allows people to do their laundry, on-the-go. The Scrubba is a lightweight, foldable bag that features small nodules to help sc...

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Fart-Deodorizing Underwear Sold in Japan

Fart-Deodorizing Underwear Sold in Japan

Thanks to Japan's new invention, the Deoest underwear, extreme farters can now release their foul smelling gas and prevent people near them from fainting. It is a fart-deodorizing underwear, created by Profe...

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Dollar Spikes Against Yen

Written on August 04, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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Just 18 hours after Switzerland announced its interest rate cut, US dollar made an instant spike against Yen.

At 3:00 AM ET last Wednesday, Switzerland announced an interest rate cut in order to cool the Swiss Franc. Then 18 hours later, Japan – which is crushed by a surging currency – made its move. Or so it seems.

As indicated by the chart posted below, the US Dollar just made a very unnatural instant spike against Yen.

With Financial Minister Noda talking about the unusual strength of Yen, this likely coming has been in the cards for the wire.

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Russel Brand Gets Deported in Japan

Written on May 24, 2011 by R. Depp

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Russel Brand gets deported in Japan when he visits the country to watch wife, Katy Perry, perform.

Russel Brand went to Japan to see wife, Katy Perry, perform. Apparently, he was not welcomed by the Japanese authorities. According to Katy Perry’s tweet early Sunday morning, she went from elation to being there to something less than that just a few hours later.

Russel Brand for his part, just brushes the event off and used his trademark humour.

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US Stocks Hypes Up due to Afternoon Boost

Written on March 24, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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U.S. stocks finished higher Wednesday. Thanks to a late-day advance, as investors shrugged off jitters about turmoil in the Middle East and Japan's nuclear issues.

With investors shrugging off jitters about the Middle East turmoil and nuclear issues in Japan, the US stocks finished higher last Wednesday due to a late-afternoon boost. Dow Jones closed 67 points higher, while S&P and Nasdaq gained 4 and 14 points respectively. On other hand, the Bank of America is the worst performer on the blue-chip index. According to them, they need to revise their dividend plan after the Fed rejected their initial proposal.

Traders spent most of Wednesday – and the sessions before that – on the sidelines, as global concerns linger. But with lack of any significant developments, they tip-toe their way back into the market later in the afternoon. According to KDV Wealth Management Vice President, Paul Radeke:

“We’ve been watching for more news out of Japan and the Middle East, but there’s not much new information, so that’s improving some confidence. There’s a lot of pent-up demand, and a lack of further bad news will lift the market.”

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Charity Games Top App Store Charts

Written on March 23, 2011 by B Waldorf

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Big blessings always come to those who share their big hearts, and top apps are not an exception.

Due to the unfortunate event that happened this past week to Japan, people are looking for the most practical ways to extend help. One of them is having for-a-cause purchases.

That said, PopCap, Sega, and Capcom extended some help to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan by donating the proceeds of each paid app under their name.

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Japan Earthquake Victims Reconnect with Loved One Through Social Media

Written on March 15, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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After the cataclysmic earthquake and tsunami, the Internet still plays a pivotal role of pacifying the hearts of the people who have relatives in Japan.

Though an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan last Friday, online services were still intact afterwards. According to a blog posted by an Internet monitoring company, Renesys, while the earthquake knocked out the electricity supplies and two nuclear power plants in Japan, the Internet availability remains unaffected.

With the Internet connection spared from the earthquake and tsunami, citizens of Japan continued to be in contact with their loved ones through SMS and Social Media. In addition to this, Google People Finder and Red Cross’ Family Links were also available in order to make their whereabouts and conditions known.

But more than anything else, the people of Japan used their social media accounts to connect with their loved ones. In fact, tweets skyrocketed to 1,200 per minute just an hour after the earthquake. Facebook even made an illustrative status update, showing Japan’s activity on Facebook during that day. If you’re still not convinced of what social media can do, check out the Facebook Stories page.

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Japanese Economy Plunges After the Earthquake

Written on March 14, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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After an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan last Friday, the country's economy is now on a fragile state.

The Japanese stock market went to a drop last Monday, after an 8.8 magnitude earthquake and Tsunami hit the country on Friday. Due to economic impact of last week’s disaster, benchmark Nikkei 225 stock average fell to 9,666.64 points.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is expected to drop double digits with its malfunctioning nuclear reactors and power shortage. Investors also dumped shares over concerns about economic production and consumption, making export stocks register a staggering loss. In addition to this, automobile manufacturers like Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co., and Honda Motor Co. suspended production at all auto plants in Japan. Insurance companies, including Tokio Marine Holdings Inc., also acquired sharp drops by 16 percent. Japan’s biggest clothing store, Fast Retailing Co., lost 4.7 percent, while Cosmo Oil plummeted to 25.6 percent.

On a positive note, industrial and material companies like Kojima Corp. rose on expectations to benefit from the country’s rebuilding efforts. The Bank of Japan put in seven billion yen into money markets, defending the already frail economy. That way, the central bank hopes that other financial institutions will continue lending money to meet the anticipated demands for post-earthquake funds.

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Nintendo 3DS, Sold Out in Japan

Written on February 28, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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The Nintendo 3DS launch in Japan is exactly one month away for those in North America. But for an initial release, the gaming platform is already a sold out.

The Nintendo 3DS which made its launch in Japan last Saturday is definitely a sold out. However, most of them were pre-orders only. Still, there are some stores in Japan with the same-day units that drew the line up to 1,000. The stocks ran out fast by 9:00 in the morning, so most people were out of luck.

Good thing, Nintendo officially announced that it will ship 1.5 million units to Japanese shops by March 31.

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China Lands No. 2 in World Economy

Written on February 14, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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Move over Japan! China is now the second largest economy in the world.

Last Monday, China took the no. 2 spot in the world’s largest economy as the country released a GDP figure of $5.88 trillion for 2010. This makes Japan drop to no. 3 at $5.47 trillion — thanks to China’s speed in manufacturing growth.

This manufacturing growth is due to China’s expanded domestic industries and infrastructure, driven by a surge in exports. In addition to this, multinational corporation also took advantage of the low labor cost by expanding their business in the country. With continuous and steady growth, the Japanese government predicts that China will outdone US as the world’s largest economy in less than 20 years.

Does this mean that the land of the Sleeping Dragon is finally awaken?

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Sayonara to Freedom of Speech in Tokyo?

Written on December 13, 2010 by Chris Martin

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Tokyo legislation recently passed a bill that might jeopardize the freedom of speech video games, manga, and anime producers have. The issue has been going on since the start of 2010, and this new bill just fanned the flames.

Dan Kunimitsu, a famous Japanese blogger expressed that the current legislation is not a “ban per se”, but it does limit a company to produce materials that are harmful to those under 18 years-old. Unlike in the U.S., where distributors are the ones under pressure and subject to penalty, not the producers.

What’s odd about this new act by the government is that the legislation specifically restricts anime, manga and video games but doesn’t transcend to novels, movies, or television shows. A little unfair considering that the latter are also easily accessed by minors. Tokyo government tries to calm the storm as they explain through The Mainichi Daily News, “only manga and animation that glorifies or exaggerates illegal sexual acts will be subject to the regulations, and freedom of expression will not be violated.”

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3D Invasion: Konami’s Road Fighters 3D

Written on September 29, 2010 by B Waldorf

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The 3D phenomenon conquered almost everything. Now, it rekindles Arcade's lost fire by making a 3D game. We're sure that your gaming skills will be re-ignited with this one.

Japan, whose arcade business is truly unstoppable, has made developemnts that will excite every gamer. Konami has announced the debut of the Road Fighters 3D. It’s a complete 3D arcade game, with 3D glasses and the actual 3D itself.

“One of the most thrilling arcade racing experiences on the planet,” according to a source.

It will also serve as an online multiplayer mode and it is incorporated with Konami’s PASELI digital cash system so you don’t have to worry about anything. This complete element will hit Japan by the end of this month.

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