Smartphones

Think kids spend too much time on smartphones? Clever Japanese tweet will make you think again

Infographic argues that today’s youth really isn’t so different from the pre-smartphone generation.

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Keep your smartphone safe in a pouch styled after Japanese Shinto/Buddhist protection amulets

Phone accessories come embroidered with declarations of protection against online flaming and low batteries.

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Want some canned Japanese idol air? Smartphone virtual crane game offering exactly that as prize

Here’s your chance to breathe the rarefied air of AKB48, Japan’s highest-flying idol mega group.

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Celebrate Dragon Quest’s 30th anniversary by suppressing slimes on your smartphone

The limited-time game has you and the rest of the world pitted against the franchise’s ooey-gooey mascot character–100 million of them, in fact! 

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VR anime girl app scratches as many otaku itches as possible while virtually cleaning your ears

Stare at a cute anime girl who’d be happy to get an eyeful of your earwax.

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Here’s how the awesome new Pokémon GO mobile game will look on your smartphone

Developers release new details about Pokémon gyms and team play.

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New smartphone game lets you date real-life J-pop idols, but shockingly gives them 100 Boyfriends

Nogizaka 46 romance simulator is an odd mix of daydream fantasy and unintentional cynicism.

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Pokémon is getting another smartphone game this spring, and it’s “figure”-based 【Video】

Leading Japanese AI developer collaborating on franchise’s second mobile title, in which you and your team of Pokémon have to think together.

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Indian cellphone company now taking preorders for their $4 smartphone

There’s only one problem: the factories that will make the phones haven’t been built yet.

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Tokyo’s busiest train stations have a new, free, English-compatible navigation app

Let your smartphone take the guesswork out of finding your way around Shinjuku and Tokyo Stations.

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Nintendo launches awesome, free Super Mario Wallpaper Maker website for PCs and smartphones

Want to try your hand at crafting Super Mario Maker screens, but don’t have a Wii U? Right this way!

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This hotplate from IKEA Taiwan works only once diners surrender their smartphones【Video】

This customer experience is blowing up all over social media, or it would be if anyone could get to their cell phones.

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Mikuture, the Hatsune Miku app that brings our favorite CG idol into all the pictures【Photos】

The Vocaloid star has been secretly hiding in your smart phone, just waiting for the right application to let her loose.

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Put your smartphone to bed in a cute Pikachu futon

Let your smartphone dream of electric rodents with this gorgeous new range of cosy futons.

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Traditional craftsmen create smartphone case fit for a legendary samurai warrior

It’s a modern-day sheath made in honour of the samurai known as the “Crimson Demon of War”.

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Developers assert that they were motivated by philanthropic sentiments to help roughly four out of every five women in the world.

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Ninja will murder you if you use your smartphone while walking, Japanese safety video warns

Because ninja always strike when you least expect them too.

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Why do Japanese gamers spend so much more money on mobile games than anyone else?

Japanese smartphone and tablet gamers spend a disproportionate amount of money on mobile games compared to the much larger mobile markets of North America and China, according to a new report from EEDAR – a video gaming analytics consultancy. This is despite the fact that the Japanese mobile gaming population is just a third of that of North America and a mere eighth of the Chinese gaming population.

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Smartphone smash Neko Atsume heads west, we talk to the localization team behind it【Interview】

As further proof that cats rule the Internet and humanity at large, the relaxed, mostly goal-less mobile app time waster, Neko Atsumewhich tasks players with simply collecting a bunch of cartoon cats and kind of just watching them do stuff—proved a massive success in Japan despite a distinctive lack of explosions, destruction and, er, constantly running from left to right that are the typical hallmark of successful mobile games.

In fact, the game is so popular among cat lovers (read: everyone) that the Japanese version of the game began trending abroad, even though the large majority of fans surely had to resort to Internet guides to make any sense of the Japanese kanji plastered all over the in-game menus and inventory.

Said fans were in for a great surprise, though, when last week, developer Hit-Point updated the game with full English support thanks to renowned localization agency 8-4. We had a chance to sit down with the 8-4 team and chat about the behind-the-scenes work that went into localizing the app for an English speaking audience.

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Indecisive Sailor Moon fan? New line of smartphone cases might be just what you’re looking for

This new batch of smartphone protectors features group shots of the Sailor Senshi drawn in a style that blends influences from both the Sailor Moon anime and manga.

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