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New Google reference app helps developers build multi-screen apps

With the recent introduction of Android Wear, Android TV and Android Auto, Google is expanding its ecosystem to as many screen sizes as possible. With all of the new screen sizes now on the Android platform, the company is urging developers to create the best looking applications as possible, no …

8 Great Free Apps for Studying Japanese

Smartphones. Almost a necessity in modern life – and a divisive one at that. With constant notifications, we are so easily dragged out of present …

Google Finally Adds Critical Feature To Android 5.1

Google has officially launched Android 5.1 with some bug fixes and new features.<p>Android 5.1 has already been rolled out to entry-level Android One devices in developing markets (although it was never directly confirmed), and now Google has officially launched the update to everyone else. The new …

How to move Google Authenticator to a new device

Two-step verification is no longer optional; with database leaks containing login info occurring on a regular basis, you should use two-step verification on any and all online services that offer it. With that protection, anyone trying to break into your account would need both your password and …

Only in Japan: Flip phones of yesteryear outstrip growth rate of smartphones

This makes sense, when you consider how long the Japanese have had to endure a zero growth environment and constantly tighten their belts amidst …

Japan's Advanced Underground Bike Parking System

With the aim of bringing more convenience to the public in one of the world’s most densely<p>With the aim of bringing more convenience to the public in …

11 Japanese customs that are shocking to foreign travelers

Japan has a unique culture with a very strict code of etiquette.<p>There are specific ways to eat noodles, good practices for accepting gifts, and certain rules to follow to avoid insulting a host.<p>This complex web of social rules and traditions can be overwhelming for those traveling to Japan, so we …

Japan

Apple Who? Flip Phones Are Making A Major Comeback In Japan

Buying a flip phone today is a rarity here in America. Most providers don’t even offer a smart phone as a free incentive to sign a contract anymore, and those who still use classic flip phones are seen as on the fringe or old hat. Smart phones rule the day and almost everybody, whether they need it …

The best tabletop RPGs of 2014, finalists from Board Game Geek

The folks at BoardGameGeek.com aren't just fans of board games. They're also rabid tabletop role-playing fans. As part of their annual Golden Geek Awards, the community has voted on their picks for the best RPGs of 2014. Fans of video games, and those who make them, should take a look at the exotic …

The 20 best board games of 2014, finalists from Board Game Geek

The community at BoardGameGeek.com, known hobby games tastemakers, have announced this year's nominees for board game of the year. If you're a fan of the hobby, or interested in learning more, this is a great place to start.<p>BoardGameGeek is a massively popular gaming resource and online community, …

The top 10 rural regions of Japan that Tokyo residents would like to move to

There’s a widespread belief in Japan that if you want to achieve educational or economic success, you come to Tokyo. As a matter of fact, it’s such a …

Japan's freshest food (and where to find it)

Shrinking the distance from food source to plate is a trend that is catching on globally. Japan is obsessed with eating – its famous national cuisine (known as <i>washoku</i>) is one of the few in the world to have been recognised by Unesco as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.<p>And while its local …

Instant’s New Android App Lets You Track Just About Anything

Quantified-self enthusiasts – those who are somewhat obsessed with using technology to better understand themselves, their daily habits and personal trends – have been fortunate to have a wide variety of niche apps to choose from for measuring everything from athletic activity, to travel time, and …

Apps

Terra Formars Live-Action Film to Open in 2016

The live-action film adaptation of Kenichi Tachibana and Yū Sasuga's science-fiction manga <i>Terra Formars</i> will open in Japan in 2016. Pre-production …

The 10 Sexiest Places In The World Are Exactly Where You Think They Would Be

We already knew that the <b>sexiest men</b> in the world are from Australia, and the <b>sexiest women</b> in the world are from Brazil. And the best place to <b>wander around naked</b>? That ranges from St. Tropez, France to Rovinj, Croatia -- depending on what you're looking for.<p>But after viewing Expedia's new "Expedia …

Top 10

This Is The Closest, Undiscovered Tropical Island You Should Be On Right Now

Are you dreaming of sipping daiquiris on a tropical island far, far away?<p>Us, too.<p>But while you may not have the luxury of escaping to an exotic paradise on the other side of the world, we do have some good news for you: There's a tropical island near you -- it's just waiting for you to notice …

12 Tiny Tabletop Terrariums You Can DIY

12 Things I Love about Living in Japan

I like living in Japan. I don’t plan to spend the rest of my life here, but there are several distinct advantages to living in Japan as opposed to …

Tastes of Japan – top dishes for visitors to try

There's much more than sushi for adventurous Britons in Tokyo, explains one long-term expat – just skip the McDonald's squid burger<p>“Guess what I saw being sold in McDonald's this morning”, says Richard, as we three expat friends gathered underneath the arches of Shimbashi station in Tokyo. “An …

16 Noodle Soup Recipes to Slurp Your Way Through All Winter

Here are 16 noodle soups to make for dinner tonight and every night.<p><b>It's cold, and you could use a pick-me-up.</b> Like, say, a steaming bowl of tender noodles, meat, and vegetables floating in hot broth. Here are 16 noodle soups to make for dinner tonight and every night. Spoons optional.

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McDonald's Is Releasing a Crab Burger in Japan

Does Sponge Bob know? Should we tell him? Say hello to McDonald's Crab Croquette Burger.<p>According to <i>Model Press</i>, the burger's croquette is made with …

Photos of colorful Tokyo

<b>Kevin Kelly</b> searches for maximum vibrancy in Tokyo<p>The Nakasendo is an old road in Japan that connects Kyoto to Tokyo. It was once a major foot …

Assassin's Creed Unity on PC gets some graphics 'optimizations' from Nvidia cards

A new video of <i>Assassin's Creed Unity</i>'s PC version shows what graphical perks Nvidia graphics cards will bring to the game, provided your personal computer is up to the task of running it.<p>Ubisoft highlights some GeForce GTX-specific features in the above video, including HBAO+, horizon based ambient …

How to Fund Your Travel Lifestyle

The biggest excuse for not traveling more often is because we think we don't have enough money.<p>Chances are slim that you'll win the lottery, strike it rich in a hot technology IPO, or have trust funds waiting for you to cash in. Most of us are in the grind of earning and burning with no end in …

Personal Finance

Nintendo's 3DS software finally gets a new look with custom themes

You can replace your Nintendo 3DS' outer hull anytime you want (provided you're willing to buy a new system), but that system menu has always been that same void of transparent white space. Not anymore. The handheld's latest update (much like the PS Vita's from last week) gifts the 3DS with five …

'Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor' Review: First Impressions

<i>This is an ongoing multi-part review of Monolith’s ‘Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.’ You can read Part Two here.</i><p><i>Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor</i> will not escape comparisons to <i>Assassin’s Creed.</i> The game borrows heavily on Ubisoft’s flagship franchise, and as Talion the Ranger you’ll parkour through …

Japan's economy shrinks 1.8% in the three months to June

<b>Japan's economy shrank 1.8% in the April-to-June period, worse than forecast and raising more questions about the government's economic policy.</b><p>The official data confirmed that the world's third largest economy suffered its sharpest quarterly contraction since the 2011 earthquake disaster.<p>On an …

Economy

Someone beat Dark Souls using a Rock Band guitar controller

The act of simply completing <i>Dark Souls</i>, the notoriously difficult action role-playing game by From Software, is for many players an impressive accomplishment in and of itself. But player Benjamin "Bearzly" Gwin took the <i>Dark Souls</i> challenge to another level: He beat the game using nothing but a <i>Rock</i> …