China becomes No. 2 ad market in the world

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China will surpass Japan in total media spending this year.

Advertising in China, still developing compared to countries like the US and Japan, is beginning to catch up to the demand of consumer-facing companies looking to expand their reach among the world’s largest population and its growing buying power. eMarketer estimates that by the end of this year, ad spending in the China will increase enough to make the country the second-largest advertising market in the world.

 

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Japanese inventor develops world’s first flying sphere drone

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Engineer Fumiyuki Sato displays his spherical observation drone in Tokyo.

Advanced Defense Technology Centre Engineer Fumiyuki Sato, a Japanese defense researcher,  has invented a spherical observation drone that can fly down narrow alleys, hover on the spot, take off vertically and bounce along the ground.

 

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Creepy severed kid’s hand iPhone case

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Dokkiri (Kid’s) Hand Case for iPhone 4 

Products from Japan can get pretty weird and when you thought they couldn’t get any weirder they go and create the Dokkiri (Kid’s) Hand Case for iPhone 4. Even the product page, Strapya World, thinks this thing is crazy. (That’s like Bill Gates calling someone a nerd.)

 

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Tragedy in Japan May Be Most Globally Disruptive Natural Disaster in Modern Times

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An elderly woman cries  in the devastated town of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture.

There are events in history that sear themselves into the world’s collective imagination, and enter the realm where myth meets heartbreaking reality.

 

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LED Teeth Are the Latest Trend in Japan

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A man shows off his stick-on lights, a new idea in teeth fashion.

Technology and the height of fashion don’t often go hand-in-hand. Apple devices, smartphones, and PMPs may count as a fashion accessory, but the latest processor, fastest SSD, or a next-gen graphics card don’t. That hasn’t stopped the Japanese trying to think of novel ways to make certain components fashionable, though. While the well-known bits of a PC don’t fit the bill, those little LED lights that appear on most home electronics devices apparently do. (videos)

 

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Panasonic Ships Snowman 5,314 Miles to the Desert in a Cardboard Box

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A Bahraini girl named Amna al-Haddad, wanted her younger brother Saleh to see snow for the first time.

Using no refrigeration, a snowman made in Japan traveled 5,314 miles to the desert of Bahrain, surviving the journey in one piece. The feat was a nice test of Panasonic’s new vacuum insulation panels, called U-Vacua, and a clever stunt that produced squeals of joy from a bunch of Bahraini kids. (Video)

 

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