Poor old Japan is about to fall behind the UK in the global video game charts, with us lot finally spending more of our remaining cash on gaming than the Japanese - making the UK second only to the USA in how much cash we blow on various Halos and Mario Karts.
Figures released by UK sales-counter Chart-Track show that for the first five weeks of 2009 sales of games were up 37% in the UK, as kids spent their Christmas money on novelty Wii games like never before...
I've nothing against setting up a personal web server so that you can share files across the Internet, but I would recommend that you don't try and turn your iPhone into one.
Yes, there's a new application called [email protected] that will do just that. Assuming your iPhone is on, and is running that particular app, then anyone on the Internet can upload and download files to their heart's content...
Japan's birthrate is 1.34, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and that's too low. It needs to be 2.0 for the population to maintain itself. As a result, 22% of the population is 65 or older - the highest proportion in the world. All this is primarily due to the country's common 12-hour workday, which doesn't exactly assist procreation.
Well, to try and rectify the balance, Keidanren, a business group of 1300 major international corporations, has asked its members to let workers go home early to "spend time with their families", meaning 'have lots and lots of dirty sex'.
Canon's part of the group and will be letting its employees go home early at 5.30pm twice a week for that very reason. As well as helping the country's demographic problems, it also means that the company spends less on overtime payments, and employees are happier. Everyone wins.
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Just when you'd got the hang of telling the time on a variety of Tokyo Flash watches, along comes the EIN Cyber Heartbeat LED watch which enables you to make a fool of yourself in front of complete strangers who ask you the time as you try to decipher the heart monitor-like display...
Whoa - this is awesome. Supersize a simple bottle rocket, and strap it to a terrified-looking Japanese bloke. The most impressive thing? The science involved, neatly summarised by PopSci. In short, this bloke leaves the launchpad at over 200MPH, experiencing acceleration of approx 10gs! Don't try this at home, kids.
PopSci (via Digg)
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The innocent-looking foot massager above is no ordinary foot massager. It's a killer. Manufacturer Matoba Electric has the deaths of three people on its conscience, after each tried to use the Shape-up Roller 2 on their neck or shoulders.
It's a bit confusing, but the victims seem to have removed the device's cloth cover, but then got their collar stuck in the machine as it continued to rotate, putting pressure on their windpipe and leading to death from asphyxiation. The company has since issued an official warning and told people to RTFM, which clearly states not to remove the cover.
Matoba Electric (via Crunchgear)
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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the future. While you were in bed this morning, dreaming of Konnie Huq running in slow motion in the snow, LG were hard at work in Japan (where it's midday when it's 3am here) putting ridiculously futuristic technology on a mobile phone chip.
The tech is called LTE, which (doesn't really) stand for "the Long Term Evolution of 3GPP". It's basically the plans that the 3rd Generation Partnership Project has for the future of 3G and cellular broadband in general. Some people refer to it as 4G.
As if typing isn't a difficult and tiresome enough chore that only exists because voice and brain recognition technology is STILL rubbish, here's something to make it harder. The μTRON Keyboard. A keyboard that's been chopped up and rearranged. An invention that could halve office productivity over night.
The μTRON Keyboard comes in two pieces, with the space bar relegated...