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Toyota taking orders for Pink Crown in Japan during September

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Design, Transportation

Pink Toyota Crown Athlete G

If you're a fan of ridiculous pink cars, listen up! Toyota is taking pre-orders for the Pink Crown throughout the month of September over in Japan. What is a Pink Crown? It's a special edition of the Toyota Crown, where the outside is pink, and the interior quality design based on the keyword "pink surprise." The result is white leather seats with pink accents in a car that Toyota says has been designed for women. There are two versions--a hybrid 2WD, and a 2.5-liter 4WD:

  • Athlete G (Hybrid, 2WD) ¥6,000,000
  • Athlete G i-Four (2.5 liters gas vehicle, 4WD) ¥5,700,000

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WSJ: The iPhone 5 will support 4G LTE in multiple areas worldwide

iPhone 5 LTE

This afternoon, the WSJ is reporting that Apple's iPhone 5 will indeed support LTE. There's additional good news for frequent travelers:  it will support more LTE bands for global coverage throughout the United States, Europe, and Asian markets. Currently, Apple offers two flavors of LTE for the third generation iPad, which also runs on both Verizon and AT&T networks.

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Resident Evil 6 is Capcom’s largest scale game ever

Resident Evil 6

Ah, good old’ Resident Evil, what splendorous treasures have you brought us today? The Resident Evil franchise has always been an ambitious one. From its many movies to its glorious games, every zombie fan knows Resident Evil for it gory, buckets o’ blood, dramatic action-horror storytelling. Resident Evil 6 is no exception to these defining traits.

Executive producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi, director Eiichiro Sasaki, and producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi bring you this Resident Evil 6 game trailer and give their own personal opinions about the next game in the franchise. Kobayashi also adds that together with the 150 people working on the game in Japan, the total around the world is 600 - the most anyone has ever worked on any Capcom game in its history. Obviously Capcom is taking this game to the highest achievable level for its fans, which of course we can all appreciate.

Check out the Resident Evil 6 trailer after the jump.


Toyota Prius camper conversion

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: Mods / Hacks, Transportation

prius camper conversion

The Toyota Prius has become an icon in the hybrid world. From celebrities praising the second generation Prius, to Toyota growing a single car into a family of vehicles, the Prius has come a long way. Though, for some, it hasn’t come far enough. The Japanese conversion company Campinn has decided to take the Prius down the Frankenstein route.

The Prius Camper debuted at the Tokyo Auto Salon, consisting of one part Toyota Prius hatchback and one part truck camper. Made of fiber-reinforced plastic that extends the car’s length to 196 inches and its height to about 82 inches, it makes the Prius look as if it has a cancerous lump growing on it. The interior amenities are limited to a skylight, a sleeping area up top, and a convertible sofa bed on the bottom. Though I’m not sure how useful and versatile this thing is, people will now have the option of camping in a hybrid. However, the most convenient feature of the Prius camper is its back door, allowing the owner an escape while people laugh at the monstrosity.

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iBuypower auctioning ‘Ultimate’ gaming PC for Japan Relief

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: PC / Laptop, Video Games

Want to win a super-powerful desktop and help out those in Japan affected by the recent earthquakes and tsunamis? Boutique system vendor iBuypower, in collaboration with a number of major component manufacturers, is making that possible by auctioning off a top-tier gaming desktop, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Red Cross's Japan relief efforts.

The centerpiece of the system, and by far its most unusual component, is the Zalman GS1200, a full-tower case loaded with features ranging from plentiful fans to hot-swappable hard drives, tool-free installation, and more. The auction system is being built in the only GS1200 case in the United States.

Also present in the system will be two Zotac GeForce GTX 570 video cards in a Scalable Link Interface (SLI) configuration for top-speed video and 6GB of Kingston HyperX T1 RAM. IBuypower will construct and ship the computer, which will also come with lifetime tech support, a warranty covering three years labor and one year parts, and a selection of other "premiums," including t-shirts, backpacks, and other accessories.

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Apple will absorb extra costs to ensure timely shipments of iPad 2 parts from Japan

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Corporate News, Handhelds

iPad 2 parts

Apple is prepared to eat some extra costs from Japanese upstream component makers in order to avoid further shipping delays for the iPad 2.

According to a DigiTimes report, Japan has implemented a power brownout policy that is seriously hindering the production of upstream component makers in the country. However, Apple has agreed to absorb additional costs to ensure "smooth shipping" from the suppliers. In return, these Japanese companies are expected to see minimal negative affects on their profit margins.

AppleInsider pointed out an iSuppli report from earlier this month that said there are five key iPad components likely produced in Japan, including the device's battery, dynamic random access memory (DRAM), NAND flash, electronic compass, and the touch screen overlay glass.

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British Comics: Helping Japan & New Zealand

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Independent

Postman PratBritish cartoonist Lew Stringer (cartoonist for The Dandy) brings news of a new charity comic book "to help victims of the terrible recent, and ongoing, disasters in New Zealand and Japan."

Contributors already include Si Spencer & Glyn Dillon, Darick Robertson, Nick Abadzis, Peter Hogan & Adrian Bamforth, PJ Holden, Martin Eden, William Simpson, Cornelius Stone, Donna Barr and Lew Stringer.

Click the link for more details.

[Artwork: Postman Prat by Lew Stringer, © DC Thomson]


Five critical iPad 2 components at risk after Japanese earthquake

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Corporate News, Handhelds

iPad 2 japan quake

The effects of the Japanese earthquake may affect Apple's production of the iPad 2, according to market researcher IHS iSuppli.

The firm said it believes that Apple's iPad 2 uses components from several manufacturers affected by the earthquake, as well as the reactors in the area which workers are attempting to keep intact, if not functioning.

Apple representatives were not able to be contacted after hours. The company has already delayed the iPad 2 launch in Japan following the earthquake in Japan a week ago, which has not been rated magnitude 9.0 by the U.S. Geological Service. The iPad 2, which went on sale in the U.S. last Friday, was scheduled to launch in Japan on March 25.

iSuppli said it had identified five parts sourced from Japanese suppliers whose supplies may be affected by the quake: NAND flash from Toshiba, dynamic random access memory (DRAM) made by Elpida Memory, an electronic compass from AKM Semiconductor, the touch screen overlay glass likely from Asahi Glass Co. and the system battery from Apple Japan Inc.

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Helping Japan

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials

SendaiThe images and news reports coming out of Japan are absolutely heartbreaking.

If you’re an artist and would like to do something to help out, Wednesday’s Heroes has a way to contribute.

Craig at the site has started an art auction and he’s looking for donations from folks who want to participate. Details at the link. The Fraim Brothers, Mitch Byrd, Gene Colan, and Robert Pope already have stuff up with more to come.

Tom Spurgeon at The Comics Reporter has a number of related links to other ways you can help, along with announcements related to those affected by the crisis.

Robot 6 also has a nice round-up of helpful links.

Japan was a big help to the US following Hurricane Katrina and the US comics industry is very closely aligned with the Japanese manga industry, so if you can please lend a hand.

[Artwork: News photo of Sendai]


Apple delays iPad 2 launch in Japan

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Corporate News, Handhelds

iPad 2 japan delay

Given the destruction caused by the earthquake and subsequent tsunamis, Apple announced today that it will delay the release of the iPad 2 in the country.

"We are delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan while the country and our teams focus on recovering from the recent disaster," Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris confirmed.

The iPad 2 went on sale in the U.S. on March 11 and was scheduled to launch in more than two dozen additional countries, including Japan, on March 25. An 8.9-magnitude earthquake, however, hit northeast Japan on March 11, prompting devastating tsunamis that have wiped away entire towns and killed thousands.

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