Category Archives: SCI-TECH

Nintendo has sold 2.74M Switches, expects to sell around 10M next year

Nintendo has sold 2.74 million Switches to date, the first official number released by the company by way of its FY 2016 earnings report, released on Thursday. The total hardware units sold have also led to decent game sales – 5.46 million total across the library, but Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks to be the only real breakout hit for the console with 2.76 million Switch units sold,… Read More

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This might be your last chance to buy the NES Classic

Nintendo is discontinuing the NES Classic Edition. While this decision is still puzzling, you might still be looking to buy one before it disappears into the ether forever. Best Buy stores have some of the last units starting today. If you plan on buying one, I’d head to the closest Best Buy store right now as these units won’t be available on Best Buy’s website. Nintendo… Read More

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Yodobashi Camera - an Appliance Megastore

Apple Store, Yodobashi Akiba, Akihabara, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo.

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Yodobashi Camera is one of Japan’s biggest electronics and home appliance retail chains.

The Apple store in Yodobashi Akiba

There are 24 branches of Yodabashi Camera, about half of them in the greater Tokyo area, and the rest in big population centers throughout Japan, going as far north as Sapporo in Hokkaido and as far west as Hakata in Kyushu.

Cameras in Yodobashi Camera, Akihabara

Yodobashi Camera began in 1960 as a camera store, when a camera cost months and months worth of the average salary. Yodobashi Camera’s strategy was to open stores right next to major stations in the greater Tokyo area and to stock as many products as possible, rapidly expanding into home appliances in general. Yodobashi Camera is all about accessibility: accessibility to stores: near stations and open from 9:30am to 10pm, and accessibility to products, the range of which now covers pretty much everything.

Yodobashi Akiba Akihabara, Tokyo.
Yodobashi Akiba, Akihabara

This strategy very much paid off, and Yodobashi Camera is now a giant, especially in the Tokyo area where shopping for appliances almost necessitates a visit to Yodobashi …continue reading

    

Game over, man! The NES Classic is discontinued planet-wide

Well, it was fun while it lasted. The NES Classic Edition (it went by several names, but you know what I mean) was the must-have item of the holidays and pretty much ever since, owing to short supply of the compact retro gaming console. And Nintendo just confirmed that it was indeed ending production of the device in Europe, the last region they were still officially available. Read More

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Bridgestone announces airless tires for bicycles

bridgestone airless airfree tires bicycle

Bridgestone has announced the latest in its line of “airless tires” that do not require inflation, this time adapting the technology for bicycles.

The second generation of the Air Free Concept was first announced in 2013 as part of the manufacturer’s efforts towards reducing C02 emissions and moving towards 100% use of sustainable materials. But so far Bridgestone had only developed the technology for use with cars.

bridgestone airless airfree tires bicycle

bridgestone airless airfree tires bicycle

Now it has upgraded the concept for bicycles, which are a very common way to get around in Japanese cities. Following feasibility studies, the tires are expected to be released on the market commercially in 2019 — just in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Bridgestone’s press release says:

The “Air Free Concept” is a technology that eliminates the need for tires to be inflated with air to support the weight, using a unique structure of spokes stretching along the inner sides of tires. In addition, the resins that are used in the spokes and rubbers help realize more efficient use of resources.

Bridgestone Corporation and Bridgestone Cycle adapted the Air Free Concept to develop …continue reading