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Japanese Vending Machines Puts Faces in Your Coffee

"If the number of Starbucks stores around the world is an indicator of anything, it's that the people must have their coffee. Some people like their coffee black, others like it with sugar and or creamer, but apparently some people in Japan prefer their coffee with a face staring back at them. At the Yojiya Cafe coffeehouses located throughout Japan, baristas are trained to create an iconic face on the top of customers' coffee. Even more surprising is the fact that there is now a vending machine that does the exact same thing."

HP Japan gets AKB48 to promote PCs as “HP Support Angels”

"Forget about other brands if you a AKB48 fan. HP Japan, together with AKB48 is launching a campaign to promote their PCs as HP Support Angels. Join Oshima Yuko and eight other AKB48 girls as they share with you interesting aspects of having a HP PC or notebook, powered by Intel’s 2nd generation Core processors."

Japan Reactor Problems Seen Affecting Chip Industry

"Three days after the devastating earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, concerns are now being raised about the effects of a potential reactor meltdown. Furthermore, one analyst study raised questions about the impact of the quake on a key component of the Apple iPad 2.

Japan Quake Rattles Chip Industry

"Japan's massive earthquake affected operations at dozens of semiconductor factories, raising fears of shortages or price increases for a number of widely used components—particularly the chips known as flash memory that store data in hit products like smartphones and tablet PCs. The quake struck hundreds of miles from many key chip plants, including most of the factories that account for the bulk of Japan's flash-memory production.

After Japan's earthquake and tsunami, tech tools provide information and help families reconnect

"A massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan and tsunami warnings for Hawaii and the US West Coast have people all over the world turning to the Internet and smartphone applications for disaster alerts and information about loved ones. A massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan and tsunami warnings for Hawaii and the U.S.

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