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Asia Is Most Lucrative App Market

japan-112722_1280A new report has declared Asia the most lucrative market for apps. Forty-one percent of December’s app sales across Apple’s App Store and Google Play came from Asia, according to Distimo. Another 31 percent came from North America and 23 percent from Europe.

“The Asian app store market is a train that can’t be stopped,” begins the report from Distimo, an apps analytics platform and researcher.

App revenues increased by 162 percent in Asia from December 2012 to December 2013, compared to a 46 percent year-over-year growth rate in North America. Japan leads the Asian market in app purchases followed by South Korea and China, the report found. It also noted that “freemium,” or free apps, is the general model in Asia. Instead, most of the revenue is generated through in-app purchases. Read more

Japanese Mobile Device Lets You Smell Meat When You’re Hungry

If your olfactory is feeling a little left out of your technological lifestyle, you might be interested in this scent device from Japan. The Nose Yakiniku from Scentee is preloaded with smells like Beef, tongue, and potatoes with butter – smells you can feast on when you’re feeling a little famished but can’t eat. Consider it a college diet, for the starving, hurried college student.
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Japanese Messaging App Sells Over $10 Million in Emoticons Stickers Each Month

With over 230 million registered users, Japanese free messaging app, Line, is poised to make large profits from its emoticon stickers sales. In a recent announcement, the company revealed that it sold 1 billion emoticon stickers as of this month. That’s one sticker for every 7 messages sent. This makes for an impressive earning of about 9.77 billion yen.

In other words, the company is selling approximately $10 million USD worth of stickers each month. Here’s what they are selling:
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Japanese Gadget Turns Phones into Scent Transmitters

Smart phones can now be equipped to tackled your olfactory perception with this whimsical Japanese gadget from Chaku Perfume. The device is a small attachment to your phone that can transfer scents wirelessly for $60. Chaku’s representative suggested that the device can be used my music idols to transmit their scents during live concert broadcasts using the device’s app – Chat Perf.

For example, suppose you want to send a message to a friend via a social network, maybe because you know your friend is tired. You can use this to send a relaxing scent along with your message. You can also use it to add scent to the notification sound whenever you get a new e-mail. We also think this device could be used with games. It could have all kinds of applications, so for example, in a shooting game, shots could be accompanied by the smell of gunpowder.

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Mixi Offering New Birthday Gift Service

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Mixi, the most popular Japanese social network, is offering a new birthday gift service. A user will be able to send a gift to a friend with minimal effort – you just choose who you want to send the gift to, make the payment and it’s done. The user will receive a message that a birthday gift has been sent from a friend, and they confirm their home address.

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