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  • Hitachi Japan presents two new Blu-ray products

    Hitachi Japan presents two new Blu-ray products


    Hitachi plans to sell two new Blu-ray devices in Japan. Both the DV-BH250 Blu-ray recorder and the DZ-WR90 Blu-ray burner will be in stores in July. The DZ-BH250 is the first Blu-rayer recorder from Hitachi. It comes with a 250GB HDD and a BR-RE, BR-R and DVD multi-drive. Hitachi says it is possible to record up to 93 hours of video in full HD on the hard disc. The MSRP for the recorder… Read More

  • Tokyoflash Infection

    Tokyoflash Infection

    While this watch won’t turning you into fast-moving blood zombie with a maniacal thirst for human flesh, it will turn you into someone who wears a really cool watch. The new Infection features sassy little protoplasms that you decipher by color and the odd band evokes the harsh, biotoxic skin of a bloated, mutated cow. Great for parties! It costs $139 and comes in silver with a… Read More

  • Sales of Blu-ray recorders pick up steam in Japan

    Sales of Blu-ray recorders pick up steam in Japan

    Following several price cuts, the introduction of new models and the victory over HD-DVD, Blu-ray recorders finally seem to get a foothold in the Japanese market. According to research company Gfk Marketing Services, the market share of Blu-ray recorders in this country jumped from 18% in November last year to 29% for April 2008. Between April 28th to May 18th, the figure even rose to 32%. In… Read More

  • Sony Japan releases second sound system with golf-ball-sized speakers

    Sony Japan releases second sound system with golf-ball-sized speakers

    The Japanese are known to be masters of miniaturization. Now Sony is trying to live up to this reputation by releasing a second sound system equipped with golf ball size speakers. Their first model, the the DAV-IS10, was a home theatre in a box set-up. The company today announced their 5.1 sound system HT-IS 100 comes with four speakers as small as 43×43 mm, just a little bigger than… Read More

  • Sony Japan releases limited edition Digital SLR camera α350

    Sony Japan releases limited edition Digital SLR camera α350

    If you are a camera fan with a penchant for exclusivity, here is your chance: Sony announced the release of a special version of its α350 digital SLR camera and DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 lens. Priced at $960, the kit is on sale in the Japanese Sony Style online store. The new camera is technically identical to the α350 in black which is available in Japan for two months now. This means you get… Read More

  • Sharp floods Japan with new Internet TVs, Blu-ray recorders

    Sharp floods Japan with new Internet TVs, Blu-ray recorders

    In the coming weeks, Sharp will roll out a total of 13 TVs and three Bluray recorders in Japan. On June 1st, 7 new models of the Sharp Aquos GX5 and GH5 series will hit J-Land. Panel sizes range from 26″ ($1,500) to 52″ ($4,800). While the five new GX5 TVs feature full-HD and a contrast ratio of 2,000:1, the two lower-priced GH5 models come HD-ready only and with a contrast ratio… Read More

  • Sony achieves a (small) step forward in the development of large-size OLED TVs

    Sony achieves a (small) step forward in the development of large-size OLED TVs

    No one can deny OLED displays are superior in quality to LCD or Plasma screens. One problem which has been constraining the commercialization of large-size OLED TVs, however, is the high level of power consumption. On Monday however, Sony and Japanese chemical company Idemitsu announced they succeeded in increasing the internal quantum efficiency (IQE) in deep-blue fluorescent OLED devices… Read More

  • Hands-on with the Sharp 922SH Internet Machine

    Hands-on with the Sharp 922SH Internet Machine

    I had the opportunity to test Sharp’s newest mobile phone today (sold by Japanese telecom giant Softbank). The Nippon-only 922SH features an Aquos/ASV display, a One-Seg Digital TV tuner, a 2.0 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and a QWERTY key board.

    I was blown away by the quality of the screen (3.5 inch, 480×584 resolution, contrast ratio 2,000:1!). It’s great to watch One-Seg… Read More

  • Japan's love for arcades is dying

    Japan's love for arcades is dying

    Japan, often considered the last country with a passion for the arcade experience, is starting to lose interest in coin operated entertainment. Two of the biggest arcade chains in the region have already closed the doors at over 20% of their locations, and earnings continue to plummet. Some in the industry are blaming the latest generation of consoles for sending the 6.9 billion dollar… Read More