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February 25, 2011

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc pretty in pink

by Darren Allan
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has popped up in a new colour scheme over in Japan. A bright pink version of the handset will be available to purchase later this month over in the far east, according to a report on 3G.co.uk. It's not clear whether the pink version will make it to the UK when the smartphone is launched in ...

December 6, 2010

OECD places UK 5th in broadband penetration

by Darren Allan
The UK has been doing fairly poorly in many recent broadband rankings, although the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) latest study isn't one of them. In statistics for June 2010, across the 31 OECD member countries, there were 295 million fixed broadband connections in total. That's up from 283 million in December of last year. The UK came fifth with ...

October 25, 2010

Sony cuts PSP Go to $199 in the US

by Darren Allan
Sony is wielding the axe on the price of the PSP Go in the States due to reportedly lacklustre sales of the handheld. The PSP Go is set for a 20% drop in price, from the current retail of $249 to $199. It's also set to be cut with an even greater ...

October 2, 2010

BBC makes historic Super HD broadcast

by Darren Allan
The BBC has come up with a broadcasting first, streaming Super HD footage – a technology developed by Japanese broadcaster NHK – of a Charlatans gig from the UK to fans in Japan. The so-called Super Hi-Vision picture makes HD look like a poor cousin in comparison, coming with a resolution of 7680 x 4320 – sixteen times sharper ...

September 27, 2010

Sharp Galapagos e-readers unveiled

by Darren Allan
Sharp has unveiled a pair of Galapagos e-reading devices. These aren't traditional Kindle style e-readers, however, as the screen is an LCD affair rather than E-ink, and the device boasts tablet style functions, with a browser, integrated social networking and the ability to play audio and video. The Galapagos e-reader will come in ...

September 8, 2010

Dr Kawashima brain training coming to Microsoft Kinect

by Darren Allan
It seems that the next incarnation of Dr Kawashima is coming not on a handheld, but on the Xbox 360 via the Kinect motion control system. Videogamer.com reports that the game is currently called Lead: New Brain Training Where You Answer With Your Body. A working title if ever there was one, but a name that pretty much sums ...

July 29, 2010

Nintendo 3DS soon to be dated and priced

by Darren Allan
Some good news for Nintendo handheld fans – it won't be too long before the exact launch date and asking price for its next-gen gaming device is revealed. The Nintendo 3DS, which boasts 3D technology without the need for any eye-wear, will have its launch date revealed on September 29th, the Japanese arm of Bloomberg reports (via MCV). So you ...

July 7, 2010

Japan not excited by 3D TV

by David Allen
Despite the investments into 3D technology for televisions and gaming products being made by Japan-based Sony and Panasonic, it seems that the Japanese consumer is not too impressed just yet. In a recent survey it was found that almost sixty seven per cent of the Japanese consumer market is not ready to take the leap onto the 3D bandwagon, ...

July 6, 2010

Japan gets white slim PS3, and expanded hard drives

by Darren Allan
Sony has taken the wraps off a new coloured PS3 slim in Japan. It's white, and comes with a 160GB hard disk (and a white controller). A black 160GB model will also be produced, which will apparently replace the current 120GB PS3. VG247 reports that the company has also revealed it will be producing a 320GB hard disk console in ...

May 17, 2010

Apple iPad to be Sim-locked in Japan

by Darren Allan
Apple has made a surprise switch in its policy regarding the iPad for Japan. Previously it was thought that all iPads would be Sim-unlocked in every country across the globe. Mainly because Steve Jobs had said as much when the gadget was initially unveiled. But it has emerged that this won't be the ...

March 10, 2010

Sony shows off 3D TV details

by David Allen
Sony has joined the ranks of the 3D TV manufacturers with the launch of the NX800-based 3D televisions. The LX900's screen runs right to edge of the display, offering the viewer a beautiful looking television. The unit comes in 40”, 46”, 51” and 60” versions with an IR emitter built in and the TV actually comes with two pairs ...

October 23, 2009

Windows 7 Whopper goes on sale in Japan

by David Allen
The launch of Windows 7 or any Microsoft product is going to get some attention, maybe not as much as the launch events of the past, but nevertheless there is still a lot of interest in the product launch. To celebrate this, Burger King has launched the Windows 7 Whopper and yes ...

April 21, 2009

Freesat to get NHK

by David Allen
The free to view satellite broadcaster Freesat has just announced that it will be adding the international news service NHK World TV on the 21st April, as it attempts to beef up the content available through the free satellite service. The NHK World TV service is the international brand of the Japanese national broadcaster NHK, which broadcasts news to ...

April 6, 2009

Japan gets world fastest broadband

by David Allen
An American based internet service provider is offering its customers in Japan what is undoubtedly the fastest broadband service in the world. At 160 Mbps, J:com is offering something that is likely to give the UK broadband network the equivalent of a heart attack. What’s more the provider, J:com, is charging around £35 for the upgraded modem, which is fair ...

January 16, 2009

Japanese handset vendors going global

by David Allen
Japan-based handset makers, including Fujitsu, Kyocera, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, and Sharp, are looking to launch their products worldwide. Starting the trend, Fujitsu recently launched its F905i in Taiwan. Kazutomo Chiba, president of Fujitsu's handset business in Asia Pacific, said the company is planning to expand handset sales across international markets. Sharp released its 5-megapixel WX-T923 handset in Taiwan on the Far Eastone Communications ...

December 10, 2008

Teknovus and KDDI deploy 2.G Turbo-EPON

by David Allen
EPON (Ethernet Passive Optical Network) chip provider Teknovus has announced the commercial deployment of 2Gbps EPON FTTx in the fiber networks of Japan-based telecoms service provider KDDI. California-based Teknovus provides EPON chips for use in triple-play services on FTTx broadband access networks. Its 2.5G Turbo-EPON chips are the first 2G EPON chips in the world to be deployed commercially, and are the ...

December 9, 2008

Sony announces 8,000 jobs to be axed

by David Allen
Japan-based electronics giant Sony has announced plans to axe 8,000 jobs worldwide and close a number of its factories, in an effort to save $1.1 billion per year. In addition, Sony will be reviewing its investment commitments and working out ways to improve its operating efficiency. The company said the job cuts - the biggest by an Asian firm since the credit ...

September 29, 2008

New pocket-sized projector for mobile TV

by David Allen
Microvision, a world leader in developing ultra-mobile projectors, is set to unveil a new pocket-sized projector this week, at the CEATEC conference in Tokyo, Japan. The next generation PicoP projector is designed to connect up to mobile phones, iPods, personal media players and other mobile devices, solving the annoyance of having to squint at a small screen when watching videos whilst ...