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2 Japanese animation films nominated for an Academy Award

The nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards were announced yesterday (US time), and we were happy to hear that 2 Japanese animation movies were nominated!

First, of course, from Studio Ghibli…

- The Wind Rises by Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli for Animated Feature Film

Sony - IC recorder with a speaker cradle

Sony is going to release new portable IC recorder ICZ-R100 with 8GB capacity on February 8. It's capable of recording for a maximum of 357 continuous hours, registering your favorite radio stations, with a recording maximum of 20 AM/FM radio programs.

ICZ-R100 comes with a speaker cradle that features a Bass reflex system to make a full, rich sound. While you set the IC recorder on the speaker cradle, you can charge the IC recorder and listen to the radio at the same time.

Price: About ¥20,000

Akihabaranews.com Fruits Fish

Citrusy "Fruits Fish" started promotion overseas

Do you know what "Fruits Fish" is?

Fruits Fish is a farmed fish grown using feed that has citrus fruit in it, which reduces the fishy smell and adds refreshing citrusy flavor.

It was researched and developed around western Japan, originally intended to encourage the young Japanese generation to eat more fish and also to make use of their signature agricultural citrus fruit such as Mikan, Sudachi and Yuzu.

Brighten Net - Bluetooth speaker integrated "LED Symphony Speaker" lightbulb

Fusion of light and sound!

Brighten Net just announced that they are going to release a Bluetooth speaker-integrated lightbulb - LED Symphony Speaker - on January 24 for about 12,800 yen.

LED Symphony Speaker is compatible with an E26 bulb socket just like other regular LED bulbs. Via Bluetooth, you can play music in your smartphone/tablet through the LED Symphony Speaker.

Sharp - Windows 8.1 Pro 15.6-inch IGZO tablet

Sharp is going to release Windows 8.1 Pro 15.6-inch tablet RW-16G1 sometime in March.

RW-16G1 includes intel Core i5 4200U CPU and 15.6-inch IGZO display (3,200x1,800 dots) and achieves 235ppi pixel density to show fine image details. It's only 12.5mm thin, weighs 1.25kg and can run for 9 hours of continuous use on one charge.

Sony - 2 new portable wireless speakers, "SRS-X7" and "SRS-X5"

Sony is going to release 2 new portable wireless speakers: SRS-X7 on March 8 and SRS-X5 on February 15.

SRS-X7 features 2 46mm full-range units, 62mm sub-woofer and passive radiator, is compatible with Bluetooth, DLNA, and Airplay supporting SBC/AAC/aptX codec and A2DP/AVRCP/ profile.

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