GungHo + DeNA + GREE overtake Japan’s game icons

Since last financial year (ended March 31, 2013), three newcomers (GungHo, DeNA, and GREE) combined achieved higher operating income and higher net income than all 9 iconic Japanese game companies (Nintendo + SONY-Games + SegaSammy + BandaiNamco + Konami + TakaraTomy + SquareEnix + Capcom + TecmoKoei) combined.

While the newcomer’s revenues are increasing (except for GREE), the traditional 9 game companies’ revenues peaked in 2008, and have been falling rapidly ever since.

Akihabaranews.com - Fukushima - How much radioactive cesium is there?

Fukushima - How much radioactive cesium is there?

We've been asked a lot about what is happening with the Fukushima reactor situation.  And we're certainly watching it.

Well, we're a tech news site, and nuclear power is some awesome technology, and it seems that the technology to contain and fix this problem may turn out to be just as awesome and interesting to learn about.  But more importantly, we are here, living in Japan, and wondering and worrying about what is really going on.

Sony - 9.9mm ultra-thin 11.6 inch tablet "VAIO Tap 11"


"VAIO Tap 11" is a 9.9mm ultra-thin 11.6 inch Windows tablet featuring the "OmniBalance design" found in the "Xperia" series. It will be released from Sony on November 1st.

In this thin body, there are full PC functionalities such as 4th generation intel Core processor, touch/digitizer pen functionality, full HD display (1,920×1,080 dots), high-performance camera, and a built-in stand to allow it to stand on its own, etc.

Sony - Note PC "VAIO Fit A" series that changes shape in 3 ways

 

One of Sony's most remarkable new products for 2013 Autumn and Winter is the notebook PC "VAIO Fit A" series.

It features a multi-flip hinge located at the middle of the top of the panel. By rotating the panel center around the hinge, it can be used in 3 ways: "Keyboard mode" when you want to use it just as a regular notebook PC, "View mode" that allows the screen to face toward other people, for example when you give a presentation, and "Tablet mode".

 

Nikon - D610 - Compact digital single reflex camera with full size sensor


Nikon announced that they are going to start selling a new compact digital single reflex camera model with full size sensor - "D610" - on October 19.

Major features such as full size sensor, image processor, AF sensor, etc. are the same as the previous model "D600", however, continuous shooting speed was improved to 6fps and the new "Silent Continuous Shooting Mode", that enables continuous shooting at 3fps in the silent mode, was added.

Landport - Magical liquid to make your gloves smartphone-compliant

 

Winter is coming, and that means wearing gloves to keep your hands warm.  But until now, you needed to take off your gloves to use your smartphone with cold fingers.

Now, with this magical liquid called "Smaphocchi", you can use your smartphone with your gloves ON!

It is compatible with any type of gloves that allow moisture to pass through. Once you put a few drops on your gloves, they will remain effective for a few months.

Estimated price: ¥1,050

 

Special color editions of "Roomba 780" available ONLY in Japan

 

The high-end model of iRobot's cleaning robot "Roomba 780" will be available in 5 limited edition colors ONLY in Japan, starting October 28. It will be sold only on the official website and they are currently accepting advance orders.

Color variations are Champagne Gold, Cardinal Red, Passion Pink, Turquoise Blue, and Lavender. 100 units are available for each color.

Price: ¥79,800

Ricoh Imaging - Telephoto interchangeable lens "K" series

 

Ricoh Imaging is releasing new interchangeable lens "HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mmF4-5.8ED WR" for their digital single-lens reflex camera "K" series in early November.

It support 5.5X zoom that covers middle telephoto to ultra-telephoto. By using their unique HD coating (that has high transmittance by decreasing light reflex), it can show clear images under stringent light conditions such as backlight. It is also drop-proof so that it can be used for your outdoor activities.

Price: About ¥50,000
Weight: 466g

 

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