Yoriko Takahashi

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Yoriko is an enditor and contributor for AkihabaraNews.

 

Toshiba is going to unleash the world's first 4K LCD display (3840x2160) built-in notebook PC - dynabook T954 - on April 25.

The price is expected to be about ¥220,000.

Toshiba used the technology of their 4K compliant TV REGZA and improved it for this notebook PC. The dynabook T954 has a 15.6-inch IGZO touch panel display, Core i7 4700HQ CPU, Radeon R9 M265X GPU, 8GB memory, 1TB storage, Hybrid HDD, Blu-ray as an optical drive, Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11ac/a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0.

Buffalo is going to release a uniquely shaped USB2.0 cable in early May to use with a smartphone/tablet for transferring data or for charging.

Ricoh Imaging announced that they will bring their new medium format DSLR camera PENTAX 645Z to the market for ¥860,000 in late June. It was displayed as "PENTAX 645D 2014" at CP+2014 that was held in Yokohama in February.

Yoriko Takahashi - April 14, 2014

With the growth in demand for a large screen TV including 4K TV, the demand for home theater systems has been increasing. Sony is keeping pace and are going to release 4 new models of their home theater system on May 31. They all support NFC.

- Soundbar type (HT-CT370)

In Japan, there are lots of restaurants offering an all-you-can-eat or all-you-can-drink service, which means you can eat as much Yakiniku (Japanese BBQ), sushi, alcoholic drinks or sweets as you want (menu differs depending on the restaurant) for a certain amount of time. However, we have never heard of an All-you-can-eat Convenience Store…

Honda's stylish new 745cc motorcycle NM4-01 (announced here a few weeks back), has been given a price: ¥999,000 (~$9,999); and it will go on sale April 21.

It was first shown to the public at the Osaka Motorcycle Show that took place in March.

COWON Japan is going to release new portable audio player iAUDIO E3 on April 18. It's only 3.9mm-thick (at its slimmest part) and weighs 20g.

An 8GB model will be sold for ¥8,900, and a 16GB model for ¥10,900.

Playable files are MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG and WAV. iAUDIO E3 has a recording function too. It has JetEffect BBE+ which produces powerful sound.

Panasonic announced that their new 4K Ultra-HD VIERA TV - AX800 series - will be released in mid-May. 5 models will be available:

Standard Design Model:
- TH-58AX800F (58 inch)
- TH-50AX800F (50 inch)

Slant Design Model:
- TH-65AX800 (65 inch)
- TH-58AX800 (58 inch)
- TH-50AX800 (50 inch)

Panasonic is going to release 2,500mAh mobile battery "QE-AL101" on May 30. It can fully charge up a smartphone.

The company says that this is the first mobile battery that can charge something as many as 2000 times.

There are 2 USB ports built-in. White and black models will be available.

  • Size: 24x75x64mm
  • Weight: 125g

 

Nikon is going to release the D7100 18-300 VR Super Zoom Kit on April 24 that comes bundled with Nikon's flagship single-lens-reflex camera D7100 and the new high-power zoom lens "AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR".

The price will be about ¥213,300.

Nikon's new mirrorless camera Nikon 1 J4 will be released on April 24. 4 colors will be available: Silver, White, Black and Orange.

Like its upper model Nikon 1 V3, Nikon 1 J4 supports the world's fastest 20fps continuous shooting with autofocus tracking (up to 60 fps when autofocus is locked).  

The Japanese major online store Rakuten and the American company Livescribe yesterday agreed to sell a smartpen called Livescribe 3 on Rakuten Books.

As soon as you write on the accompanying paper notebook with the Livescribe 3 smartpen, the lines, letters or graphics you write get instantly displayed on a smartphone or tablet that has the Livescribe+ application installed. The notes are editable and searchable. Also, the hand-written letters can be converted into digital text.

Panasonic is releasing a Bluetooth 3.0 portable wireless speaker SC-NJ03 that can also work as a mobile battery on May 23.

The 118g compact body has a 40mm monorail speaker (maximum output 2W), an AUX input terminal which allows it to connect to other devices with a cable and a built-in microphone to be compatible with hands-free talk with a smartphone.

Since it can also become a mobile battery with a 2,200mAh lithium ion rechargeable battery, you can use it for charging a device like your smartphone anywhere you go.

Yoriko Takahashi - April 09, 2014

Buffalo is going to release a washable PC keyboard (BSKBU12BK) in late April.

Keyboards, especially in between keys, easily get dirty with dust and food particles. I have had a serious desire to just wash my keyboard with water sometimes in the past, but of course I didn't.

However, Buffalo's new BSKBU12BK keyboard is washable. You can wash it with water or even scrub tough dirt out with water using the accompanying brush. Letters on the keys are carved by laser so that they are not likely to vanish easily.

To celebrate the 15 year anniversary of ONE PIECE first being aired on TV, the Real Dasshutsu Game in collaboration with ONE PIECE will take place this summer at the concert venue Zepp in its various locations around Japan.

Real Dasshutsu Game, which in English means "user participation type escape-the-room game" has been an extremely popular event, set-up and run by the Japanese event planning company, SCRAP Entertainment Inc.

Epson originally set the release date of its Android 4.0 glasses-shaped head mounted display MOVERIO BT-200 for April 24, however, today they announced that they are going to postpone the date to May 29 due to development delays.

A primary feature of MOVERIO BT-200 is that you can see background while you watch the image displayed in front of you.

2 new drinks, each using a whole banana will be available at Starbucks Japan for a limited time only, from April 16 until May 11.

They are Fresh Banana & Chocolate Cream Frappuccino and Fresh Banana & Caramel Cream Frappuccino. This is the first time for Starbucks Japan to use a whole fruit in a single drink.

Fresh Banana & Chocolate Cream Frappuccino is a chocolate flavored banana frappuccino with chocolate brown, whipped cream and chocolate sauce on top.

Logicool is going to start selling the Logicool G502 Tunable Gaming Mouse on May 16.

It's a wired gaming mouse that has a high-precision optical sensor. There are 11 programmable buttons, DeltaZero Sensor Technology that can increase the accuracy of operation performance, and Sensor Calibration function that optimizes its performance according to the installation surface.

Roland is going to release a high-powered portable amp for street musicians - CUBE Street EX - on April 25.

CUBE Street EX can play powerful 50W (25W+25W) sound with 8 size AA batteries. It provides 3 levels of Power Mode so that you can adjust the number of hours of use and the maximum volume of sound:

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