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NTT docomo Summer 2014 Rollout - AkihabaraNews.com

Pictured Here:
Actor Tori Matsuzaka; Actress Maki Horikita; Actor, Last Samurai, and Godzilla Hunter Ken Watanabe; Actress Satomi Ishihara

World Cup 2014 in Brazil is just around the corner starting on June 12. To warm up to the international festival, Nissin unveiled 3 cup noodle products from their new "Brazilian Chicken" noodle series.

The taste of "Brazilian Chicken" series is based on char-grilled Brazilian BBQ, Churrasco.

- Cup Noodle Brazilian Chicken Noodle
Soupy noodle with grilled chicken, cabbage, red bell pepper, scrambled egg and spicy soup flavored with oregano, basil, black pepper and so on.

Fujitsu, for one of their new 2014 summer model personal computers, announced that they are going to release a notebook PC for ¥190,000 on May 23, which is intended for women in their 20s and 30s.

The notebook PC is called Floral Kiss (Model: LIFEBOOK CH75/R). The top board has a fashionable bicolor design (Elegant Red with Beige or Clear White with Brown) and there are glittering gems on the power button and LED lights.

The new Casio EXILIM series EX-ZR850 will be available on May 23 for about ¥32,000.

The new EX-ZR850 has an interval photography function that continues taking photos at regular intervals and can do this continuously for a maximum of 20 days, equaling about 500 hours of shooting. For example, you can very effectively track the movement of a flower blooming or scenery changing. There is also functionality to convert the interval photos into a movie.

From Nikon's mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera series Nikon 1, a new model called Nikon 1 S2 will be released for about ¥50,000 in June.

The features of the Nikon 1 S2 are its compact body (190g, 29.4mm thick), and the world's fastest auto focus speed among all interchangeable-lens digital cameras already released - 20fps.

EF-S10-18mm F4.5-5.6 IS STM

The second of 2 new ultra-wide lenses for EOS (digital single lens reflex camera) series announced today by Canon for release next month.

This latest EF-S lens offers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 16-29mm. The lens construction consists of 14 elements in 11 groups. By applying a plastic-molded aspheric lens element, it became smaller and lighter than the previous model.

EF16-35mm F4L IS USM

The first of 2 new ultra-wide lenses for EOS (digital single lens reflex camera) series announced today by Canon for release next month.

It belongs to Canon's high-performance L lens series. It is an F4 wide lens covering the focal range 16-35mm. 3 aspheric lens elements including a glass-molded aspheric lens element are used. The lens construction consists of 16 elements in 12 groups.

Canon's digital single-lens reflex camera entry model "EOS Kiss X7" has been popular since it was released in November 2013 especially among younger generations.

King Jim's new ZIP Cable Pouch, to be released on July 13, will never let your cable get tangled inside.

ZIP Cable Pouch is made out of one long cable case that has a long zipper along its lining, within which you can store a USB cable. You can zip its entire length shut and it turns into a pouch for storing other things like a portable battery, etc. There is also a small pouch attached outside so that you can keep something smaller like a USB drive there.

Yoriko Takahashi - May 13, 2014


Panasonic's new 4K30p movie-shootable wearable camera HX-A500 will be available for about ¥42,000 on June 12.

HX-A500 has a unique style where its body and lens parts are separated. So, while the lens is positioned and worn, you can control the camera through the body part.

Olympus is going to release the latest flagship model of their rugged compact digital camera series - OLYMPUS STYLUS TG-3 Tough - for about ¥48,000 in the beginning of July.

The new model adds a macro photography mode that enables an approach of as close as 10mm to an object from its lens. In that mode, it can zoom up to 6.9X when the focal distance is 100mm (35mm equivalent), and when used in conjunction with super-resolution zoom, it is able to shoot the object in 13.8X zoom.

Takara Tomy Arts is going to release a beer server called Premium Beer Server Gokurei (gokurei means "super cold") on May 22.

Akihabaranews.com - Casio 3d Casio Art Japan Post

Casio Computer Co., Ltd. announced that it will collaborate with Japan Post Co., Ltd. - Japan's postal service - to
release new 3D “Casio Art” paintings, using special postage stamp designs.

The stamps will be released on July 23, or "Fumi no Hi" (Day of the Letter) and the paintings will be sold at “e-casio” which is Casio’s official online shopping website. The paintings will also be sold through shops operated by Casio Group companies.

Yoriko Takahashi - May 12, 2014

Here is the thumb-shaped stylus for those who have a short thumb!

Well, probably you are thinking who wants to buy Thanko's Thumb-shaped Stylus. If you can pocket your pride, it could be a very useful tool for you.

During commuting in a madly crowded train here in Japan, you want to kill your time playing with your smartphone. You can only use one hand because the other hand is holding onto a strap, and then this issue will happen:

Lotteria did it again. They made another ramen burger.

The last one was a ramen burger in collaboration with the famous Menya Musashi, and this time it will be a Tsukemen (ramen noodle with dipping soup) burger in collaboration with Taishoken, which is well-known for its delicious Tsukemen dishes and customers lining-up outside.

Yoriko Takahashi - May 08, 2014

At Sanwa Supply's online store, Sanwa Direct, the Bluetooth stereo neckband headset GBH-S500 is available for ¥7,389.

The neckband part has a vibration function and a microphone for hands-free phone calls. The vibration can tell you of incoming calls from a paired smartphone, and the vibration function can also be used to prevent against losing the headset or help you to find it - the headset can vibrate up to 10-meters away from the Bluetooth device that is paired up with it.

JVC Kenwood is going to release a portable Hi-Res headphone amplifier "SU-AX7" in late May. The price will be around ¥55,000.

SU-AX7 is compliant with Hi-Res audio (192kHz/24bit Linear PCM) playback. It also applies new K2 Technology that makes the sound quality higher than Hi-Res audio to bring it closer to the quality of the master audio source.

In terms of input terminals, there is a USB A and USB micro B in the front, and there is an optical digital input and stereo mini analog input.

Sony's wristband style wearable device SmartBand SWR10 will be released for about ¥9,800 on May 23.

Please read the details about SmartBand SWR10 in our previous article.

SmartBand SWR10 is a wearable device to work with your smartphone and record daily activities such as exercise and walking, sleep time, and smartphone usage information (photos taken, music played, phone calls, SNS, etc.).

Sony has developed the 6.4mm thick Xperia Z2 Tablet, which Sony says, as of May 7, is the the world's slimmest and lightest LTE/3G tablet with a display over 10 inches. It will be available at au by KDDI in Japan on May 31.

LTE/3G model - Xperia Z2 Tablet SOT21 (439g)

Wi-Fi model - Xperia Z2 Tablet SGP512JP (426g)

Sony's new Android 4.4 smartphone - Xperia ZL2 - will be released by au by KDDI as Xperia ZL2 SOL25 at the end of this month in Japan.

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