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Yoriko Takahashi - April 24, 2014

NEC unveiled 3 new models from their 13.3 inch notebook PC LaVie Z series: Touch panel version Ultrabook "LZ650/SS" and non-touch panel models "LZ750/SSB" and "LZ550/SSB".

NEC upgraded their CPU, added the latest software "Windows 8.1 Update" and "Office Home and Business 2013 SP1", and trimmed the weight for all the models down compared to previous models.

Today, Acecook announced that they are going to release the EDGE Onikara Yakisoba (Onikara means literally "Devil-Spicy" meaning insanely-hot fried noodles) on May 12.

I guess that Japanese people generally are not good at spicy food, so dishes called "super-hot" here in Japan might be considered only medium spicy by foreign people. But hopefully Acecook won't disappoint us with its level of the spiciness, and can live up to its Onikara name!

Creative Media is going to start selling 2 new Bluetooth speaker models from their MUVO series in late May.

Both models feature 3-inch full-range drivers with dynamic response at the speaker part.

Creative MUVO 20

Yoriko Takahashi - April 23, 2014

Sony is going to release 3 new models of 7.1ch AV amplifiers.

Yoriko Takahashi - April 23, 2014

Today, a new type of Yakiniku (Japanese-style BBQ) restaurant called Tokkyu Yakiniku has opened in Osaka, Japan.

"Tokkyu", a part of the restaurant name, means express train in Japanese. The reason why the restaurant was named like that is obvious: at the restaurant, all the dishes and drinks are delivered on a moving plate on a train track. Yes, it's like a Kaiten-sushi / Rotating sushi / Sushi train, but instead of sushi, slices of meat come to your table by express train.

Elecom is going to release a palm-sized Bluetooth 4.0 monaural (mono) LBT-SPP20 series speaker in late April.

Although the LBT-SPP20 series is a very small mono speaker, it reaches 3W high-output and its twin passive radiators produce rich bass sound. You can experience more powerful and more three-dimensional sound than you expect.

After the speaker gets fully charged through a USB port with the accompanying USB cable, it is able to play continuously for 8 hours.

Elecom is going to release a USB3.0 memory stick with conversion adapter between microUSB and USB - the MF-SAU3 series - in late April. Because of the built-in conversion, the MF-SAU3 series can connect both smartphone (USB2.0) and PC.

This small USB memory stick separates into 3 parts: a USB memory stick, a conversion adapter for smartphone/tablet, and a cap for the adapter.

8GB model - MF-SAU308GBK
16GB model - MF-SAU316GBK
32GB model - MF-SAU332GBK

Yoriko Takahashi - April 22, 2014

An interval camera recorder called "recolo" is going to be released by King Jim on May 16. It might be the best product available to use for recording the growth of plants or of scenery.

From Thanko's "Gorone" (means lay down/bunk down) series, a new tablet and smartphone stand to support your smart device for you to use while you lay down was just released.

It's not easy to use a tablet or smartphone while you lie on on your bed. That will eventually give numbness in your arms. But, if you have the stand, there will be no need to hold your tablet or smartphone and then you can enjoy using it for a long time without your arms getting tired.

The perfect toy for surviving the brutally hot Japanese summer will be released by Takara Tomy Arts on May 22. It is the "Tsumeta Oicino" compact frozen drink machine.

"Tsumeta Oicino" is a created word making Tsumetai (cold) and Oishii (delicious) sound like Italian language words.

You can easily make an original frozen drink at home using coffee, milk, maccha, and strawberries.

New athletic model - Mitamanma Megane Goggles - from Thanko's miniature camera built-in glasses series called "Mitamanma Megane" - is out.

Häagen-Dazs just introduced their new "Spoon Vege" vegetable flavored ice cream series.  They will release 2 flavors on May 12 in Japan: Tomato Cherry and Carrot Orange   

Tomato Cherry has mainly a rich tomato flavor and the fruity aroma and acidity of cherries is added to it. Carrot Orange has a sweet carrot flavor and the refreshing aroma and acidity of orange.

Canon is releasing "Macro Ring Light MR-14EX II" for its EOS series for ¥80,000 on April 25.

It is an external strobe light that gives a flash light evenly to subjects and it's suitable for macro photography. There is a two-lamp light-emitting system. You have the option of emitting light from only a single lamp and you can control the light amount.

The guide number is 14 (ISO 100, m).

  • Weight: 450g
  • Battery: 4 size AA alkaline batteries or Ni-MH batteries

 

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Transformers film series, Takara Tomy is going to release fully posable Transformers Movie Advanced Series figures on May 17.

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Hatsune Miku is going to join Lady GaGa's world tour "LADY GAGA’S artRAVE: the ARTPOP ball" and will be performing as an opening act at 16 venues in North America from May 6 until June 3.

This is Miku's first time to participate in a musician's live concert tour. Japanese geekiness will spread to North America via Lady GaGa!

Hatsune Miku also participated recently in a duet with Japanese music group, BUMP OF CHICKEN.

 

Toshiba today started shipment of sample products of a new microSD card to companies such as mobile device manufacturers.  The micro SD card supports the ultra-fast UHS-II interface standard for the first time in the industry.

There is a 32GB model (THNSX032GAJCM4) and 64GB model (THNSX064GBK5M4).

The 32GB model has a read speed of 260MB/s and a write speed of 240MB/s, which is an 8 times faster read speed and 2.7 times faster write speed than Toshiba's current UHS-I compliant model (MUH-A032G).

Last month, Sony gave notice that they will release the Evangelion model of the portable audio player WALKMAN, and finally they just unveiled the details of the model.

The special collaboration model is made based on Android WALKMAN F series "NW-F887 (64GB)" which supports high-resolution audio. It is scheduled to be out on April 24.


3 models are ready to be released:

NW-F887/EVA1 - ¥43,000

Yoriko Takahashi - April 16, 2014

Akihabaranews.com - Sony sells share of Square Enix

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary company of Sony, has just announced that they gave up all 9,520,000 shares they have (equivalent to 4.8 billion yen) of the Japanese video gaming developing company, Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd, and have transferred them to SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Square Enix is well-know for its Final Fantasy series and the Dragon Quest series.

 

 

Yoriko Takahashi - April 16, 2014

While there are a great deal of fancy cleaning robots such as Roomba available in the market, CCP is going to start selling another casual, reasonable cleaning robot - Mofa -  in mid-May.

Speaking about CCP, they released the cute and fluffy reasonable microfiber robotic mop ball called MOCORO last year.

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.

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