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Can we talk?

| Apr 16, 2013

Can we talk?

LG’s Optimus G Pro gets a Japan release Customers on NTT Docomo’s network recently received another attractive Android smartphone option in LG’s Optimus G Pro, which launched early this month. Interestingly, the Japanese version of the handset is marginally smaller than the one that ...

Nikon Coolpix A: Big tech in a little package

| Mar 19, 2013

Nikon Coolpix A: Big tech in a little package

Nikon has delivered a pocket-ready point-and-shoot camera in its Coolpix A, the new flagship model in its Coolpix line up, due to be available in Japan on March 28. It has a DSLR-like 16.2 megapixel, full-size DX format (aka APS-C) CMOS image sensor, and ...

A new crop of smartphones for spring

| Feb 27, 2013

A new crop of smartphones for spring

As spring descends on Japan, we’ll all be welcoming warmer temperatures and cherry blossoms in the coming weeks. But spring in Japan typically means new smartphone lineups from Japan’s major mobile carriers, too. And while consumers’ love for Apple’s iPhone is still in full ...

2012 in tech — and what it means for the year ahead

| Dec 26, 2012

2012 in tech — and what it means for the year ahead

In the world of technology, the past year has seen a changing of the guard in almost every sector. Personal computers, mobile devices, gaming and Internet services have all seen incredible developments, with new challengers taking the place of old incumbents. As we move ...

Two new viewing options for your collection

| Nov 28, 2012

Two new viewing options for your collection

With so many different types of screens to choose from, it’s a wonderful time for home entertainment these days. Whether you opt for the latest HDTV, or a shiny new tablet computer as your second screen, there’s something for everybody depending on your specific ...

Fujitsu aims at women; Huawei targets Japan

| Oct 24, 2012

Fujitsu aims at women; Huawei targets Japan

Fujitsu tends to get left out of the conversation when it comes to the world’s top PC-makers these days, but it’s still an important player in its home market of Japan — where it holds about 15 percent of the market, placing it second ...

Get ready to broadcast video live online

| Sep 26, 2012

Get ready to broadcast video live online

Japan-based Cerevo has carved out an interesting business niche for itself as a provider of live-video-streaming hardware, most notably its Live Shell device released last year. That device enabled aspiring Internet broadcasters to stream live video directly from a camera to the Web without ...