| Jun 6, 2012

E3: The one that got away from Japan

by Brian Ashcraft

This week, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) roars through Los Angeles. Game companies from North America, Europe and Japan flock to the Convention Center downtown to show off their latest wares. E3 is the world’s leading video-game show, populated with multimillion-dollar games, big-name game ...

DoCoMo shuns iPhone, pushes Android options

| May 23, 2012

DoCoMo shuns iPhone, pushes Android options

by Rick Martin

DoCoMo last week unveiled its new lineup of mobile phones at a press conference in Tokyo. The most notable was the brand-new Samsung Galaxy S III, the headliner of the DoCoMo NEXT series of high-end smartphones. The handset’s predecessors, the Galaxy and Galaxy II ...

Japan's gamers are starting to shoot 'em up

| May 2, 2012

Japan's gamers are starting to shoot 'em up

by Brian Ashcraft

It’s a long running stereotype: Japanese gamers like role-playing games (RPGs), and Western gamers prefer first-person shooters (FPS). That doesn’t mean hardcore FPS players don’t exist in Japan. They do. FPS games differ greatly from RPG games. In an FPS, action is gun-based and ...

Create your own home-entertainment network

| Apr 25, 2012

Create your own home-entertainment network

by Rick Martin

Last week, Sony announced an interesting addition to its entertainment lineup with the launch of a device that doubles as network-attached storage and as a handy digital-television recorder. It’s called the nasne, and it is the successor to Sony’s previously released torne DVR add-on ...

Japan gets new Android gadgets

| Mar 28, 2012

Japan gets new Android gadgets

by Rick Martin

I expect you’ve heard about as much as you can take regarding Apple’s third-generation iPad over the past few weeks. It’s an undeniably improved offering over the iPad 2, which itself is now a tempting buy at its new discounted price. But while the ...

USB beans and yet another 'toy' camera

| Mar 14, 2012

USB beans and yet another 'toy' camera

by Rick Martin

A common problem with many new laptops is that they don’t come with as many USB ports as we’d like. I have four ports on my computer and I still find myself fiddling with wires around the back, unplugging and replugging depending on what ...