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Home comforts, the tech way

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Wrapped up in the sound system To get an immersive sound experience while watching TV or an online video at home, so far your only choices have been an extremely expensive entertainment system or using headphones or earbuds. But what if you don't feel comfortable watching a two-hour movie with something ...

Better games for serious hardware

| Sep 24, 2017

Better games for serious hardware

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Get the Playstation 4 revved "Gran Turismo Sport" is Sony's long-running "Gran Turismo" game's PlayStation 4 debut. The first "GT" was released in 1997 on the PlayStation 1, and 20 years later, "Gran Turismo" is still going strong, holding on to its title as "the ...

New ways to find your voice

| Sep 17, 2017

New ways to find your voice

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Sing on key with Yamaha This December Yamaha is finally releasing to the public something that vocaloid fans have been waiting for: the Vocaloid Keyboard. Designed as a keytar, the Vocaloid Keyboard allows musicians to play singing voices, including that of the turquoise-haired character Hatsune ...

Game industry vamps up classics

| Aug 27, 2017

Game industry vamps up classics

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The 'Sonic' boom Among video game fans, there's something called the Sonic Cycle — when a new "Sonic" game is announced and players get incredibly excited, and then the game comes out — with both good and bad results. With the game's uneven track record ...

Updates for the fan boys and girls

| Jul 23, 2017

Updates for the fan boys and girls

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Ready to paint the town again? Nintendo's colorful third-person shooter returns, ready to splatter players with ink and cuteness. When released in 2015, "Splatoon" was a big departure for Nintendo. First, it was a multiplayer shooter. Second, its vibrant color palette ushered in a new ...

Strange days of today's technology

| Jul 16, 2017

Strange days of today's technology

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Hang in there, the stinky summer could soon be over Summer always seems to come with an increased level of bad odors. Whether it's from sweat, smoke or food, smells seem to get more powerful in the heat and humidity. Panasonic, however, has come up with ...

Something old, new and renewed

| Jun 25, 2017

Something old, new and renewed

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2-D has its advantages When the Nintendo 3DS originally launched in 2011, the key feature was its 3-D-glasses-free stereoscopic 3-D screen. Many players enjoyed the visuals; however, some found them headache-inducing. The latest iteration from Nintendo will be a welcome release for the latter. This isn't ...

Set to go with the push of a button

| Jun 18, 2017

Set to go with the push of a button

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A very meta instant camera Japan's biggest toy fair, the International Tokyo Toy Show, is always a good place to discover new gadgets, even if they are originally designed for kids. This year it was held June 1-4 and one product proved particularly popular with ...