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Simplism comes up with the (iPad) goods, cases galore…
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Read the full story iPad | Japan | Mobile computing 09:25 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Ahead of Friday’s iPad launch in Japan and many other places, I took a look at a few protective cases and screens from a small local company that are well worth considering, especially if you’ve already tried Apple’s surprisingly poor official case.

NetWalker tiny Ubuntu netbook on sale for a buck
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Read the full story Mobile computing 10:00 PM JMLH • Permalink
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When Sharp’s tiny Ubuntu-powered NetWalker hit the streets here in Japan a few weeks ago it was generally priced at the full whack of around ¥40,000 - an eye-watering $462 these days.

FindTokyo app brings pop-up maps and more to iPhone
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Read the full story GPS | Internet | Japan | Mobile computing | Wireless 10:20 PM JMLH • Permalink
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In spite of general ill-informed nay-saying about the hardware’s prospects in Japan, the Tokyo-specific iPhone apps keep rolling in thick, fast and creamy, with the latest being a gem from Enfour and Gmap.

Tokyo Metro iPhone app free giveaway!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Read the full story Announcements | Internet | Japan | Mobile computing | Transportation | Wireless 10:20 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Anyone traveling in Tokyo knows how confusing the subway can be even if you can read Japanese, which is why we’re eternally grateful for Presselite’s new Tokyo Metro iPhone or iPod touch app. Best of all, we’ve got ten copies to give away.

Japan gets world’s first netbook with DVD burner
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Read the full story Mobile computing | Storage 06:51 PM JMLH • Permalink
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No biggie, this, but if you’re into netbooks with their sluggish performance , small screens and fiddly keyboards, but still crave a DVD writer, then here’s the answer.

Sony’s new mini PC may not be a netbook after all
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Read the full story Mobile computing 02:21 AM JMLH • Permalink
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By now, we all know that Sony is supposed to be hitting us with its first Vaio netbook PC at CES next month but, amid the various teases, leaks and rumors, how much is clear?

Facelift for shiny new Digital World Tokyo mobile site
Monday, December 22, 2008
Read the full story Announcements | Internet | Mobile computing | Wireless 06:38 PM JMLH • Permalink
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I’m not sure if turning the plain-Jane old mobile site into a fancy new version using Winksite counts as a facelift, but I can say that it looks absolutely splendid now.

JAL’s laptop seat makes life easier for frequent fliers
Monday, December 08, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Mobile computing | Transportation 08:40 PM Yoshi Suzuki • Permalink
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Generally speaking, taking your laptop on a flight is a hassle, particularly if you’re in cattle class. Not only do you have to specially screen it through the x-ray machine, but all it does is take up space in the overhead compartment while you sit idly in your seat, wishing you could get some work done or at least watch the movies you picked.

Panasonic replaces Sony as Japan’s coolest electronics brand
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Read the full story Desktop PCs | Displays | Household | Japan | Mobile computing 02:15 AM JMLH • Permalink
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Although much has been made of Sony’s recent resurgence under Sir Howard Stringer, the Tokyo monster may be surprised to learn that it has been toppled as the public’s favourite producer of quality electronics.

Thin, cheap Windows subnote steps up to MacBook Air
Friday, March 14, 2008
Read the full story Mobile computing 10:14 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Laptop fans who aren’t mad keen on shelling out the best part of $1,800 for a MacBook Air might want to get themselves over to Japan for a slice of tasty subnote pie that’s every bit as sweet and just two-thirds the price.

Japanese PC makers say crappy MacBook Air design drives cost up
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Mobile computing | WTF? 08:31 AM JMLH • Permalink
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Whatever your feelings on the MacBook Air – underpowered fancy Dan or a gorgeous lust bauble – it’s an undeniably superb feat of engineering. Or is it? A team of Japanese engineers has other ideas.

Japanese geeks turn old cellphones into new PCs
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Read the full story Desktop PCs | Displays | Mobile computing | R&D | Wireless 01:56 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Next time you throw an old cellphone away, spare a thought for the engineers at Hokuto System in Japan, who have recycled their old handsets to make fully functional computers.

Roll-up solar panels power disaster rescue kit
Friday, November 09, 2007
Read the full story Household | Japan | Mobile computing | Wireless 04:10 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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The latest piece of disaster recovery equipment to come out of Japan is an ingenious feat of engineering featuring one of the most unusual applications of solar technology that we’ve seen.

Stripes, car seat covers and low specs for Nissan’s laptop
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Read the full story Japan | Mobile computing 04:55 AM JMLH • Permalink
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Uber nerdy Nissan fans in Japan are probably in moistest ecstasy right now after NEC announced that it is to sell a special edition laptop there done up to match the local equivalent of the car company’s Micra model.

Multicore CPU lockdown key to stopping viruses
Friday, October 05, 2007
Read the full story Desktop PCs | Internet | Mobile computing | R&D | Wireless 10:27 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Multicore CPUs are already ten-a-penny, but who woulda thunk they’d soon be appearing in cellphones, cars and HD TV players and that they could hold the key to eliminating computer viruses?

Toshiba’s Cell-packing SpursEngine impressive in the flesh
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Read the full story Events | Mobile computing | R&D | Video 04:06 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Toshiba has been showing off its new, powerful SpursEngine processor at the CEATEC 2007 electronics show just outside Tokyo and we were there to take a look.

New Hitachi search engine can analyze images and videos based on content
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Read the full story Desktop PCs | Internet | Mobile computing | R&D | Software | Video 03:03 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Internet searches for more obscure topics can sometimes feel like the old needle-and-haystack conundrum - if what you want is out there at all, finding it can be a stretch, even for Google. Images and video present an even greater challenge - unless they’re tagged or labeled accurately, it’s often a matter of wading through thousands of possible matches.

Easy-peasy touchscreen PC for newbies afraid of the internet

It may have an unwieldy name but the Slate DT FeliCa from a consortium of firms in Japan could just be the key to getting the vast swathes of analogue holdouts online and into the brave new world of the internet.

Sharp’s ugly Japanese smartphone gets makeover, hopes to start dating
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Read the full story Mobile computing | Wireless 08:57 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Never mind that puffed-up gizmo Apple is about to unleash, June 29 also sees the launch of the rather attractive smartphone you see in the photograph, which is about to become one of Japan’s hottest gadgets.

Toshiba redefines the ultra-light laptop PC
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Read the full story Mobile computing 09:06 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Just a day after revealing the first rewritable HD DVD drive for laptop PCs, Toshiba Japan today unveiled a range of lightweight, rugged laptops that weigh as little as 768g, with a battery life as long as 12.5 hours and plenty more besides.

Vaio 10th anniversary party PCs with everything on
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Read the full story Mobile computing 09:33 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Sony’s Vaio PCs hit their tenth birthday this year and to celebrate the company is releasing anniversary special editions in Japan, with the flagship model being the Vaio VGN-TZ50B.

Speedy card readers reach ExpressCard slot

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This is a first – a budget multi-format memory card reader that fits into the increasingly popular ExpressCard slot now found on many laptops.



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