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PSP gets trial at Arsenal and firmware upgrade in Japan
Friday, March 30, 2007
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Just as the PlayStation Portable has had its firmware updated to make it that little bit more useful, so we receive news of an unusual trial involving the Sony handheld system in the UK.

Budget 1TB high-def video recorder from I-O Data
Thursday, March 29, 2007
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Outside the geekiest of DIY communities, there can’t be that many homes with digital video recorders that can lay down over 100 hours of HD TV, but that’s about to change in Japan with the arrival of I-O Data’s 1 terabyte DVR.

Cheapo MPEG-4 video camera majors in skin(t) flicks
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Last time you were offered a camcorder at a price this low, it probably wasn’t in one of those electronics superstores staffed by dilettante youngsters on minimum wage.

PMP pocket rocket offers it all on cheap
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
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Cheap portable media players are ten-a-penny these days and most perform about as well as emotional England cricketers on a late-night seaborne jaunt [US readers should click here; it’s worth a read], so it takes something special to stand out, which Sunconnection’s latest Japanese PMP appears to do on paper.

World’s smallest digital TV tuner on SD card
Saturday, March 24, 2007
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Not that it really matters, but any idea how much your digital telly set-top box weighs? Bet it’s a fair chunk heavier than the latest Japanese terrestrial digital TV tuner, which weighs just 5g.

Digital terrestrial broadcasts make Sony’s beauty appealing
Monday, March 19, 2007
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Portable mini television sets these days are nothing like their clunky predecessors of the last couple of decades and Sony’s latest Japanese model is a perfect example of the new wave of good-looking, multi-functional devices.

PSP and iPod video: iLuv loves U
Thursday, February 22, 2007
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In an industry where daft names and meaningless monikers are commonplace there are few as vapid as IMJ Japan’s iLuv-i182WHT video recorder for mobile devices.

Digital photo frame plays MP3s, video, does laundry
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
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Over the years we’ve seen plenty of photo frames that include LCD screens for displaying digital photographs but few have been as cheap or as versatile as the Exemode DPS700 from KFE Japan.

YouTube and Japan making slow progress
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
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Round one of the battle between YouTube and the entire Japanese media concluded last week when the video-sharing site agreed to include a Japanese-language warning on its website advising users not to upload copyrighted content, but what does it mean for the future of the Google-owned company?

Sanyo’s tiny 720p HD TV video camera fits in a shirt pocket
Thursday, February 08, 2007
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The latest in a long line of Xacti-branded video cameras from Sanyo Japan, the pistol-grip-style DMX-HD2, is being touted as the world’s smallest and lightest digital video camera.

JVC’s semi-pro video deck with MiniDV drive
Thursday, January 25, 2007
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We can’t get enough of hard-core A/V products like this HDD/DVD/MiniDV video-recording deck that JVC has just released in Japan.

Impatient UK drivers get shafted by bollards
Thursday, December 07, 2006
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Apparently it’s cruel to laugh at the misfortune of others but when it involves car drivers trying to sneak into bus lanes and getting their cars wrecked by steel posts…

YouTube urged to see error of their ways by fuddy-duddy Japanese
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
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Japan’s legions of smelly old men in bad suits are tilting at windmills again, as the country’s copyright-protection groups and various entertainment-related bodies band together to attack YouTube yet again.

YouTube strikes video deals to dodge lawsuits, partners with NHL too
Friday, November 17, 2006
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Google’s YouTube has signed a contract with the National Hockey League (NHL) to offer game highlights, the latest deal struck by the video-sharing sensation as it attempts to stamp out pirated clips from its site and avoid copyright lawsuits.

YouTube deletes 30,000 Japanese copyright clips on request
Saturday, October 21, 2006
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YouTube has deleted close to 30,000 files after complaints from an organization representing Japanese copyright holders, the organization said Friday.

Google deal likely to see death of YouTube brand
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
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Finally, Google has laid the speculation to rest by announcing that it is buying YouTube for US$1.65 billion in stock but analysts suspect the YouTube brand may be gradually done away with.

World’s first SD-only hi-def camcorder
Thursday, October 05, 2006
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That high-definition, SD card-toting AVCHD camcorder from Panasonic sure looks sweet in the flesh. Take a peek after the jump.

CEATEC: Sony unveils Blu-ray recorders and PCs
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
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Sony will launch a pair of Blu-ray Disc video recorders in Japan this December, the company said Tuesday at Ceatec.

BitTorrent-capable set-top boxes around the corner
Saturday, September 23, 2006
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Ashwin Navin, co-founder and president of file sharing software developer BitTorrent, thinks that advertising-supported content will win out over DRM in the long run for movie and TV show downloads. That and plenty more juice after the break.

Microsoft tries to elbow out YouTube & Google Video
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
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Microsoft hopes to bank on the popularity of online video-sharing services such as YouTube and Google Video with its own competitive service, which goes into beta on Tuesday.

Guba takes on YouTube et al through professional content
Friday, September 08, 2006
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User-uploaded video might be making all the waves on the Internet right now but the future lies in professional content, according to the head of one video portal.

MTV to take on YouTube, MySpace in Japan
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
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As young people increasingly tune out television and tune into online video and chat, MTV Networks is hoping to win their attention with a new broadband service that appears part MTV, part YouTube and part MySpace. Click on for the video report.

Video in the tub with the Aquapack
Monday, August 28, 2006
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System Talks Inc. has a very-plain-Jane SD-card based PMP called the Movie Vision S that plays back an equally limited range of audio and video formats and now they want us to take it for a soak in the tub too.

Sony’s miniDV tapes stretch to 85 minutes now
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Sony has just changed the world of miniDV cassetes by releasing the first ever 85-minute tape, thereby adding 20 minutes or so to the amount of HDV high-def video that can be captured before swapping tapes.

Recording portable media player does it all on a budget
Sunday, August 20, 2006
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NHC’s ADY-30512 PMP may have only half a gig of memory onboard but it packs a helluva punch for just ¥29,800.

Kingston K-PEX goes on sale, Kevin Spacey not involved
Monday, August 07, 2006
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Kingston in Taiwan just dropped us a line to say the personal media player it had on show at Computex this year is now on sale.

World’s first consumer camcorder with DVD and HDD
Thursday, August 03, 2006
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The Hitachi’s DZ-HS303 may not be high definition like Canon’s latest HV10, but the latest DVR to carry the WOOO label isn’t as ridiculous as the brand name suggests.

AOL muscling in on YouTube territory
Monday, July 31, 2006
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AOL will unveil a revamped video portal this week, the latest move by a major Internet company to strengthen its position in this very competitive market.

Yet more high-def video cameras: Canon’s turn
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
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Canon Wednesday unveiled two high-definition camcorders, hot-on-the-heels of new HD models from Sony and Sanyo. Unlike their rivals’ camcorders, Canon’s new models are aimed at the highest end of the consumer market, and professionals.

Bluedot PMP runs Linux, loves people
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
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Japan’s Bluedot and Korea’s Digital Cube have put their heads together and come up with a rather nifty Linux-based PMP with a 30GB hard-drive and lots more goodness inside.

Display ads coming soon to Google Video
Friday, June 23, 2006
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Google is launching a public test to show display and video ads on Google Video, another step in the search giant’s slow exploration of graphical ads on its own services.

Gigabeat gets TV, 30GB hard drive
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
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Toshiba appears to have really delivered, morphing its overpriced gigabeat DMP range into what looks like a very nice PMP with a 1-seg tuner, a 3.5in screen and a 30GB HDD in the relatively slim and lightweight form of the V30T. It plays music too…

Qualcomm’s do-it-all cellphone TV chip
Saturday, May 27, 2006
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Qualcomm has introduced a chip designed to bring mobile television to consumer mobile phone handsets, the company said Friday. Although the company named the chip the Universal Broadcast Modem (UBM), it supports three leading mobile television standards.

YouTube thrashes Google, MSN, Yahoo in web video market
Thursday, May 25, 2006
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YouTube is the most visited video website, attracting almost half of all visitors and towering over giants like Google, Yahoo, AOL and MSN, according to Hitwise.

BitTorrent eyes Chinese films with great hunger
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
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Flush with success from sealing a deal with Warner Bros. to sell movies using its Internet file-sharing software, BitTorrent has turned its sights on China. The company is in talks with several Hong Kong and Chinese movie studios about offering its software for legal distribution of Chinese-language films by the end of this year, according to Lily Lin, BitTorrent’s director of communications.

Sony brings LocationFree TV to Macs and mobiles
Monday, May 15, 2006
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Sony plans to unveil new client software next week that will extend its LocationFree TV platform to Macs and a wider range of mobile devices.

High-def formats about to get even more messed up
Friday, May 12, 2006
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High-definition video fans can prepare themselves for another new format: AVCHD. The format, developed by Sony and Panasonic, is aimed at high-definition camcorders and makes it possible to store HD content on currently available 8cm DVDs, the companies said Thursday.

Video conferencing helps Toyota boost bottom line
Thursday, May 04, 2006
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Car maker Toyota Motor has started using videoconferencing technology for visual communication between its local offices and Japan, improving productivity and communication.

Horiba Itech car-crash recorder
Monday, April 10, 2006
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Horiba Itech is set to release its new shock-sensitive video recorder for use in taxis and other road-going vehicles.

Japan’s mobile digital TV explained
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
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A digital TV service intended for cellphones and other devices officially kicked off in Japan on Saturday. The service, called “1-seg,” offers a simulcast of terrestrial TV channels and is completely free to air.



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