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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.

Hot and steamy USB-powered hay-fever mask from Japan
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
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Visit Japan during springtime and one of the first terms you’re likely to hear is ‘hay fever’ – that’s because it’s a major health hazard here that seriously affects tens of millions of people, many of whom have to take time off work.

Luminescent Squid Drive glows blue, smells fishy
Friday, December 15, 2006
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Most folk outside Europe and Asia probably don’t realize it but our fishy friend the squid makes some darned fine eating — raw, with a little lemon, grilled with butter, whatever; it’s all good. Even the guts are tasty.

Tech quickie: Blow your wad on a $3,000 cable
Thursday, September 07, 2006
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Anyone with $3,157 (or ¥367,500) to blow on a prime slice of power cabling should head immediately for Teac Esoteric.

Tech quickie: USB hub/speakers/iPod & battery charger
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Gotta love Thanko: who else would cobble together a USB hub with 3W worth of speakers and a double-A battery charger?

And now the USB-memory, card-reading ball pen from Thanko
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
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Thanko’s back with a semi-useful and definitely gimmicky USB memory-cum-ball pen-cum-SD/MMC card reader that it’s dubbed SPYDISK.

New iPod/Sony DAP cover story from Elecom
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Elecom’s got all the bases covered with its latest swath of DAP protective sheaths. No, not silicone: this time, the company is using wetsuit material.

Toshiba announces first 16GB USB flash drive
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
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Toshiba has long been a leader in memory products, so it’s pretty sure that its highest-capacity USB flash drive will be a big hit when it becomes available in December.

Logitech’s new mice seek a Revolution
Thursday, August 24, 2006
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Logitech on Thursday announced new mice that it claims will ease web searches and navigation of content on a PC. The wireless MX Revolution and VX Revolution laser mice include an automatic web search button, and a wheel that can navigate through hundreds of pages in seconds, according to the company.

Sony DAP protection from Elecom
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Here’s a rubbery source of protection for your Sony NW-E005/003/002 DAPs. Except the protection is actually made of silicone gum.

Latest Buffalo reader handles 23 types of cards
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Buffalo’s MCR-C8L/U2 will not only read just about any digital memory card you have, it’s also extremely svelte — about the size of a business card.

Buffalo’s 4-port USB: now with auto retraction!
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Buffalo is rolling out some serviceable 4-port USB hubs with roll-up-able cables. Just press the button and hope they retract after a while.

Supercool Logitech HDDs out now
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Logitec’s NEXAS series sports a cooling method called the A.S.C. System, which is supposed to stop the disks from melting down.

Koreans get their mojos working through mousing
Friday, August 18, 2006
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Genetically modified mice are old news, so here’s a silicone-enhanced mousepad for your erudition instead.

World’s thinnest waterproof keyboard
Saturday, August 12, 2006
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A company called Kimura Metal is set to release the eMARK Super Mobile Keyboard, which it claims is the world’s thinnest. And it’s spill-resistant to boot!

Green House offers fast memory in a flash
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The latest PicoTurbo USB flash memories from Green House work at a fair clip, or so the company claims.

And now, pivoting flash from Imation
Thursday, August 10, 2006
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In what can be best described as the Swiss Army knife approach to digital design, Imation will release its Flash Drive Pivot USB memory clips on August 21.

I-O Data external drive breaks ¥10,000 barrier
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I-O’s DVR-UN18E, which comes out at the end of August, will sell for less than ¥10,000. It’s no terrible slouch when it comes to writing, either.

Retractable IBud earphones from Thanko
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At last, a sensible and useful product from Thanko: retractable earphones. The IBuds are billed as having improved audio quality to boot.

Buffalo rolling out shock-resistant/TB-class HDDs
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
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The latest additions to Buffalo’s HDD lineup include both brawny TB-class models and shock-resistant varieties.

Goofy car laptop holder from Thanko
Saturday, August 05, 2006
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In a move that gives new meaning to the phrase “computing on the go,” Thanko has just released a sort of notebook PC holder tray that you can rig up between your car’s driver and passenger seats. It attaches to chairs, too.

Tough-love, water-happy USB memories from ATP
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A taste of the rough and rugged US of A has come to Japan in the form of ATP’s tiny but waterproof Petito and the macho ToughDrive.

And now, the USB pendulum memory
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Sushi USB-memory maker Solid Alliance has taken another swing at the format. Its latest gimmick is the Pendulum memory.

Make (wireless) waves with iPone LAN cable-less router
Thursday, August 03, 2006
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Those sharp-eyed folks at AVING have spotted a USB-type wireless portable access point called the iPONE that also acts as a wireless router and a client wireless LAN card.

Vicious data crunching via PLEXERASER laser destroyer
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Help is on its way for all of you who are sick of breaking optical discs with your bare hands: the impressively named PLEXERASER.

12.7mm-thin DVD drive from Plextor
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Plextor is set to release its thin-on-the-ground, internal ATAPI DVD drive called the PX-608AL.

Long-haul wireless keyboard from Buffalo
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Buffalo’s latest wireless keyboard works at up to 10 meters away from its transmitter/receiver.

Logitec delays Blu-ray Disc drives a month
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Another week, another high-definition optical disc-related product delay. This time it’s Logitec, which ‘fessed up today that we’re going to have to wait another couple of weeks for the two models that were due out a couple of weeks ago.

Potentially parrot-killing mouse from Logicool
Saturday, July 29, 2006
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Both lefties and righties should be comfortable with Logicool’s speedy and super-high-tech G3 gaming mouse. The way the company talks it up, you’d think it might need disc brakes. We recommend, however, keeping it away from your parrot, especially on hot days.

Solid Alliance swaps sushi for ducks
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We haven’t heard from Solid Alliance for some time — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But now the good folks who popularized sushi USB memory clips have moved on to flip-top ducks.

I-O Data gets in on SDHC reading
Thursday, July 27, 2006
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I-O Data has quickly jumped aboard the SDHC train with the USB2-C9RWG memory card reader. Panasonic and others will be pleased.

Buffalo’s bumper body HDDs both promise and deliver
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
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Buffalo, whose decent HDDs are always reasonably priced, is helping butterfingers with its latest shock-resistant portable hard-drives.

Update: Wireless Mighty Mouse on sale already
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After appearing to be very early speculation earlier today, Apple has gone and pulled a fast one by releasing the Bluetooth Mighty Mouse far earlier than anyone expected.

Bluetooth Mighty Mouse soon from Apple?
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Apple has developed a wireless version of its Mighty Mouse, according to a U.S. regulatory filing.

World’s smallest 4-port USB hub?
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
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Nice as it is, this teeny weeny USB hub from Elecom has gotta be far too easy to lose — it measures just 40 × 40 × 10mm and weighs 16g, which is pretty much the size of a book of matches.

USB speakers, hub and memory card reader in an egg
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Here in Japan Evergreen has a knack for making really simple products that are cheap yet strangely desirable. Its latest sure-fire hit is a pair of speakers in a plastic egg casing with a USB hub and a memory card reader built in.

Holy keyboard to hit Japan soon
Sunday, July 23, 2006
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In what’s not being hailed as a revolutionary breakthrough, a Japanese company called Sigma A.P.O has developed a spill-resistant keyboard that’s got holes drilled in it to let the coffee, beer, juice, etc. escape.

Hard case HDDs from I-O Data
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It’s big and nearly bomb-proof: say hello to the HDPG-SU, I-O Data’s latest hard-man HDD.

Buffalo to release squid-like USB hubs
Saturday, July 22, 2006
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Buffalo’s new USB hubs may look like squid, but they do offer a nice way to get connected.

And now, the Tamagotchi battery
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You thought you had put the little bugger down for good, didn’t you? Now look, he’s gone and recharged himself. Hitachi Maxell, in its inscrutable corporate wisdom, has teamed up with Bandai to bring you the Tamagotchi button battery.



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