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Latest Panasonic Viera TVs missing only kitchen sink
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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We don’t often cover new TV sets, but I couldn’t help noticing the latest round of Viera LCDs, due to hit shops here in July.

Tokyo Zakka gadget store summer clearance sale!
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Read the full story Announcements | Internet | Storage | Toys | WTF? 09:06 PM JMLH • Permalink
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After a massive Twitter-only clearance sale last week, the doors are open to everyone and prices have been slashed, so get moving!

Panasonic says Blu-ray best for data archives, not high-def
Saturday, March 14, 2009
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Sales of Blu-ray disks and hardware may not be quite as perky as manufacturers had hoped, but at least one firm is reminding us that the technology is good for more than just high-def copies of bad action movies.

Injket printers squirt out flexible memory for smart tags
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Read the full story R&D | Storage 08:18 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Next-generation smart tags could be produced using memory that is made not from silicon, but instead is squirted out of an inkjet printer.

Elpida move threatens Samsung DRAM market
Monday, February 09, 2009
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An unusual move by one of the world’s leading memory makers to secure its immediate economic future could have the knock-on effect of threatening Samsung’s industry domination.

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.

Solid-state disks break the 100GB barrier
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
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Thought the biggest solid-state disk on the market was one of the 64GB models from Samsung and its fellow competitors in the scramble to reap the rewards on offer? Wrong…

New Hitachi tech promises end to personal data leaks
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Read the full story R&D | Storage 08:59 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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The recent rash of data security breaches in the UK could be avoided in future if the government and civil service there pay attention to a group of new privacy-protection technologies being developed in Japan.

Toshiba SDHC cards pumped up to 32GB
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
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Users of SD cards might be keen to hear that Toshiba Japan has just revealed the world’s first 32GB SDHC card and that it will be available from January next year.

NEC and Hitachi develop water-cooled HDD
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Read the full story Desktop PCs | R&D | Storage 05:17 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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It might seem odd that when the world’s first liquid-cooled hard drive is developed the companies behind it should trumpet it as being quieter, rather than more efficient or faster, but that’s the motivation behind the new device from NEC and Hitachi of Japan.

Hitachi springs world's first Blu-ray camcorders ahead of schedule

Just two weeks after we caught whiff of a rumor that Hitachi would be releasing a Blu-ray camcorder in the fall, the Japanese company has announced that the portable high-definition technology is, in fact, ready now.

Toshiba NAND memory breakthrough to yield smaller mobiles
Thursday, June 21, 2007
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The latest memory-chip development, announced today in Japan and the US by Toshiba, is a breakthrough in chip architecture that should lead to mobile phones with more compact designs and even more memory for file storage.

Sony’s geeky backside exposed in Tokyo R&D extravaganza
Friday, June 08, 2007
Read the full story Events | GPS | Internet | R&D | Storage | Wireless 08:12 AM JMLH • Permalink
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We all know Sony for its games hardware, TVs, cameras and other audio-visual products, but it’s not such common knowledge that the company has a bleeding-edge research laboratory dedicated to exploring the technology of tomorrow just for the heck of it.

Speedy card readers reach ExpressCard slot


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

Quad HD cinema projector raises bar with encrypted movies in RAID array
Thursday, April 26, 2007
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Sony chose a rainy afternoon in downtown Tokyo today to unveil a revolution in digital cinema – a projector that can show full cinema-size movies at four times the resolution of standard high definition, with an anti-piracy server system on the side.

Sony 250GB NAC-HD1 audio separate offers total compression control
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
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With increasing hard drive sizes and falling costs per gigabyte, it’s inevitable that uncompressed digital audio, which has been the preserve of bearded audio buffs until now, will become more mainstream. Players like Sony’s new NAC-HD1 are part of that trend.

Toshiba 16GB flash chip means even more space to lie fallow on iPods
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
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Products, such as digital music players, that rely on flash memory have until now typically peaked at 8GB of storage simply because memory manufacturers have been producing ‘packages’ of memory chips only up to that size.

SxS: Sony and SanDisk’s new memory card format
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Read the full story Storage | Video 02:26 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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The hope for a single format for flash memory cards, or at least for plenty fewer than there are now, took a blow over the weekend when Sony and SanDisk announced another new medium intended for use mainly in high-definition video cameras.

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