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Free your iPod’s audio with a PocketDock line-out adapter
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Read the full story Audio | Power | Wireless 11:16 PM JMLH • Permalink
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It’s been described as the ‘must-have’’ accessory for your iPod or iPhone and - although it’s not on direct sale here in Japan - SendStation’s PocketDock adapter packs so much at such a low cost, it’s hard not to crave one.

Filthy habits of the webcam generation #374: online video karaoke
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Read the full story Audio | Digital cameras & camcorders | Household | Internet | Japan | WTF? 03:25 AM JMLH • Permalink
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If actual karaoke in the nasty ole world beyond your bedroom is a bit too scary, then how about doing it in front of a computer with any Tom, Dick or Taro looking in? Best of all, you can even do it in Japanese.

Voice-recognition TV remote knows His Master’s Voice
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Read the full story Audio | Home theater | Household | R&D 08:08 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Voice-powered technology can be pretty hit and miss at the best of times, but a new approach to creating remote controls that hang on our every word looks promising.

Japanese Bluetooth speakers double up as hands-free
Friday, September 05, 2008
Read the full story Audio | Wireless 01:35 AM JMLH • Permalink
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Adding external speakers to portable music players like iPods or even cellphones is a dubious prospect at the best of times (an accessory too far?), but at least the new set from Logicool has a little extra to offer.

Non-canceling earphones deliberately let noise in
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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Thanko, everyone’s favourite purveyor of all things wackily Japanese, has come up with a product that is either as daft as usual or very canny – I really can’t decide.

Noise-canceling tech comes to car interiors
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
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The principle behind noise-cancelling headphones is as elegant as it is simple – sample the noise to be cancelled out and use small speakers to create an equal, but opposite, sound that effectively erases the problem.

Electrical eyeballs controlling our gadgets
Friday, May 09, 2008
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The field of disability aids has seen many devices controlled by computers that visually track the eye movements of paralysed people, but none that reads the electricity given off by swiveling eyeballs.

Waterproof MP3/WMA/CD player likes a quick dip
Thursday, November 29, 2007
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Twinbird’s MP3-loving Zabady costs ¥21,000 ($180) and can handle boring old audio CDs as well as disks burned with new-fangled MP3 and WMA files; just not the type with DRM slapped on. The most useful feature is a USB port inside the sealed case that allows the Zabady to play back tunes from a connected drive of up to 2GB.

Bone conduction goes wireless with Bluetooth headset
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Read the full story Audio | Peripherals | Wireless 08:46 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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We’ve seen a few bone-conduction devices before, including a cellphone, a sports headband and an industrial safety helmet, but this is definitely the first we’ve come across that sends the good vibes by Bluetooth.

Sony adds digital TV to tiny video Walkman lineup
Thursday, September 27, 2007
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Sony Japan has been busy of late on the Walkman front, so it’s no surprise to see yet another new lineup announced in Japan this morning - the 1-seg digital TV toting, credit-card sized NW-A910 series.

Battery day: Cheapo MP3 player runs for a year on half a dozen AAAs
Monday, August 27, 2007
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Let’s stick to the basics - NHC’s 34g Ecolong plays MP3 and WMA, comes in a choice of white or camouflage designs, makes a single AAA battery last 85 hours and is as ugly as sin.

Sony Bio Battery powers gadgets on grape juice and sports drinks
Thursday, August 23, 2007
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Sony Japan has just posted a short video and press release detailing its latest fuel cell - a device that uses not ethanol or methanol this time, but glucose extracted from grape juice and sports drinks.

Sony Rolly viral website goes live, irritates like hell
Monday, August 20, 2007
Read the full story Audio | Events | WTF? 08:49 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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What looks like the latest attempt by Sony to knock the iPod off its throne appears to have kicked off in Japan this morning with the launch of a new website called Rolly World.

Tiny Victor DAP ugly as sin but does line-in MP3 encoding
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
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Not many DAPs come with line-in recording for converting music from external sources to MP3 files, least of all cheap-looking plastic models that weigh just 37g.

Nano tech lends big sound to small speakers
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Read the full story Audio | R&D 09:36 AM JMLH • Permalink
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We all know how feeble tiny speakers can sound, especially those of the kind used on certain mobile products, so it’s heartening to hear of a new technique from Panasonic that claims to get high-fidelity bass notes from compact speakers.

Sony adds bling to Walkman with Swarovski rhinestone topping
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Read the full story Audio | Japan 08:56 AM JMLH • Permalink
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Most so-called ‘designer’ gadgets for women are thinly veiled attempts to flog existing products at the end of their life-cycles, so it’s a pleasant surprise to see a decent-looking - albeit technologically old-hat - feminine flash Walkman from Sony in Japan.

DigitalOlive DAP/speaker combo all it's cracked up to be
Thursday, July 12, 2007
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The marketing suits who gave the latest DAP/speaker combo from Sofmap the name ‘DigitalOlive’ presumably wanted to drive customers away with their wackiness, which is a shame as it looks to be a capable little product.

Waterproof Dolphin MP3 player takes to water like a duck
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
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Here in Japan, we’re slap bang in the middle of rainy season, so the newest waterproof MP3 player from Century Japan fits the bill perfectly.

Scanning pen reads out loud to speed up language learning

Learning a new language isn’t always the most fun activity for many people, especially during the endless hours of repetitive listening to tapes or CDs needed to learn how to understand the spoken word. Fortunately, a novel study aid from Japanese firm Imajinsha aims to make the time-consuming donkey work a little easier with its new polyglot pen.

First iPhone muggings reported - and it hasn't even launched yet ...
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Read the full story Audio | Japan | Wireless | WTF? 09:24 AM JMLH • Permalink
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Reports from Japan say the first incident in a predicted wave of iPhone-centric street robberies has occurred a full two days before the US launch of Apple’s world-changing, famine-ending, disease-curing ‘Jesus phone’ that is destined to be all things to all men.

Nostalgic Japanese schoolbag case for iPod shuffle
Friday, June 22, 2007
Read the full story Audio | Japan | WTF? 06:24 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Trading on nostalgia never hurt any company with an eye on the bottom line, which is obviously what Digital Cowboy had in mind when it created its ‘iPod shuffle Randoseru Carrying Case’ - a faux leather shuffle cover in the style of an elementary-school satchel.

Logitec's phone recorder aimed at paranoid businesses
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Read the full story Audio | Household 09:33 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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We’ve seen SD memory cards appearing in everything from toy robots to high-definition video cameras, but Logitec’s latest device represents the first time for one to appear in a devious conversation-recording add-on for domestic phones.

Japanese MP3 player blasts out facials too
Friday, June 01, 2007
Read the full story Audio | Household | WTF? 04:52 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Although Japan has a reputation as a pretty sophisticated high-tech wonderland, there’s no shortage of garbage products designed to appeal to the wallets of the gullible or the plain bored, so the latest bizarre gadget barely caused us to wrinkle an eyebrow.

Clarion orders car GPS with everything on, including MiniDisc
Friday, April 27, 2007
Read the full story Audio | Displays | GPS | Transportation | Video 10:09 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Clarion Japan’s newest in-car satellite navigation system may just be the most advanced driver aid seen since the last episode of 24 and its host of BS technologies. The MAX9700DT is both a full entertainment system and a GPS unit, but costs more than many second-hand cars.

Piping music through power cabling gets real

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We’ve all seen dozens of tedious attempts at piping internet connections through the home using existing electrical wiring and power sockets, but this is the first-real world product to use the concept to deliver music through the same channels.

Sony 250GB NAC-HD1 audio separate offers total compression control
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Read the full story Audio | Storage 02:32 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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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.

Citizen alarm clock sucks up infrared ringtones from your phone
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Read the full story Audio | Household | Wireless 02:38 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Ever wanted to have an alarm clock that can play the ringtones from your phone to wake you up in the morning? No, thought not, but that hasn’t stopped Citizen Japan from producing a clock which does exactly that.

Toshiba 16GB flash chip means even more space to lie fallow on iPods
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Read the full story Audio | Storage 03:46 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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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.

Sony gets into bed with cartoon characters to sell Walkman
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Read the full story Audio 01:12 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Nowhere does cutesy like Japan, with even faceless mega-corps like Sony throwing their weight behind the infantilization of every product possible. The latest goofy promotion from Sony is a green Walkman accompanied by a green dinosaur character from a children’s TV show.

Sony sporting S2 Sports Walkman
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Read the full story Audio 12:34 AM Paul Kallender • PermalinkComments
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Gym rats, rejoice! Sony is aiming for the fit set with its latest flash-based S2 Sports Walkman, which will pound out a knee-killing, ligament-pulling workout beat while displaying how many steps you’ve taken, distance traveled, calories burned, etc. The only thing the bloody device won’t warn you of is your impending coronary.

Sony unveils new Walkman phone for Japan
Monday, May 22, 2006
Read the full story Audio 09:26 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Sony Ericsson will soon complete the worldwide roll-out of Walkman-brand cellphones with the launch of its first model for Japan, it said Monday.

The phone is the company’s 11th to carry the Walkman brand name and will go on sale just under a year since the first Walkman model was launched in Europe in August 2005.

Sony flashes new Walkman
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Read the full story Audio 05:12 AM Paul Kallender • PermalinkComments
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So it was true. Sony has gone from a state of ignorance (or perhaps the flacks were fibbing) to full propaganda mode when it comes to the new flash-based Walkman.

New Walkman: Sony in the dark too
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Read the full story Audio 10:15 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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After yesterday’s rumors about the impending new flash-memory Sony Walkman, a company spokesperson in Tokyo has denied all knowledge of the E/A series.


New flash Walkman imminent?
Monday, March 27, 2006
Read the full story Audio 07:46 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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These rumored new Walkman-branded flash memory DAPs from Sony have appeared in Sweden, although nothing is official yet.



Walkman: end of the road
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Read the full story Audio 06:28 AM Paul Kallender • PermalinkComments
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Today marks the end of an era: Sony announced that by the end of March it will end domestic output of its Walkman portable audio players. The move comes as part of a restructuring plan announced last September by the company’s non-Japanese boss, Sir Howard Stringer.


Sony Walkman, a hard case
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Read the full story Audio 06:44 AM Paul Kallender • PermalinkComments
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Sony’s having a hard time selling its Walkman DAPs, which have consistently failed to challenge the iPod even in the Japanese market. The company’s latest ploy is to toughen up its A-series — literally, in the form of dirt- and scratch-resistant cases.

Inevitable Snoopy iPod nano
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Read the full story Audio | Japan 03:35 AM Paul Kallender • PermalinkComments
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With about the same predictability as night following day, a Japanese company has come up with a Peanuts-themed iPod. Runa is offering a run of 1,000 of these customized 2GB nanos.

Sony’s new Walkman in the wild
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Read the full story Audio 06:58 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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We just spotted this super shiny display of Sony’s newly released Walkman-branded DAPs in a downtown Tokyo branch of Bic Camera, the largest electronics retailer in Japan.



(Via IDG News Service)



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