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Saturday, June 07, 2008

The future in our pockets at Japan’s Mobile Consumer Lab

Japan’s legions of small northwest coastal towns are famed for their patchworks of rice paddies and garlands of snow-capped mountains that offer some of the region’s best skiing, but only one is home to a research lab devoted to understanding how we interact with our mobile phones.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Paranoid simpletons welcome all-seeing car nav system

Come the end of next month, one of the last refuges of escape from the digital onslaught of the modern world will be cruelly ripped from us, when Panasonic’s new, fully connected car navigation system goes on sale.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Mobile digital TV: What the West can learn from tiny TVs in Japanese pockets

Regular readers will have noticed a fair sprinkling of the odd term ‘1-seg’ in news items over the last year or so, with all referring to Japanese products in some way. From Sony’s PSP and video Walkman to car sat-nav systems and mobile phones, this strangely named digital TV standard is popping up everywhere in the Far East, but what exactly is it?

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Sony delivers lighter PS2 and deeper red PSP

Just in time for Christmas we have two new additions to the PlayStation line-up - a glowing red PSP and the redesigned PS2 we’ve been expecting for some months.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Sony adds digital TV to tiny video Walkman lineup

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.

Friday, September 21, 2007

World's first talking TV complains when used

If there’s a product as bizarre as the Segnity pocket television from E-Revolution then we’ve yet to see it.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Vaio 10th anniversary party PCs with everything on

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.

Monday, May 08, 2006

1-seg wonder: Japan’s mobile digital TV

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Since April Fool’s Day this year most of Japan has been able to enjoy digital TV broadcasts created specifically for mobile devices, particularly for cellphones. The new service has been branded “1-seg” for a very good reason.



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