Thursday, December 25, 2008

LG's Sunlight Illuminated LCD

LG Display Unveils Sunlight Illuminated 14.1" LCD for Outdoor Use

Today LG Korea announced a new 14.1 LCD dedicated for notebooks designed for both indoor and outdoor use. An aAdaptive backlight isn't new, but here LG succeed in designing a screen that gives optimum visibility under all conditions. By switching from transmissive to reflective mode (the screen uses sunlight to illuminate itself) not only will you get a clear view of your screen display, but also improved battery lifespan (per LG).

LG Display Unveils Sunlight Illuminated LCD for Outdoor Use Company’s 14.1” Sunlight Illuminated LCD Reduces Power Consumption by 75% When Outdoors

Seoul, Korea ( Dec. 22, 2008 ) – LG Display Co., Ltd. [NYSE: LPL, KRX: 034220], a leading innovator of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) technology, announced today that it has developed a 14.1 inch LCD panel for notebook PC that is illuminated by sunlight instead of the backlight unit when used outdoors. The company’s new, sunlight illuminated, energy efficient LCD panel will debut at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2009.

Leveraging LG Display’s “Backlight Data Signal Switching Technology”, the use of selective reflection plates in existing backlight panels enables the switch from reflective mode in a high luminance setting (sunlight) to transmissive mode in a low luminance setting (indoors and at night). This is the first LCD panel to allow users to easily switch from backlight use (transmissive mode) to outdoor reflective mode with the touch of a button.

The display’s outdoor energy consumption falls to one fourth the level of indoor energy consumption, providing a significant increase in battery life. While Backlight units in conventional notebooks can account for more than 75 percent of the total energy consumption used in LCD panels for notebooks.

In addition, this new product resolves visibility issues with a contrast ratio exceeding 9:1 when used outdoors in reflective mode. The display’s contrast ratio ranges from just 2:1 to 3:1 for conventional notebook PCs when used outdoors, implying difficulty in viewing the screen.

Mr. In-Byeong Kang, LG Display’s Vice President and Head of LCD Laboratory, noted, “Our environmentally friendly, 14.1 inch LCD for notebook PC overcomes the challenges of extending battery life in use of notebook PCs outdoors where isn’t likely to be power outlets, while providing superior outdoor visibility.”


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Lenovo Gives More Details on Their Dual Screen Thinkpad

Lenovo Gives More Details on Their Dual Screen Thinkpad

Lenovo gave us more details on the next Lenovo featuring a dual screen, the ThinkPad W700ds. At the moment it will feature a 17-Inch primary screen, a 10.6-Inch secondary screen, a Core 2 Quad QX9300 (2.53GHz), up to 8GB of memory, 960GB of SATA HDD – SSD storage space. It will also have a built-in WACOM digitizer (electronic drawning pad), two DisplayPort video adapters, and dual-link DVI.

From ComputerWorld's product marketing manager, Wes Williams, "Why two screens? Most people use two monitors at their desktop. We wanted to give them all the things they're used to on their desk."

Price: $3,600 (2585€).


Sunday, December 21, 2008

512GB SSDs from Toshiba

512GB SSDs from Toshiba

Toshiba introduced their latest SSD wonder, the industry's first 2.5” 512GB SSD, the THNS512GG8B.
We don't have any details on the price, however, Toshiba announced that it will display this almighty beast next January at the CES 2009.

TOKYO--Toshiba Corporation (Tokyo: 6502) today announced the expansion of their line up of NAND-flash-based solid state drives (SSD) with the industry's first 2.5-inch 512-gigabyte (GB) SSD and a broad family of fast read/write SSDs based on 43 nanometer (nm) Multi-Level Cell NAND. The new drives provide a high level of performance and endurance for use in notebook computers, gaming and home entertainment systems, and will be showcased at International CES 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 8 to 11, 2009.

In addition to the 2.5-inch, 512GB drive, the 43nm NAND SSD family also includes capacities of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, offered in 1.8-inch or 2.5-inch drive enclosures or as SSD Flash Modules. Samples of the new drives will be available in first quarter (January to March) 2009, with mass production in the second quarter (April to June) 2009.

Toshiba's second-generation SSDs bring increased capacity and performance for notebook computers, utilizing an advanced MLC controller which is also compatible with further advanced process, that achieves higher read/write speeds, parallel data transfers and wear leveling to optimize performance, reliability and endurance. The drives enable improved system responsiveness with a maximum sequential read speed of 240MB per second (MBps) and maximum sequential write speed of 200MBps, enabling an improvement in overall computing experience, and faster boot and application loading times. The drives also offer AES data encryption to prevent unauthorized data access.

"The solid state drive market is evolving rapidly, with higher performance drives to meet market requirements, and differentiated product families targeted for appropriate applications,” said Mr. Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Vice President of Toshiba Corporation's Semiconductor Company. "This new 43nm SSD family balances value/performance characteristics for its targeted consumer applications, through use of MLC NAND and an advanced controller architecture."

Toshiba and many market analysts expect SSDs to begin to gain significant traction in the market in 2009, growing to approximately 10% of the notebook market by 2010, and 25% of the notebook market by 2012. Toshiba expects the value/performance of its MLC NAND-based SSD line-up to help speed the acceptance of solid state storage.

Toshiba will continue to promote innovations that widen the horizons of the NAND Flash market and support its continued leadership in that market. The company will spur demand for SSD in notebook PCs, netbooks and digital consumer products by enhancing its lineup, offering products with different densities and interfaces in a range of packages, while advancing device performance.


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Moto Still alive and kicking, well at least in Korea

Moto Still alive and kicking, well at least in Korea

Here you are the Ne MotoPrizm, available in Korea, Yes Moto does not apparently wants to give-up such easily! So what about this new MotoPrizm? Well first of all do not get too much exciting here since we are talking about a 2G Handset (WTF?!?!?), definitively not the best thing for DATA, however our MotoPrizm feature a nice 2.8” WVGA Touch-screen, a 3Mpix Camera module, Bluetooth, DMB, E-Wallet as well as some nice and always welcome daily tips on cuisine, health…

Now just a little quiz, these 2 ladies are pretty popular Korean idols… And I bet that some of you guys know who they are so just try and guess !


Thursday, December 18, 2008

NextGear A450X1

NextGear A450X1, The Latest Gamer Desktop from Mouse Computer Japan

Here's the NEXTGEAR A450X1, the latest powerful, gamer oriented desktop from Mouse Computer Japan. Powered by an AMD Phenom X4 CPU 9750 (2.4GHz), it has 4GB of RAM (DDR2 PC2-6400), 640GB of SATA II HDD, a DVD Multi Recorder, an ATI Radeon HD4870 with 512MB of VRAM, and is sold with either Vista or XP Home for 119,910 Yen (980€)


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Live From Fujitsu HQ: Water-Cooled LifeBook N70

Live From Fujitsu HQ: Water-Cooled LifeBook N7010 with Built-in 4” Secondary Touchscreen Available Now

A month ago we introduced the Lifebook N7010 featuring a nice secondary 4” touchscreen above the keyboard and Water-Cooled Notebook. This nice gadget was only available overseas, not in Japan.

And I would like to say finally, Japan will get the FMW-BIBLO NW with built-in secondary display! Available December 26th, it will feature a 16-Inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1,366x768, an Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 (2.40GHz), 2GB of memory, 320GB of HDD, an Intel GM45 Express Chipset, a Blu-ray drive, and digital TV tuner, four USB ports, Wifi b/g/n, HDMI output.

The second display is a 4-Inch LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 480x272. According to David, this mini touchscreen seems responsive.


Monday, December 15, 2008

Monday Stories: Mazda Launches a Freshened Roadster and RHT Roadster in Japan

Mazda Launches a Freshened Roadster and RHT Roadster in Japan

Launched at the Paris Motor show, Mazda's new Roadster is now official in Japan with a little bonus with the RHT, the hard top version (retractable roof) of the usual soft top roadster.

Under the hood nothing new, the Japanese version will be powered by the same 2.0l engine announced in Paris, and many options remain the same… The RHT is a nice addition to the line-up and we're looking forward to seeing this beast in the flesh!

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation today announced the launch of the freshened Mazda Roadster (known as the MX-5 overseas) into the Japanese market. Mazda’s updated iconic lightweight, open-top sports car goes on sale today (December 9, 2008 ) at all Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealers throughout Japan. Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (including consumption tax) range from 2,330,000 to 2,600,000 yen for the soft top models, and from 2,680,000 to 2,950,000 yen for the Power Retractable Hard Top (RHT) models that feature Mazda’s groundbreaking electric roof system.

The latest version of Mazda’s two-seat sports car carries forward the Roadster’s traditional “Jinba Ittai” (“rider and horse as one”) concept, and features detailed improvements in the exterior and interior design, quality, functionality and dynamic performance. As a result, the Roadster is now more fun-to-drive and more desirable than ever. The RHT models, which provide both the enjoyment of open-top driving and the comfort of a coupe, are now even quieter and feature new, exclusive exterior parts, offering customers even higher levels of comfort and quality.

The design of the front fascia has been updated with Mazda’s hallmark five-point grille. A stronger character line that stretches along the lower edge of the vehicle’s sides has been visually extended to the rear bumper, further enhancing the Roadster’s sporty dynamism. Newly designed alloy wheels (two sizes) now come as standard on all model grades. Three new exterior body colors have been added, including the high quality Aluminum Metallic and vivid Sunflower Yellow.

On the inside, the five gauges on the instrument panel have been newly designed and are highlighted by a dark silver decorative panel. The interior quality is enhanced by a choice of tactile brown leather seats or Recaro bucket seats upholstered in a combination of leather and Alcantara®*1. Comfort levels are also improved through the addition of heated seats with a temperature control with five temperature settings (for grades with leather seats only).

The rev limit on grades with a manual transmission has been increased to 7,500 rpm for improved driving performance. The height of the front roll center has been optimized, and the retuned suspension makes the vehicle’s handling even more natural. Additionally, automatic grades now offer Direct Mode*2 and Active Adaptive Shift (AAS)*3 functions for an even sportier ride. Improvements have also been made to the engine and body to enhance noise reduction levels and provide a more satisfying engine sound.

The Mazda Roadster was certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s highest production two-seat open-top sports car when production passed 500,000 units in 2000. Guinness has updated the Roadster’s record since then, which now stands at over 800,000 units built.

*1 ALCANTARA® is a registered trademark of Alcantara S.p.A.
*2 Steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters can be used to change gear even when the gear shift is in the Drive position.
*3 AAS automatically selects the optimal gear depending on driving style and road surface conditions.


Monday Stories: Nissan GT-R 2009, Faster, Shorter, Stronger!

Nissan GT-R 2009, Faster, Shorter, Stronger!

Nissan Japan announced a few minutes ago some minor improvements for the 2009 GT-R. So what’s up? Nothing amazing, we're far from the V Spec everyone's waiting for. Nissan slightly improved the 2009 GT-R by adding 5PS to the engine power 480PS to 485PS, a better fuel consumption from 8.2km/l to 8.3km/l (nothing special), a shorter body (5mm shorter) from 4655mm to 4650mm, and more importantly, a better ride with better flat corning thanks to an improved and tweaked suspension.

Yep, far from the V Spec but hey, we're not complaining! After all the GT-R is the best car built since the last decade!


Sunday, December 14, 2008

New Color for the MSI Wind U100 in Japan

New Color for the MSI Wind U100 in Japan

MSI Japan added a new color “Angel White” to their Netbook U100, available from December 13th. No changes regarding specs, a 10.2’’ LCD screen with a WSVGA resolution (1,024x600), an Intel Atom (1.6GHz), an Intel 945GSE Express chipset, 1GB of memory, 160GB of HDD, as well as Wifi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.0, and 1.3Mpix web camera.

Price: 56,800 Yen (480€).


Friday, December 12, 2008

KDDI Announces a New Walkman Phone, the Xmini

KDDI Announces a New Walkman Phone, the Xmini

Au KDDI unveiled a new Walkman phone, the Xmini. Designed to enjoy music, this new slide phone features a 1.8-Inch LCD screen with a QVGA resolution (240x320), 4GB of built-in memory, touch sensor, and is compatible with the Au BOX for enjoying music and video content downloaded via TV on Au mobile phones. No more information about specifications.

Otherwise, there are different functions for enjoy multimedia files like:

- LISMO Video Service: customers can view full movies and TV series with high quality video and sound on either their handset or PC, anywhere at anytime.
- EZ ‘Chaku Uta’ Full Plus Mobile Music Download, a service for downloading AAC audio files.

Available at the end of December.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Pink Aspire One

A Pink and Cheaper Acer Aspire One in Japan

Acer Japan will cut the price of their Aspire One by 5,000 Yen (42€). It's available in Pink, Gold, Brown, and traditional Blue Sapphire.

Nothing new for specs, 8.9” LCD with WSVGA resolution, an ATOM N270 (1.60GHz), 1GB of RAM, and 945GSE Express chipset.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mitsubishi DVR-BF2000

DVR-BF2000: Nice Blu-Ray DVR from Mitsubishi Available in Japan

For those who live in Japan, in Akihabara you can find Mitsubishi's new Blu-ray recorder.

The DVR-BF2000 features 500GB of HDD, two digital TV tuners, and a BD-R/RE drive. It can record two programs simultaneously, and supports DVD-R/RW recording and AVC recording to DVD.

178,000 Yen (1,500€).


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sunday Stories: All New Mazda3 5 Door Hatchback

All New Mazda3 5 Door Hatchback

Only a couples of days after the the Mazda 3 (4 door) sedan's official launch in Los Angeles, yesterday Mazda announced a 5 door hatchback version of the 3 (Axela) that will be unveiled at the Bologne in Italy in December.

Inspired by the previous generation with the same front end as the sedan version launched at the LA Auto Show, the new Mazda 3 hatchback is set to be yet another success for Mazda.

It's powered in Europe with either a 1.6 or a 2L engine, as well as a 1.6 and 2.2L turbo diesel.

Mazda claims 150PS and 185PS from its respective turbo diesel engine and uses a newly designed high performance clean diesel power plant.


Sunday Stories: Three Doors Euro Civic

The Three Door EURO Civic Type-R to Hit Japan

Here's a surprise for all Civic Type-R fans. The Euro Civic Type-R, exclusive to the European market, thanks to its attractive design will hit Japan in Spring 2009.

Pretty surprising since only the EURO Type-R will be released. Many lucky journalists, like the team behind the British TV program Fifth Gear, tested it and compared it to the Japanese version. They concluded the EURO Type-R was less powerful that the Japanese version.

We admit it's an interesting move by Honda to import such vehicle. Thanks to its particular design, way different from what Japanese people are used to seeing, they may have a good performance car for those willing to drive differently and in style.


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Saturday Special : Nissan 370Z by Zele International

Nissan 370Z by Zele International Coming This January to the Tokyo Auto Salon

Zele Interanational last year made Tokyo Auto Salon headlines with their stunning Orange GT-R. This year for the Tokyo Auto Salon 2009, Zele International will surprise us with a tuned 370Z.

As you may expect there's no information available yet, next January we'll give you as much as possible!


Saturday Special: Suzuki Launches a New Breed of Lapin

Suzuki Launches a New Breed of Lapin

The Lapin (Alto Lapin) if one of those cute and extremely girlish Kei-cars that only Japanese know how to make. Introduced in 2002, it's very popular among women, and today, Suzuki freshened-up its design with less angular angles and smoother lines. It seems that our Alto Lapin is really taking after the Nissan Cube’s good looks.

Suzuki not only aimed to give its Lapin a new facelift, but also worked on improving the car basic fuel cost performance and succeeded in achieveing 24.5km/l (4l / 100km) fuel consumption on the 2WD CVT gasoline version.

Based on another best seller from Suzuki, the Wagon-R, the Alto Lapin 2009 is more spacious as well as offering a better driving experience (according to Suzuki). Available in two different packages with a 0.66L DOHC VVT engine or a 0.66L DOHC Turbo Engine, you'll also have a choice between a 2WD or 4WD version as well as a CVT version (only available on the turbo model) and a 4 speed automatic gearbox.

Prices in Japan will range from 1.05 Million Yen to 1.55 Million Yen (8,400€ to 12,000€).


Friday, December 5, 2008

Nikon's New D3x DSLR

Officially Official: Nikon's New D3x DSLR

It’s now official, today Nikon announced their long awaited new DSLR, the D3x. This new 24.5 Megapix (CMOS Sensor) DSLR shoots images in 6048 x 4032 with the EXPEED™ Image Processing System that shoots about 5 frame per seconds, and 7 fps in DX crop mode.

Nikon announced an ISO sensitivity from 100 to 1600, expandable to 50 (Lo-1), and 6400 (Hi-2). There's also 51 AF points, 15 cross type sensors and 36 horizontal sensors, two Live View modes, 3-Inch LCD screen, and HDMI output. It's also compatible with Nikon’s GP-1 GPS receiver, and can capture up to 4400 shots per single charge thanks to its lithium ion battery.

Available this month with a selling price of (6300€).

For more information, here’s the official press release:

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Nov. 30, 200 – Nikon Inc. today announced the D3X, an FX-format digital SLR featuring extreme 24.5-megapixel resolution and superb low-noise capabilities, which provides professional photographers with commercial-quality image performance in a familiar and extraordinarily versatile D-SLR form factor. In conjunction with the groundbreaking Nikon FX-format D3, the D3X tops off a collection of flagship level, rugged, professional caliber digital single lens reflex cameras engineered to excel in all types of professional photographic disciplines from photojournalism and sideline sports, to commercial in-studio applications.

The foundation of the enhanced performance of the D3X is its FX-format, 24.5-megapixel (6048 x 4032) CMOS sensor providing commercial, high fashion, fine art and landscape photographers with the extreme resolution, dynamic range, color depth, detail and sharpness that clients demand. Whether creating catalogs, magazine covers, billboards or gallery prints, the large 5.49-micron pixel size and high signal to noise ratio produces vibrant images with breathtaking image fidelity while reducing lost highlights and shadows, and ensuring smoother tone reproduction with minimized noise. With full resolution shooting speeds of up to five frames-per-second (fps), and 14-bit files, that when processed are approximately 138 MB, the D3X offers today's photographic artists an extreme level of performance and versatility ready for demanding assignments in the studio or on location.

“In 2007, the 12.1-megapixel FX-format D3 delivered groundbreaking digital SLR image quality, coupled with incomparable high ISO, low noise performance and high-speed handling. In doing so, the D3 broke photographic barriers, enabling photographers to work in ways never before possible,” said Edward Fasano, general manager for Marketing, SLR Systems Products at Nikon Inc. “Now, the new 24.5-megapixel FX-format D3X D-SLR provides the extreme resolution and high dynamic range capabilities needed to meet the extraordinary needs of photographic disciplines such as high fashion, commercial advertising and fine art. The D3X delivers this remarkable capability while fitting seamlessly within the Nikon system, taking full advantage of Nikon’s world-renowned collection of NIKKOR lenses and Speedlights.”

Image Quality Takes Center Stage
To re-emphasize the importance of image quality above all else, the D3X delivers an incredible level of digital SLR performance to provide photographers with extremely high resolution, exceptional dynamic range, phenomenal total gradation and outstanding color reproduction. Image files can be recorded as TIFF, JPEG or NEF (RAW) formats in either 12- or 14-bit compressed or uncompressed formats, and recorded to UDMA compatible CompactFlash™ cards for optimum speed. Photographers can save image files directly to the dual card slots as overflow, backup, or as separate file formats to different cards. Building on the D3X's flexibility, users have the creative option to shoot in the 5:4 crop mode with 20.4-megapixel resolution, the ideal format for creating 8 x 10-inch portraits. While using DX-format lenses, faster continuous shooting of up to seven frames per second can be achieved at a resolution of 10.5 megapixels.

The exceptionally low noise of the D3X is essential to any professional commercial application, and it provides photographers with an ISO range of 100 to 1600, expandable to 50 (Lo-1) and 6400 (Hi-2). The ultra smooth tones and lack of grain at ISO 1600 as well as at low sensitivity settings result in smooth, natural skin tones and exacting detail that, before the D3X, required larger and far costlier studio-bound camera systems.

Advanced Technologies, Meticulously Executed
In a commercial setting or on location, imaging professionals need high performance in both speed and processing. The Nikon D3X can shoot at up to five fps at full resolution or up to seven fps in DX crop mode, allowing photographers to catch the split-second difference in a model’s expression or capture all of the action in a sequence. Just like the D3, the D3X achieves a start-up time of a mere 0.12 seconds and a shutter release time lag of 0.04 seconds.

The D3X’s speed, as well as high levels of performance, leverages Nikon core technologies including a newly enhanced EXPEED™ Image Processing System, specially designed for the D3X to provide superior image quality, faster processing speeds and lower power consumption. This advanced system is able to achieve extremely precise color reproduction for a broad spectrum of hues, in addition to vivid saturation and smooth gradation. What’s more, Nikon’s advanced noise processing function is engineered to minimize noise at all sensitivities and operate seamlessly without interfering with other image color parameters.

The D3X also features Nikon’s exclusive Scene Recognition System, which continuously analyzes information from the 1,005-pixel RGB light sensor, to further refine auto exposure, auto white balance and autofocus calculations. This results in flattering portraits and awe-inspiring landscapes that portray accurate color and fine details. Nikon's exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II helps ensure accurate exposures, even in the most challenging lighting conditions. Instantly evaluating each scene before capture, input data from the system's sensor is automatically referenced against an internal database of more than 30,000 images derived from actual photographs to calculate correct exposure values. Active D-Lighting, used in combination with 3D Matrix Metering II, helps to determines proper exposure, and creates realistic contrast while compensating for lost shadows and highlights. Prior to shooting, users can choose from Extra High, High, Normal, Low or Off settings, as well as an Auto mode.

Additionally, the D3X features Nikon’s exclusive Multi-CAM 3500FX focus module, with 51 AF points, 15 cross type sensors and 36 horizontal sensors that easily track and lock onto moving subjects, delivering the same fast and accurate AF performance that helped make the D3 immediately successful. Users can select any of the AF points, making it easy to consistently attain accurate focus right on a subject’s eyes, frame after frame. Additionally, three AF-area modes – Single point, Dynamic-area AF and Auto-area AF – are available to maximize the use of the 51 focus points by selecting the most suitable one to match subject conditions. AF is also available in one of two Live View modes optimized for the studio, including a phase detection handheld mode and a tripod mode. This feature allows the user to zoom in up to 27x on the LCD screen to ensure critical focus. While in Live View, the graphic indication of a virtual horizon is also available, making it easier than ever to confirm camera orientation.

To further ensure each photographer's ability to balance their personal style, Nikon’s Picture Control System enables users to adjust their images to pre-set parameters such as Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome that apply tweaks to image sharpening, tone compensation, brightness, overall tone and saturation. Photographers have creative control over these image parameters with the use of up to nine available customizable presets.

Synchronizing Both Form and Function
Engineered for real-world functionality, the D3X retains a rugged shell with moisture, dust and shock resistance that has become a hallmark of flagship Nikon D-SLRs, while preserving the usability and ergonomics that allow the camera to remain an extension of the photographer’s vision. Attention to detail goes so far as to include a self-diagnostic shutter system that is tested to exceed 300,000 cycles for maximum durability and longevity. The camera’s body also maintains the resilient magnesium alloy construction and form factor of the D3, promoting consistent Nikon system synergy.

A bright and accurate viewfinder offers 100 percent coverage with 0.7x magnification. The body also houses Nikon’s acclaimed 3.0-inch super density LCD screen, now relied upon by so many photographers. The high-resolution 920,000-dot screen is viewable at wide angles up to 170 degrees, and will allow photographers to quickly zoom in to confirm critical focus. Users can also output the video signal to an external display via HDMI to allow client viewing. Thanks to incredibly efficient internal circuitry, the D3X can capture up to 4400* shots per single charge of the camera’s Lithium ion battery.

System Strength Withstands the Test of Time
The D3X is fully compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS) to give photographers a mobile lighting solution that is easy to manage. To further enhance mobility, the D3X is compatible with Nikon’s GP-1 GPS receiver to gather information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and date of shooting. Photographers can easily shoot tethered via USB, or use the WT-4a wireless transmitter to send images wirelessly when speed and mobility are essential. D3X users will also enjoy the system strength of more than 50 genuine NIKKOR lenses that provide outstanding sharpness and high resolution across a broad range of focal lengths.

Price and Availability
The Nikon D3X will be available at Nikon Authorized Professional Dealers starting December 2008, and will be available for an estimated selling price of $7999.95.**

* Based on CIPA Standards
** Estimated selling price listed is only an estimate. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Onkyo HDC-1.0 Dektop PC

Onkyo downgraded their HDC-1.0 Dektop PC designed for Audiophile

Onkyo Japan announced a "downgrade" of their HDC-1.0 Audio PC that we introduced 2 years ago

Our Music Nettop now comes with an Intel Atom 230 CPU (1.6GHz), an Intel 945GC Express Chipset, 1GB of memory, 160GB of HDD, a DVD SuperMulti Drive, 6 USB 2.0 ports, and Windows XP Home.
The objective of this new Dekstop PC was to reduce the price from 200,000yens to 59,800Yens. That means, you won't have built-in Amplifier, or other nice features that were available on the previous version.

Lastly, you’ll be able to choose between three setting:

- The HDC-1L (Desktop PC only)
- The HDC-1LGX (with two speakers): Maximum Output power of 2x15W
- The HDC-1LGX/19W1 (Two speakers and 19’’ LCD screen with a resolution of 1,440x900 included.)


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Asus N10JC

Asus N10JC Available in Japan This Month

Asus Japan announced the availability of their N10JC Notebook in Japan. As a reminder, it features a 10.2-Inch LCD screen with a WSVGA resolution (1,024x600), an Intel Atom N270 CPU (1.6GHz), a GeForce 9300M GS, 160GB of HDD, 1GB of RAM, Wifi b/g/n, HDMI output, 1.3Mpix camera, and SD/MMC/Memory Stick/xD Picture cards slot.

It comes with Windows XP Home Edition with a price of 74,800 Yen (600€).


Kouziro, the latest Netbook from Japan

Kouziro, the latest Netbook from Japan

Here you are the FRNU302/BK Kouziro, the latest Netbook from Frontier in Japan. So nothing new here the specs are quite “average” with your usual suspects, an Atom N270, 1GB of RAM, 120 or 160GB of HDD, a 10.1” WSVGA LCD, 945GSE Express Chipset, XP Home or Pro or Vista Home Premium, Wifi…

Anyway… nothing new here. Price are starting from 49800 Yen (400€)


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Drive your bike in Style, thanks to your Gundam Helmet!

Drive your bike in Style, thanks to your Gundam Helmet!

LalabitMarket in Cooperation with Sotsu – Sunrise, will sell at the end of March 2009, a new helmet for all motorbike fans paint gold and using the Gundam Design (Drawing).

This is not the first time that Lalabit Markt offer such helmet, however, if you are interested you’d better hurry since these helmets are sold in a limited number of 100 units only. As for the price is concerned you should expect around 238 000 Yen (1950€).


Monday, December 1, 2008

Princeton Japan's 5TB NAS: The DN-503AH-PDC

4TB not enough for you? What about 5TB? Princeton Japan just announced the launch of a new 5TB NAS, the DN-503AH-PDC, an average NAS with RAID 0/1/5 and 6 support.

With five HDDs, each 1TB , Princeton succeed building one of the largest consumer NASs yet.

It will be sold in Japan from the middle of December, no word yet on price.


CFD to release 2.5'' SATA SSD in Japan

CFD to release 2.5'' SATA SSD in Japan

Here’s another 2.5’’ SATA Solid State Drive from CFD in Japan with a choice between 30GB/60GB/120GB of storage capacity.

As for performance, this MLC-based SSD provides a reading speed of 150MB/s and a writing speed of 90MB/s.

The price? 9,000 Yen (70€) for the 30GB version, 16,800 Yen (130€) for the 60GB version and 30,000 Yen (240€) for the 120GB.