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Cambridge Audio announces three new Bluetooth speakers

August 21, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

Sound stalwarts Cambridge Audio will release three new Bluetooth speakers into the wild this autumn. The new batch features two portable speakers and one designated for shelf use. The first of the portables is the Go, which updates the Minx Go with NFC to allow one-touch pairing and aptX Bluetooth. It offers an impressive 18 hours playback and also doubles as a charger. The Go will be out in September and will cost £120. The Go Radio portable wireless speaker follows suit with the Go but adds an LED display for FM and digital radio. This is £20 more at £140. For the home, the 100-watt Bluetone 100 (pictured), which has a Bluetooth range of 10 metres and will cost £200. Via techradar

Need to charge everything? Buffalo has you covered

August 1, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

Mid-August will see the release of the Buffalo BSMPBAC06 wall socket that features two USB sockets and two power sockets, letting users charge laptops, phones and tablets all in one place and on the move. The USB ports are optimised - one for Android products and one for Apple - so swift device-specific charging is on the cards. It weighs 126g, comes in black or white and will cost 3,500 yen in Japan (US$34). Via akihabaranews

Budget Pipo T5 walks the line between phone and tablet

June 7, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

The budget Pipo T5 is a budget smartphone spills over into "phablet" territory due to its size and specs. Just a smidge smaller than a Nexus 7, the T5 runs on a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK8382 processor and has a 1280 x 600 6.95-inch display. It comes with 1GB of RAM, 16GB storage and has two cameras (5MP rear, 2MP front). Ticking the phone boxes is the WCDMA and GSM network connectivity, as well as 3G, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. It's gunning for style too, with a faux leather top and tailer for the back. Best of all, it's priced around US$80. Via gizchina

Xiaomi MiPad photos and promo video

May 19, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

The excellent-sounding Xiaomi MiPad has been detailed here in full, specs-wise. Now a new bunch of photos have arrived, along with a minute-long intro video, so we can all get to know it a little better. The colourful clip takes its cues from Apple's ads, which can be taken as either a homage, a rip-off or a "we're coming for you" statement. See below for the full pics and clip. Here's the colourful video clip Via tablet-news

Sharp Aquos PAD SH-06G tablet offers splash-proof 4G LTE

May 16, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

  Sharp's latest tablet is the AQUOS PAD SH-06F - an IPX5-7 water resistant certified 10.1-inch Android tablet that offers 4G LTE connectivity. The display is a 10.1 inch IGZO TFT at 1920 x 1200 pixels and there's a built-in TV tuner. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974AB quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz and has 2GB of RAM, 32GB storage and microSD expansion up to 128GB. For the size of the tablet, the back camera's a respectable 8.1MP, while the front cam is 2.1MP. Via tablet-news

The buzz: Sanwa Supply Bluetooth neckband / earphone combo

May 10, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

You're running late, about to leave home and can't find your headphones. We've all been there and we always stay in looking for them for as long as it takes. Say goodbye to all that with the Japanese Sanwa Supply Bluetooth neckband and earphones set, which you can activate to vibrate when it goes missing. The neckband connects to smartphones and can be used as the handy finder but also vibrates to notify of incoming calls. It's a Bluetooth 4.0 device and the earphones are attached to the neckband for ease of use. The whole thing weighs 26g and battery life is 6.5 hours. Via akihabaranews

Evagelion edition Hi-Res Sony Walkman is surprisingly understated

April 18, 2014 by Tom in MP3, MP4, Sony with No Comments.

Sony Japan usually goes all out with illustrations, graphics and colours when they release special licensed editions of their products. The forthcoming Evangelion Walkmans, however, are discreet in their high-profile affiliation. Two hi-res audio, 64GB models are on the way, which come loaded with movies, albums and, with one, special earphones. There are two back designs to choose from: the SDAT audio player that main character Shinji Ikari uses or the NERV logo. The models are: NW-F887/EVA1, NW-F887/EVA3 and NWF887/EVA3 with special earphones. Via akihabaranews

3.9mm Cowon iAudio E3 MP3 Player for sound and health

April 12, 2014 by Tom in Cowon, MP3 with No Comments.

Released on April 18, the slim Cowon iAudio E3 portable music player has two focuses: sound and exercise. The back-to-basics player is 3.9mm thick at the slim end and weighs 20g. It supports playback of MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG and WAV files, and also has a recording function. The sound is boosted by JetEffect BBE+. Alongside the music is the G sensor accelerometer that takes in your vital stats and calculates how many calories you're burning. It's available in two colours and two sizes: 8GB (¥8900/US$87) and 16GB (¥10900/US$107). Via akihabaranews

Watch out! Portable wristband MP3 speaker bucks wearable tech trends

March 27, 2014 by Tom in Audio, MP3, Thanko with No Comments.

2014's been all about the jostle for wearable tech breakthroughs, previews and purchases, but coming quaintly out of Japan is the Thanko compact portable wristband music player that plays MP3s on your wrist, straight from a microSD card. The refreshingly low-tech device even looks the clunky part and could be the most reliable piece of wearable tech in a while. The wristband speaker costs ¥3,480 (US$35) and weighs a wrist-happy 75g. Via akihabaranews

Evangelion Sony Walkman for anime fans

March 26, 2014 by Tom in MP3, Sony with No Comments.

Sony Japan is keen on its special edition licensed models. After the recent Disney and Snoopy editions, next up will be a series based on the popular Neon Genesis Evangelion series. The high-resolution audio Walkman F may be the model adapted for Evangelion fans and pre-orders will be available from late-April. What series, franchise or tie-in would entice you to buy a special edition Walkman? Let us know on the MP4Nation forum. Via akihabaranews

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