Sony's Sketch App To Discontinue Online Functionality, Including Syncing

Sony's Sketch app to discontinue online functionality, including syncing

If you are an avid user of Sony's Sketch app then you won't like hearing that it has become the latest causality of Sony's app portfolio rationalisation. The Sketch team has confirmed that all online parts of the Sketch service will be discontinued from 30 September 2019. This means that all syncing, sticker downloads, and community functionality will stop working.

Nintendo Switch Game Review Functionality Suspended

Nintendo Switch Game Review Functionality Suspended

It was first reported about a week ago that Nintendo was now allowing gamers to post reviews of Switch games directly on its website. This meant that gamers who browsed the company’s website to search for new games were able to see ratings and reviews for those games left by other players. However, merely days after this functionality went live, Nintendo has suspended game reviews on its website.

A posted on the company’s website reads that "Customer reviews have been taken offline as we evaluate this feature and its functionality," adding that the company currently has no estimated date on when this feature will return.

Casio Announces New Addition To Its Pro Trek Smart Series Of Wrist Devices With Color Map Functionality

Casio Announces New Addition to its PRO TREK Smart series of Wrist Devices with Color Map Functionality - FareastgizmosCasio announced today the release of a new addition to its PRO TREK Smart series of wrist devices for outdoor enthusiasts. The WSD-F20X is designed for those who enjoy outdoor winter activities such as skiing and climbing. With the WSD-F20 as its base model, the WSD-F20X has a watchband that can be switched for more convenience for each situation or scene. The watch comes with two types of watchband: an extra-long cloth band that allows the watch to be worn even over a thick winter jacket, and the regular-length urethane band for activities requiring lighter clothing.

Like its base model, the WSD-F20X features low-power GPS and color map functionality that can be used offline. By downloading maps in advance, the user can check their current location using only the watch. When skiing or snowboarding, the Snow mode of the Activity app lets the user see the course and maximum speed of each run, allowing maximum enjoyment of every trip down the hill.
A newly-designed watch face called "Place" has been added to the lineup of interchangeable watch faces. When the watch is used to select an event with a location from the user's Google Calendar, a map of the destination will appear in the background of the analog-style watch display. Of course, the current location can also be shown. Black was adopted for the main body and bezel, while green, the brand color of PRO TREK, was used as an accent color for the hour indicators.
The round windows at the 12 and 6 o'clock positions represent complications made possible by Android Wear devices. The user can customize the information appearing on the watch face, such as altitude, atmospheric pressure, and battery level, as well as data from Google or third-party apps. The "Place" watch face is scheduled for release at the same time as the WSD-F20X, and it can also be installed on the existing model, the WSD-F20.

New Olympus Tg-5 Improves 'toughness', Brings New Sensor And Tracking Functionality

New Olympus TG-5 improves 'toughness', brings new sensor and tracking functionality

Olympus has announced its latest 'tough' camera, the TG-5. It's the follow-up to the TG-4, one of our favorite rugged cameras, and features a new sensor and processor, advanced tracking capabilities, 4K video capture, Wi-Fi and more.

Where the TG-4 used a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, the TG-5 has dropped to 12MP, in order to improve image quality (according to the company). It uses the same TruePic VIII processor found in the E-M1 Mark II. The 25-100mm equiv. F2-4.9 lens is mostly the same, although Olympus has added dual panel glass to prevent 'foggy' due to rapid changes in temperature. The lens can still focus down to 1cm/0.4in in its 'microscope' mode. 

Panasonic To Launch Lumix Dmc-cm10 Without Phone Functionality

Panasonic to launch Lumix DMC-CM10 without phone functionalityPanasonic has announced that the next version of its Lumix DMC-CM1 smartphone will dispense with its phone functionality to concentrate on being a camera. The Lumix DMC-CM10 will initially only be available in Japan, and is very much the same as the original DMC-CM1, but while it will run on the Android 5.0 operating system it will not be equipped to make phone calls.

Nec Launches New Dcmstar/chainstore Solution With Enhanced Functionality For International Chain Retailers

NEC launches new DCMStar/ChainStore solution with enhanced functionality for international chain retailersNEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced the launch of a new addition to its lineup of DCMStar/ChainStore solutions for international retailers (chain stores) in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region and elsewhere. Primary functions of the new product include the provision of product order recommendations, a function providing real-time access to sales and inventory information from each store, and a CRM function that can be used to implement a wide variety of point card services.