When it comes to paying for your drinks at Starbucks, there are several ways that you can go about doing it besides using cash or your credit card. There is the Starbucks app and Apple Pay, for example. However, it seems that over in Japan, Starbucks has come up with a new and novel way of paying for your drinks through a specially-created pen.
As you can see, the pen doesn’t look particularly special, but it contains the same tech used by the Starbucks card so you can just tap it at any of the Starbucks IC card touchpads and it will register your payment. Essentially it has NFC built into it, but instead of a card, it comes in a pen form.
These days as our smartphones are more than capable of playing music, there is really no need to have an external media player. However, despite having come so far, we suppose tribute needs to be paid to Sony’s Walkman, the iconic music player from way back in the day that kind of kicked off the trend of portable media entertainment.
In fact, to celebrate the Walkman turning 40 years old, Sony has launched at IFA what they are calling the 40th Anniversary Walkman, but it’s not what you think. If you were thinking that the company was going to debut a portable cassette player, think again because the device is essentially a modern day media player housed in a case that resembles the Walkman from back in the day.
There’s a new Nintendo Switch available starting today. It’s not new in the sense that it’s a newer generation. Nintendo has simply refreshed the Switch console and says that this particular one comes with improved battery life. This should be an incentive to purchase for those who would like to have more battery backup when they’re out and about with their Switch.
The company says that this new Nintendo Switch model should provide gamers with an additional two hours of battery life. So this brings the usage estimates to between 4.5 and 9 hours, up from the current estimated battery life range of 2.5 and 6.5 hours.
Sony has come out swinging at its rivals with the new A7R IV full-frame mirrorless camera which touts a 61 megapixel back-side illuminated sensor with 15 dynamic range stops. This camera thus delivers the highest resolution yet for a full-frame setup. It even lets users capture images of up to 240 megapixels with the pixel-shift mode while also delivering 26.2 megapixel photos in APS-C crop mode. The ISO range is fairly generous, going up from 100 to 32,000 or from 50 to 102,400 in expanded mode.
The camera body itself has been redesigned and now has a deeper, larger grip so Sony has certainly fixed one of the issues that users had with the A7R III. There’s a five axis image stabilizer which should be good for both video and still images. Sony has also put in a new 5.76 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder which is the highest resolution yet on a camera from the company.
With laptop makers starting to abandon the majority of their ports, this means that until accessory makers start making more USB-C compatible devices, laptop users have no choice but to turn to USB hubs which brings back a ton of port functionality to their laptops. This includes USB-A ports, HDMI/DisplayPorts, SD card readers, headphone jacks, and the likes.
If you’re in the market for a new USB hub, there are plenty of choices available in the market today, but Sony thinks that they might have everyone beat by launching what they claim is the “world’s fastest” USB hub. By “world’s fastest”, what they really mean to say is that their USB hub will come equipped with a UHS-II SD/microSD card reader that also features USB 3.1 gen 2 and also up to 100W USB Power Delivery.
It was reported not too long ago that Walmart would soon launch its own-brand cheap Android tablets that would compete with Amazon’s Fire tablets which have long been the gold standard of cheap Android tablets. Released under its in-house Onn brand, Walmart is selling one 8 inch and two 10.1 inch tablets. Prices start at just $64.
The 8 inch model is understandably the cheapest at $64. There’s a 10.1 inch model for $79 while another 10.1 inch model comes with a detachable keyboard for $99. The specs are fairly low with all three tablets sporting a 800×1280 pixel resolution display, a 1.3GHz quadcore processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage. There’s even a 2 megapixel rear and 0.3 megapixel front camera.
Sony has had to work with other media companies when it wanted to make shows based on its vast library of PlayStation games. The company is now switching gears by setting up its own studio which will allow Sony to quickly adapt its PlayStation games into TV shows and movies on its own. This new division is called PlayStation Productions.
PlayStation Productions is overseen by Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Chairman of Worldwide Studios Shawn Layden. The studio will be tasked with developing and producing projects that are based on Sony’s vast library of PlayStation games.