Tokyo's Okura Hotel Unveils Swank New Look

Tokyo's Okura hotel unveils swank new look

A historic landmark Tokyo luxury hotel has unveiled its new facilities before reopening next Thursday.

The old main building of what is now The Okura Tokyo closed four years ago for rebuilding.

Sony Unveils New A6600, A6100 Mirrorless Cameras

Sony Unveils New A6600, A6100 Mirrorless Cameras

Hot on the heels of Canon announcing their new mirrorless camera, it looks like Sony has got a couple of new mirrorless cameras as well. Now, these aren’t part of Sony’s A7 or A9 series of mirrorless cameras, so if you’re in the market for a full-frame camera, you might be disappointed.

However, if you’re looking to either get into photography or want to upgrade your existing camera, then these cameras might be for you. They come in the form of the Sony A6600, which will be Sony’s flagship camera for this lineup, and also the Sony A6100, which will be the entry-level model.

Nintendo Unveils Disney-themed Nintendo Switch Console

Nintendo Unveils Disney-Themed Nintendo Switch Console

If you’re thinking about getting your hands on the Nintendo Switch console, you might be interested to learn that the company has recently taken the wraps off what appears to be a Disney-themed Switch console, where one of the cute and defining points of the console are the tiny set of Mickey ears placed around the start button.

As expected given that this is a Disney themed console, there will be a Disney game bundled with it. In this case, it will come with the Disney Tsum Tsum Festival game and its DLC, along with the console in which the dock and the Joy-Cons have been given a Disney makeover. We should point out that this particular version of the Switch is the model that was recently announced with a larger battery, so you don’t have to worry about buying the first-gen Switch.

Komeito Unveils Campaign Promises

Komeito unveils campaign promises

Ruling coalition partner Komeito has announced its platform for the Upper House election, set to take place in late July. The party's pledges include slashing allowances paid to Diet members and raising the average national minimum wage.

Komeito Chief Representative Natsuo Yamaguchi gave a news conference on Wednesday. He said Komeito's campaign slogan would tout the party's "ability to listen to small voices."

Square Enix Unveils Their Marvel's Avengers Game

Square Enix Unveils Their Marvel's Avengers Game

Square Enix has a history of making games with other companies, such as with Disney where several Disney characters have made an appearance in Kingdom Heart. A couple of years ago, the company announced that they would be teaming up with Marvel for a video game, a game that they would be unveiling during E3 2019.

For those who have been eagerly anticipating the game, you’ll be pleased to learn that Square Enix has since taken the wraps off their latest game in the form of Marvel’s Avengers. Hot on the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Avengers: Endgame movie, we couldn’t think of a more appropriate time for the company to launch the game.

Red Bull Unveils Its First Honda-powered F1 Car

Red Bull unveils its first Honda-powered F1 car

LONDON — Red Bull unveiled its first Honda-powered Formula One car on Wednesday with Max Verstappen driving the initial laps at Silverstone. The team published images of the RB15 online with what it said was a temporary livery for filming before testing starts in Spain on Monday. The former champions finished third overall last season, winning four races and well ahead of fourth-placed rivals Renault. Red Bull parted company with engine partners Renault at the end of 2018, switching instead to Honda, which also provides power units for sister team Toro Rosso. Verstappen, who shared the victories with Australian Daniel Ricciardo last season, has a new teammate for 2019 in Frenchman Pierre Gasly. "What I'm most looking forward to is starting the season and seeing how the whole team is operating together with Honda and how the engine is performing together with the chassis," said Verstappen ahead of the initial limited mileage filming day. "Up until Australia, you can't really set goals, it's a bit blind," added the 21-year-old, whose season starts in Melbourne on March 17. Honda ended a difficult partnership with former great McLaren at the end of 2017, with hopes of rekindling former glories ending in recriminations over a lack of performance and reliability. Toro Rosso finished ninth of 10 teams last year with the Honda engine but Red Bull has sounded optimistic about the progress made by the Japanese manufacturer.

Xiaomi Unveils First $90 Android Go Phone

Xiaomi Unveils First $90 Android Go Phone

Google launched the Android Go program in order to offer an improved mobile OS experience on low-end devices. Its manufacturing partners have since released new affordable devices that run on Android Go. This toned-down version of Android even gets its own optimized apps for an improved experience. Xiaomi has now jumped on the bandwagon as well with its first Android Go called the Redmi Go.

Like many other phones in this segment, the Redmi Go costs under $100 and comes with basic specifications. The handset has a 5 inch 720p display with a Snapdragon 425 processor, 1GB RAM, and 8GB of storage. It also has an 8 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front camera with a 3,000mAh battery.

Seagate Unveils Officially Licensed Playstation External Hard Drive

Seagate Unveils Officially Licensed PlayStation External Hard Drive

Sony’s PS4 console supports users attaching external hard drives to it where they can save some of their files onto, especially given that the storage in the PS4 is fixed and there doesn’t seem like there is an easy way to upgrade it short of buying a new console with a larger storage, which actually doesn’t make a lot of sense.

However if you’ve always found that most external drives tend to look kind of ugly and out of place with the PS4, Seagate’s got your back. The company has recently announced the Seagate Game Drive which is an officially licensed hard drive for the PS4. For the most part it is very much an external hard drive, save for the fact that it has been colored and given a PlayStation logo to help it better blend in with the console.

Philips Unveils A $350 4k Android Tv With Google Assistant

Philips Unveils A $350 4K Android TV With Google Assistant

When you think of smart TVs with a 4K resolution, you might be concerned that it could be expensive. To a certain extent that is true of certain brands and models, but if you have a relatively small budget, then you might be interested to learn that Philips has actually launched a pretty affordable smart TV.

This comes in the form of two lineups where they are offered in a variety of sizes, ranging from 43-inches and going up to 75-inches, but the cheapest model will be priced starting at $350. This is incredibly affordable when you consider that the base model will come with 4K resolution and will run on Google’s Android TV platform with support for Google Assistant.

Nikon Unveils Updated Roadmap For Its Z-mount Lenses

Nikon Unveils Updated Roadmap For Its Z-Mount Lenses

The problem with adopting a new camera system is that lens availability tends to be a bit scarce at the start in terms of variety. This is versus long and established camera systems that have been building up their portfolio for years. This is one of the downsides to adopting the new Nikon Z mirrorless cameras, but Nikon definitely has plans to change that.

The company has recently released an updated roadmap for its Z-mount lens lineup for the next few years and it looks like photographers will have quite a few to choose from. In 2019 alone, the company plans on releasing at least six new lenses, one of which has since been announced in the form of the 14-30mm f/4 S lens. The rest of the year is also expected to see the introduction of more prime lenses like a 24mm f/1.8 S and an 85mm f/1.8 S.

Sony Unveils An Outdoor Speaker With Cupholders

Sony Unveils An Outdoor Speaker With Cupholders

Looking for a nice speaker for your next outdoor party? Consider the one that Sony has unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2019 in Las Vegas this week. It’s part of the new lineup of audio products that the company has unveiled at this busy trade show. The GTK-PG10 outdoor speaker is unique in that it has cupholders.

The GTK-PG10 looks like what you’d expect an outdoor speaker to look like but there’s an interesting design detail. Open up the foldable top panels and you get access to four cupholders that will easily fit Solo cups. The foldable panels also house the speaker’s tweeters.

Kenwood Unveils Three New Carplay & Android Auto Head Units

Kenwood Unveils Three New CarPlay & Android Auto Head Units

#CES2019 – If you were to buy a new car, there’s a good chance that you might be offered more modern alternatives to the car’s infotainment system, such as Apple’s CarPlay or Google’s Android Auto. However if you’re not in the market for a new car, not to worry because it looks like Kenwood might have some aftermarket alternatives.

The company has recently announced a trio of CarPlay and Android Auto head units at CES 2019. The prices will range starting at $600 for the eXcelon DMX7706S, and $650 for the eXcelon DMX706S. Both devices will feature a 6.95-inch resistive touchscreens, 1.5A USB outputs, and two connections for cameras. Given the price difference is $50, we’re not sure what the real differences are just yet. There was also no mention of any wireless functionality.