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PLAYLIST: January 2012

By Andrew Everard | Tue, 24 Jan 2012, 4:55pm

Disc of the month    HBO’s flagship is a Blu-ray must-buy   Boardwalk Empire: Season One | Blu-ray | ***** Thank heavens for HBO. While Britain’s own broadcasters seem mired in a repetitive spiral of talent shows and ...

David Lewis - 1939-2011

By Andrew Everard | Fri, 11 Nov 2011, 11:24am

The death has been announced of the British industrial designer David Lewis, who over almost half a century shaped the design of one of the most iconic brands in consumer electronics, Bang & Olufsen.Born in London in 1939, David Lewis trained ...

Is 'Made in Japan' about to give way to a fabless future?

By Andrew Everard | Thu, 3 Nov 2011, 4:56pm

There was a disaster movie of a few years back called Nihon Chinbotsu – literally Japan Sinks – which a) beat the much more famous 2012 to the jump, having been released in 2006, and b) doesn't look so far-fetched after the earthquake and tsunami ...

TOP AUDIO VIDEO MILAN 2011: 'It's a pity you didn't come last year...'

By Andrew Everard | Mon, 19 Sep 2011, 11:33am

I'm often told hi-fi shows aren't what they used to be, and those with fond memories of thronged corridors and packed rooms often express a wistful desire to go back to those days.You can see their point: with the possible exception of the ...

Volvo and Alpine find another way for audio technology to give you more MPG

By Andrew Everard | Tue, 13 Sep 2011, 9:00am

Hot on the heels of GM's use of noise-cancelling technology to reduce fuel consumption, which I wrote about over the weekend, comes news of an innovation from Volvo and Alpine designed to make subwoofers both much lighter and remarkably less ...

KOREA/JAPAN: LG and Sharp considering a cost-cutting LCD deal – but it's probably not the one you'd expect

By Andrew Everard | Mon, 12 Sep 2011, 2:28pm

We all know that the strength of the Japanese yen is proving almost as devastating to that country's industry as the ongoing after-effects of the earthquake and tsunami it experienced almost exactly six months ago.Products made in Japan are ...

Next-gen flatscreens: can Japan's big names ever catch up with the Koreans?

By Andrew Everard | Sun, 11 Sep 2011, 5:26pm

The race is on to bring the first viable large-screen organic electroluminescence TVs to market. And while both the major South Korean companies have announced plans to have models on the market next year, with LG for example having shown a 31in ...

USA: How headphone noise-cancelling technology is making cars more fuel-efficient

By Andrew Everard | Sun, 11 Sep 2011, 4:02pm

Noise-cancelling headphones – they keep the sound of the outside world at bay, allowing you to enjoy your music in peace on trains, planes and buses. But now the same technology is being used by a US car manufacturer to make its cars more ...

CHINA: aiming to become the new world leader in LCD panels?

By Andrew Everard | Wed, 7 Sep 2011, 2:23pm

This is turning into something of a series, but following on from my postings on the state of the LCD TV panel market in Japan and Korea, now it's time to take a look at what's going on in one of the world's biggest markets for LCD TVs – and just ...

KOREA: LCD slowdown is affecting LG and Samsung, too

By Andrew Everard | Tue, 6 Sep 2011, 1:56pm

Yesterday I was discussing the effect on Japan's big consumer electronics companies of the global LCD slowdown and oversupply, and what they were doing to tackle the comparative strength of their Korean rivals in this close-fought sector.However, ...