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Miranda Robero: ‘I let people eat off my naked body — and yes, it turns me on’

by Michael in Art & Culture

“My favorite part is the surrender — not having to check my phone or worry about what’s going on because I am, quite literally, here to serve.” Heather Hauswirth reports: Lying on a dining table and wearing nothing but a flesh-colored thong, Miranda Robero can’t help worrying whether one of the crudités perched on her thigh might inelegantly roll off. But the 24-year-old brunette from Bushwick keeps professional in her role as a living food platter — a job she describes as [...]




Netflix may fix Japan Movie-Financing Dilemma: Director Naomi Kawase

by Michael in Japan

Japan’s Cannes prodigy Naomi Kawase believes Netflix can help unleash the creativity of her country’s film industry, despite the eruption of a row over the American streaming giant that marred the French film festival. Kawase, a regular at the world’s most prestigious film festival since winning the Camera d’Or in 1997, says she “has not filmed a single movie with 100-percent Japanese funding” for at least a decade. “Japan’s film industry is getting tougher and tougher for [...]

[VIDEO] Tesla Is Creating Its Own Streaming Music Service

by Michael in Cars

Tesla is talking to the music labels about creating its own streaming service. Why not work directly with Spotify, Apple and others? Good question. Peter Kafka and Johana Bhuiyan report: Put this one in the “You can do that, but why would you want to do that?” file: Tesla is talking to the music industry about creating its own streaming music service. Music industry sources say the carmaker has had talks with all of the major labels about licensing a proprietary music service that would [...]

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  • Apple Has Removed 58k Apps from the Chinese App Store Over the Last Two Weeks, 10x More Than Normal

    Chance Miller reports: A report earlier this week detailed Apple’s efforts to remove spam and copy-cat apps from the App Store, and one area the company specifically seems to be targeting is China. As noted in a new report from, Apple has removed around 58,000 Chinese apps from the App Store over the last two weeks, a drastic increase compared to normal. The report explains that [...]
  • [VIDEO] Toys With Digital Eyes: Eerie or Endearing?

    With the help of small LCD screens, digitally animated eyes are giving once-stoic toys—from race cars to Cabbage Patch Kids—a highly expressive makeover. Michael Hsu writes: In humankind’s seemingly never-ending quest to give life to toys, we’ve reached a major milestone: digitally animated eyes, rendered with small LCD screens. With these enhancements, no longer do dolls need to stare [...]
  • China’s New Cybersecurity Law Leaves Foreign Firms Guessing

    点击查看本文中文版 BEIJING — Sui-Lee Wee reports: As China moves to start enforcing a new cybersecurity law, foreign companies face a major problem: They know very little about it. The law — which was rubber-stamped by the country’s Parliament last year — is part of wide-ranging efforts by Beijing to manage the internet within China’s borders. Those efforts have been stepped [...]
  • iPhone Manufacturing Partner Confirms Features Coming to the iPhone 8

    ‘Though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit.’ Yoni Heisler reports: An iPhone assembler recently confirmed two new iPhone 8 features we can look forward to once Apple releases its next-gen iPhone later this year. According to a new report from Nikkei Asian Review, Wistron [...]
  • [VIDEO] EV-Cub: Honda Announces New Electric Scooter for 2018-2019

    You meet the nicest people on a(n electric) Honda Papa Wealey writes: The production version of the Honda EV-Cub electric scooter, shown as a concept two years ago, is slated for production next year. The announcement came from President and CEO Takahira Hachigo, reconfirming that the company plans to launch a battery-powered scooter next year as part of a growing move toward electric [...]
  • The bid to acquire Whole Foods by Amazon, and its CEO Jeff Bezos, is just the most extreme example of a larger phenomenon. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

    Amazon Is Leading Tech’s Takeover of America

    Tentacles of a handful of tech giants are reaching into industries no one ever expected them to, reshaping our world in their image. Christopher Mims reports: Why does a phone maker get into banking transactions? Why does a social network build a virtual-reality headset? Why does an online retailer buy a grocery chain? Amazon . com Inc.’s just-announced $13.7 billion bid to acquire Whole Foods [...]
  • Human-Level AI Is Right Around the Corner—or Hundreds of Years Away

    Ray Kurzweil, Rodney Brooks, and others weigh in on the future of artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence is progressing rapidly, and its impact on our daily lives will only increase. Today, there are still many things humans can do that computers can’t. But will it always be that way? Should we worry about a future in which the capabilities of machines rival those of humans across the [...]
  • The Chiense satellite Micius has helped break the quantum teleportation distance record, transmitting entangled photons across a distance of 1,200 km (746 mi) (Credit: Jian-Wei Pan)

    Chinese Satellite Shatters Quantum Teleportation Distance Record

    Michael Irving reports: Chinese scientists have smashed the quantum entanglement distance record. Transmitting information through entangled photons had previously only been possible up to about 100 km (62 mi), but using the Micius satellite launched in August, information has effectively been teleported as far as 1,200 km (746 mi). “It will be like tossing a coin from a plane at 100,000 [...]
  • Raytheon will showcase disruptive technologies that are changing warfare at the 2017 Paris Air Show (Credit: Raytheon)

    Raytheon to Showcase Cyberwarfare at Paris Air Show

    David Szondy reports: Digital electronics has revolutionized 21st century warfare and in the process it has created a cyberspace battleground that is becoming as important as any on land, sea or air. As part of the 2017 Paris Air Show, Raytheon will display the technologies it is developing to provide defenses and countermeasures in this new theater, including improved microprocessors designed [...]

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