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Fight Breaks Out at Shanghai Disneyland After Kid Allegedly Touches Woman’s Butt

by Michael in China

Recently, a bit of a fight broke out amid the festive chaos at Mickey Mouse’s house in Pudong, apparently after an 8-year-old kid touched a woman’s butt. According to eyewitnesses, after the alleged butt-touching took place, the woman started to scold the little boy, leading to the boy’s mother and her companions getting involved. Video shot by a passerby shows that an exchange of words and [...]

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Meet Kaito Yuki: Royals Sign 16-Year-Old Japanese Pitcher for $322,500

by Michael in Business

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kaito Yuki is headed to the Kansas City Royals organization instead of attending high school in Japan. The 16-year-old pitcher agreed Sunday to a minor league contract with a $322,500 signing bonus. He is thought to be the first Japanese junior high school player to sign with a major league club. I wanted to play in the United States as soon as possible, rather than [...]
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The Seedy Underworld of Movie Memorabilia

by Michael in Americana

With the market for memorabilia breaking records, collectors and auction houses must contend with thieves, fakers and skeptical police who wonder, ‘Who in their right mind would pay that much for that?’ Gary Baum reports: The hero’s shield from Captain America. Robert Downey Jr.’s mask from Iron Man. A set of X-23 claws from Logan. They’re among the more than $1 million in memorabilia stolen in late February from a Southern California [...]

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  • Lost in Robo-Translation

    Sue Halpern writes: A few days before I left for a trip to Japan with my husband, I signed up to rent a translation device called Pocketalk. According to a press release from January, when the device debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Pocketalk “learns as you go, fits in your pocket, and allows for customers to speak in full conversations, not just statements.” (It [...]
  • Honda EV Cub To Have Swappable Batteries

    Honda has filed new patents for the electric two-wheeler EV Cub, which will use the same removable battery technology showcased in the Honda PCX Electric scooter. The CarAndBike Team reports: Honda’s EV Cub concept is now gathering momentum towards a full-fledged production model, and although no latest images of anything close to the production model have been released, Honda has applied [...]
  • Hackers Disable Scores of Canon-made Security Cameras Across Japan

    More than 60 security cameras made by Canon Inc. have been hacked and rendered unusable at places including key waterways, a fish market and a care facility for people with disabilities, it was learned Monday. Many of the networked cameras had messages left on their screens saying, “I’m Hacked. bye2.” Although it is unclear why the cameras have were been targeted, two cities — Yachiyo in [...]
  • Black Mirror, Realized: China Assigns Every Citizen A ‘Social Credit Score’

    BEIJING (CBSNewYork) — China is rolling out a high-tech plan to give all of its 1.4 billion citizens a personal score, based on how they behave. But there are consequences if a score gets too low, and for some that’s cause for concern, CBS2’s Ben Tracy reported Tuesday. When Liu Hu recently tried to book a flight, he was told he was banned from flying because he was on the list of [...]
  • Apple Shares Photos of New Shinjuku Retail Store Ahead of Grand Opening Saturday

    Michael Steeber writes: Coinciding with a media preview of Apple’s new retail store in Tokyo’s bustling Shinjuku shopping district, the company has shared new photos of the facility ahead of its 10 a.m. grand opening this coming Saturday. We first learned that Apple Shinjuku was set to open on April 7th in March, when a neon-themed banner on Apple’s website announced the date. More [...]
  • Asian Powers Step Up Their Readiness For Space Warfare, Following America’s Lead

    As Asian societies step up and out into space, American thinking, actions, and leadership stand to profoundly affect the security and stability of their ventures. Today, there is renewed interest in the idea of creating an American space force — a dedicated military service for warfare. According to recent comments, America may soon develop its own space warfare capabilities, as space is [...]
  • OH YES HE DID: Elon Musk Has Deleted Tesla and SpaceX’s Facebook Pages

    Chris Mills reports: As of Friday afternoon, the Facebook pages for Tesla and SpaceX are no longer online, a move that appears to have been taken after Elon Musk was questioned on Twitter. The move appears to be a response to the #DeleteFacebook trend started by WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, who has publicly called for brands and individuals to delete their Facebook pages following [...]
  • [VIDEO] Apple Promotes Upcoming Shinjuku Store and Japanese Retail Expansion with Vivid Imagery, Neon Signage

    Michael Steeber reports: After revealing the location of a new retail store in Tokyo earlier this week, Apple is now promoting the grand opening of Apple Shinjuku with a new neon-themed video, signage, and promotional imagery on the company’s Japanese website. In an interview yesterday with Nikkei, Apple’s retail head Angela Ahrendts reinforced the company’s dedication to expanding their [...]
  • What Regular Joes Think about the One-Armed Robot Baristas Invading San Francisco

    https://blackshipcoffee.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/cafexcoffeebar2.mp4 Speedy caffeine delivery is Café X’s X factor, and the coffee’s decent, too. Rachel Metz writes: Robots may be coming for our jobs, but even in a tech-centric city like San Francisco, it usually seems they haven’t gotten here yet. That’s changing, though, as a local startup called Café X starts rolling out robotic [...]

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