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[VIDEO] Young Japanese People are Not Having Sex

by Michael in Futurism

Nearly a third of Japanese people are entering their 30s without any sexual experience, leaving the country facing a steep population decline. Greg Wilford reports: Nearly a third of Japanese people are entering their 30s without any sexual experience, according to research. The country is facing a steep population [...]
Food & Drink

Enjoy That Cup of Coffee! Your Total Comes to $55

by Michael in Economics

To justify eye-popping prices, high-end java spots use rare beans, fancy machines, elaborate preparations and heaps of hyperbole. NEW YORK— Charles Passy reports: In this hyper-caffeinated city, you don’t have to venture far to find an affordable cup of coffee, be it from a corner bodega or pushcart vendor. Maya Albert, the restaurant’s coffee director, spends about 10 minutes preparing the beverage tableside. She uses her Silverton “dripper,” a brewing apparatus that resembles [...]
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BUT, NO PRESSURE: North Korea says ‘a nuclear war may break out any moment’

by Michael in Asia

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.” Kim In Ryong told the U.N. General Assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” from the United States since the 1970s — and said the country has the right to possess nuclear [...]

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  • China is Living the Future of Mobile Pay Right Now

    Mainland Chinese stores and services are increasingly centered around mobile pay apps like WeChat Pay and Alipay. Chinese mobile payment volume more than doubled to $5 trillion in 2016, according to Analysys data cited by Hillhouse Capital. Mobile pay is growing so rapidly in mainland China that as a foreigner I sometimes found it difficult to complete basic transactions without it. The dominance [...]
  • Insurers Using Drones to Assess Damage

    The nonlife insurance industry in Japan is increasingly using small unmanned drones to assess damage suffered in disasters in an effort to enable speedier postdisaster payouts. Major nonlife insurance company Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc. conducted drone assessments after heavy rain hit the northern part of Kyushu in July and handed out insurance payouts of about ¥100 million in total. [...]
  • [VIDEO] Stranger Things Launches Free iPhone and iPad Game head of Season 2 TV Premiere

    Benjamin Mayo reports: Netflix original hit ‘Stranger Things’ will premier its second season later this month, on October 27. To build up hype, Netflix has released a free RPG-style Stranger Things game on iPhone and iPad that actually looks pretty fun to play. Following the 80s theme of the show, Stranger Things is a 2D exploration game with 8-bit music and beautiful pixel art visuals. [...]
  • Weibo to Increase Censorship as it Faces Pressure from Chinese Regulators

    Chance Miller reports: After facing intensifying pressure from Chinese regulators, Weibo announced this week that it has hired 1,000 “supervisors” whose primary responsibility will be to censor content on the social media platform. The move marks a new turn of censorship for Weibo, one of the most popular social media networks in China… The company says that the supervisors will be given [...]
  • iPhone’s Summer Production Glitches Create Holiday Jitters

    The widely anticipated 10th-anniversary iPhone, with an expected base price near $1,000, hit a speed bump or two related to its OLED display. Yoko Kubota in Tokyo, Tripp Mickle in San Francisco, and Takashi Mochizuki in Tokyo report: Apple Inc.’s new iPhone, which is expected to be unveiled Tuesday, was plagued by production glitches this summer, according to people familiar with the [...]
  • [VIDEO] Japanese Electric Supercar Promises Sub Two-Second 0-60 Time

    Aspark, a relatively new company out of Japan, is unveiling its first planned production car at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, dubbed the Owl. It’s an all-electric carbon-bodied supercar the company promises will go from 0-60 in under two seconds, which would make it the quickest production car ever to do so. New supercar companies pop up all the time with neat designs and ambition, [...]
  • AI Enlisted to Help Prevent Traffic Jams

    The transport ministry will this autumn start a pilot project that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to alleviate traffic congestion in tourist hotspots. The project will use traffic volume data collected through a network of cameras installed on expressways, streets and elsewhere to predict locations where traffic jams look likely to occur, which will help ease or even prevent congestion. The [...]
  • A still from the music video for the new single "Break Free" that features music entirely composed and produced by an artificial intelligence system (Credit: Taryn Southern / Amper)

    AI-Generated Pop Song Puts Human Composers on Notice

    Rich Haridy reports: At the rate AI-generated music is progressing, it could be old-fashioned to manually compose songs in as little as a decade. The latest step forward comes with the release of “Break Free,” the first single from the album IAMAI, for which all the music is entirely written and produced by artificial intelligence. Machines have been slowly infiltrating creative [...]
  • Vinyl Records Enjoy Streaming-Led Rebirth in Japan After Three-Decade Hiatus

    Takaki Tominaga reports: Music on vinyl is enjoying a renaissance, with digital streaming services generating interest in records once more. Japan’s electronics and entertainment giant Sony is positioning itself to embrace this latest trend in the music industry, with Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. recently announcing it will resume pressing vinyl at Sony DADC Japan Inc., its [...]
  • Apple’s China Problem Highlights Conundrum for Tech Sector

    Apple’s decision to bow to Chinese officials by removing apps to sidestep online censorship underscores the dilemma faced by US tech companies seeking to uphold principles while expanding their business. The iPhone maker is the latest from Silicon Valley to face a conundrum in balancing their value for human rights and free expression against a government intent on controlling online [...]
  • Jake Rullman ?@jakerullman 21h21 hours ago Minnie Mouse and Hello Kitty got arrested in Times Square. The mascots had to pull together and have a family meeting.
  • Bill Gates at Columbia University in New York last month. Mr. Gates had praised Mark Zuckerberg’s fluency in Chinese as “incredible.” PHOTO: REUTERS
  • © Stan Lee, H. Nagahama/THE REFLECTION Production Committee X-On is one of the superheroes in “The Reflection.”
  • The Yomiuri Shimbun Tourists use the new guide app downloaded on a smartphone in the Imperial Palace in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on Tuesday.

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