Toyota Bringing Off-road Variants To Chicago Auto Show

Toyota bringing off-road variants to Chicago Auto Show

Toyota has just released a teaser image for the Chicago Auto Show, and it should get the attention of off-roaders. It shows a tan Toyota Tacoma cruising through a dirt road, indicating that the company has off-road variants coming. While the image suggests a Tacoma, it won't just be the midsize pickup getting special or updated models. The company released a statement alongside the image: "The forecast for the Windy City looks sporty and outdoorsy,  with a touch of nocturnal mischief as Toyota debuts new variants to the portfolio." We're rather curious about the "nocturnal" part. There may be some new lighting features on some of the off-road models. Toyota introducing rugged or special-edition trucks and SUVs at the Chicago Auto Show is becoming something of a tradition. Last year it brought the RAV4 TRD Off-Road, Land Cruiser Heritage Edition, Sequoia TRD Pro and updated Tacoma. The year before that featured a bunch of TRD Pro updates.

Tapah Bringing Gusts, Rain Across Japan

Tapah bringing gusts, rain across Japan

Japanese weather officials say severe tropical storm Tapah will bring violent winds and torrential rain to many parts of the country.

The Meteorological Agency estimates that as of 7 p.m. on Sunday, Tapah is over waters 80 kilometers north of Goto city, Nagasaki Prefecture. The storm was moving north-northeast at 30 kilometers per hour.

Apple Will Be Bringing The Homepod To Japan On August 23

Apple Will Be Bringing The HomePod To Japan On August 23

Apple’s rollout of the HomePod has been a bit slow, where unlike its iPhones and iPads and Mac computers, the availability of the HomePod is still very much limited to a handful of countries. However, the company has been slowly expanding its availability and come 23rd of August, it seems that the HomePod will finally be making its way to Japan.

Pre-orders for the HomePod are now live where they are priced at 32,800 yen, which after conversion roughly puts it at around the same price as back in the US, where the HomePod is priced at $299. It is unclear why Apple is taking so long to make the HomePod available around the world, but it could be due to Siri where Apple probably needs to get it right for each country and for the varying accents and languages spoken.

Ubisoft Will Be Bringing Two Of Its Indies Onto The Nintendo Switch

Ubisoft Will Be Bringing Two Of Its Indies Onto The Nintendo Switch

If you love indies, the Nintendo Switch is actually a great platform for them. There have been many great indie titles launching on the Switch and if you are looking forward to more of them, you’ll be pleased to learn that Ubisoft has announced that they will be bringing two indie titles onto the console.

This will come in the form of Child of Light and Valiant Hearts: The Great War, both of which are under Ubisoft’s UbiArt’s banner. These games aren’t exactly new with both Child of Light and Valiant Hearts having been released about four years ago. However for those who haven’t played them or would like to replay them on the Switch, we suppose it’s still a good opportunity to do so.

Typhoon Bringing Heavy Rain To Kanto Region

Typhoon bringing heavy rain to Kanto region

Japanese weather officials say a strong typhoon off eastern Japan is moving westward, dumping heavy rain mainly in the Kanto region.

The Meteorological Agency says as of 9 PM Saturday, Typhoon Jongdari was situated 60 kilometers south-southeast of Omaezaki City, Shizuoka Prefecture, traveling at 35 kilometers per hour.

Typhoon Maria Bringing Gusts To Okinawa

Typhoon Maria bringing gusts to Okinawa

Typhoon Maria is bringing strong winds and rough seas to a remote island chain in Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa.

The meteorological agency says the typhoon was located 290 kilometers northwest of Yonaguni in the Sakishima island chain as of 6 AM on Wednesday, local time, and is moving westward at 30 kilometers per hour.

Typhoon Maria Bringing Gusts To Okinawa Islands

Typhoon Maria bringing gusts to Okinawa islands

Typhoon Maria is bringing strong winds and rough seas to a remote island chain in Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa.

The Meteorological Agency says the typhoon was located 190 kilometers north-northwest of Yonaguni in the Sakishima island chain as of 3 AM on Wednesday, local time, and is moving at 30 kilometers per hour.