Tokyo Olympic Torch Features Cherry Blossom

Tokyo Olympic torch features cherry blossom

The Olympic torch for the 2020 Tokyo Games features a design based on a cherry blossom.

The organizing committee for the Games unveiled the torch on Wednesday, about one year ahead of the start of the torch relay.

Android Q Beta Released; Gives A Good Idea Of New Features To Come

Android Q Beta released; gives a good idea of new features to come

Google has released the Android Q Beta for early adopters and developers today. Google has made this first beta available for all Pixel smartphones (including the original 2016 devices). While the final release of Android Q is not expected to arrive until the third quarter of 2019, this preview gives everyone a good idea of what we can expect in this latest Android version.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Sports Lots Of New Tech Features At Chicago Auto Show

2020 Toyota Tacoma sports lots of new tech features at Chicago Auto Show

Toyota just showed off what amounts to a mid-cycle refresh for the midsize Tacoma pickup at the Chicago Auto Show. Having been thoroughly redesigned for the 2016 model year, the 2020 Tacoma enjoys slightly different styling up front and a bevy of tech/comfort improvements. Nearly every trim level of the 2020 Tacoma will be getting a new grille and set of wheels. It's a minor change, but perhaps they're working off the old mantra, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." The Tacoma has been the top seller in the segment for 14 years running.

A new infotainment system sits in the center of the dash now, with functionality for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and even Amazon Alexa. The SR trim will have a seven-inch infotainment screen, while SR5 trucks and above get the eight-inch unit. Every new Tacoma (except for manual transmission trucks) will get an upgraded JBL audio system to go along with the new screens. For your comfort, Toyota has added a power adjustable driver seat to most grades of the Tacoma — they were previously manual all around. If you opt for the TRD Sport or above, you'll get keyless entry. LED headlights come standard on the luxury-oriented Limited, while the lamps are optional on the TRD Sport trim.

Asahi Buys Fuller's Beer Business For $327 Million

Asahi buys Fuller's beer business for $327 million

LONDON--Japanese brewer Asahi is buying the beer business of Britain's Fuller Smith & Turner's for 250 million pounds ($327 million), in a deal that includes its flagship London Pride.

The deal announced Friday includes the Griffin Brewery in the London neighborhood of Chiswick, where the company was founded in 1845, and will allow Fuller's to focus on its pub and hotel holdings.

Imperial Guard Members Show Determination In Tokyo Parade

Imperial Guard members show determination in Tokyo parade

About 250 Imperial Guard Headquarters members paraded solemnly through central Tokyo on Jan. 25 with unwavering determination ahead of the upcoming historical events in accordance with Emperor Akihito's abdication of the throne.

The members of the Imperial Guard Headquarters, dedicated to the protection of the emperor and his family, marched in perfect unison with 12 guard horses and three guard dogs during an annual parade through Higashi Gyoen (east garden of the Imperial Palace) to mark the beginning of the year.

Sights, Sounds Of Showa Era Greet Visitors To Fukui Culture Museum

Sights, sounds of Showa Era greet visitors to Fukui culture museum

FUKUI--A permanent exhibition at the Fukui Prefectural Museum of Cultural History here allows visitors to travel back to the Showa Era (1926-1989) to see how people's lives were beginning to change at the time.

"Life in the Showa Period" features items and scenes from the period during which Japan achieved rapid economic growth after its defeat in World War II.

Nikon To Add New Features To Its Z Mirrorless Cameras In Firmware Update

Nikon To Add New Features To Its Z Mirrorless Cameras In Firmware Update

The quality of a photo taken by a camera is determined by many things, but hardware plays a huge role. However sometimes image quality isn’t everything as photographers might appreciate other features in a camera that could make their lives and jobs easier. The good news for Nikon Z camera owners is that you can look forward to some new features soon.

Nikon has recently announced that in an upcoming firmware update to the camera, they will be adding some new features and support that could come in handy. “The Nikon Z series will continue to adapt to changing user needs through the development and roll-out of firmware updates to meet and exceed creative expectations. Taking into account feedback from photographers and creators, Nikon will display three feature updates under development that open creative opportunities for the Z 6 and Z 7.”

Kumamoto Castle's Fortified Curved Stone Walls Rise Again

Kumamoto Castle's fortified curved stone walls rise again

KUMAMOTO--Curved stone walls at Kumamoto Castle that once thwarted enemy attackers but fell victim to earthquakes that jolted the city in April 2016 have risen again to their full glory.

The new walls were unveiled to the media on Dec. 27, as progress is being steadily made in the castle's restoration.

Google Expands Digital Wellbeing Features To Android One

Google Expands Digital Wellbeing Features To Android One

Google unveiled Android’s Digital Wellbeing feature at I/O 2018. It’s an initiative to provide users with more data on how they use their phones and enabling them to use that data to disconnect. The features go a long way in helping users understand their smartphone usage so that they can limit their use if it’s becoming excessive. These features were previously available only on Pixel devices but Google has now expanded them to Android One with Pie.