Sony’s Xperia smartphone business has been losing money for quite some time now. Despite rumors that the company was looking to give up on the business altogether, Sony has reiterated its commitment to making smartphones, but will only be selling them in four markets going forward. It’s exiting all of the other markets for a more sustainable approach to the business.
Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said that the Xperia smartphone business is a pivotal part of Sony’s identity which is entertainment focused. “We see smartphones as hardware for entertainment and a component necessary to make our hardware brand sustainable,” pointing out that younger generations no longer watch TV, “their first touch point is smartphone.”
When the 2020 Toyota Supra was revealed at the Detroit Auto Show, only one engine option was announced for the U.S.: a 335-horsepower inline-six. It looks like that will change, though, as California Air Resources Board documentation, originally discovered by Automobile, reveals that the organization certified a four-cylinder version for the 2020 model. This indicates that we'll probably see a four-cylinder Supra in the U.S. soon. The engine listed is a 2.0-liter unit with an eight-speed automatic transmission and is listed as being used in several other BMWs including the already announced four-cylinder Z4 sDrive30i.
We know of two four-cylinder engines being offered in the new Supra in Japan. One makes just 197 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, and the other makes 255-horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This latter one is surely the one listed in the CARB documentation since the numbers match the four-cylinder BMW Z4 exactly, and that model is in the same listing.
Mazda boss Akira Marumoto said last year there'd be no Mazdaspeed version of the new Mazda3 because the hot hatch segment wasn't a priority for the carmaker. Then Mazda engineer Dave Coleman told Road & Track that without "an engine on the shelf that would fit properly," an MPS variant made no sense. The first reader comment on our Coleman post read, "Engine — you have it; cue up the 2.5T." Mazda might have been listening. Program manager Kota Beppu told Autocar he'd like a "hyper" Mazda3, the outlet figuring the 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbo would make the most sense for power.
Autocar wrote "the project had not been officially signed off, [but] insiders suggest that is a formality." When Car and Driver queried Mazda and its sources about the report, the magazine realized "the company is seriously considering a high-performance hot hatch." What's more, "Drew Cary, senior manager for brand communications, said, 'We encourage people to ask for it, though. Our planners and executives are watching and listening to fans.'"
Hinatazaka46 members Kato Shiho, Sasaki Kumi, Sasaki Mirei, and Takamoto Ayaka have been selected as exclusive models for four women's magazines.
This makes a total of five members to become exclusive models as Kosaka Nao is already an exclusive model for 'Seventeen' magazine. Kato will appear in 'CanCam,' Sasaki Kumi in 'Ray,' Sasaki Mirei in 'non-no,' and Takamoto in 'JJ' starting with the April edition which will hit shelves at the end of the month.
Marvel’s Spider-Man, the PlayStation 4 game developed by Insomniac Games, is receiving two new suits for our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The suits are based on Fantastic Four, another one of Marvel’s comic book superheroes, in fact, it’s first modern superhero cohort. While the Fantastic Four has taken a backseat to more popular Marvel characters in the cinematic universe, the comic giant is bringing themed suits to Spider-Man based on Peter Parker’s appearances in Fantastic Four comic issues.
Marvel and Insomniac today announced the addition of two new costumes for Spider-Man in the PlayStation 4 title. They’re part of the patch version 1.14 that’s available for download today. The first is the Bombastic Bag Man Suit. It gives Spider-Man the trademark Fantastic Four blue costume with a paper bag to hide his true identity.
Police in Shimane Prefecture, western Japan, on Sunday transferred to immigration officials four men found in a wooden boat that drifted ashore. The men are expected to go through procedures to return to North Korea.
The boat was spotted on January 8th on the shore of the town of Okinoshima on an island in the Sea of Japan. Police took into protective custody the four crewmembers who appear to be in their teens through 30s.