Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says the projectile launch by North Korea is very regrettable and that Japan is closely monitoring the situation.
South Korea's military says North Korea fired what appear to be two short-range missiles from the eastern city of Wonsan towards the Sea of Japan on Thursday morning.
Somewhat unexpectedly, a new Sony Xperia smartphone model has just popped up on XperiFirm – a third-party repository to download Xperia firmware. XperiFirm does not host any files themselves, but replicates what they are seeing on Sony's servers. This normally only happens once the phone is due to launch within weeks.
Electronic Arts launched its EA Access game subscription service almost five years ago for the Xbox One. The service enables subscribers to pay a monthly fee in return for which they get access to a substantial library of EA titles. The service has never been available on the PlayStation 4 but that’s set to change next month. EA has confirmed that EA Access is going to launch on the PS4 on July 24th.
It was actually Sony that rejected EA Access for the PlayStation 4 back in 2014 because it made all the sense in the world for EA to offer this service on both major gaming platforms. It had no reason to choose Xbox over PlayStation but it couldn’t serve the latter because Sony didn’t allow it. It’s unclear what made Sony change its mind but it has now been officially confirmed that EA Access for PS4 will be available starting July 24th.
If you enjoy games like Bejeweled where you match gems of similar colors to “clear” a space, then you might have played games like Dr. Mario in the past. If you enjoyed the game, then you might be pleased to learn that Nintendo has since announced a new Dr. Mario game that will be coming onto iOS and Android devices next month.
Dubbed Dr. Mario World, this is a game that seems to be pretty similar in concept to the original. According to Nintendo’s description of the game, “Match capsules with viruses and watch them disappear! Simply match three objects of the same color vertically or horizontally to clear them. Take your time, because each puzzling stage’s configuration of viruses must be cleared using a limited number of capsules.”
We expect that eventually, all our cars will become fully electric. This seems like a logical progression given the focus and emphasis placed on sustainability, and many car makers have actually been increasing their efforts at making EVs. Heck, even non-car companies such as Walmart are also doing their part by expanding on the number of charging stations available at their stores.
Oddly enough, Mazda has actually been rather quiet about its EV efforts, but that is expected to change soon because the company has confirmed their plans for their first EV that will debut in 2020. This is according to an interview that Mazda’s CEO Akira Marumoto did with Automotive News Europe where he revealed that the company’s first EV will be launching in 2020.
Thanks to an interview Automotive News Europe conducted with Mazda president and CEO Akira Marumoto, we have more insight on Mazda's plans to lower its vehicle emissions in Europe. This will undoubtedly bring changes to the U.S. lineup, too, but The Continent sees the first fruits in part because Mazda is well over the European Union's fleet CO2 emissions target for 2021 of 95 g/km. In response to how Mazda plans to achieve the necessary reduction, Marumoto said the carmaker will launch its first EV in 2020 and have a plug-in hybrid on the road in 2021 or 2022.
First, some clarification on the emissions numbers and timeline. The 95g/km figure is based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) emissions schedule being phased out next year; the AN piece cites JATO Dynamics findings that Mazda Europe's fleet CO2 average is 135.2 g/km.
Could Sony be jumping on the foldable smartphone bandwagon as well? A rumor out of China appears to think so. Despite the fact that Sony is exiting the smartphone market in all but four regions, it’s believed that the company may launch its first foldable smartphone under the Xperia F brand.
According to a report out of China, we may see Sony launch its first foldable smartphone in 2020 with the Xperia F moniker. The F would understandably stand for “foldable.” It’s also claimed that the device is going to use Samsung’s flexible OLED display panel, presumably the same one what we saw on Samsung’s own foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold.
Thankfully, the good news is that Sony isn’t doing that. During Sony’s 2019 corporate strategy meeting, the company outlined how the PS4 played a critical role in their strategy, and that they expect that the console “will remain the engine of engagement and profitability for the next three years”.
The presentation was also accompanied by placeholder box art images of games such as The Last Of Us 2 and Death Stranding, hinting that both these games are still very much expected to launch on the PS4, and not the PS5 as previously rumored. It is possible that those games could be launched on both consoles, but if you’re not planning on upgrading just yet, their launch on the PS4 is good news.