As Phone Numbers Run Out, Japan Starts Making Longer Ones

As Phone Numbers Run Out, Japan Starts Making Longer Ones


Amid concerns that the company’s 11 digit phone numbers could run out by 2022, Japan’s communications ministry has started planning to create 14 digit phone numbers. It would be able to create 10 billion new numbers by moving up to 14 digits. The proposal to do so has reportedly been approved already by the country’s largest mobile carriers.

According to the Japan Times, the plan to create 14 digit phone numbers has been approved by KDDI, NTT Docomo, and SoftBank. With the three major carriers in agreement, the report states that Japan might introduce these new phone numbers before the end of 2021.

Sony Will No Longer Allow Retailers To Sell Ps4 Digital Game Codes

Sony Will No Longer Allow Retailers To Sell PS4 Digital Game Codes

This was ideal for customers who would prefer not to hand over payment information like credit card details to companies such as Sony. Unfortunately, that will no longer be an option. Speaking to The Verge, Sony has confirmed that starting 1st of April, retailers will no longer be able to sell digital game codes for the PS4.

A company spokesperson was quoted as saying, “We can confirm that as of April 1, 2019, Sony Interactive Entertainment will no longer offer full games through SIE’s Global Digital at Retail program. This decision was made in order to continue to align key businesses globally. To support full games and premium editions, SIE will introduce increased denominations at select retailers. DLC, add-ons, virtual currency, and season passes will still be available.”

Next-generation Toyota Sienna Spied With Wider Track And Longer Wheelbase

Next-generation Toyota Sienna spied with wider track and longer wheelbase

Toyota hasn't done so much as breathed upon the Sienna for what feels like eons, but here's our first hint that something new is finally around the corner for the big minivan. The vehicle pictured here is a test mule, presumably for the 2021 Toyota Sienna, with a body that doesn't quite match up to the chassis. Note the wheels that poke out beyond the wheel arches, revealing what is almost certainly a wider track courtesy Toyota's TNGA platform that continues to be permeate throughout Toyota's lineup. We'll assume that it's the longer version of TNGA currently employed by the Avalon and Lexus ES.

The Sienna is definitely going to be bigger than before, showing off both that wider track and a stretched wheelbase. Toyota even modified the body panels on this mule in order to fit the wheels and tires underneath it all. Patchy work is noticeable around the front door and longer rear overhang. The mirrors are then haphazardly stuck onto the doors, instead of the A-pillars where they live now.

Nintendo Envisions A Future Where They Might No Longer Make Consoles

Nintendo Envisions A Future Where They Might No Longer Make Consoles

Like many major organizations that have been around for a while, Nintendo has evolved over the decades from being a company that produced handmade hanafuda (Japanese playing cards) to being a company that creates video game consoles. It seems that this could be the direction that Nintendo will be headed for the forseeable future, but it also appears that the company is also open to the possibility that one day Nintendo could do something else.

In a recent interview with Nikkei (via Nintendo Everything), Nintendo’s President Shuntaro Furukawa revealed that it is possible that one day Nintendo could actually stop making game consoles and focus on something else. He expressed that as a company, being flexible is just as important as being ingenius.

Google Chrome Will No Longer Support Android Jelly Bean

Google Chrome WIll No Longer Support Android Jelly Bean

While Android devices tend to be a bit slow when it comes to receiving updates, to the credit of Android developers, they tend to support apps for a pretty long time and across multiple versions of Android. Unfortunately there is a limit to just how many versions an app can support, and for Chrome users, it looks like Android Jelly Bean will no longer be supported.

Chrome For Android Will No Longer Support Jelly Bean

Chrome For Android Will No Longer Support Jelly Bean

Google released Android Jelly Bean almost six years ago. The platform has come a very long way since then. It’s now the oldest version of Android that’s still getting Chrome updates but that is set to change soon. A new commit spotted by developers over at XDA reveals that Chrome may soon end support for Jelly Bean.

Whatsapp Android Backup Will No Longer Count Towards Google Drive Storage

WhatsApp Android Backup Will No Longer Count Towards Google Drive Storage

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WhatsApp for Android backups its data onto Google Drive. If you’re the type that doesn’t keep a lot of media files in WhatsApp, or chooses not to backup media files, chances are your backup data is pretty small. However there are probably many who use the backup to store photos and videos and that can get pretty big.

Sony Mobile Will No Longer Develop Xperia Weather App

Sony Mobile will no longer develop Xperia Weather app

Sony Mobile has ended new development of the Xperia Weather application. While the app will still be around for a while, do not expect any new features. This was confirmed in a recent post on the Xperia Weather Beta Google+ team, which said that "investments for new development on Xperia Weather has been cut" following a management decision.

Sony Xperia Z5 Tablet May No Longer Be Happening

Sony Xperia Z5 Tablet May No Longer Be Happening

These days it's rare to see Android tablets being made. This is because for the most part, Apple's iPad continues to dominate which makes it hard for Android makers to really put out a tablet that can compete with it. This is why over the years we've started to see the number of tablets from mainstream companies dwindle.

Now there have been rumors that Sony could be thinking of making a comeback with the Xperia Z5 Tablet, the successor to the Xperia Z4 Tablet from a few years ago. Unfortunately that may no longer be happening, according to a report from Android Marvel who claims that a source has told them that Sony might have cancelled development on it.

Japan To Allow Foreign Trainees To Stay Longer

Japan to allow foreign trainees to stay longer

The Japanese government has decided to create a new visa that will allow foreign nationals with certain skills to work in Japan for up to 5 years. Technical trainees would be able to extend their stay for a maximum of 5 years.

Government officials are working to compile an economic and fiscal reform policy that is expected to be approved by a Cabinet meeting next month.

Toyota Diesel Cars Will No Longer Be Sold In Europe After 2018

Toyota Diesel Cars Will No Longer Be Sold In Europe After 2018


Toyota is joining the growing list of car manufacturers who are dropping diesel-powered cars from their lineups, at least in Europe. The Japanese auto giant has confirmed today that it will no longer sell diesel cars in Europe after 2018. It will slowly phase out the diesel models from its lineup over the course of this year.

Toyota Europe CEO Johan van Zyl confirmed in Geneve today that the company will stop selling diesel-powered passenger cars in Europe by the end of this year. The models account for less than 10 percent of its sales in the region.