The Lower House of Japan's Diet has approved a draft for a second supplementary budget for the current fiscal year.
The draft budget, totaling more than 27 billion dollars, includes funds to reinforce infrastructure such as river embankments and roads to enable them to withstand natural disasters. It also aims to make schools earthquake-resistant.
Japan's opposition parties have jointly submitted a no-confidence motion against the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before the current Diet session ends on Sunday.
The opposition camp, including the Constitutional Democratic Party, Democratic Party For the People and the Japanese Communist Party, submitted the no-confidence motion to the Lower House after a meeting of their leaders on Friday morning.
Japan's Lower House has passed a bill paving the way for the opening of integrated resorts that include casinos. The bill has been sent to the Upper House for final Diet approval.
In debates in the plenary session on Tuesday, the main ruling Liberal Democratic Party said that the resorts will serve as a trigger for new growth and business.
There are probably a ton of apps on the Google Play Store that haven't been updated since their release, and possibly for years. Maybe the developer has forsaken the app, or maybe the app is simple enough where despite the various updates to Android, it still works. However that will change with Android P.
According to a report from Android Police, it seems that with Android P, Google will block apps built for Android 4.1 or lower from running on the phone. This means that users who are still using these very old apps will not be able to use them if they decide to make the upgrade to Android P.
In recent times we've started to see how some developers are creating versions of their apps designed for devices that aren't as powerful as the higher-end handsets, or for phones in countries whose networks aren't as stable or fast. This is a strategy that has paid off big time for some, such as Facebook whose Messenger Lite app crossed 100 million installs last December.
That being said, it looks like Microsoft is trying to do something similar as well and have announced an update to its Skype messaging app, where in the latest update Microsoft has made the app optimized for lower-end Android handsets. "This update—starting to roll out in the next few days—is lighter on both disk and memory consumption, allowing for greater speed and better audio and video quality on lower end Android devices, as well as increased performance in challenging network conditions."
According to a report by Reuters Japanese electronics manufacturer Sony has lifted its operating income estimate for the financial year ended March 31. Sony says it now expects an income of around ¥285 billion ($2.6 billion), which is up from a 240 billion yen estimate in February.
The main reason for the adjustment of the estimate are lower amortization costs for Sony's financial services segment but the company also cites lower-than-anticipated costs for its image sensor business. The company doesn't provide any more detail than that, so we can only speculate what those anticipated costs were.
Until now, the Toyota Prius started at the Two trim level for $25,570. That begged the question, "Why not start with One?" Now with the likes of the Hyundai Ioniq and Kia Niro coming on the scene, it seems the case for a cheaper Prius just gained some strength. As CarsDirect reports, Toyota is adding a Prius One trim level for $1,210 less than the previous entry price.
With a base MSRP of $24,360, it still fetches more than the Ioniq Hybrid's $23,035, or the Niro's $23,785, but it's slightly more competitive. At that price, the Prius loses its spare tire, rear wiper, and seatback pockets that come standard with the Two trim. On the other hand, the Prius retains the Toyota Safety Sense P system, which includes adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision system, lane departure alert with steering assist, and automatic high beams. For drivers who value safety as much as economy, the Prius remains an attractive hybrid to live with, even in its simplest form.