Tokyo Paralympics -- One Year And Counting

Tokyo Paralympics -- one year and counting

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will open in Japan on August 25, exactly one year from Sunday. Preparations are well under way but concern remains over how to mitigate the punishing summer heat.

Athletes from around the globe will compete in 540 events across 22 sports, including two new sports -- Badminton and Tae Kwon Do.

13-year Old Makes A Powerbank For His Brother Who Couldn't Afford One

13-Year Old Makes A Powerbank For His Brother Who Couldn't Afford One

Technology can be expensive, which is why companies such as Xiaomi are thriving where they are creating products for very affordable prices that would have otherwise cost a lot more. However, even then there are some situations in which there are people who can’t even afford certain things.

Such is the case over in Malaysia where a touching story was shared on Twitter in which the person wrote how his younger brother, a 13-year old student, made a DIY powerbank for him because he could not afford to buy one for himself. According to the translated tweet, “I said to my little brother, “I want to buy a powerbank but I haven’t gotten my pay yet.” Look what he made for me😭 A handmade powerbank 😭 I’m really gratedul to have a little brother like him 😭 Later I’ll buy you McD as promised 😭”

2020 Toyota Supra Owners May Have To Pay For Apple Carplay One Day - Autoblog

2020 Toyota Supra owners may have to pay for Apple CarPlay one day - Autoblog

We got news that the 2020 Toyota Supra was officially arriving in dealerships the other day, which is a good thing. Now, we're hearing about some strangeness going on with the car's Apple CarPlay availability. Motor1 asked Toyota what the deal is when it comes to paying for Apple CarPlay on the Supra. The only reason that's a question in the first place is because the Supra uses a BMW infotainment system. Of course, the BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra have far more than that in common, but you can read all about that elsewhere. BMW recently introduced a subscription service to charge its customers for using CarPlay on a yearly basis. Anyone wanting to use CarPlay is forced to pay $80 per year after the 12-month free trial. Just recently, BMW added the option of paying a $300 fee for 20 years of CarPlay use. That's way cheaper if you plan on keeping the car, but you'll need to own it for more than four years for that plan to make sense. Toyota doesn't charge its customers for use of Apple CarPlay in the few models that offer it, which introduces a bit of a conundrum for the Supra. Instead of Toyota adopting its own policy for its own car, the company is going to offer a hybrid plan to Supra buyers. Motor1 learned that Supra owners will receive four years of Apple CarPlay for free as a "trial period." After that, Toyota doesn't have a straight answer for us. A spokesperson said that "specifics regarding future subscription fees will be available at a later date."  We'll interpret that as meaning you'll have to pay for it one day, but we don't know what to charge yet. It's rather unfortunate to see this bad policy from BMW potentially rubbing off on the Toyota. Every other manufacturer that offers Apple CarPlay makes it free to use for life if the feature is equipped in the car. It's a fantastic option for folks who like the idea of having a phone-like interface on their car's infotainment screen, and it ends up being favored over many in-house designed systems. Supra owners will need to opt for either the Premium or Launch Edition trims to get CarPlay functionality to begin with, as it's only available on the upgraded 8.8-inch screen. The base 6.5-inch screen will not support CarPlay usage. 

One-year Countdown To Tokyo Olympics Begins

One-year countdown to Tokyo Olympics begins

Wednesday marks one year until the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, with preparations for the event progressing on schedule.

Japan will welcome people from around the world from July 24 to August 9 next year for its first summer Olympics since 1964. Over the course of 17 days, thousands of athletes will compete in a record 339 events across 33 sports.

Origin puts An Xbox, Playstation, Switch, And Gaming Pc In One Machine

Origin Puts An Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, And Gaming PC In One Machine

Origin has made a gaming machine to end all gaming machines. If you’re the kind of gamer who wants to own all of the consoles and a proper gaming PC then this custom creation from Origin PC will appeal to you. It has the PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and a proper gaming PC in one case.

Origin PC has created this machine in order to commemorate its 10th anniversary. This custom gaming machine has an Xbox One X, a PlayStation 4 Pro, and a Nintendo Switch. That’s in addition to a full-fledged gaming PC that’s also in the case.

One Dead, At Least 35 Injured In Kyoto Fire

One dead, at least 35 injured in Kyoto fire

Police in the city of Kyoto, western Japan, say investigations have confirmed multiple deaths in a fire at an animation studio.

Neighbors reported the fire at Kyoto Animation's studio at around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. They say they heard what sounded like an explosion, after which they saw smoke.

People Mourn Victims Of Japan Floods One Year On

People mourn victims of Japan floods one year on

People in Japan have held ceremonies to honor hundreds of victims of torrential rains, flooding, and landslides, one year after the disaster ravaged communities throughout the western part of the country.

A large crowd gathered for a memorial service in the district of Mabi in the city of Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture on Saturday. The area was particularly hard hit.

One Missing In Kagoshima Mudslide

One missing in Kagoshima mudslide

Authorities in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, say one woman is missing after a home was destroyed by a mudslide in Soo City.

Neighbors reported the mudslide shortly before 7:00 a.m. on Thursday.

More Than One Million Advised To Evacuate

More than one million advised to evacuate

Evacuation orders have been issued to 6,051 people in 2,859 households in Kagoshima Prefecture.

Meanwhile, evacuation advisories are in place in the prefectures of Kagoshima, Miyazaki, Kumamoto and Ehime. The advisories affect 996,000 people in 467,000 households.

One-on-one Diet Debates To Focus On Pension Issue

One-on-one Diet debates to focus on pension issue

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold one-on-one debates with the leaders of opposition parties in the Diet for the first time in a year.

Abe will face the president of the Constitutional Democratic Party, Yukio Edano, and other opposition leaders on Wednesday.