Abe Lays Out Post-election Agenda

Abe lays out post-election agenda

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the results of Sunday's Upper House election show that the people of Japan want political stability. In a news conference, he stressed his commitment to pursuing his political and diplomatic agenda including possibly amending the Constitution.

Abe said, "The ruling coalition gained 71 seats, well over a majority of the contested seats. The voters sent us a strong message to build the nation in the new Reiwa era on the solid political base."

Here's A G63 Amg Replica Built Out Of A Suzuki Jimny - Autoblog

Here's a G63 AMG replica built out of a Suzuki Jimny - Autoblog

When the current generation Suzuki Jimny was first unveiled, parallels were quickly drawn between the Jimny's blocky shape and the design of the legendary Mercedes-Benz G-Class that's been with us for four decades. Aftermarket shops have since taken advantage of the perceived similarity of the two vehicles, and by swapping some exterior components, it's possible to make the Jimny look like a tiny version of the G-Class. Here's an attempt by a Dubai outfit. Fast Car Service has taken a Jimny and grafted on bespoke parts to make it look like a really, really small G63 AMG. There's a lot of new stuff on the front end, including the engine cover with fender-top G-Class indicators next to it, a custom bumper and grille, and a bull bar for very small bulls. The headlights are said to be not from the G-Class, but a Wrangler instead – still, they do a lot for the look, as do the wide arches and the side trim that takes after the Benz. Round the back, the bumper-mounted taillights have also received a G-Class shape. And get this – there are side pipes for the 1.5-liter four-banger. Fast Car Service charges $12,250 for the Geländerization of the Jimny, including custom paint, which is roughly half the price of the base car. You could also probably spend the money dressing up an original early-‘80s 240 GD and making it look like a newer AMG version, but for some reason this seems like a better idea instead. Check out Arab GT's video embedded above. Remember to select subtitles!

Android Q Beta 5 Has Rolled Out To The Essential Phone

Android Q Beta 5 Has Rolled Out To The Essential Phone

While the Essential Phone might not have received the warm welcome that the company hoped it would, the upside is that the company seems to be quite on the ball when it comes to updates. They were one of the first few handset makers to roll out the Android 9.0 Pie update for their phone, and now it seems that they could be on track to do the same with Android Q.

In a tweet by the company, it seems that they have started to push out the Android Q beta 5 update to Essential Phones enrolled under their beta program. We should note that this is merely a beta and is not the final update, but presumably all this testing will help Essential fine tune the update to ensure that when the final build of Android Q is ready, they should have ironed out most of the kinks and have the update ready in a very timely manner.

Fire Breaks Out In Kyoto's Gion District

Fire breaks out in Kyoto's Gion district

A fire has broken out in a renowned entertainment district of Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto.

On Monday night, firefighters were alerted to the blaze that engulfed a two-story wooden building on the main street of the Gion district. The building reportedly houses an eatery.

Bill Gates' ‘greatest Mistake Ever' Was Losing Out To Android

Bill Gates' ‘Greatest Mistake Ever' Was Losing Out To Android


Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates talked about what he considers to be his “greatest mistake every” at the company during an interview at venture capital firm Village Global. It was the company’s haphazard move from Windows Mobile to Windows Phone. That move allowed Android to become the only true alternative to Apple’s iOS platform.

“In the software world, particularly for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. So the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is,” Gates said.

Acura Pikes Peak Lineup Is Out, And There's A Race-prepped Mdx Sport Hybrid

Acura Pikes Peak lineup is out, and there's a race-prepped MDX Sport Hybrid

Acura is coming back to Pikes Peak for the 2019 edition of the hillclimb, and it's bringing four vehicles to attack the mountain. Not the fastest, but perhaps the most interesting of the bunch is a race-prepped 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid. Engineers took the 3.5-liter V6 from the non-hybrid version (Hybrid has a 3.0-liter V6) of the MDX and bored it out to 3.7-liters. It then works together with Acura's three-motor hybrid system for a combined 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Shifting is still done by Acura's 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The extra power is thanks to the larger displacement and special tuning for the engine and electric motors.

Further upgrades to the MDX include a race-tuned active-damper suspension system and a roll cage. Acura says it goes a long way to increase structural rigidity. Additionally, Acura removed most of the vehicle's interior, including every seat but the driver's seat. Piloting the MDX is Jordan Guitar of Acura R&D's chassis development team.

Lg V40 Thinq Android Pie Update Rolling Out On At&t

LG V40 ThinQ Android Pie Update Rolling Out On AT&T


LG V40 users on AT&T have something to be excited about today. The carrier has started rolling out the Android 9 Pie update for the device, finally. The device didn’t ship with Android Pie out of the box when it first arrived. That limitation has finally been addressed today with the release of Android Pie.

LG V40 ThinQ provides flagship-level specs with its Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, and triple camera system at the back. AT&T isn’t actually the first carrier to release Android Pie for the device in the United States. Verizon was the first to do it on its network last month.

2021 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Spied Out Testing In Public

2021 Toyota Tundra hybrid spied out testing in public

A new Toyota Tundra is around the corner, and our spy shooters think they caught a hybrid model out testing. We previously wrote about a rumor that the truck would get a hybrid powertrain, but there was no evidence of it at that point. Now, we feel a bit more confident that Toyota is at least testing the Tundra with a hybrid powertrain.

The photographers say they heard the hum of the electrics, followed by the noise of an engine kicking on around 25-30 mph on multiple occasions while tailing the truck seen here. Our previous story speculated that Toyota could use a hybridized version of the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 we saw make its debut in the Lexus LS500. Another possible powertrain option could also be borrowed from the LS500h. That one uses a naturally aspirated V6 and an electric motor for a total system output of 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. If it's the former, we'll expect significantly more power, with the powertrain likely being considered for a flagship version of the truck. Our guess would put a hybridized version of the twin-turbo V6 at about 450-500 horsepower.

Watch Honda Mean Mower V2 Hit 100 Mph In 6.29 Seconds, Top Out At 150 Mph

Watch Honda Mean Mower V2 hit 100 mph in 6.29 seconds, top out at 150 mph

There is no stopping Honda and its extreme lawn mower division. Well, maybe it's not a whole division, but it did take a bit of work to accomplish this latest feat. The Honda Mean Mower V2 is now the official Guinness World Record holder for the fastest lawn mower to 100 mph. Honda managed to scoot to the century mark in just 6.29 seconds, which is beyond scary fast for a lawn mower.

Despite technically being able to cut grass, there isn't much about this vehicle that is lawn mower-like. Jess Hawkins (stunt driver and racer) piloted the machine to the record time, and she also managed to hit a top speed of 150.99 mph. It uses the 999cc four-cylinder engine out of the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP motorcycle and only weighs 309 pounds. At that minimal weight and 200 horsepower, it's obvious why this thing rips. For some perspective, that power to weight ratio is better than the Bugatti Chiron.

Check Out This Awesome Lexus Manga Art With Exploding Cities And Dragons Galore

Check out this awesome Lexus manga art with exploding cities and dragons galore

Lexus just did something a bit different, and it has to do with manga art. The headliner piece is the Lexus LC 500 with the masked warrior crouching on top of it, seen above. We think it's objectively awesome, as the car autonomously races away from an exploding city.

The LC 500 was drawn by Bulgarian artist Daniel Atanasov. He says it's "heavily influenced by Japanese culture. The main character is wearing an oni mask, which in Japan are worn at festivals to protect from evil spirits. He is holding a nodachi sword (a type of Samurai sword), and the pose of the character has been influenced by martial arts." Atanasov says the LC 500 is self-driving, controlled by the character on top of the car.

Honda's Compact Ev Will Swap Out Side Mirrors For Cameras

Honda's Compact EV Will Swap Out Side Mirrors For Cameras

According to Honda, “The next-generation camera technology helps the car retain a modern, clean and simple design, and complements the stepless A-pillars and flush ‘pop out’ door handles, also confirmed for the production version of the Honda e. Unlike conventional side mirrors, the cameras are contained within the width of the car and do not extend beyond the wheel arches.”

The company also claims that with the removal of the side mirrors, which can stick out a bit, it can help to reduce the drag of the car, which in theory should reduce the amount of energy required to move forwards, thus potentially extending the range of the car as a result. The cameras will transmit information to screens placed on the dashboard inside of the car.

Takakeisho Pulls Out Of Tourney Again

Takakeisho pulls out of tourney again

New Ozeki champion Takakeisho has pulled out of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament again, one day after he made a comeback.

Takakeisho injured a ligament in his right knee in a bout last Wednesday, the fourth day of the 15-day tourney.