Google Letting Some Android Users Shop In A Different Country's Play Store

Google Letting Some Android Users Shop In A Different Country's Play Store

Due to licensing, copyright, and maybe censorship issues, not all apps are available worldwide. This means that while some users can access certain apps, others living in another part of the world can't. This has led to smartphone users coming up with unofficial ways of circumventing these restrictions.

However the good news is that for Android users, it looks like Google will be easing up on those restrictions and allowing some Android users to shop in a different country's Play Store. This means that for some, they will be able to make purchases in a Play Store different from the one that they are using, although note that this comes with a caveat.

Mazda Claims That Its Next-generation Gas Engine, The Skyactive-3, Is Going To Be As Clean As Some Electric Cars

Mazda claims that its next-generation gas engine, the Skyactive-3, is going to be as clean as some electric cars


Many believe that the internal combustion engine is on its way out. Major car companies are heavily investing in all-electric solutions that will power the cars of the future but Mazda is not ready to give up on the internal combustion engine just yet. Mazda claims that its next-generation gas engine, the Skyactive-3, is going to be as clean as some electric cars.

Mazda powertrain chief Mitsuo Hitomi has revealed at a tech forum in Tokyo that the company’s goal with its next-generation gas engine is to increase the internal combustion engine’s thermal efficiency to around 56 percent. If it’s capable of doing that, it would make the Skyactive-3 the first engine of its kind to convert the majority of its fuel’s energy into power instead of wasting it due to heat loss and friction.

Tashirojima, Japan Is Home To Some 200 Cats Who Live Alongside Human Residents

Tashirojima, Japan is home to some 200 cats who live alongside human residents

ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi -- Here kitty, kitty! Visitors to Tashirojima Island here will have no trouble finding the fluffy winter coats of the feline inhabitants.

Often called "cat island," Tashirojima, whose perimeter is 11 kilometers, is home to some 200 cats who live alongside human residents, and are no stranger to tourists from both inside and outside of Japan. On a day in mid-December last year, this cat-loving reporter made a visit to the island and its furry citizens.

Insight? Civic? Accord? We Need Some Clarity: Honda's Hybrid Hierarchy

Insight? Civic? Accord? We need some Clarity: Honda's hybrid hierarchy

Today, Honda previewed the revival of the Insight hybrid, seen above, ahead of its official debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. This comes just shortly after the launch of the Clarity trio — a battery electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and fuel cell electric (FCEV) — which doesn't have a standard, non-plug-in hybrid model. What gives? If you're a little confused, you're not alone, but we think we can help you make sense of Honda's hybrid hierarchy, and how they correspond to other advanced- and traditional-powertrain vehicles in its lineup.

Let's start with the Insight. We honestly didn't know that Honda would be recycling that nameplate until this morning. We did know that Honda would reveal a "compact dedicated hybrid" at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. We don't know what platform will underpin the new Insight — and "dedicated" could just refer to the nameplate, not the platform. So perhaps it's on its own platform, or it shares with another compact Honda: the Civic.

Onsen Bathing While Clothed: New Practice More Comfortable For Some Foreign Tourists

Onsen bathing while clothed: New practice more comfortable for some foreign tourists

By Nao Yako / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterWhile staying at Sui Suwako in Suwa, Nagano Prefecture, visitors can enjoy open-air bathing on the inn's rooftop area while overlooking Lake Suwa. However, when you arrive at the entrance of the mixed-bathing area, you come across a notice: "You are not allowed to bathe naked here."

Instead, Sui Suwako offers guests a free "yuami-gi," or bathing garment — a practice it has employed since opening last year.

Check Out Some Of The 2018 Lexus Ls 500' Features

Check Out Some Of The 2018 Lexus LS 500' Features

Despite the fact that Lexus have been keeping a lid on driving impressions for their 5th generation LS, a few lucky people managed to give us a heads up on what we can expect when the car is stationary.

Apparently, there's an embargo for driving impressions set for next week, so if you're curious to know how this car compares to the likes of the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7-Series and Audi A8 on the road, be on the lookout September 28th.

Honda's New Civic Diesel Wants Some Attention Too In Frankfurt

Honda's New Civic Diesel Wants Some Attention Too In Frankfurt

Honda brought along its new generation Civic diesel to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Naturally, it doesn’t really stand out next to its sonorous sibling, the Civic Type R, but the new Honda Civic diesel promises to get the job done, despite the bad reputation that oil burners have received lately in the Old Continent and elsewhere, no thanks to the emissions scandal.

1989 Toyota Supra Turbo Wants You To Put Some Miles On It

1989 Toyota Supra Turbo Wants You To Put Some Miles On It

How much do you value the third generation Toyota Supra? Enough to pay around £9,000 ($11,645) at an auction for a good example?

If so, then you should book a hotel room, and a flight, to The Warwickshire Exhibition Center, near Leamington, Spa, UK, for September 23, when this example will go under the hammer at ClassicCarAuctions.

Sigma Warns Of Aberration Bug Affecting Some Of Its Lenses On Canon Dslrs

Sigma warns of aberration bug affecting some of its lenses on Canon DSLRs

Sigma has issued an advisory for five of its lenses over an error that occurs when they're used with select Canon DSLRs.

The issue crops up when the cameras' "Lens aberration correction" function is turned on. According to the company, having the lens aberration feature enabled on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 9000D (77D), EOS Kiss X9 (EOS Rebel SL2), or the EOS Kiss X9i (EOS Rebel T7i) cameras will result in an error when paired with the following lenses:

Some Ps4 Gamers Unable To Appear Online After 4.72 Update

Some PS4 Gamers Unable To Appear Online After 4.72 Update

Updates are usually meant to fix things and improve on things, but in some cases sometimes things go wrong. In the case of Sony's PS4, the latest update to version 4.72 has left some players unable to appear online, as evidenced in various internet forums such as NeoGAF and Reddit (via PlayStation Lifestyle).

One user writes, "When I last slept my PS4 I was appearing offline, now no matter what I change my status to, Online or Appear Offline, I remain to appear logged off. Restart, turn off and back on, nothing changed it. I just turned the PS4 on and my online status is checked as Online but my profile still has my appearing offline. I click Appear Offline and it goes to the ‘Please wait…' screen and comes back and Online is still checked. Yet, like I said, I'm appearing offline still."

Kuhl Racing Injects Some Toughness Into Toyota C-hr Crossover

Kuhl Racing Injects Some Toughness Into Toyota C-HR Crossover

Japanese tuner Kuhl Racing has put together an extensive body kit for the Toyota C-HR, upgrading the funky crossover from bumper to bumper.

The kit consists of a front spoiler, rear half spoiler, side skirts, rear floating diffuser, rear bumper diffuser, corner sensor attachment, fog lamp attachment and a center exhaust tip.

Nintendo Releases First Super Mario Run Update With Some Improvements

Nintendo Releases First Super Mario Run Update with Some Improvements

Nintendo released Super Mario Run on iOS last year and the version for Android only arrived in March, with some of the same features that users can enjoy when playing on their iPhones or iPads. Now, the version for Android has received its first update with some improvements.

Super Mario Run has just received an update, bumping the version number to 2.1.0 and bringing some improvements to the user experience. Nintendo’s first update to Super Mario Run for Android-running smartphones brings more Toads, as their number now stands at 99,999.