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Abenomics: Japan’s dramatic push to save its economy

Tsuyoshi Nishikawa and his wife Rina look every bit the modern Japanese couple as they walk cheerfully along a street in Tokyo’s sparkling Marunouchi district.

The stylish pair live in Saitama prefecture, just outside the capital. Mr. Nishikawa, dressed in a crisp navy jacket and suede shoes, works …

Japan

A Stubborn Manufacturer Exposes The Asbestos Blame Game

In a quiet bankruptcy court in Charlotte, N.C., closed to all but court personnel and people who’d signed strict confidentiality orders, attorney Garland Cassada laid out the inner workings of one of the longest-running and most lucrative schemes in the American litigation business.

Arguing for a …

Asbestos

Intel in Talks to Buy Altera

Intel Corp. (INTC) is in talks to buy Altera Corp. (ALTR) in a deal that would be the chip-making giant's largest takeover ever.

Terms of the potential deal and its timing couldn't be learned, and it is possible there ultimately won't be one.

With a market capitalization of $10.4 billion before The …

Intel Corporation

The First Set of Apps for Apple Watch Are Ready

With the launch of the highly-anticipated Apple Watch just a month away, Apple has already updated a set of pre-existing apps, fine-tuned for the wearable device. However, only a select group of credible companies have been given the privilege to start early, as regular developers will have to wait …

Apple Watch

Unofficial Meerkat Chrome extension brings portrait support and comments to the Web

A new Chrome extension for Meerkat brings features from the mobile app to the Web so you don’t need to jump onto your phone to be fully immersed in a stream.

Meerkat Plus, an unofficial extension for Chrome, adds chat to the Web interface, along with the ability to like, retweet or comment on a …

Plugins

Plex version 4.0 update brings a revamped UI, increased access to Android TV and more

Plex, the popular media server application, has just received a major update on Android. Version 4.0 brings a revamped user interface with Material …

Plex

Ellen Pao Disrupts How Silicon Valley Does Business

Silicon Valley is enamored of “disrupters,” those shrewd, brave men — it is almost always men — who are hailed for enduring years of ridicule and risking everything to shake up the conventional order.

Now, in Ellen Pao, the Valley has found its newest disrupter. And the conventional order she has …

Silicon Valley

Pebble Time raised more than $20 million on Kickstarter

We knew Pebble's recent Kickstarter endeavor was doing well. Earlier this month the Pebble Time became the most successful Kickstarter product ever when it passed the $13.4 million mark. Now, the funding period is over and Pebble Time has raised a total of $20,338,986 from 78,471 backers. The …

Kickstarter

Periscope v. Meerkat: Our Initial Re/action

Are you a Periscope or a Meerkat?

A month ago, that question didn’t make any sense, but boy what a difference a month can make.

On Thursday, Twitter launched Periscope, its standalone livestreaming app, to rival the incumbent industry leader, four-week-old Meerkat, a similar app that took off at the …

Meerkat

The celebrities and brands who lost the most in Facebook's latest like purge

Earlier this month, Facebook announced that it would be "making page likes more meaningful" by nixing inactive accounts. So if your page had 10 million likes, 1 million of which were from inactive accounts, you suddenly dropped down to 9 million. This is far from the first time that Facebook has …

Facebook

William Gibson After Trying VR: "They Did It"

Virtual Reality

Is this smashed MacBook Air a piece of art?

Edward Snowden can now add "artist" to his resume. Or, more accurately, "person tangentially responsible for the creation of art." The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is hosting an exhibition next month that features a smashed MacBook Air and Western Digital hard drive that once contained leaked …

Art

10TB SSDs on the way from Toshiba and Intel…but not for at least a year

Micron and Intel, and separately Toshiba, have revealed that solid state drives (SSDs) as large as 10 terrabytes will be available to manufacturing partners as early as next year.

Ultimately, it’s still pretty early days for the multi-layer chip technologies that make such capacities possible, but …

Intel Corporation

YouTube's Absurd 60FPS, 4K Videos Are Too Awesome for Your Computer

Google is working on an exciting new feature for YouTube: videos you can't watch! Blame your shitty computer and internet connection.YouTube has been …

YouTube

We Heart It, An Image-Sharing App Used By 30M Young Women, Adds Messaging

We Heart It, a visual bookmarking service popular with teenaged girls, is transforming itself into a messaging app with the launch of new feature called Postcards.

In a previous era, young girls sat around with fashion magazines and scissors and cut out their favorite inspirational images, turning …

Women's News

Razer's handing open-source VR kits to more than 20 education labs

Razer's entry into virtual reality may not be as ballsy as HTC's or Samsung's, but it could be just as important. Back in January the gaming manufacturer revealed Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR), a project that offers a hardware design and software framework that anyone can build VR devices and …

Virtual Reality

With Whipclip, TV viewers can create and share clips of favorite moments

Justin Bieber jokes will flood the Internet Monday night when Comedy Central premieres a “roast” of the pop singer.

Unfortunately, most of the chatter will come via text even though sarcasm, vocal cadence and other keys to making a one-liner punch are best captured on video. It's just that videos of …

Web 2.0

Jobr Updates its iPhone App and Launches On Android

Mobile job discovery service Jobr has updated its iPhone app with a redesigned interface and new features. It’s also launching on Android today.

In addition to a new look, the updated iPhone app now adds the ability to sign up via Facebook, import your resume and customize every aspect of it to …

iPhone

As Twitter launches Periscope, Meerkat announces $14 million in funding

This morning saw dueling announcements in the world of live-streaming apps. Twitter finally pushed Periscope to the public, and Meerkat announced it had raised a pile of cash with strong connections to Hollywood. Right now Meerkat has the hype, coming off a strong SXSW and high-profile celebrity …

Meerkat

Periscope, Twitter's answer to Meerkat-style live streaming, is now available

Live-streaming apps are the thirstiest of all media. A Facebook post wants a like, a tweet begs for favs, and a snap means little without a response. But for sheer drop-everything, look-at-me arrogance, nothing beats the push notification that says "LIVE NOW." I’m doing literally anything, the …

Periscope

HTC loses its second chief designer in less than a year

Just 11 months after HTC's longtime chief of design, Scott Croyle, was revealed to be leaving the company, one of his former allies who stepped in to fill the void has also departed. HTC has confirmed that Jonah Becker has left the company, having previously served as its head of product design. …

HTC

Festo unleashes new robotic swarm of ants and butterflies

Biology-inspired robotics company Festo has revealed its latest animal robots -- cooperative ants and lightweight butterflies.

The family of animal …

Robots

Apple is Hitler, says Chinese CEO

Jia Yueting, the billionaire founder and CEO of Chinese internet video site Leshi TV (LeTV), has compared Apple to the Nazis in a poster teasing the launch of LeTV's new smartphone. The image was posted to Jia's verified Weibo page (with more than 5 million followers) and shows a cartoon Adolf …

Asia

YouTube starts testing silky smooth, ultra HD video quality

YouTube introduced videos that play at 60 frames per second last year and ones viewable in 4K resolution in February. Now, the website is starting to experiment with videos that are both silky smooth and ultra high-def. TechCrunch has spotted a low-key, semi-secret playlist comprised of only six …

YouTube

These Are the First 24 Apple Watch Apps

There's Twitter, but no Facebook yet

Pre-orders for the Apple Watch don’t begin for another two weeks and sales don’t begin for four, but the App Store team has already approved two dozen third-party apps for the new device.

The list below, scraped from the App Store by 9to5Mac’s Zac Hall, was …

Apple Watch

Plag** gives you a real time map of where the content you share is spreading

Remember Plague, the social sharing app with the slightly off-putting name that picked up some steam at the end of last year? We called it ‘Tinder for information” at the time and marvelled at its rapidly growing user base.

Now it’s had a confusing name change, rebranding as Plag**, and added a …

Realtime

Vine now supports high-definition videos

Vines are about to start looking a bit nicer. Over the "coming days," the Vine app will start to roll out support for higher quality videos — Vine's blog post suggests that it's bumping the resolution of each video up from 480p to 720p, which is a decent improvement. Of course, the videos still …

Vine

Anonymous Social App Cloaq Lets You Secretly Comment On Anything

The trend toward anonymous social applications may be on the downswing for some, but others believe there’s still a place for online discussions where users don’t have to reveal their real identity. Case in point: Cloaq, the anonymous app where users never had to provide an identifying piece of …

Social Networks

Periscope's new Twitter account suggests livestreams you might like

Using Periscope, Twitter's new app for live streaming, but can't find any streams worth watching? A new account run by the service may be able to help.

The app has launched Periscope TV, a curated account that retweets links to broadcasts from celebrities, journalists and other notable users.

The …

Twitter

Millennials snapping up Snapchat, study finds

ComScore finds 71 percent of Snapchat's user base is between the ages of 18 and 34.

On Snapchat, if you're under 35, you're in good company.

A whopping …

Millennials