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YouTube Music finally gets it right

After years of false starts, YouTube is now serious about music streaming<p>YouTube Music, the video service’s first full-fledged music streaming offering is here, and it’s surprisingly great. At first glance, it’s largely Google Play Music with a fresh coat of paint and music videos. But look closer, …

YouTube Music

M5.1 quake hits Nagano Prefecture- News - NHK WORLD - English

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck Nagano Prefecture in central Japan.<p>Japan's Meteorological Agency says the quake had an intensity of 5 plus on …

Caste away: smashing India's social class system

“The silent miracle of human progress is too slow and too fragmented to ever qualify as news.” So wrote Hans Rosling in his posthumously released book Factfulness, extracts from which we published this year. As journalists, it’s easy for us to miss the small and scattered efforts of individuals and …

Uttar Pradesh

Naomi Osaka Is the Coolest Thing in Tennis | GQ

But can she be the sport's next champion?<p><b>At Indian Wells,</b> Naomi Osaka looked like she could beat any tennis player in the world. She’d entered the tournament unseeded, having never won a WTA title before. But in the heat of the desert, she proceeded—efficiently and almost cruelly—to dismantle …

Tennis

Short Fascinating Film Shows How Japanese Soy Sauce Has Been Made for the Past 750 years

A few years back, we visited Hōshi, a hotel located in Komatsu, Japan, which holds the distinction of being the 2nd oldest hotel in the world, and …

Japan

WWDC Wishlist Part Three- Apple Watch

The Apple Watch has quickly become one of the big stars in Apple’s hardware lineup. In three years, it has basically taken over the wearables market and become the world’s de facto smartwatch. A big reason for this is Apple’s investment in the platform and consistent innovation. They have already …

Smartwatches

Spotify Agrees to Fork Over $112 Million to Artists in Class Action Settlement

Spotify has faced a number of accusations regarding violations of copyright in recent years and this week saw one of those looming lawsuits put to …

Judiciary

This Denim Trend Will Make You Rethink Your Skinny Jeans

It’s no secret that California style is synonymous with denim. It’s where many of the big denim brands are actually based, but more than that, jeans …

Clothing

Iniesta coming to Japan- News - NHK WORLD - English

Spanish soccer legend Andres Iniesta will be playing in Japan.Sources have told NHK he will be joining the J-league club Vissel Kobe.<p>The 34-year-old …

Japan passport overtakes Singapore's as world's most powerful in latest Henley i...

Japan has overtaken Singapore in the global ranking for the most powerful passport, according to the latest update released by the Henley Passport …

FIFA World Cup

The 100 stories that shaped the world

BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society.<p>“I rarely find someone, really anyone, who doesn’t know some part of this story – the idea of the lost man who can’t get home after the war… the woman at home with …

Literature

23 tips and tricks to get the most out of your Apple Watch

From messaging to productivity to advanced fitness tracking, Apple Watch has something for every user.<p>But not every Apple Watch feature is obvious from the get-go. Apple has filled the watch — which is now on its fourth iteration, the Apple Watch Series 3 — with neat tricks and helpful tools to …

Smartwatches

The Apple Watch has found a surprisingly useful home

When the Apple Watch launched in 2015, it wasn’t exactly clear who, or what, it was for. It was a phone accessory meant to curtail some of the notification anxiety the phones themselves had created by paring your digital life down to only the most essential disturbances. For many consumers, though, …

Smartwatches

Uber to launch 1st taxi-hailing service in Japan on Awaji Island

Uber Technologies Inc. said Tuesday it will start its first taxi-hailing service in Japan this summer on a western island, targeting foreign tourists …

Japan

How to Buy a Good Smartwatch if You're Not into Apple

If you carry around an iPhone as your smartphone of choice then the Apple Watch is hands-down the best option for a smartwatch, for the seamless …

Wearable Tech

Japan would need 190 tril. yen for social security services in FY 2040: gov't estimate

TOKYO -- The government on May 21 made public for the first time its estimate of social security benefit expenditure for fiscal 2040, which would …

A Ride Through Nature: Hakone’s Hydrangea Train

Rainy Season DelightAs spring fades and summer approaches, richly colored hydrangea flowers come into bloom, heralding the onset of tsuyu, …

Japan

Japanese movie wins top prize at Cannes- News - NHK WORLD - English

Japanese Director Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Shoplifters" has won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.<p>At the 71st edition of Cannes, Kore-eda's work …

Made (Better) in Tokyo

There’s far more to the dining scene than sushi and soba. In fact, the Western food in Japan’s capital is some of the world’s best.<p><i>Far & Away,</i> from <i>National Geographic</i> and <i>The Wall Street Journal.</i><p>IN 2007, IVAN ORKIN, a self-described “Jewish guy from Long Island” became the first American to serve …

Japan

How Master Japanese Animator Satoshi Kon Pushed the Boundaries of Making Anime: A Video Essay

To casual viewers, most Japanese animation (at least apart from the elegant work of Hayao Miyazaki and his collaborators at Studio Ghibli) can look …

Anime

Visit an Online Collection of 61,761 Musical Instruments from Across the World

The study of musical instruments opens up vast histories of sound reverberating through the centuries. Should we embark on a journey through halls of …

Flute

Torrential rain in northern Japan- News - NHK WORLD - English

Torrential rain has hit northeastern Japan. The Meteorological Agency is warning of landslides, overflowing rivers and flooding in the region.<p>In the …

Int'l Roses and Gardening Show to bloom in Saitama from May 18

TOKOROZAWA, Saitama -- About 1 million flowers will be on display at the 20th International Roses and Gardening Show at Metlife Dome here from May 18 …

Forced sterilization victims sue Japan govt.- News - NHK WORLD - English

Three people who were forcibly sterilized under Japan's former Eugenic Protection Law have filed lawsuits seeking compensation from the Japanese …

YouTube unveils new music streaming service

<b>YouTube is launching a music streaming service, offering both videos and audio tracks, in an attempt to compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music.</b><p>YouTube Music will combine millions of "official" tracks with the vast catalogue of rarities and remixes uploaded by YouTube's users.<p>Like …

YouTube Red

YouTube Unveils YouTube Music, Its New Streaming Service, While Rebranding YouTube Red

YouTube Music, a streaming music platform designed to compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, officially has a launch date: May 22nd. Its …

YouTube Red

How to Live Stream the World Cup 2018 on Apple TV without Cable

The World Cup 2018 is fast approaching, and soccer fans everywhere are figuring out how to catch all the live sports action, preferably without cable. The FIFA World Cup 2018 will be the 21st FIFA World Cup and will take place in Russia this year, the first ever to be held in Eastern Europe. 32 …

Smart TV

24 hidden settings that can maximize your Mac

We mean Mac-simize.<p>Apple prides itself on the polish and slickness of its software, and on the surface, macOS proves itself an intuitive and easy-to-navigate operating system. Dig deeper, however, and you'll find a heap of useful settings and options that let you customize your computing …

Operating Systems

Plastics Explained, From A to Z

What are microplastics? What about a garbage patch? This glossary helps demystify plastic pollution.<p>The world of plastic contains many confusing terms, as we discovered while reporting on and researching the topic for our June issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine. Even the most well-intentioned …

Pollution

Singing the blues: Study of pop music finds rise in sadness

NEW YORK (AP) -- A study of hundreds of thousands of popular songs over the past three decades has found a downward sonic trend in happiness and an …