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Paul McCartney Hospitalized in Tokyo

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Concerts / Tours, Rock,

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney has been hospitalized in Tokyo.

The Beatles legend had to cancel two dates of his Out There Japan Tour 2014 in the country's capital and Osaka after falling ill with a virus, which eventually led to him being sent to hospital.

"Since contracting a virus last week that led to the postponement of tour dates, Paul received successful medical treatment at a hospital in Tokyo. He will make a complete recovery and has been ordered to take a few days rest. Paul has been extremely moved by all the messages and well wishes he has received from fans all over the world," his rep said.

The 71-year-old rocker has also postponed a show in Seoul, South Korea, but is still set to continue with his tour of the US next month.


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Lana Del Rey Cancels Japan Gig

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Concerts / Tours, Pop,

Lana Del ReyLana Del Rey has cancelled a performance in Japan due to exhaustion.

The "Video Games" singer was expected to play a gig in the Japanese capital Tokyo earlier this week but was forced to cancel, and has apologized to fans blaming her "sickness."

"It is with great regret Lana will not be performing in Tokyo today. She is suffering from exhaustion and the show had to be cancelled. Lana says, 'I am really sorry to not have made it over to Japan again, I would love to be there to sing and look forward to performing a show that the fans deserve,'" a representative for the singer said.

"Wish I could be with everyone in Tokyo but I'm really sorry I am sick. Thinking of you and I will come back soon," she added on Twitter.

Lana was initially forced to reschedule the Japanese performance after being unable to perform in the country earlier on this year.

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Kevin Rose applauds Apple’s Japan response

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Corporate News,

Hours after a massive earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale struck Japan, an Apple store in Tokyo kept its doors open to hundreds of nearby victims, and instructed stranded employees and their families to stay overnight at the five-story flagship store.

A moved Kevin Rose, founder of Digg, posted two anonymous letters from "an admitted [Apple] fanboy" and Apple store employee in Japan, who wrote at length about Apple's calm, humanitarian response to the quake.

"[With] the phone and train lines down, taxis stopped, and millions of people stuck in the Tokyo shopping district scared, with no access to television, hundreds of people were swarming into Apple stores to watch the news on USTREAM and contact their families via Twitter, Facebook, and email," the letter read. "The young did it on their mobile devices, while the old clustered around the Macs. There were even some Android users there. (There are almost no free wifi spots in Japan besides Apple stores, so even Android users often come to the stores.)"

"Staff brought out surge protectors and extension cords with 10s of iOS device adapters so people could charge their phones & pads and contact their loved ones. Even after we finally had to close 10pm, crowds of people huddled in front of our stores to use the wifi into the night, as it was still the only way to get access to the outside world."

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: June 30, 2009

Jonas Brothers 3D Concert Experience DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • 12 Rounds: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Barfly: DVD
  • Do the Right Thing (20th Anniversary Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Education of Charlie Banks: DVD
  • Flawless: Blu-ray
  • Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li: DVD, Blu-ray
  • They Call Me Bruce? (25th Anniversary Edition): DVD
  • Tokyo!: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Two Lovers: DVD, Blu-ray

Click here to see the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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In Theaters This Weekend: March 6, 2009

Watchmen

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

  • Watchmen (R): starring Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup, Jackie Earle Haley (directed by Zack Snyder)
  • 12* (PG-13): starring Sergey Makovetsky, Valentin Gaft, Alexey Petrenko (directed by Nikita Mikhalkov)
  • Dhoondte Reh Jaoge* (NR): starring Kunal Khemu, Soha Ali Khan, Paresh Kumar (directed by Umesh Shukla)
  • Everlasting Moments* (PG): starring Maria Heiskanen, Jesper Christensen, Mikael Persbrandt (directed by Jan Troell)
  • Explicit Ills* (R): starring Paul Dano, Noamie Harris, Rosario Dawson (directed by Mark Webber)

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Sony Thin OLED EL Display

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, HDTV, Peripherals,

XEL-1 EL TVSony has been busy trying to be the best again. Their EL Display, shown at the Display 2008 conference in Tokyo, is a mere 0.3mm thickness. The gadget is composed of OLED technology which doesn’t need back lighting and has a polymer substance that converts electricity to light. Although Sony has been making 3.8-inch OLED displays since 2004, if you just have to have the latest, thinnest display on the block, it will cost you. An 11-inch EL TV (960×540,) shown here, presently goes for ¥190,000 (~$2,000.00.)

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Goggles Remember for You

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech, Science,

Memory Goggles

You will some day be able to find your lost car keys with only your PC. University of Tokyo researchers have come up with Memory Goggles. They can recognize and organize visual information of objects after a certain amount of training. They also have an LCD screen built-in so that you can double check the item. The glasses need the aid of a computer tied to the user’s back, which the scientists say will become smaller in time. The team is also hoping that the goggles will be capable of processing information in future robotics.

 

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Pollen Bots Assist Hay Fever Sufferers

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech, Science,

Pollen Bot

Weathernews has found an interesting way to monitor and alert Tokyo to the pollen count. The 200 Pollen Bots measure about one foot across, weigh 2.2 lbs. each, and glow in their styrofoam shells. The color of their eyes change as the count goes up or down. Given to those locals who suffer from hay fever, the recipients monitor the air in their space and send updated results over the Net to Weathernews’ headquarters. We would think that having to purchase a couple extra boxes of Kleenex would be a fairly decent and less expensive indication.

Read More | Weathernews Pollen Map (Japanese) via Toyko Mango


Toyota Bots Play the Violin

Just as Honda publicly entered the field of robotics with its spokesrobot Asimo, Toyota has 3-upped them with their trio of Partner Robots. Designed to carry out simple tasks for its humans, the first two can not only be programmed for assistance to the infirm or elderly, they can literally play the violin and trumpet. Mobiro was designed as an advanced sort of wheelchair for those who have difficulty walking. Look for him to achieve the status of being a part of Tokyo Disney Theme Park in 2008. Visit Toyota’s site for more robots that are in various stages of R & D.

 

Read More | Akihabara News

Robo-Goat for Losers

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech,

Robo-GoatIf you lose at the Edogawa Kyotei boat races in Tokyo, you can feed your ticket to their robo-goat. Instigated last month, the 1.6 meter tall Rocky Mountain critter features a white fur coat and ticket-detecting sensors. They say he eats about 500 of them a day and his keeper claims, “It eats up your frustrations so that you will have better luck with the next race.”
We wonder, if your next bet is a loser, too, will the goat eat your shirt?

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