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Crunchyroll raises its monthly subscription price to $7.99

Crunchyroll is announcing its first major price increase since the anime streaming service launched in 2006. Prices for its premium subscription will go up in the United States, Great Britain, Australia and the Nordics — in the U.S. and Australia, the monthly price will increase from $6.95 to $7.99 (or $79.99 per year), while British subscribers will see their bill go up from £4.99 to £6.50 (or £64.99 per year). You don’t need to pay to watch Crunchyroll content, but a subscription gives you ...
Tags: TC, AT&T, Crunchyroll, Otter Media, WarnerMedia


Asia’s AnyMind pulls in another $8M and expands into outdoor advertising

Asia-focused marketing startup AnyMind Group has landed a further $8 million in funding to close out its Series B round and expand into new verticals. The company announced a $13.4 million raise back in November, but that has now expanded to $21.4 million thanks to an additional injection from VGI Global Media, a Thailand-based firm that specializes in outdoor media, and Tokyo Century, a financial services firm that has invested in Grab among others. Japanese messaging app Line and Mirai Crea...
Tags: Advertising Tech, Asia, Funding, Fundings & Exits, Anymind Group, Bangkok, Coo, Design, Internet advertising, Japan, Marketing, Media, Outdoor Advertising, series B, Social Media Influencers, Sogo


I'm 29 & This Is How Much I Spent On My 6-Day Trip To Iceland With My S.O.

Welcome to Away Game, a Refinery29 series where we tag along as real millennial women embark on trips around the world and track their travel expenses down to the last cent. Here, we offer a detailed, intimate account of when, where, and how our peers spend their vacation days and disposable income: all the meals, adventures, indulgences, setbacks, and surprises.This week's travel diary: A 29-year-old engineering analyst eats ice cream in Iceland.Open to tracking your travel expenses during an ...
Tags: Google, Europe, Fashion, Music, Japan, Texas, Star Trek, Netflix, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Montreal, Alberta, Reykjavik, Woodstock, Akureyri


Apple just blew past Microsoft to become the world's most-valuable public company (AAPL, MSFT)

Apple has surpassed Microsoft to reclaim its title as the world's most-valuable public company with a market cap of $916 billion. Its shares have risen in anticipation of the company releasing a Netflix-style video-streaming service. Watch Apple and Microsoft trade live. Apple has breezed past Microsoft to reclaim its title as the world's most-valuable public company. Shares of the consumer-electronics titan rallied close to 4% Thursday, giving Apple a market cap of about $916 billion — surp...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Japan, Microsoft, Trends, Linkedin, Netflix, Greater China, Watch Apple, AAPL MSFT, AirPods


Humans Might Be Able To Sense Earth's Magnetic Field

A new study from researchers at the California Institute of Technology suggests that humans can sense the Earth's magnetic field. "We have not as a species lost the magnetic sensory system that our ancestors [millions of years ago] had," said Prof Joseph Kirschvink, leader of the research from the California Institute of Technology. "We are part of Earth's magnetic biosphere." The Guardian reports: Writing in the journal eNeuro, Kirschvink and colleagues in the U.S. and Japan describe how they m...
Tags: Japan, Tech, Earth, California Institute of Technology, Joseph Kirschvink, California Institute of Technology We, Kirschvink


Despite short-term questions, games software/hardware to top $200 billion by 2023

Tim Merel Contributor Tim Merel is managing director of Digi-Capital. More posts by this contributor For AR/VR 2.0 to live, AR/VR 1.0 must die Chinese investment into computer vision technology and AR surges as U.S. funding dries up There has been some negative sentiment surrounding the games industry recently, with stock prices of public games companies in question in both the U.S. and China. While being contrarian to market senti...
Tags: Google, Gaming, Facebook, Column, Asia, Japan, Steve Jobs, China, Russia, India, Tech, Sony, Tencent, Pokemon, North America, Latin America


The Google News Initiative, one year in

In the first year of the Google News Initiative, our efforts have centered around a spirit of experimentation, with programs focused on three pillars: working with the news industry to evolve their business models, raising up quality journalism and driving new thinking and approaches in newsrooms. There’s still much to be done, but we remain committed to collaborating with publishers to build a stronger future for journalism. Empowering sustainable business growth The business of journalism is u...
Tags: Google, Europe, Japan, UK, London, Indonesia, Australia, Youtube, India, Eu, Brazil, Argentina, Finland, Bulgaria, North, John Green


THE APPLE STORE WORLD TOUR: From Albuquerque to Zurich, here's a look at every Apple Store across the globe (AAPL)

To understand Apple's global retail footprint, it helps to see it for yourself. We've compiled a list of every Apple store in the world. Jump to your favorite country or state via the table of contents, or scroll down to see every store alphabetically. It's hard to believe Apple was started out of a garage in California just over 40 years ago. Today, Apple is worth hundreds of billions of dollars and has over 500 stores in 24 countries around the world. Apple stores weren't even a "thing" unt...
Tags: Apple, Google, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Sweden, Colorado, South Park, California, Steve Jobs, Washington, Mexico, US, Trends, Spain, Turkey


“It is unacceptable to treat the internet as an ungoverned space,” Australian PM calls for global tech scrutiny

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for a global crackdown on social media after the New Zealand mosque shooting was live-streamed on Facebook last week. “It is unacceptable to treat the internet as an ungoverned space,” Morrison wrote in a letter to Japan’s prime... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Japan, Technology, News, Internet, Australia, Youtube, Social Media, Regulation, Terrorism, New Zealand, Reddit


Camera maker Insta360 raises $30M as it eyes 2020 IPO

Insta360, one of the pioneers in making 360-degree cameras, just raised $30 million in a Series C+ funding round from Chinese investors including Everest Venture Capital, MG Holdings and Huajin Capital. The Shenzhen-based camera maker declines to disclose its latest valuation. It plans to use the fresh proceeds in research and development, marketing and after-sales services in its key international markets including the United States and Japan, which are the company’s second and third-largest...
Tags: Gadgets, Asia, Japan, Hardware, Instagram, China, Funding, Tech, Smartphone, Companies, Camera, United States, Computing, Tencent, Virtual Reality, Gopro


App Annie, one of Silicon Valley's most popular tools for measuring an app's success, crosses a $100 million milestone and unveils a product to launch another wave of growth

On Tuesday, app data platform App Annie announced it crossed $100 million in annual recurring revenue. It also launched a new product called Mobile Web intelligence, which allows customers to see mobile web and app metrics side by side. App Annie plans to continue investing in research and development, and to aim for an M&A, an IPO or private equity in two to three years. After some internal changes to the company culture, App Annie, a quickly-growing app platform that is often cited in Ap...
Tags: Apple, Asia, Japan, Americas, Trends, Silicon Valley, Annie, App Annie, Krantz, Danielle Levitas, Ted Krantz, Business Insider App Annie, Europe Krantz


Simulations, SAFEs, and China beats America in AI patents

Editor’s Note The most consistent feedback we have gotten from Extra Crunch members is that I write too much, and the Daily emails are too long for mortals (and apparently my mother) to read. This is great feedback: a huge focus for Extra Crunch is to create signal from noise. To that end, we are experimenting with a new format of the Daily starting today that’s focused on keeping you up-to-date on Extra Crunch, as well as broadening your perspective outside the Silicon Valley bubble. Have ques...
Tags: Japan, China, Russia, US, America, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, National Health Service, Silicon Valley, Qualcomm, Lucas Matney, The Matrix, Getty Images China, Eric Peckham, Hiroshi Watanabe


Singapore fintech startup Instarem closes $41M Series C for global growth

Singapore’s Instarem, a fintech startup that helps banks and consumers send money overseas at lower cost, has closed a $41 million Series C financing round to go after global expansion opportunities. The four-year-old company announced a first close of $20 million last November, and it has now doubled that tally (and a little extra) thanks to an additional capital injection led by Vertex Ventures’ global growth fund and South Korea’ Atinum Investment. Crypto company Ripple, which has partnered w...
Tags: Asia, Japan, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Latin America, Vertex Ventures, Instarem, Prajit Nanu, Nanu, South Korea Atinum Investment Crypto, Singapore Mumbai Lithuania London, Seattle Instarem


Toyota doubles down on Nvidia tech for self-driving cars

Toyota is deepening its relationship with Nvidia as the automaker, and its research arms in Japan and the U.S., ramps up its autonomous vehicle development program. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang announced Monday during his keynote at the 2019 GPU Technology Conference that Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development — the automaker’s Japan-based research arm — is using the chipmaker’s full end-to-end development and production to develop, train and validate its autonomous vehicle technology. The...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Japan, Technology, Business Model, Tech, Ceo, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Nvidia, The Guardian, Automotive Industry, Toyota, Simulation


Take a Journey Inside Vincent Van Gogh’s Paintings with a New Digital Exhibition

Vincent van Gogh died in 1890, long before the emergence of any of the visual technologies that impress us here in the 21st century. But the distinctive vision of reality expressed through paintings still captivates us, and perhaps captivates us more than ever: the latest of the many tributes we continue to pay to van Gogh's art takes the form Van Gogh, Starry Night, a "digital exhibition" at the Atelier des Lumières, a disused foundry turned projector- and sound system-laden multimedia space i...
Tags: Google, Art, Japan, Technology, College, Paris, Seoul, Arles, Van Gogh, Facebook Twitter, Vincent Van Gogh, Gogh, Auvers, Colin Marshall, Van Gogh Starry Night, 21st Century Los Angeles


Apple Orders ‘Pachinko’ TV Series Adaptation from ‘The Terror’ Showrunner

Apple is adding to its impressive oeuvre of forthcoming original titles with a series order of a Pachinko TV series based on Min Jin Lee‘s bestselling novel of the same name. The multigenerational saga of a Korean family that migrates to Japan in the 20th century is a moving, sprawling dramatic epic that already piques interest because of its unique focus on the Korean immigrant experience in Japan. But throw The Terror co-showrunner Soo Hugh‘s name in there, and you’ve got our attention. De...
Tags: Apple, Japan, Television, Movies, Drama, Amc, Korea, Lee, Hugh, Dome, David Kajganich, Soo Hugh, Pachinko, Min Jin Lee, Sunja, Media Res Hugh


Toyota and Panasonic will showcase assistive robotics during the Tokyo Summer Olympics

Next year, the world’s top athletes will compete in the Tokyo Summer Games. Some of Japan’s biggest companies will also happily be using the opportunity to show off their latest technologies — namely a fleet of robotics aimed at helping human spectators navigate around the event. Officials behind the games showcased some of the technologies that will be on display, during a press conference this week. The event is set to show the world Japan’s close working relationships with robotics design...
Tags: Japan, Tech, Olympics, Tokyo, Toyota, Panasonic, Robotics, Masaaki Komiya


Apple Green Lights Pachinko Series Adaptation

Apple green lights Pachinko series adaptation Apple has given the thumbs up to its series adaptation of Min Jin Lee’s book Pachinko, which “chronicles the hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family,” according to The Wrap. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}; googletag.cmd.push(function() { var standAloneSizeMapping = googl...
Tags: Apple, Japan, TV, Movies, Reese Witherspoon, America, Netflix, New York Times, Jennifer Aniston, Novel, Lee, Media Res, Michael Ellenberg, The Crown, The Terror, Soo Hugh


Proposal For United Nations To Study Climate-Cooling Technologies Rejected

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A push to launch a high-level study of potentially risky technological fixes to curb climate change was abandoned on Thursday at a U.N. environmental conference in Nairobi, as countries including the United States raised objections. "Geoengineering" technologies, which are gaining prominence as international efforts to curb climate-changing emissions fall short, aim to pull carbon out of the atmosphere or block some of the sun's warmth to cool th...
Tags: Japan, Tech, United States, Brazil, Reuters, Nairobi, United States Saudi Arabia, U N Environment Assembly


MUJI X Sensible 4’s Self-Driving Bus premiered in Finland. We got a chance to sit in it!

It’s only natural that the world’s first fully autonomous self-driving bus would come out of Finland. Finland, believe it or not, is often considered to be the ‘Silicon Country’ that gave the world Nokia and pretty much set the very blueprint for mobile communications. Nokia was founded in Finland, and for over two grand decades before Apple launched the iPhone, Nokia was the standard to beat. In fact, there’s a high likelihood that your first phone was a Nokia (I know mine was). Post-2010 whe...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Transportation, Japan, Design, Technology, News, Microsoft, Nokia, Automotive, Finland, Popular, Editorial, Helsinki, Product Design, Muji


Firework officially launches a short-form video storytelling app, backed by Lightspeed

Facebook usage declined for the first time in a decade, while video-centric apps like TikTok are being touted as the future of social media. Entering this redefined playing field comes Firework, a fast-growing social video app whose clever trick is something it calls “Reveal videos” – a way for creators to take both horizontal and vertical video in one shot from their mobile device. Video viewers can then twist their phone as the video plays to watch from a new perspective and see more of the sc...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Hollywood, Linkedin, Tech, Snapchat, Fox, Mountain View, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Lightspeed, Sxsw, Redwood City, Vincent Yang, Meg Whitman, Grenier, Stanford MBA


Toyota’s Moon Rover

Traditionally limiting their endeavors to the Earth’s surface, Toyota now has plans to go to the moon. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency announced a partnership with the carmaker to place a self-driving rover on the moon in 2029. Using Toyota’s fuel-cell technology and solar power, the rover can transport two passengers over 10,000 kilometers. Though no astronauts will travel to the moon in the rover …
Tags: Auto, Space, Japan, Design, Cars, Tech, Earth, Moon, Toyota, Autonomous Cars, Linkaboutit, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, Lunar Rover, Moon Rover


Google Celebrates Pi Day As Employee Calculates New World Record

Emma Haruka Iwao, a Google employee from Japan, calculated pi to new world record. Google announced the milestone on Thursday March 14, also known as Pi Day (3.14). Iwao calculated pi to 31 trillion digits (31,415,926,535,897), far outpacing the previous record of 24.6 trillion, set in 2016 by Peter Trueb. A Google employee broke the…
Tags: Google, Space, Japan, News, Uncategorized, Pi, Emma Haruka Iwao, Iwao, Peter Trueb


Rakuten TV expands to 42 European countries, gets direct button on Samsung, LG, Philips and Hisense remotes

Rakuten TV, the Japanese e-commerce giant’s effort to take on Netflix and Amazon in the world of video streaming, has been a minor player when it comes to market share for online entertainment, with a mere 7 million users of its service. But today, it’s unveiling two key pieces of news that it hopes will help reverse that. The company is adding 30 new countries in Europe where the service will operate, bringing the total across the region and Japan to 42. And it’s inked a deal with big names ...
Tags: Amazon, Asia, Europe, Japan, UK, Media, Entertainment, Video Streaming, US, Tech, Spain, Netflix, Roku, Rakuten, Latin America, Viki


A recipe for beating the record of most-calculated digits of pi

Editor’s note: Today, March 14, is Pi Day (3.14). Here at Google, we’re celebrating the day with a new milestone: A team at Google has broken the Guinness World RecordsTMtitle for most accurate value of pi.Whether or not you realize it, pi is everywhere you look. It’s the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, so the next time you check your watch or see the turning wheels of a vehicle go by, you’re looking at pi. And since pi is an irrational number, there’s no end to how many ...
Tags: Google, Japan, Congress, Googlers, Emma, Google Cloud, Emma Haruka Iwao, Yasumasa Kanada, Daisuke Takahashi, Google Emma


Google is cracking down on bad advertisers, but its expanding power makes some ad execs and publishers nervous

Google published its latest annual "Google Trust & Safety in Ads Report,” detailing its 2018 crackdown on ads and content that violate its policies. The search giant went after phishing ads, ticket resellers, and hate speech, among others, terminating twice as many publishers for reasons like hate speech than it did in 2017. Its growing power has some nervous that one company wields so much influence over the web, though. After a year when the tech giants have been on the defense to demonstra...
Tags: Google, Japan, Elizabeth Warren, US, Trends, Iab, El Chapo, Spencer, Scott Spencer, Jim Spanfeller, Spanfeller Media Group


Meet the 19 startups in AngelPad’s 12th batch

AngelPad just wrapped the 12th run of its months-long New York City startup accelerator. For the second time, the program didn’t culminate in a demo day; rather, the 19 participating startups were given pre-arranged one-on-one meetings with venture capital investors late last week. AngelPad co-founders Thomas Korte and Carine Magescas did away with the demo day tradition last year after nearly a decade operating AngelPad, which is responsible for mentoring startups including Postmates, Twitte...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, Accelerator, Twitter, Utah, Japan, Real Estate, Berlin, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Adidas, Tesla, MoPub


2019 Toyota Camry Receives Updates Across The Board

The Camry, one of Toyota’s best-selling cars, soldiers on with new updates for 2019. Toyota’s Safety Sense P suite provides a number of advanced driver-assistance systems.  Three powertrain choices are available, including a hybrid with an updated Power Control Unit. If you’re looking for a car that is the automotive equivalent of a manila envelope stapled to a beige wall, then the new 2019 Toyota Camry is for you. Oh sure, Toyota seems to be serious when they say the Camry has an “Exciting St...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Japan, Steve Jobs, Porsche, Autos, Hud, Toyota, Epa, Toyota Camry, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Amazon Alexa, Car News, Tony Borroz, Entune, Clari Fi


Scientists Reawaken Cells From a 28,000-Year-Old Mammoth

Cells from a woolly mammoth that died more than 28,000 years ago have been partially reactivated inside of mouse egg cells, according to a study published Monday in Scientific Reports. "The achievement shows that biological activity can be induced in the cells of long-dead creatures, but that does not mean that scientists will be resurrecting extinct animals like mammoths any time soon," reports Motherboard. From the report: A team led by Kazuo Yamagata, a biologist at Kindai University in Japan...
Tags: Japan, Tech, Yuka, Yamagata, Kindai University, Kazuo Yamagata, Dmitry Laptev Strait, Russian Far East Yuka


Drivezy, India’s vehicle sharing startup, is raising $100M+ at a $400M valuation, eyes US expansion

Drivezy — the startup out of India that wants to turn private car usage on its head through a car-sharing network where people lend their cars and two-wheeled vehicles but also have options to use vehicles from a fleet managed by Drivezy — said it is raising more money as it gears up for the next stage of its expansion, including a launch in the US in coming weeks. The company is in the process of raising $100 million in equity funding, plus another $400 million in asset financing, with the l...
Tags: Google, TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Collaborative Consumption, India, Funding, Cars, US, Tech, Automotive, Silicon Valley



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