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If the Toyota GR Yaris is sacred fruit, this GRMN variant is Eve’s apple

If the Toyota GR Yaris is sacred fruit, this GRMN variant is Eve’s apple

Japanese automaker Toyota started the new year by teasing us with a new GR GT3 concept and a tuned GR Yaris a week before the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon. What really struck our fancy is the GR Yaris since Toyota refuses to bring its "rally-bred pocket rocket" to Uncle Sam’s willing buyers. And now, Toyota has unveiled the GR Yaris GRMN, a limited-edition and more hardcore version of the brand’s world-beating hot hatch.

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Mitsubishi reveals Ralliart, Adventure, X, and Leisure style autos at TAS 2022

Mitsubishi reveals Ralliart, Adventure, X, and Leisure style autos at TAS 2022

We don't see a lot from Japanese automaker Mitsubishi in the US. The company had some very appealing sports cars, such as the Mitsubishi Evo and the Mitsubishi Eclipse. Unfortunately, those cool vehicles were discontinued in the US, and the only Mitsubishi model you're likely to see cruising the streets today is the Outlander SUV or the Eclipse Cross.

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2022 Honda Step WGN minivan is a sad reminder of what we’re missing

2022 Honda Step WGN minivan is a sad reminder of what we’re missing

Japanese automaker Honda has released a few details about its 2022 Step WGN minivan. The first-gen Step WGN debuted at the 1995 Tokyo Auto Show and featured Civic underpinnings, a single rear sliding door, and seating for eight occupants. However, the newest sixth-gen variant is longer, taller, and broader than its predecessors without altering its compact footprint.

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Apple reveals special Year of the Tiger gear, but you probably can’t get it

Apple reveals special Year of the Tiger gear, but you probably can’t get it

Apple has revealed new "Year of the Tiger" versions of some of its most popular gadgets, including the Beats Studio Buds and AirTags. The new offerings will be made available to purchase in Japan and China, with the exact products appearing to vary slightly depending on which market you're in. According to Apple, these items are designed as a tribute to the Lunar New Year.

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Massive Super Nintendo World park Donkey Kong expansion confirmed

Massive Super Nintendo World park Donkey Kong expansion confirmed

For the lucky limited population of people in the world able to attend Universal Studios Japan's Super Nintendo World right now - there's good news. Super Nintendo World Universal Studios Japan has confirmed what we've suspected for months - Donkey Kong incoming!

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IKEA x ASUS ROG gaming gear ready for USA release date

IKEA x ASUS ROG gaming gear ready for USA release date

The full IKEA x ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) gaming product line is finally ready for a release date in October of 2021. This collection of accessories, lighting, and furniture was partially revealed earlier this year with a February preview, including everything from desks to LED strips to mouse USB bungee and a wooden hand to hold your headphones. Products will launch a variety of named families, each a part of the gaming accessory and furniture universe.

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Google Pixel 6 inspires official bags of chips

Google Pixel 6 inspires official bags of chips

Google is pumping up the message in Japan with official bags of chips in a variety of colors. The chips in each bag are (quite likely) the same flavor, regardless of the color you get, just like the Google Pixel 6. Regardless of the casing you get, the Google Pixel 6 will be the same experience. The differences will be between the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro - but the chips come first.

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New PlayStation 5 released: What’s different?

New PlayStation 5 released: What’s different?

Today we're taking a look at some of the discoveries made inside the new version of the Sony PS5. The first one's sold so extremely well that it's STILL difficult to find one in stock in stores around the world. Now, here at the tail end of September 2021, Sony has a new version of the console out in some markets with some significant changes inside.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony had a video game surprise

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony had a video game surprise

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics have officially kicked off, albeit a year late and without live spectators. Gamers who watched the Opening Ceremony of the event and the Parade of Nations were greeted by something they probably weren't expecting: a soundtrack filled with video game music. Many took to Twitter to call out songs they were familiar with as tracks from games like Sonic the Hedgehog and Dragon Quest played during the event.

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New data on nighttime weather on Venus gathered using infrared sensors

New data on nighttime weather on Venus gathered using infrared sensors

Astronomers have been studying various planets in our solar system for generations. While modern scientific instruments and telescopes have given us detailed information on planets, such as Venus, some aspects of planets in our social system have remained a mystery. One example is nighttime weather on Venus.

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Japan breaks Internet speed record with 319 Tbps figure

Japan breaks Internet speed record with 319 Tbps figure

The need for speed on the Internet has never been greater than before, and not just because of video streaming or game streaming. From mass video conferences to real-time collaboration on a multimedia project, much of today's society has become dependent on the Internet. While network operators and carriers push 5G and WiFi 6 forward, computer scientists and engineers are setting their sights on even bigger numbers, numbers for which Japan's National Institute of Information and Communication Technology or NICT just set a record.

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Tokyo Olympics 2021 ban spectators over COVID-19 state of emergency

Tokyo Olympics 2021 ban spectators over COVID-19 state of emergency

No spectators will be allowed at the Tokyo Olympic Games, the latest twist in the 2021 saga as Japan puts its capital city back into lockdown. The Government of Japan has announced a new state of emergency in Tokyo amid rising COVID-19 cases, with a big impact on how the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be held.

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