TotemoTech - 2023-09-15


Hello and welcome to today’s news from TotemoTech on September 15th, 2023. In today’s news, a study by NTT Docomo’s Mobile Society Research Institute reveals that dog owners in Japan tend to prefer iPhones, while cat owners lean towards Android smartphones. The survey, which examined the correlation between pets and lifestyle choices, found that 65% of dog owners use iPhones, while 58% of cat owners opt for Android devices.

In other news, the recipients of the 2023 Ig Nobel Prize have been announced. Among the winners is Professor Yoshitaka Miyashita from Meiji University and Associate Professor Yumi Nakamura from the University of Tokyo, who received the Nutrition Prize for their unique research on ‘electric taste.’ Their study explored the use of weak electrical currents to alter the flavors of food and beverages, a concept they coined as ‘electric taste.’ The research aims to contribute to the development of new culinary experiences.

Moving on, Nintendo has brought back the classic game ‘F-ZERO’ for the Nintendo Switch Online service. Originally released as one of the launch titles for the Super Famicom in 1990, ‘F-ZERO’ returns in its original pixel art style, offering players a nostalgic experience with a 99-player battle royale mode.

In sports news, Joshin, a major electronics retailer in Japan, has announced a special sale to celebrate the Hanshin Tigers’ victory in the professional baseball league. The sale, which will be held on their online shopping site, Joshin Web Shop, starting from midnight on September 15th, commemorates the team’s sixth championship win after an 18-year gap.

Adobe has unveiled beta updates for its video editing software, Premiere Pro. The updates, announced in conjunction with IBC2023, include features aimed at improving the quality of poorly recorded conversations and automatically identifying filler words such as ‘um’ and ‘uh.’ These enhancements aim to streamline the editing process and enhance the overall audiovisual experience.

In tech events, Apple recently held a product launch event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California. The event showcased the new iPhone 15 series, as well as the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2. Attendees had the opportunity to get hands-on experience with the latest devices and shared their first impressions.

Lastly, the Japanese 100-yen shop chain, Seria, has issued a warning about a fake Twitter account impersonating the company. The account has been engaging in conversations with other corporate accounts, raising concerns about potential misinformation or scams. Seria advises customers to be cautious and only rely on official channels for company-related information. And that’s all for today’s news. Thanks for listening to TotemoTech.

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