(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc, which revolutionized reading with its Kindle e-reader, is expected to unveil a tablet computer next week that analysts say will seriously challenge Apple’s market dominating iPad.
OKITE is a Japanese alarm clock app. It’s designed to help users wake up, but with a twist: it sends embarrassing messages to the user’s Twitter account every time they hit snooze.
Tofugu, a blog covering Japanese culture, points out that this type of public shaming is uniquely punishing in Japan:
The interesting cultural thing about this app is the whole public shaming thing. In America when you do something shameful it’s all about the person doing the shameful thing. “What’s wrong with you?” “Why would you do that?” etc. In Japan, it’s kind of the opposite. When someone does something shameful, it’s always “What will the neighbors think?” and “What will your classmates think?” Public shame is the most terrifying motivator of all in Japan, and this app plays right in to that.
(Reuters) – Blockbuster unveiled a video streaming service limited to subscribers of satellite provider Dish Network, a move to better compete against video rental giant Netflix Inc and to lure customers from rival cable and satellite TV providers.
HOUSTON (Reuters) – BP confirmed on Friday it has filed a plan with U.S. regulators to pursue its first new deepwater oil exploration work in the Gulf of Mexico since the disastrous Macondo spill in 2010.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Congress set the stage for another last-minute budget showdown as lawmakers delayed action on a broad spending bill until Monday, shortly before disaster relief funds will run out completely.