Toyota bets the future car will be fuelled by hydrogen

  ©Bloomberg A Toyota worker checks a Mirai fuel-cell vehicle on the production line of the company’s Motomachi plant Toyota showed off a special version of its new Mirai saloon this week to celebrate Back to the Future day. The Japanese carmaker’s take on the time-travelling DeLorean from the popular movie series has the trademark gull-wing doors and the same, ... Read More »

Let’s move on from past, says Shinzo Abe as China and Japan agree on system to avoid East China Sea clashes

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for high-level dialogue with his Chinese counterparts as he told a top diplomat from Beijing that China should move on from “unfortunate past history”. As State Councillor Yang Jiechi yesterday concluded a two-day visit to Japan, the two neighbours agreed to launch a crisis management mechanism to prevent unintended clashes in the East China Sea ... Read More »

Corgis? No, the Queen has a secret passion for Labradors and has owned up to 20 of the breed, claims new book

A new book claims the Queen has up to 20 of Britain’s most popular breed and even ordered special adaptations to be made to her Land Rovers to deal with the dogs’ steamy foggy breath. ‘Private love’: The Queen may be well-known as a fan of the corgi, but according to Ben Fogle her real love is the labrador. Pictured ... Read More »

Hong Kong and youth politics

Jessica Chow-Lau and Candice Chau argue that Hong Kong needs more political involvement if anything is to change With royal carriages, red carpets, and grand banquets, Britain’s welcome of Chinese President Xi Jinping was hospitable to say the least. Chinese students queued for hours in the cold for a chance to meet their beloved leader—others were less thrilled. Or rather, ... Read More »

Why the future of newspapers is not all doom and gloom

It’s disappointing to see you paint such an unremittingly gloomy picture of the prospects for newspaper brands, largely ignoring the innovation taking place across the industry, not least at your own organisation (Media, 19 October). Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP, the world’s biggest advertising group, said at the Society of Editors’ conference that more and more people are recognising ... Read More »

Canadian business reacts to future under Liberal rule

Some major Canadian business groups say they are ready to work with the new Liberal government of Justin Trudeau to find common ground to benefit the country’s economy. “We will press the new government to avoid a return to structural deficits,” Perrin Beatty, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce said on Tuesday, adding that “we ... Read More »

Living in a steel box: are shipping containers really the future of housing?

It takes time to adjust to living inside a steel box. Timothy Ader did not, initially, like the idea of staying at Wenckehof, a student village in Amsterdam made up of 1,000 recycled shipping containers. But three years after moving in, he has no regrets. “My first impression of the containers was, ‘It’s ghetto stuff – I’m not living there,’” ... Read More »


When Back to the Future came out in the mid-1980s, a fellow named Joe Biden was getting ready for an ill-fated presidential run, and someone named Clinton from Arkansas was on the mind of far-seeing people. If the movie were real, Doc Brown would arrive in October 2015 and discover that mankind—or at least the Democratic Party—really has given up ... Read More »

Back to the Future II: How much of the movie has become real 26 years later

With the enthusiasm of an apocalyptic cult awaiting the rapture, Back to the Future fans have spent the past 26 years looking forward to 21 October 2015. That’s the date Doc Brown punches into his time-travelling DeLorean in Back to The Future II, the 1989 sequel that promised viewers a near-future of flying cars, hoverboards and self-lacing shoes. And with ... Read More »

Nintendo NX: Developers give update on future Mario title’s potential

NINTENDOThe Nintendo NX’s release date will be revealed in 2016 More Nintendo NX news is expected in 2016, where many backing the games giant to reveal a platform of devices under one banner. Recent reports indicate that cloud gaming could play a major role in the console range, which could also include a handheld spinoff device. Developers from the Pokemon ... Read More »