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  • SoftBank’s human-like robot named Pepper speaking to a customer at a prefecture speciality store in Tokyo. Photo: REUTERS
    Technology may fix Japan’s sluggish service sector in the future

    TOKYO — While Japan is revered for its hospitality, or omotenashi, it may be sapping productivity. So much so that the nation has ranked lowest of the Group of Seven (G7) nations by that measure for nearly 30 years. With Japan facing a labour shortage as the population ages, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to

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  • Potential of blue LEDs as novel chemical-free food preservation technology

    A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has found that blue light emitting diodes (LEDs) have strong antibacterial effect on major foodborne pathogens, and are most effective when in cold temperatures (between 4°C and 15°C) and mildly acidic conditions of around pH 4.5. This opens up novel possibilities of using blue

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    7 ways to be productive when there’s nothing to do in office

    No matter how busy you are normally in the office, there are always those days where you have nothing to do. Agree? You’ve filed all the papers, written all the reports, and even answered all your e-mails. So, it seems like you don’t have anything left on your plate. So, how are you supposed to

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  • Long Distance
    5 top safety tips for long distance driving

    You are going on a long distance road trip of three hours or more. Let’s assume that you have done all of your preliminary planning and organising work. Your car is clean, tuned up and inspected; your cell phone is powered; your spare tire is in good shape; your gas tank is full; and you

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  • Ju On 4: The Final, Premier Screening at Mid Valley, Malaysia

    Ju-on: The Final Curse (呪怨 4) is a Japanese supernatural horror film produced and co-written by Takashige Ichise and directed and co-written by Masayuki Ochiai. GSC Mid Valley Ju-On 4, The Final Curse premier screen on 13 July 2015 at 21:00 local time. Toshio and Kayako sighted and wandering around the GSC. Synopsis: Mai Ikuno (Airi Taira) discovers

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    Do these 5 things now if want to retire in 10 years

    The decade before retirement is a critical time. Here’s how to make sure you’re on the right path. After 30-plus years of working and socking away savings, you can finally see retirement on the horizon. But it’s not time to coast just yet. The actions you take in the final decade before you quit working

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  • When not to use your credit card

    Using them in some situations such as for paying hospital bills can be detrimental IN the absence of cash, using a credit card can be an useful alternative. However, there are certain situations where using a credit card is considered a no-no. The following are some scenarios where cash is preferred. Buying property Many people

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    Samsung blocked Microsoft security updates

    Samsung has been accused of disabling Microsoft’s software in preference for its own, leaving computers insecure. Microsoft technical expert Patrick Barker said he had found Samsung software downloading and running a file called Disable_Windowsupdate.exe, while helping a user with a computer problem. He said “a few Samsung-manufactured computer systems” were affected. Samsung said it was

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  • Ever instantly regretted sending an email? Gmail wants to help. Photograph: Denis Closon / Rex Features/Denis Closon / Rex Features
    Gmail’s ‘Undo Send’ comes to the masses

    Popular feature that recalls email after sending will become standard part of Google’s webmail after years in beta mode If you’ve ever drunkenly emailed your devotion to a former partner or accidentally used reply-all on an email thread to thousands of colleagues, good news: Gmail’s “undo send” feature has come to the masses. The feature,

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