Japanese HomePod Launching This Summer

· Andrew Orr · Product News

A Japanese HomePod will launch this summer for ¥32,800 (US$302.48). We don’t have a launch date but the order page is live.

Kyoto Apple Store Opens Saturday

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple retail store Shijō Dori Kyoto

Apple’s Kyoto retail store officially opens this Saturday, August 25th. This is Apple’s ninth store in Japan and first in Kyoto.

Japan Apple Store in Kyoto Opening on August 25

· Andrew Orr · News

On August 25 Apple is opening an Apple Store in Kyoto, Japan. It will be the company’s 504th location worldwide and its ninth Japan Apple Store.

A Japanese Artist Created a Steve Jobs Portrait With Ash

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Cult of Mac brings us news of a Steve Jobs portrait created from cigarette ash. Regardless of whether you think Mr. Jobs would approve this “toxic portrait” or not (I mean, yes cigarette chemicals are toxic), I think it’s a cool and creative way to make art. I don’t think I’ve ever seen ash art before, and this image of Mr. Jobs is very well done. The artist—who goes by the name Shin—recreated the famous Albert Watson photo, with Mr. Jobs posing and resting his hand on his chin. Shin also uses food and paper cups as media. You can find more of Shin’s work on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

A Japanese Artist Created a Steve Jobs Portrait With Ash

Apple Has Plans for Better AI, Cashless Society

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple logo and really smart tin robot

Apple CEO Tim Cook wants to weave artificial intelligence deeply into our lives, and he’s ready for a cashless society. The iPhone and Mac maker’s planned research center in Japan will play a role in those plans, and the country could be at the forefront of plans to push Apple Pay as the standard for a no-cash world.