Watch a real-life YouTube version of cult cat app Neko Atsume tonight

If you’re unfamiliar with Neko Atsume, it’s a Japanese cat-collecting simulation app that I was briefly addicted to last year. It is very cute. And more recently the semi-game seems to have found a cult following in the US and beyond, despite being entirely in Japanese and, well, a cat-collecting simulation where you do little but put virtual food out and hope virtual cats come along to eat it. (Neko Atsume means “cat collecting” in Japanese. It’s high concept.) It’s managed over 6.5 million downloads worldwide.

Anyway, if the game has too much action for you, all is not lost. As part of Google Play Game Week in Japan, there’s going to be a real-life version — called, of course, Real Neko Atsume — streamed on YouTube. The stream will…

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Author: Sam Byford

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Nintendo's new president is Tatsumi Kimishima

Nintendo has appointed Tatsumi Kimishima as its new president following Satoru Iwata’s death in July. Kimishima, 65, was most recently the company’s managing director and the head of human resources, and previously served as CEO of Nintendo’s American arm until Iwata assumed those responsibilities in 2013. His association with Nintendo began when he was hired as CFO of The Pokémon Company in 2000; before that, he worked at what is now The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Japan’s largest bank, for 27 years.

Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda, who had been running Nintendo in interim roles, will continue to have influence at the top of the company. Takeda, an important figure in Nintendo’s hardware efforts, has been named Technology Fellow,…

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Author: Sam Byford

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Microsoft celebrates Super Mario Bros with a ninja cat easter egg

Yesterday marked 30 years since the release of Super Mario Bros. on the NES, a milestone that led to the 13th of September being marked as “8-bit Day.” Nintendo celebrated the event in its own fashion, but the Japanese company wasn’t the only console creator to celebrate the occasion. Microsoft created its own easter egg for 8-bit Day, rewarding people who entered the famous Konami code on its homepage with a slice of video game history, a cute little message from the company, and a pixelated version of Microsoft’s ninja cat riding its T. Rex steed.

Microsoft’s ninja cat has rapidly become the company’s unofficial mascot since it was spotted in March this year. At first the bandana-sporting kitty rode a fire-breathing unicorn,…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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New Sony ad is James Bond product placement in reverse

Daniel Craig’s reluctance to hold an Xperia aside, you can probably expect Spectre to follow other recent James Bond movies in serving up some pretty hardcore Sony product placement. And the corporate collaboration goes both ways — Sony just showed off its first tie-in commercial, an “action-packed mini movie in itself” directed by Danny Kleinman, director of several Bond title sequences.

The gadgetry contained within, including the Xperia Z5 smartphone and RX100 Mark IV compact camera, are billed as “Made for Bond;” the ad features Naomie Harris’ Moneypenny on a mission to, well, pick up a phone for Bond in London. The film was mostly shot on Sony’s F65 4K cinema camera, with the RX100 Mark IV providing additional slow-motion footage.

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Author: Sam Byford

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Etsy will now help designers find manufacturers

Six months after Etsy completed an IPO that valued it at $3.5 billion, the craft marketplace is expanding. The company is introducing Etsy Manufacturing, a new service that will link Etsy sellers — who often make items by hand — with small manufacturing companies. The operation is designed to help both sellers who’ve found success but have little time to fulfil larger orders, and smaller manufacturers, some of whom have lost business to huge manufacturers in countries where labor is cheaper.

Starting Monday, manufacturers will be able to create a profile on Etsy, part of a beta program for the new service during which the company will collate their details. Sellers will eventually be able to search through these manufacturers by…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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American Airlines accidentally used the wrong plane to fly to Hawaii

This goes without saying, but planes aren’t like socks. You can’t mix and match them. Each is uniquely identified and has a precise schedule with the airlines. That’s why it’s pretty shocking to hear that American Airlines used the wrong plane on August 31st to fly over a hundred passengers from LA to Honolulu on flight 31.

Passengers in Los Angeles boarded and took off in an Airbus A321. That’s the right model of plane, but it wasn’t exactly the right plane. Not only did this A321 have a different tail number from the plane that should have flown the route, but it wasn’t certified to fly a long over-water route.

It was an Airbus, but not the right Airbus

Specifically, the A321 variant used by American Airlines lacked ETOPS…

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Author: Dante D’Orazio

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