Google develops Japanese language input Magic Hand for Smart Devices

Google unveiled their newly developed gadget Google Nihongo Nyuryoku Magic Hand (Japanese language input magic hand) today. It was developed to help make using smart devices easier.

It is able to solve problems that arise from the use of a touch panel, such as the following:

- it is sometimes hard to control with hands with long nails or while wearing gloves or a bandage
- screens can sometimes get dirty with fingerprints
- screens can sometimes be poorly responsive

Japanese consumption tax increases to 8% today; 10% in October 2015

Today, Japanese consumption tax increased for the first time in 17 years in order to cover growing social security costs due to an aging population.

The tax rate was raised to 8% from 5%  which, it is estimated, will raise an extra JPY 5 trillion (USD 50 billion) in tax revenue for the government in 2014 and an extra JPY 8 trillion in tax revenue in 2015.

The increase is a counterpoint to the government's JPY 5.5 trillion (USD 55 billion) stimulus package last year.

Programmable current amplifier for tiny current signals

NF Corporation provides electronic measuring instruments and power supplies for use in R&D and production lines. The company also provides electronic components and control circuits for satellites and the Hayabusa spacecraft. The programmable current amplifier CA5350, recently developed by NF to measure tiny signals, amplifies extremely small current signals from sensors. This product's performance, capabilities, and ease of use make it possible to amplify signals from a variety of current output sensors.

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