The newly appointed digital minister of Japan is on a warpath against floppy disks. As fax machines become obsolete, companies fear they will be next

In the eyes of the outside world, Japan is one of the world’s most technologically advanced societies, after the U.S. and China. Inside the country, its government and businesses are still using floppy disks.

Last month’s cabinet reshuffle appointed Taro Kono as a digital minister and a social media-savvy prime ministerial hopeful, and he has declared war on disk storage, whose only relevance in most Western countries has been limited to its digital image as a save icon.

The business community is still required to use floppy discs to submit applications and other forms for about 1,900 government procedures, according to Kono. A standard 3.5-inch floppy disk can usually hold around 1.44MB of storage or around 10 seconds of a 480p video.

Due to Japan’s strict regulations regarding how data is transferred within the government bureaucracy, Kono is trying to retire the 40-year-old technology due to the Internet and cloud storage.

Kono tweeted that the Japanese “Digital Agency will change those regulations so you can use online.”

During a news conference last week, Kono also criticized the country’s continued reliance on outdated technology. “I still plan to get rid of the fax machine,” he said.

Apple Watch ‘Pro’ CAD Renders Show Flat Screen Design With Side Button, Protrusion Housing Digital Crown!

A new batch of CAD images of the Apple Watch “Pro” have been shared online , revealing the new design of the upcoming watch.

In the images shared, a new physical button appears on the left side of the Apple Watch “Pro,” which was shared earlier this morning. CAD images show the newly designed button sitting beneath three holes that are probably speaker vents.

Comparing the CADs to the current design of the Apple Watch, the Digital Crown appears much more rugged. There is a new chassis protrusion on the side of the watch that houses both the Digital Crown and the Side Button, perhaps to facilitate finger access. In contrast to the Apple Watch Series 7, the display on this watch is completely flat.

As Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman wrote in this weekend’s Power On newsletter, Apple Watch “Pro” has a significantly larger display that could be “bigger than most wrists.” Previous rumors have suggested a case size between 47mm and 48mm. According to Gurman, Apple plans to display additional metrics during workouts on the larger display and redesign the watch faces.

Apple Watch Series 4 will cost between $900 and $1,000, making it the most expensive Apple Watch ever. On Wednesday, September 7, Apple is expected to announce the all-new Apple Watch “Pro.” It will join the new Apple Watch Series 8 and an updated Apple Watch SE in the lineup.