Apple set to unveil new iPad, iPhone models

Mar 20, 2016

Apple set to unveil new iPad, iPhone models

New iPhone and iPad models likely to be unveiled Monday are aimed at helping Apple keep momentum in the fast-evolving mobile device market. The media gathering at the company’s intimate auditorium in Silicon Valley will also give Apple a chance to restate its case ...

China's smartphones gaining ground with same bang, less buck

Feb 24, 2016

China's smartphones gaining ground with same bang, less buck

Move over, Apple and Samsung. The next big smartphone might be from little-known Chinese brands such as TCL and Oppo. Along with other Chinese phone makers such as Huawei and Xiaomi, Chinese brands have surpassed Samsung in China and are encroaching on Apple’s turf. ...

Government panel urges carriers to cut mobile phone fees

Dec 16, 2015

Government panel urges carriers to cut mobile phone fees

A government advisory panel on Wednesday urged mobile phone carriers to offer cheaper price plans for users who do not surf the Web much, and to bring monthly fees to less than ¥5,000. Critics say the price plans of three major carriers are aimed ...

Nov 23, 2015

Mobile phone fees need reform

The telecommunications ministry has a chance to affect much-needed change in the fee structure for mobile phones, particularly for those people who don't download a lot of data.

Shortage of rare minerals could upset global markets: study

Nov 14, 2015

Shortage of rare minerals could upset global markets: study

A shortage of rare minerals that are crucial for mobile phones, electronics and medical equipment could upset the global marketplace and create wide-ranging financial instability, a study warned Friday. The analysis of international commodity trade networks and how they could be roiled by shortages ...

Oct 24, 2015

NTT Docomo expands family discounts to same-sex couples

Major mobile carrier NTT Docomo Inc. said Friday that it has expanded the scope of its family discounts to include same-sex couples. Same-sex couples with certificates issued by their municipalities recognizing the relationship as equivalent to marriage became newly eligible for family discounts on ...

Government leans on mobile carriers to simplify pricing

Oct 20, 2015

Government leans on mobile carriers to simplify pricing

The government has said the pricing schemes used in mobile phone services lack transparency and fairness, with bills taking up a rising share of household budgets. Customers need more control over components of the plans, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Monday. His ...

Aug 27, 2015

French woman wins disability grant for 'gadget allergy'

A French court has awarded a disability grant to a woman claiming to suffer from a debilitating allergy to electromagnetic radiation from everyday gadgets such as cellphones. The applicant, Marine Richard, 39, hailed the ruling as a “breakthrough” for people afflicted by electromagnetic hypersensitivity ...