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 ...

Aug 11, 2015

Couples who sext have better sex: study

Couples who send each other sexually suggestive or explicit images by phone, commonly known as “sexting,” have better sex, according to a study presented to a psychology convention in Toronto. The practice is often portrayed as risky, yet American researchers found it is widespread ...

For Asia dating apps, love by numbers or chaperone

Jul 29, 2015

For Asia dating apps, love by numbers or chaperone

Move over Tinder — a crop of dating apps in smartphone-addicted Asia is offering to recruit friends for group dates or send along a chaperone to steer the course of romance. While dating apps developed in the West often encourage one-on-one, no-strings-attached meetings, many ...

Apr 19, 2015

Mountain of electrical waste reaches new peak: report

A record amount of electrical and electronic waste was thrown away in 2014, and countries that pride themselves on environmental consciousness were the worst offenders per capita, a report said Sunday. Last year, 41.8 million tons of so-called e-waste — mostly fridges, washing machines ...