Smartphones drive new headphone boom

Jun 28, 2014

Smartphones drive new headphone boom

by Kazuaki Nagata

You might think the world of high-end earphones and headphones is only for audiophiles, but the smartphone boom has drastically expanded the market, if the turnout at the Portable Audio Festival in Tokyo was any indication. Industry insiders say casual music lovers are spending ...

Line app hacks prompt call to alter passwords

Jun 19, 2014

Line app hacks prompt call to alter passwords

Users of smartphone messenger application Line, who number in the hundreds of millions across Asia, are being urged to change their passwords Thursday as Japanese police investigate the hacking of hundreds of accounts. At least 303 cases of unauthorized access were confirmed between late ...

Mar 31, 2014

Tokyo Metro unveils subway navigation app for visitors

by Masaaki Kameda

Tokyo Metro Co. is providing a free smartphone application to help foreigners navigate the capital’s subway system. Tokyo Subway Navigation for Tourists will be available for Android phones through Google Play on Tuesday and “sometime soon” for iPhones at Apple’s App Store, Tokyo Metro ...

Mar 13, 2014

Small merchants embrace mobile payment services

Small businesses and individual merchants who previously shunned credit cards because of the required pricey card-reading devices are now letting customers use their plastic thanks to the advent of cheaper smartphone-based payment systems. Such mobile payment services can be used to pay for food ...

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Aruki-sumaho

Aruki-sumaho or, literally, "smartphone walking" refers to a pedestrian who uses a mobile phone while walking.

Sony ups smartphone lineup with Xperia Z2

Feb 25, 2014

Sony ups smartphone lineup with Xperia Z2

Sony Corp., seeking to counter a slowdown in its smartphone business, introduced a top-end Xperia phone and a cheaper model in a bid to take a share in a market that has become increasingly crowded. The Xperia Z2 combines 4K high-definition video recording, built-in ...

Feb 25, 2014

SoftBank reportedly has sights on Line

SoftBank Corp. is seeking to buy a stake in Line Corp., the mobile-messaging service controlled by South Korea’s Naver Corp., sources said. Line has received at least one other offer for all or some of the company, prompting it to slow preparations for an ...

Gamers get romance, Japanese-style

Jan 9, 2014

Gamers get romance, Japanese-style

by Kazuaki Nagata

In an era of smartphones, some mobile video game makers are using love to expand overseas. Having created a niche market for romance-themed games for women in Japan over the past several years, now they are looking to woo foreign women, particularly attracted to ...

Oct 29, 2013

DeNA plans push beyond games

DeNA Co., the Tokyo-based company whose service lets people play games on mobile phones, is seeking to expand its e-commerce and mobile entertainment businesses and is mulling acquisition opportunities. The operator of the Mobage network has lost about 25 percent this year as mobile ...