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 ...

| Mar 8, 2014

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 ...

New trap allows boars to be caught by smartphone

Sep 30, 2013

New trap allows boars to be caught by smartphone

Teaming with an experienced hunter, researchers at Kyushu University have come up with a boar trap that can be activated remotely with a smartphone. Wild boars are to blame for increasingly costly crop damage as their areas of activity expand and the number of ...

Fujitsu phone takes pulse from face

Mar 19, 2013

Fujitsu phone takes pulse from face

A smartphone that can take a pulse by viewing people’s faces debuted Monday. Technology giant Fujitsu Ltd. plans to put the invention to practical use within a year, allowing people at work or at home to collect data for analysis without wearing special devices. ...

A new crop of smartphones for spring

| Feb 27, 2013

A new crop of smartphones for spring

by Rick Martin

As spring descends on Japan, we’ll all be welcoming warmer temperatures and cherry blossoms in the coming weeks. But spring in Japan typically means new smartphone lineups from Japan’s major mobile carriers, too. And while consumers’ love for Apple’s iPhone is still in full ...

Already a huge hit, Line aims for SNS market

Feb 22, 2013

Already a huge hit, Line aims for SNS market

by Hiroko Nakata

The instant messaging app Line is already dominating the lives of young smartphone users in Japan and has spread rapidly elsewhere in the world, but its developer is eyeing even more aggressive growth. Unlike global giants like Facebook and Twitter, the nascent social networking ...