Duolingo chief shakes up language learning

May 23, 2014

Duolingo chief shakes up language learning

by Tomoko Otake

While in his teens, growing up in a family running a candy factory in Guatemala, Luis von Ahn said he often fantasized about creating a gym anyone could join for free. Now 34, von Ahn, an IT entrepreneur and associate professor of computer science ...

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 ...

Nov 30, 2013

U.S. to finally get early warning quake app for smartphones

A smartphone app designed to give early warning of earthquakes could be ready as early as next year, according to scientists at the World Science Forum in Rio de Janeiro. Researchers from the University of California showed off the project last week at a ...

Nov 26, 2013

Line app users top 300 million

Smartphone messaging company Line Corp. said Monday that the number of its global users has topped the 300 million mark, partly because it is offering the services in various languages. “The next goal is to top 500 million (users worldwide) next year,” Line CEO ...

Jul 18, 2013

Line urged to take sex crime preventive measures

The provider of the Line communications application for smartphones is urged to take preventive measures against sex crimes after a boy in Kyoto Prefecture was arrested on suspicion of sharing child porn video footage using the app.

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 ...