Line shares soar 50% as IPO takes Tokyo by storm

Jul 15, 2016

Line shares soar 50% as IPO takes Tokyo by storm

Shares in messaging app Line soared as the company listed in Tokyo on Friday, rocketing 50 percent in the biggest technology IPO this year. The shares reached ¥5,000 in early trading, up from the ¥3,300 set at launch, and valuing the firm at nearly ...

Cosmetics firm Shiseido rolls out smile-rating app

Jun 23, 2016

Cosmetics firm Shiseido rolls out smile-rating app

How do you know if you’ve got that winning smile? There’s an app for that. Japanese cosmetics firm Shiseido says it has come up with a system to rate a person’s smile by measuring facial movements. Users look into a tablet device with the ...

N.Y. senator urges probe into ad firm's 'spying billboards'

May 2, 2016

N.Y. senator urges probe into ad firm's 'spying billboards'

A U.S. senator is calling for a federal investigation into an outdoor advertising company’s latest effort to target billboard ads to specific consumers. New York Sen. Charles Schumer has dubbed Clear Channel Outdoor Americas’ so-called RADAR program “spying billboards,” warning the service may violate ...

iPhone app aims to sell sake to the world

Oct 26, 2015

iPhone app aims to sell sake to the world

An iPhone app that can recognize sake labels and display information in Japanese and English on everything from alcohol content to recommended ways of drinking the rice wine has been released. Developed by label-maker Takakuwa Art Printing Co. in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, the app, ...