Renesas eyes selling panel maker to Apple

Apr 2, 2014

Renesas eyes selling panel maker to Apple

Struggling chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp. is currently pondering the sale of its subsidiary business, developing liquid crystal display panels, to Apple Inc., sources said Wednesday. Apple aims to develop smartphones with higher definition screens and lower power consumption via the acquisition of Renesas SP ...

Another Apple-Samsung skirmish heads to court

Mar 31, 2014

Another Apple-Samsung skirmish heads to court

The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. The trial will mark the latest round ...

Benesse taps McDonald's Harada for president's post

Mar 27, 2014

Benesse taps McDonald's Harada for president's post

McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan) Chairman Eiko Harada is expected to become chairman and president of education service provider Benesse Holdings Inc., informed sources said Thursday. Benesse Holdings was slated to make the decision at a board meeting in the afternoon, with Harada, 65, to ...

Mar 11, 2014

ANA suspects mileage point scam

All Nippon Airways suspects customer mileage points have been converted without authorization into points for Apple Inc.’s iTunes store, the company has said. The ANA Holdings Inc. unit has suspended its service of allowing customers to exchange mileage points for points usable on Apple’s ...

Mar 7, 2014

Docomo's earnings may be derailed by price wars

NTT Docomo Inc., the nation’s largest wireless operator, said a price war with other carriers and discounts on the latest iPhones may threaten its full-year forecast after adding the Apple Inc. devices to lure customers. Curbing subsidies on mobile phones will give competitors an ...

Mar 4, 2014

Apple dials up effort to meld iPhone with cars

Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple’s iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show in Geneva. The partnerships give Apple an early lead over Google’s ...

Jan 28, 2014

The Mac computer turns 30

Thirty years ago this month, little-known Apple Computer began to transform the world. Its signal event was a television advertisement broadcast during America's Super Bowl, announcing the introduction of a new product in two days.

Jan 1, 2014

Apple denies NSA has 'backdoor' access to iPhones

Apple said Tuesday it had no “backdoor” in its products after a security researcher and a leaked document suggested the U.S. National Security Agency had unfettered access to the iPhone. Apple said in an email to AFP that it “has never worked with the ...

Apple reaches deal to bring iPhone to China Mobile

Dec 23, 2013

Apple reaches deal to bring iPhone to China Mobile

Apple says it has reached a deal to bring the iPhone to China Mobile, the world’s biggest phone carrier. The deal ends a lengthy courtship and could boost sales of the iPhone in China. The iPhone, once hugely popular in China, has been eclipsed ...

Japanese makers play catch-up in smartphone market

Dec 11, 2013

Japanese makers play catch-up in smartphone market

by Kazuaki Nagata

In 2013, Japan’s smartphone industry faced the shocking news that NEC Corp. and Panasonic Corp. were withdrawing from making those handsets for consumers. It wasn’t that long ago when these two makers held stable positions in the cellphone market, but the situation changed completely ...

Of smartphones sold in October, 76% were Apple

Nov 29, 2013

Of smartphones sold in October, 76% were Apple

Apple Inc. sold three of every four smartphones in Japan in October after the largest carrier, NTT Docomo Inc., began carrying the iPhone, according to a market researcher. Apple, which released new iPhone 5S and 5C models in September, won 76 percent of Japanese ...

Nov 27, 2013

Amazon begins online video distribution

Major online shopping site operator Amazon Japan K.K. has started an online video distribution service, enabling customers to purchase or rent Japanese and foreign films and TV shows from a selection of more than 26,000 titles. Content providers for Amazon Instant Video include film ...