Jul 11, 2014

U.S. sues Amazon over charges for children's online game buys

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission sued Amazon Thursday for charging parents for what their children spent on online games without parental authorization. The FTC said Amazon let kids playing online games to spend real money from their parents’ accounts on virtual items — coins, ...

China group launches app to shame polluters

Jun 10, 2014

China group launches app to shame polluters

A Chinese environmental group on Monday launched a smartphone app that tracks and shames polluting factories, highlighting how the country is making environmental data more available and enabling public monitoring of companies that pollute. The app gives, where available, hourly updates on emissions reported ...

Apple expanding into health and home with interchangeable network

Jun 3, 2014

Apple expanding into health and home with interchangeable network

Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people’s increasingly digital lives. The new tools for tracking health and controlling ...

Apps take new lead from social games

| Apr 18, 2014

Apps take new lead from social games

by Akky Akimoto

On Japanese TV, you may notice that a lot of commercials for smartphone social games emphasize the word muryō (free). Consumers have been purchasing digital content on their phones for years, even since the clam-shell cellphone days. Now, more and more Japanese people are ...

White House puts kibosh on selfies

Apr 8, 2014

White House puts kibosh on selfies

A handshake? Sure. A selfie? No way. Some of America’s Olympic athletes say they were asked to keep their cellphones in their pockets last week when they visited the White House and met with President Barack Obama. The White House said that’s long-standing practice, ...

Mar 27, 2014

Hawaiians slam STD app name

A new dating app designed to provide proof someone is free from sexually transmitted diseases is drawing criticism from Native Hawaiians, who have launched an online petition asking for the Hula app to change its name. Hula’s Facebook page includes a post apologizing for ...

App helps American boozers to stay sober

Mar 27, 2014

App helps American boozers to stay sober

A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to bars helped keep some on the wagon, researchers found. The sobriety app they studied joins a host of others that serve as electronic ...

Smartphone cameras tread closer to high-end power

Mar 1, 2014

Smartphone cameras tread closer to high-end power

Expect sharper, clearer selfies this year. Samsung Electronics Co. has beefed up the camera in its Galaxy S5 smartphone due for release in April and added smarter software, following handset camera upgrades by Sony and Nokia. The tweaks mean smartphone photos, ubiquitous on social ...