China censors U.S. Embassy pollution data during APEC summit

Nov 11, 2014

China censors U.S. Embassy pollution data during APEC summit

Authorities have ordered one of China’s most popular air pollution-reporting apps to remove data provided by the U.S. Embassy, a company spokesman said Tuesday, as Beijing hosts a high-profile gathering of world leaders. The Chinese capital is periodically hit by choking, acrid haze, with ...

Oct 7, 2014

New apps help users unplug from smartphones

Smartphone users feeling overwhelmed by the onslaught of communications and devices vying for their time can turn to new apps to help them take a break and concentrate on other things. More than 70 percent of consumers in the United States own a smartphone ...

Jul 25, 2014

Yamaha releases app that 'translates' engine sounds

by Masaaki Kameda

First came the dog-interpretation gadget, Bowlingual. Now a Japanese company is offering humans a way to understand another nonhuman species: engines. Major motorcycle manufacturer Yamaha Motor Co. released on Wednesday the Rev Translator app, which supposedly translates engine sounds into Japanese. The company is ...

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 ...