The A-Z on Japan's new SIM card vending machines

Jul 24, 2015

The A-Z on Japan's new SIM card vending machines

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On Friday, two SIM card vending machines were launched at Narita International Airport aimed at making travel easier for Japan’s increasing number of inbound tourists. After featuring a story on the new machines in The Japan Times, feedback indicated that readers wanted to know ...

Mixed ruling partially favors Apple in Samsung patent case

May 19, 2015

Mixed ruling partially favors Apple in Samsung patent case

Apple Inc was handed a mixed ruling by a U.S. appeals court in the latest twist in a blockbuster intellectual property battle with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., as a prior patent infringement verdict was upheld but a trademark finding that the iPhone’s appearance could ...

Microscope in smartphone can detect parasites in blood

May 7, 2015

Microscope in smartphone can detect parasites in blood

Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites — by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote parts of the world. In the newest work, University of California, Berkeley, ...

May 2, 2015

Newcomers to Japan low-cost smartphone market increasing

An increasing number of companies, mainly retailers, are launching low-cost smartphone services in Japan by taking advantage of a regulatory step designed to help users easily switch mobile operators. Mobile operators are now required to remove subscriber identity modules, or SIM, locks from new ...

Online service to make health checks easier

Mar 17, 2015

Online service to make health checks easier

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Undergoing a health examination at a hospital may be a burden for people in today’s fast-paced world. But a simple examination kit, by phone company KDDI Corp., that delivers the health results online could soon change all that. The kit, which is branded as ...

Feb 17, 2015

Comedian recounts the heavy toll of online slander

Online anonymity brings out the worst in people. Wilfully slanderous allegations can reach a massive audience and they encourage others to weigh in with abuse of their own. Sometimes it seems, nobody is safe from the baying mob. “At first I took it as ...

Sep 18, 2014

Sex abuse involving smartphone messaging apps surges

Sexual predators have increasingly been using anonymous smartphone messaging apps such as Line and KakaoTalk to groom children for abuse, with 262 minors victimized in the first half of this year, more than double the reported number a year earlier, the National Police Agency ...

Sony unveils smartphones that double as PlayStation game display

Sep 5, 2014

Sony unveils smartphones that double as PlayStation game display

Sony Corp. has unveiled new mobile devices that also function as displays for PlayStation games, as it adds features to win sales in a market dominated by Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. The marquee Xperia Z3 smartphone is waterproof and comes with a ...

Sep 1, 2014

Smartphone use gets clearance during Japanese takeoffs, landings

Airplane passengers were given official permission to use smartphones and other gadgets during takeoffs and landings in Japan as long as the devices are put into “airplane mode” to suspend their communications functions. Monday’s changes follow similar decisions by the United States and the ...