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 ...

Softbank unveils new smartphone developed with Sprint

Aug 19, 2014

Softbank unveils new smartphone developed with Sprint

SoftBank Corp. unveiled on Monday a new smartphone developed with U.S. subsidiary Sprint Corp. to cut procurement costs and strengthen its product lineup. Manufactured by Sharp Corp., the first handset developed with the third-largest U.S. mobile phone carrier goes on sale in Japan on ...

Budget phones challenge the majors

| Jul 14, 2014

Budget phones challenge the majors

by Kazuaki Nagata

Smartphones may be convenient, but there’s one thing about them that bugs many people: their costly monthly data plans. Seizing this opportunity, noncarrier firms have broken into the market in the past several months with low-cost plans and handsets. Here are some questions and ...

Smartphones drive new headphone boom

Jun 28, 2014

Smartphones drive new headphone boom

by Kazuaki Nagata

You might think the world of high-end earphones and headphones is only for audiophiles, but the smartphone boom has drastically expanded the market, if the turnout at the Portable Audio Festival in Tokyo was any indication. Industry insiders say casual music lovers are spending ...

Line app hacks prompt call to alter passwords

Jun 19, 2014

Line app hacks prompt call to alter passwords

Users of smartphone messenger application Line, who number in the hundreds of millions across Asia, are being urged to change their passwords Thursday as Japanese police investigate the hacking of hundreds of accounts. At least 303 cases of unauthorized access were confirmed between late ...

Mar 31, 2014

Tokyo Metro unveils subway navigation app for visitors

by Masaaki Kameda

Tokyo Metro Co. is providing a free smartphone application to help foreigners navigate the capital’s subway system. Tokyo Subway Navigation for Tourists will be available for Android phones through Google Play on Tuesday and “sometime soon” for iPhones at Apple’s App Store, Tokyo Metro ...

Mar 13, 2014

Small merchants embrace mobile payment services

Small businesses and individual merchants who previously shunned credit cards because of the required pricey card-reading devices are now letting customers use their plastic thanks to the advent of cheaper smartphone-based payment systems. Such mobile payment services can be used to pay for food ...