Oct 29, 2013

DeNA plans push beyond games

DeNA Co., the Tokyo-based company whose service lets people play games on mobile phones, is seeking to expand its e-commerce and mobile entertainment businesses and is mulling acquisition opportunities. The operator of the Mobage network has lost about 25 percent this year as mobile ...

New trap allows boars to be caught by smartphone

Sep 30, 2013

New trap allows boars to be caught by smartphone

Teaming with an experienced hunter, researchers at Kyushu University have come up with a boar trap that can be activated remotely with a smartphone. Wild boars are to blame for increasingly costly crop damage as their areas of activity expand and the number of ...

Fujitsu phone takes pulse from face

Mar 19, 2013

Fujitsu phone takes pulse from face

A smartphone that can take a pulse by viewing people’s faces debuted Monday. Technology giant Fujitsu Ltd. plans to put the invention to practical use within a year, allowing people at work or at home to collect data for analysis without wearing special devices. ...

A new crop of smartphones for spring

| Feb 27, 2013

A new crop of smartphones for spring

by Rick Martin

As spring descends on Japan, we’ll all be welcoming warmer temperatures and cherry blossoms in the coming weeks. But spring in Japan typically means new smartphone lineups from Japan’s major mobile carriers, too. And while consumers’ love for Apple’s iPhone is still in full ...

Already a huge hit, Line aims for SNS market

Feb 22, 2013

Already a huge hit, Line aims for SNS market

by Hiroko Nakata

The instant messaging app Line is already dominating the lives of young smartphone users in Japan and has spread rapidly elsewhere in the world, but its developer is eyeing even more aggressive growth. Unlike global giants like Facebook and Twitter, the nascent social networking ...

Feb 10, 2013

No new BlackBerry phones for Japan

Smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd. has confirmed it has no plan at present to sell its new handsets in Japan, although it denied it is abandoning one of the world’s most tech-savvy nations. Having fallen far behind Apple Inc. and lost ground to other smartphone ...