May 25, 2016

Elderly fall victim to Net trouble via smartphones: white paper

Consumer consultation centers across Japan received a record 90,893 inquiries about smartphone-related services in fiscal 2015, the government said Tuesday, pointing in particular to problems experienced by elderly people. Over the past year through March, the number of inquiries pertaining to smartphones shot up ...

Mobile carriers stream to higher profits

May 13, 2016

Mobile carriers stream to higher profits

Japan’s top three mobile carriers NTT Docomo Inc., KDDI Corp. and SoftBank Group Corp. posted higher operating profits in fiscal 2015, thanks in part to greater use of data streaming on smartphones. NTT Docomo saw operating profit rise 22.5 percent to ¥783 billion, the ...

Privacy Visor thwarts facial-recognition tech

May 13, 2016

Privacy Visor thwarts facial-recognition tech


With improvements in facial-recognition technology and the increasing popularity of smartphones, the threat to one’s privacy unexpectedly posed by random Internet photos posted by strangers is growing day by day. To protect against unwanted scrutiny, trading company Nissey Corp., based in Sabae, Fukui Prefecture, ...

May 6, 2016

Sony, Samsung named in U.S. patent-infringement probe

The U.S. International Trade Commission said Thursday it will investigate 18 electronics makers, including Japan’s Sony Corp. and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co., over alleged patent infringements related to portable electronic devices, such as smartphones. The investigation is based on a complaint filed in ...

May 3, 2016

NTT Docomo to tap VP Yoshizawa as new president

Mobile carrier NTT Docomo Inc. will look to rejuvenate its leadership team by appointing Senior Executive Vice President Kazuhiro Yoshizawa as new president and the successor to current Chief Executive Officer Kaoru Kato, company sources said Tuesday. Yoshizawa, 60, joined Docomo’s predecessor in 1992 ...

Apr 20, 2016

Dutch cops crack encrypted criminal communications network

Dutch police and prosecutors say they have taken down an encrypted communications network believed to have been used by criminals in the Netherlands and possibly overseas. Prosecutors say in a statement that they arrested a 36-year-old man Tuesday in the eastern city of Nijmegen ...