Instagram's square images give way to portraits, panoramas

Aug 28, 2015

Instagram's square images give way to portraits, panoramas

Instagram on Thursday broke its square mold with an update that adds portrait and landscape formats to the image-sharing smartphone application. “Square format has been and always will be part of who we are,” Instagram said in a blog post. “That said, the visual ...

Sony to offer commercial drone services from 2016

Aug 24, 2015

Sony to offer commercial drone services from 2016

Sony Corp. plans to offer commercial drone services targeting the construction, logistics and agriculture industries from the first half of next year. The company is making drones that can fly over a predetermined geographical area and take high definition footage that will be uploaded ...

SoftBank increases stake in Sprint with ¥10.86 billion investment

Aug 13, 2015

SoftBank increases stake in Sprint with ¥10.86 billion investment

SoftBank Group Corp. said Thursday it has invested another ¥10.86 billion ($87 million) in Sprint Corp., underscoring billionaire founder Masayoshi Son’s commitment to turning around the money-losing U.S. wireless carrier. The Japanese telecommunications and Internet business group bought 22.9 million Sprint shares at an ...

Sony's April-June profits more than triple to ¥82.4 billion

Jul 30, 2015

Sony's April-June profits more than triple to ¥82.4 billion

Sony said Thursday its April-to-June net profit more than tripled as video games and smartphone component sales got a lift, with the company emerging from a painful corporate restructuring that included layoffs and asset sales. The Tokyo-based electronics giant logged a quarterly net profit ...

Tokyo smartphone bills fourth highest in the world

Jul 29, 2015

Tokyo smartphone bills fourth highest in the world

The average monthly smartphone bill in Tokyo is the fourth most expensive among seven major cities in the world, according to a study by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry. The monthly bill for a 2-gigabyte data communications plan stood at ¥7,022 in Tokyo. ...