Don't text 'beer' in Korea: Words that trigger teen alerts

May 19, 2015

Don't text 'beer' in Korea: Words that trigger teen alerts

“Smart Relief” is a mobile app for parental control of Android smartphones. South Korea’s government funded the app, which alerts parents to possible bullying based on its monitoring of phrases and words used in smartphone messages and in online searches. The developer says it ...

Japan's 'Galapagos phones' making a comeback

May 18, 2015

Japan's 'Galapagos phones' making a comeback

by Kazuaki Nagata

Smartphones have spread rapidly in Japan in recent years, but there still seems to be strong demand for feature phones, or so-called “Galapagos” phones, according to recent data. The domestic mobile phone market has been described as the “Galapagos Islands” because handsets come with ...

As sensors shrink in size, 'wearable' gadgets may fall out of sight

May 1, 2015

As sensors shrink in size, 'wearable' gadgets may fall out of sight

Forget “wearables.” The next big thing in mobile devices is “disappearables.” Even as the new Apple Watch piques consumer interest in wrist-worn devices, the pace of innovation and the tumbling cost, and size, of components will make wearables smaller — so small, some in ...

Microsoft to embrace Apple, Android in major strategy shift

Apr 30, 2015

Microsoft to embrace Apple, Android in major strategy shift

Microsoft hopes to get more people using the next version of its Windows software on all kinds of devices by giving them access to many of the same apps they’re already using on Apple or Android phones. In a major strategy shift, a top ...

Facebook and mobile rule, state of the media report shows

Apr 29, 2015

Facebook and mobile rule, state of the media report shows

A new report on the state of the media has some simple terms for how we learn about the world: mobile and social media. More visitors to Yahoo, NBC and other top Internet sites are getting their news from mobile devices than from desktop ...

Apr 23, 2015

Google wireless phone service challenges major carriers

Google is trying to shake up the wireless phone industry with a low-priced service designed to pressure major carriers into making it more affordable for people to get online and use Google’s services. The service, called “Project Fi,” debuted Wednesday, about two months after ...