Two Samsung phones 'catch fire' in China

Sep 19, 2016

Two Samsung phones 'catch fire' in China

Two Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones reportedly have caught fire in China, in potentially the first such incidents in the world’s largest smartphone market. Samsung Electronics said it was investigating one of the reported cases. The South Korean firm had earlier said Galaxy Note ...

Sep 16, 2016

Mizuho, SoftBank partner on AI-based consumer lending venture

Mizuho Bank and SoftBank Group Corp. have agreed to set up a 50-50 joint company to provide unsecured consumer loans via artificial intelligence technology. Using customers’ business histories at both firms for the credit-screening process, the venture will provide an innovative, attractive, low-cost loan ...

Hidden data: the new weapon that could beat hunger

Sep 15, 2016

Hidden data: the new weapon that could beat hunger

With a single smartphone app, you can now get a pretty accurate forecast of the weather anywhere in the world. That is largely thanks to a decision by science agencies, a decade ago, to put online their satellite data and make it available for ...

Samsung shares tumble on Note 7 fire warnings

Sep 12, 2016

Samsung shares tumble on Note 7 fire warnings

Samsung Electronics Co. has lost $22 billion in market value over two days as investors factor in a bigger hit to its bottom line from the widening bans and warnings issued over its Note 7 smartphones. Shares have plunged 11 percent since Friday, the ...

Aug 28, 2016

European carriers aiming for superfast Wi-Fi aboard planes

Starting early next year, travelers on some Lufthansa flights in Europe will be able to surf the web using Wi-Fi that promises speeds and coverage that trounce existing offerings. The network, which will use Inmarsat PLC’s satellites and Deutsche Telekom AG towers on the ...

Apple urges iPhone users to update after powerful cyberweapon is found

Aug 27, 2016

Apple urges iPhone users to update after powerful cyberweapon is found

Apple on Friday urged iPhone owners to install a security update after a sophisticated attack on an Emirati dissident exposed vulnerabilities targeted by malware dealers. Researchers at the Lookout mobile security firm and Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto said they had uncovered ...

Aug 27, 2016

Japan may require 'Pokemon Go' currency's issuer to pay deposit

Japan’s Financial Services Agency is considering whether the “Pokemon Go” smartphone game’s currency, PokeCoins, should be categorized like electronic money under prepaid cards, informed sources have said. The agency has been conducting a hearing on the Japanese arm of Niantic Inc., the game’s U.S. ...