China selfie-app leader Meitu seeks to 'beautify the world'

Feb 23, 2017

China selfie-app leader Meitu seeks to 'beautify the world'

Strolling a tree-lined Shanghai street with friends, Hu Dongyuan pulls out her smartphone and does what millions of Chinese women do daily: take a selfie, digitally “beautify” their faces, and pop it on social media. Such virtual make-overs, typically involving lightening skin, smoothing out ...

Feb 19, 2017

Electronic media searches at border crossings raise concerns

Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports. The issue gained attention recently after at least three ...

Verizon gives in, enters unlimited data game

Feb 14, 2017

Verizon gives in, enters unlimited data game

Verizon, a longtime holdout, has joined other carriers in offering an unlimited data plan. AT&T only lets customers sign up for unlimited plans when they also subscribe to DirecTV, which AT&T owns. But its prices are similar to Verizon’s for a family; Verizon is ...

Remote control: Companies blur lines over who owns devices

Feb 10, 2017

Remote control: Companies blur lines over who owns devices

When Samsung Electronics remotely disabled the last of its flawed Galaxy Note 7 smartphones last month, it further blurred the lines between who ultimately controls your phone, computer, car or appliance — you, or the companies that make it work? Industry executives and analysts ...

Nagano to debut multilingual transport app

Jan 27, 2017

Nagano to debut multilingual transport app

The Nagano Prefectural Government is set to develop a multilingual smartphone application to allow visitors to better search train and bus routes in the region, sources said this week. The app, which will be developed jointly with Jorudan Co., will allow users to find ...

Jan 24, 2017

'Pokemon Go' unleashed on game-loving South Korea six months late

Nintendo’s smash hit “Pokemon Go” was unleashed on South Korea on Tuesday, six months after it was released elsewhere in the world, a delay caused by security fears over Google Maps. The popularity of augmented-reality game around the world has generated crowds of people ...