National / Crime & Legal Sep 18, 2014

Sex abuse involving smartphone messaging apps surges

Sexual predators have increasingly been using anonymous smartphone messaging apps such as Line and KakaoTalk to groom children for abuse, with 262 minors victimized in the first half of this year, more than double the reported number a year earlier, the National Police Agency ...

Sony unveils smartphones that double as PlayStation game display

Tech Sep 5, 2014

Sony unveils smartphones that double as PlayStation game display

Sony Corp. has unveiled new mobile devices that also function as displays for PlayStation games, as it adds features to win sales in a market dominated by Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. The marquee Xperia Z3 smartphone is waterproof and comes with a battery ...

Softbank unveils new smartphone developed with Sprint

Business Aug 19, 2014

Softbank unveils new smartphone developed with Sprint

SoftBank Corp. unveiled on Monday a new smartphone developed with U.S. subsidiary Sprint Corp. to cut procurement costs and strengthen its product lineup. Manufactured by Sharp Corp., the first handset developed with the third-largest U.S. mobile phone carrier goes on sale in Japan on Aug. ...

Budget phones challenge the majors

Reference | EXPLAINER Jul 14, 2014

Budget phones challenge the majors

by Kazuaki Nagata

Smartphones may be convenient, but there's one thing about them that bugs many people: their costly monthly data plans. Seizing this opportunity, noncarrier firms have broken into the market in the past several months with low-cost plans and handsets. Here are some questions and answers about ...

Smartphones drive new headphone boom

Business Jun 28, 2014

Smartphones drive new headphone boom

by Kazuaki Nagata

You might think the world of high-end earphones and headphones is only for audiophiles, but the smartphone boom has drastically expanded the market, if the turnout at the Portable Audio Festival in Tokyo was any indication. Industry insiders say casual music lovers are spending more ...

National Mar 31, 2014

Tokyo Metro unveils subway navigation app for visitors

by Masaaki Kameda

Tokyo Metro Co. is providing a free smartphone application to help foreigners navigate the capital's subway system. Tokyo Subway Navigation for Tourists will be available for Android phones through Google Play on Tuesday and "sometime soon" for iPhones at Apple's App Store, Tokyo Metro spokesman ...

National Mar 13, 2014

Small merchants embrace mobile payment services

Small businesses and individual merchants who previously shunned credit cards because of the required pricey card-reading devices are now letting customers use their plastic thanks to the advent of cheaper smartphone-based payment systems. Such mobile payment services can be used to pay for food delivery, ...

Language | THE BUZZ Mar 8, 2014

Aruki-sumaho

Aruki-sumaho or, literally, "smartphone walking" refers to a pedestrian who uses a mobile phone while walking.

Sony ups smartphone lineup with Xperia Z2

Business / Corporate Feb 25, 2014

Sony ups smartphone lineup with Xperia Z2

Sony Corp., seeking to counter a slowdown in its smartphone business, introduced a top-end Xperia phone and a cheaper model in a bid to take a share in a market that has become increasingly crowded. The Xperia Z2 combines 4K high-definition video recording, built-in noise ...

Business / Corporate Feb 25, 2014

SoftBank reportedly has sights on Line

SoftBank Corp. is seeking to buy a stake in Line Corp., the mobile-messaging service controlled by South Korea's Naver Corp., sources said. Line has received at least one other offer for all or some of the company, prompting it to slow preparations for an initial ...