smartphones

Console makers reinvent themselves in bid to lure gamers
A visitor wears the Morpheus virtual reality system, being developed for use with PlayStation 4, in Chiba’s Mihama Ward on Sept. 18. (Sayuri Ide)
CHIBA--Sporting special headgear, the field of view transforms into an ocean scene. A shark approaches out of the blue and smashes into a barrier, causing the screen to pitch...
Sony forecasts $2B loss as smartphones lag
Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai speaks during a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tokyo on Sept. 17. (Shiro Nishihata/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing down the value of its troubled...
LED light harnessed to prevent secret snapping of photos
The Asahi Shimbun
Smartphone users could soon be thwarted from taking secret photos.
EDITORIAL: Online relationships a very one-sided thing
Most high school students and half of junior high school students in Japan own cellphones or smartphones, according to a government statistics. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
There must be many parents in Japan who lament the time their children spend on smartphones while they could be doing other things during the summer break.
Toy fair showcases smartphones and tablets for kids
Tomy Co.'s "My Touch Smart" toy smartphone, left, communicating with a real smart phone, right, at the Tokyo Toy Show 2014 on June 12 (Yuji Shimoyama)
With smartphones and tablets now ubiquitous in Japanese daily life, even toys are being made to simulate the grownup way of communicating in the modern world.
Funny video shows smartphone accidents no laughing matter
Shibuya's Scramble Crossing is the subject of a computer simulation pointing out the dangers of walking while using a smartphone. (Koichi Iitake)
Shibuya's iconic Scramble Crossing is one of Tokyo's--and probably the world's--busiest intersections.
VOX POPULI: Smartphones could be the next ‘idiot box’ if not...
Yu Aku (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In English, there are slang expressions such as “idiot’s lantern” and “idiot box,” which mean TV.
Zenrin digital map service now available for tablet users
Zenrin Co.'s digital maps service now available for tablet device users (Provided by Zenrin Co.)
KITA-KYUSHU--Zenrin Co. said it has started offering its digital map service that shows the names of home owners and individual buildings to users of tablet devices.
POLL: Over 40% of high school girls use phones more than 6 hours...
Commuters at a Tokyo train station are immersed in their smartphones. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
More than 40 percent of Japanese female high school students use their mobiles or smartphones more than six hours a day, according to a Tokyo information security company...
Upsetting the app cart: Asian messaging services challenge mobile...
LINE, a free telephone app for smartphones, is widely used in Japan. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Asian chat services KakaoTalk, LINE and WeChat threaten to overturn the mobile order of things, usurping the role of Google, Apple, Amazon.com, Facebook and telecoms carriers...
VOX POPULI: Resisting smartphones, the opium of the 21st century
Young people love their smartphones. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
“Smoke-free” is an expression that some non-English-speaking Japanese may misunderstand to imply an environment where smokers are free to light up with abandon. But it...
New NTT Docomo device allows owners to keep high-tech tabs on Fido
A small device attached to a dog’s collar informs the pet owner of the number of steps the animal takes, its location and other health-related data. It is used in conjunction with a smartphone or a computer. (Haruka Takashige)
NTT Docomo Inc. announced Feb. 13 the launch of a new service to allow dog owners to constantly monitor the health and the whereabouts of their beloved pets through a small...
Mid-tier camera makers face shakeout as smartphones shatter...
Panasonic Corp. unveils the latest model of its mirrorless camera lineup, Lumix GM, in October. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Panasonic Corp. and Japan's other mid-tier camera makers have a battle on their hands to win over a smartphone "selfie" generation to mirrorless cameras that held such promise...
Samsung vows more aggressive investment, targets tablets
A woman stands behind a Samsung logo at Samsung Electronics Co. showroom inside its headquarters in Seoul. (AP photo)
SEOUL--Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. vowed to double its dividend yield, invest in new technology and boost marketing as it sought to topple Apple Inc. in the mobile devices...
BIZ BRIEF: NTT Docomo unveils 16 new mobile devices
NTT Docomo Inc. on Oct. 10 unveiled its winter-spring lineup of mobile devices, including 10 smartphones, one tablet, two feature phones, one photo panel and two Wi-Fi routers.
Robots eye car industry to take up smartphone slack
Robot makers target automobile factories. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
As the breakneck growth in the global smartphone market eases, the mostly Japanese companies that make the robots that build the phones are looking to automakers to take up the ...
Sony banks on PlayStation 4 to turn slumping company around
The PlayStation 4 games console (Provided by Sony Computer Entertainment)
LOS ANGELES--Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is banking on its next-generation PlayStation 4 to turn around the fortunes of the Sony Corp. group, pricing it $100 (9,800 yen)...
Commuters warned of dangers of using smartphones while walking
This retouched photo shows commuters at JR Shinjuku Station using smartphones while walking and exiting trains. (Yosuke Fukudome)
In late May, a 10-year-old boy was walking along the edge of the train platform at Tokyo's JR Yotsuya Station, his rapt attention drawn to his cellphone's screen. According to...
China’s Huawei on offensive in Japan smartphone market
Shao Yang speaks about Huawei Technologies Co.’s smartphone business in Shenzhen, China. (Keiko Yoshioka)
Huawei Technologies Co., China’s largest smartphone manufacturer, is focusing on the Japanese market as a testing ground to refine its technologies.
Panasonic mulling sales of smartphones in India under ODM deal
A smartphone made by Panasonic (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Panasonic Corp. is considering entering the smartphone market in India as early as May to gain a foothold in the rapidly expanding Asian market, working with a local mass...