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Report shows average of 800 hours spent using mobile internet this year

An average of 800 hours will be spent using mobile internet this year - that's equivalent to 33 days without sleep or pause, according to Zenith's Media Consumption Forecasts...

5 Jul 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

Smiley-faced success for Japan's emoji creator

From a humble smiley face with a box mouth and inverted "V's" for eyes, crude weather symbols, and a rudimentary heart -- emoji have now exploded into the world's fastest-growing language...

20 Dec 2016

JAPAN

Messaging app Line says still considering IPO

TOKYO, JAPAN: Popular Japanese messaging app Line said on Friday it was still considering plans for an initial public offering, after a report said it had shelved the sale for a second year in a row...

28 Aug 2015

SPAIN

Asian firms challenge Apple with snazzy new smartphones

BARCELONA, SPAIN: Several big Asian phone companies launched new high-end smartphones and other wireless gizmos on Sunday, hoping to challenge US giant Apple in a big year for wireless gadgets...

3 Mar 2015

JAPAN

Sony to end FIFA sponsorship contract: report

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony will not renew a multi-million-dollar sponsorship contract with FIFA, reports said on Tuesday, as the money-losing firm undergoes a painful restructuring and football's governing remains embroiled in controversy...

26 Nov 2014

JAPAN

Japan's smartphone 'zombies' wreak havoc on the streets

TOKYO, JAPAN: When the lights change at the Shibuya crossing in Japan's capital, one of the world's busiest pedestrian thoroughfares, hundreds of people with their eyes glued to smartphones pick their way over the road...

13 Nov 2014

JAPAN

Fujitsu's profits up by 31,5%

TOKYO, JAPAN: Fujitsu said its half-year net profit jumped by nearly a third on rising IT investments among Japanese firms, but a recent economic downturn took a toll on results in the September quarter.

31 Oct 2014

JAPAN

Facebook ordered to reveal revenge porn IP addresses

TOKYO, JAPAN: A Tokyo court has ordered Facebook to disclose the IP addresses used by fake accounts that were posting revenge porn on its pages, in the first such case in Japan.

22 Oct 2014

JAPAN

Japan Display warns of enormous losses

TOKYO, JAPAN: Shares in Apple supplier Japan Display slumped more than 18% in Tokyo after the world's biggest manufacturer of screens for smartphones and tablets warned it would post an annual net loss.

17 Oct 2014

JAPAN

Huge demand for iPhone 6 from Chinese buyers

TOKYO, JAPAN: Buyers from China, deprived of the latest iPhone launch at home, were among the first in line in Japan to grab the iPhone 6.

22 Sep 2014

JAPAN

Sony warns it will lose $2.14bn this year

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony has said the company will lose at least $2.14bn this fiscal year, more than four-times its earlier forecast and blamed a downturn in its mobile phone business for the losses.

18 Sep 2014

JAPAN

Rakuten buys shopping site Ebates for $1bn

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten will buy US online shopping operator Ebates for $1.0bn as it taps overseas markets to counter a limited home market.

10 Sep 2014

JAPAN

Fans ask that Robin Williams be part of new instalment in Legend of Zelda

TOKYO, JAPAN: Robin Williams fans are asking Nintendo to name a character in the next instalment of its popular "Legend of Zelda" series after the Oscar-winning actor, who died last week.

20 Aug 2014

JAPAN

Sony makes $261m in three months on PS4 sales

TOKYO - The weak Yen helped Sony make profits of to $261m in the first-quarter thanks to brisk sales of its PlayStation 4 console. However, the company still expects to make an overall loss this year.

1 Aug 2014

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