Smartphones

Hidden smartphone feature reveals a strange Japanese emoticon

Typing this Japanese word into your iPhone or Android device will introduce you to some very unusual characters.

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NTT wants you to remember the Tohoku Earthquake by remembering the phone numbers of loved ones

Can you remember 11 digits 11 years after 3-11?

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Japanese company starts paid service to attach protective film to your smartphone for you

Docomo, Japan’s largest telecom provider, launches Film Attachment Support program, but it’ll cost you.

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Japanese companies banned from locking cellphone SIM starting this autumn

The change comes after multiple years of deliberation.

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Saitama man repeatedly steals food from store by making his phone say “PayPay♫”

Crime doesn’t PayPay.

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Anti-selfie tech? Japanese government pleads with cellphone carriers to curb inappropriate photos

Officials are eager to stop young people from sending salacious images.

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Japan’s Shinkansen bullet trains to remove all onboard payphones

Before you hop on the Shinkansen, make sure you’ve got your ticket and a charged phone.

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Travelers entering Japan will have to install location confirmation app, Skype on smartphones

Don’t have a smartphone? You’ll be required to rent one, and pay for it out of your own pocket.

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21-year-old Nara woman arrested for sending hundreds of nude selfies to woman in her 70s

“I still like her,” suspect tells police.

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Tokyo government to give smartphones to senior citizens, pay for their calling and data plans

Shibuya, one of Japan’s centers for youth culture, thinks its older residents need a tech upgrade.

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Drum roll please…Touchscreen rhythm game controller to begin crowdfunding

New peripheral lets you bang away without worrying about your screen.

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Does changing your smartphone lock to 8376 bring good luck, as one Japanese book title suggests?

We try to harness the magical power of a new passcode.

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Mr. Sato has time-travelled to the year 3030 with impressive sushi technology

The future is already here in this branch of Kura Sushi!

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Can’t put your smartphone down when you’re eating? This clever plate has a solution【Photos】

Because no matter what’s for lunch or dinner, it shouldn’t be served with a side of stress.

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Police officer caught downloading dirty videos from suspect’s phone

Suspect charges the police with theft for a change.

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Japanese politicians want to make walking while looking at your smartphone illegal

New law would require that you be immobile when looking at your mobile phone.

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New Japanese smartphone prohibits users from taking naked selfies

Tone Mobile’s new phone won’t save photo data it thinks is “inappropriate.”

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Are Daiso’s smartphone VR goggles worth breaking the 100-yen barrier?

A rare instance where reading the fine print was a bad idea.

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Mayor of Osaka wants to legally control when kids can and can’t use smartphones in their own home

55-year-old politician thinks kids are ditching school because they’re spending too much time on their phones.

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Miniature purikura photo booth from Japan lets you feel like a Japanese schoolgirl from the ’90s

New palm-sized machine actually takes real purikura photos.

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