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New Data Shows Apple Dominating Samsung in Japanese Smartphone Market

Nearly one in three smartphones sold in Japan last fiscal year was an iPhone, pushing Apple's sales far ahead of main rival Samsung in the country, according to...

Panasonic Books US$10 Billion Annual Loss, Largest Ever by Japan Manufacturer

Panasonic said Friday it booked a loss of nearly US$10 billion for the fiscal year that ended March 31, the largest ever loss by a Japanese manufacturer...

Japan's Softbank Testing Blimp-based Emergency Mobile Phone System

Softbank, which runs Japan's third-largest mobile phone network, is experimenting with using blimps as temporary cell towers for use during natural disasters.

Twitter Japan Blog Post Says Company Leaked No User Data

None of the recently leaked Twitter logins and passwords came from within the company, according to a message posted on Twitter's Japanese blog Thursday.

Sony Targets Return to Profitability After Record US$5.7 Billion Loss Last Year

Sony closed the books on its worst year ever on Thursday, while also targeting a slight profit for the current period, which would be its first since 2008.

PayPal, Softbank to Form Japan Joint Venture, Launch PayPal Here Service

PayPal and Softbank said Wednesday they will form a new joint venture to pursue online transactions business in the country.

Sharp to Sell Moody Robotic Vacuum With Video Streaming, Remote Control by Phone

Sharp's new robot vacuum isn't always happy to do your housework.

Hitachi Starts All-in-one Data Center Service, Covers Construction to IT Support

Japanese conglomerate Hitachi on Monday launched a new data center business that includes everything from planning to construction to IT support.

Fujitsu Releases Platform to Let Standard Mobile Cameras Take 3D Pictures, Video

Fujitsu has developed a system that allows standard mobile phone cameras to take 3D pictures and video.

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Japan's Gree to Buy U.S. Mobile Game Maker Funzio for US$210 Million

Japanese mobile game provider Gree said Wednesday it will buy California-based developer Funzio for US$210 million.

Casio Releases App That Can Encode and Send Data Using Colors

Japan's Casio has released an experimental app for the iPhone and iPad that encodes and sends data using colors.

Nintendo to Begin Digital Sales of Mainstream Titles for 3DS

Nintendo will launch sales of digital versions of mainstream 3DS titles through retailers, beginning with a new Super Mario Brothers game in August, it said...

Nintendo Misses Annual Sales Target for 3DS Games Console

Nintendo said Thursday it missed its annual sales target for the 3DS handheld game console, despite repeated promises from the company that price cuts and an...

Cloudera, U.S. Provider of Open-source Big Data Software, Opens Japan Subsidiary

Cloudera, a U.S. provider of open-source software based on Hadoop, has opened a subsidiary in Japan, where local firms are increasingly using the platform to...

Skype App Released for Sony's PlayStation Vita Handheld

Internet telephony operator Skype has released an app for Sony's PlayStation Vita handheld game console.