Unused Mobile Phones In Japan Valued At $19 Bil.

Unused mobile phones in Japan valued at $19 bil.

A new study estimates that the total market value of unused mobile phones across Japan is about 19 billion dollars.

The research was conducted by Katsuhiro Miyamoto, Professor Emeritus at Kansai University, and a company that buys and sells secondhand phones.

Mobile Phone Networks Fully Restored In Chiba

Mobile phone networks fully restored in Chiba

Mobile phone services by Japan's three major carriers have been fully restored in Chiba Prefecture, 10 days after the networks were disrupted by a typhoon.

NTT Docomo said on Thursday that its mobile phone connectivity has returned to normal in all areas of the prefecture located east of Tokyo. The other major mobile carriers, KDDI and Softbank, had earlier resumed full services.

Mobile Carriers Offer Free Charging In Chiba Pref.

Mobile carriers offer free charging in Chiba Pref.

Typhoon Faxai that made landfall on Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo on Monday has left hundreds of thousands of households and businesses without power. Japan's three major mobile carriers are offering free phone charging and WiFi services.

NTT Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank have placed chargers at their shops, municipal offices, public halls, community centers and health and welfare centers in affected areas of the prefecture.

7-eleven Japan Shuts Down Mobile Payment After $500k Stolen

7-Eleven Japan Shuts Down Mobile Payment After $500K Stolen


7-Eleven Japan recently launched a mobile payments feature on its 7Pay app which enabled customers to simply scan a barcode in the app and charge a linked credit or debit card. Merely a week after this was announced, the feature has been pulled after a vulnerability in the app allowed hackers to steal $500,000 from users through bogus charges.

The company had received a complaint about this the very next day after launching the feature on July 1st. A customer had noticed that they had been billed a charge that they didn’t make. The flaw in the app simply required hackers to know the user’s date of birth, email, and phone number.

Sony Confirms Which Countries It Has Dropped For Mobile

Sony confirms which countries it has dropped for mobile

Sony held a corporate strategy day earlier today, detailing its medium-term plans for the business to FY 2020 (31 March 2021). An update on each of the businesses was given, including the Electronics Products & Solutions Segment (EP&S) which now houses the mobile communication (MC) business under its umbrella.

Ios 13 Will Turn Iphones Into A Mobile Ps4 Console

iOS 13 Will Turn iPhones Into A Mobile PS4 Console

With the announcement of iOS 13, it was revealed that Apple would finally be bringing support for controllers from the likes of Sony and its DualShock 4 controller used for the PS4 console. However, what some might not have realized and as reported by MacRumors, it seems that this has a bigger implication than we think.

This is because Sony has an app called the Remote Play app that they launched back in March. For those who are unfamiliar with the app, basically what it does is that it lets you stream games from your PS4 to your iPhone over WiFi. This essentially turns your iPhone into a mobile gaming console, but unfortunately, the on-screen controls and also third-party controllers were a less than stellar experience.

Microsoft Office Mobile Apps Won't Work On Older Android Devices

Microsoft Office Mobile Apps Won't Work On Older Android Devices


Microsoft’s Android port of its Office productivity apps is quite solid. You can get some serious work done on Android devices using these apps. However, if you’re using a fairly old device, you may want to take note, as Microsoft is discontinuing support for Office mobile apps on older Android devices.

Microsoft has updated the system requirements for the Office mobile apps without much fanfare. It’s not surprising to see that this has happened as the move is meant to ensure that users get the best possible experience with the apps. That can often no longer be possible on devices that become outdated.

Mobile Contracts For Foreigners To Be Simplified

Mobile contracts for foreigners to be simplified

Japan's government has asked the country's mobile phone carriers to simplify contract procedures for foreigners. The move comes as Japan prepares to take in more foreign workers next month.

The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry made the request on Wednesday to four groups of mobile carriers and dealerships.

Nintendo Doesn't Want Gamers To Spend Too Much On Mobile Games

Nintendo Doesn't Want Gamers To Spend Too Much On Mobile Games

Oddly enough that doesn’t seem to be what Nintendo wants. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, it seems that Nintendo is apparently asking for developers of its mobile games to try and make it so that gamers won’t need to spend excessive amounts of money on its game.

This was revealed by an agent for CyberAgent, the developer behind the mobile Dragalia Lost title. “Nintendo is not interested in making a large amount of revenue from a single smartphone game. If we managed the game alone, we would have made a lot more.” Nintendo later confirmed this to be true in statement that reads, “We discuss various things, not just limited to payments, to deliver high-quality fun to consumers.”

Sony Mobile Might Have Exited Another Market

Sony Mobile Might Have Exited Another Market

Sony recently took the wraps off a bunch of new phones at MWC 2019, including a flagship and a handful of mid-rangers. Unfortunately for our readers in Australia, it seems that you might not be able to get your hands on them as the company has seemingly exited the Australian market. This is according to a report from Ausdroid who spoke to various retailers.

They also cite how back in early 2018, they were able to reach out to Sony Mobile’s PR firm in Australia easily, but that changed in the later part of the year where the PR team no longer represented the company, and that they have since been also unable to contact their Sony Mobile contacts.