Sprint’s parent company, Softbank, is struggling to turn as much profit as it would like. Sadly, the U.S. carrier is set to shoulder some of the responsibility—with “thousands” of jobs to be cut, according the Wall Street Journal.
Here in the US, telecom giants like Verizon and AT&T fight for their share of customer data plans. But Japan’s own telecom outfits are embroiled in an additional head-to-head: selling robots.
Starting this weekend in Japan, people can buy a talking, person-shaped robot that reads your body language and gets sad when you turn off the lights.
Until smartphone batteries last for weeks on end, carrying a backup charging cable wherever you go will be a necessary evil. But at least you don't have to deal with a perpetual tangle of wires if you import SoftBank's new Itomaki AC Adapters. They're shaped like a thread spool letting you wind your cable around so…
Softbank has officially announced that it is buying a 70 percent stake in US mobile carrier Sprint. The Japanese company is ponying up a total of $20.1 billion for the privilege.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Japanese mobile carrier Softbank is in advanced talks to acquire US operator Sprint for a cool $12.8 billion.
Gimmicky or not, Sharp is not averse to wedging weird and new(ish) technologies into their phones. As such, they've teamed up with Japanese cellphone peddler Softbank to release a phone that not only has a radiation detector, but comes in eight Pantone-certified colors.
Despite being on the verge of death for quite some time, PC Mag reports Steve Jobs worked on Apple's future products on literally his last day alive.
Why is there a mid-grade Android flip phone on a site full of brazen iPhone fanboys? (Yeah, we admit it. What. WHAT.) It's not the first Android flip phone. It's not the first Hello Kitty phone. It's not even very desirable.
A few months back I tried out a glasses-less 3D prototype from Sharp, where the cameraphone took "3D" photos and made them pop out in their parallax barrier screens. That tech's now in two Android phones—for Japan, anyway.
Just in case you weren't aware that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the Gundam figurines, Bandai has teamed up with Japanese network Softbank for a limited edition Gunpla phone.
Say I told you I have a commercial with Quentin Tarantino selling Softbank products as Uncle Tara-chan while a talking dog opines and a woman answers a dog phone. Would you believe me? This is Japan. Of course you would.
Apparently, the Japanese do. Because that's exactly where the Japan Texture cases from SoftBank BB are going on sale. But really, this is ridiculous—these things don't even have diamonds on them.
Starting this week, Japan's Shinkansen bullet trains will feature wireless LAN from Tokyo to Osaka.
Speeek is an app that can recognize up to 1,500 spoken Japanese phrases and translate them into either English or Chinese. Pocket Babel Fish? Yes please.