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    sighclops

    @wonderer13

    I love to hear from the japanese why they adore Crapple phone over Sony.

    1. Software
    2. Ecosystem
    3. iPod / iTunes DNA
    4. Build quality & finish
    5. Marketing & ubiquity

    The above 5 points are also the reason why most Android OEMs (bar Samsung) have failed to make inroads into the market. It's Samsung vs. Apple and the rest are losing money fast.

    Posted in: Review: Larger iPhones eliminate reason to switch

  • 0

    sighclops

    @badsey3

    It is bizarre that Chinese people must go elsewhere to purchase a phone made in China.

    Apple had the stock ready, but were unable to get the all clear by the government before launch.

    Posted in: Chinese buyers in Tokyo lead charge in iPhone 6 global debut

  • 0

    sighclops

    People flaming those who 'camp' for these events are missing the point entirely. I'm not taking sides here, but I've seen numerous interviews conducted with the fans in line from all over the world and there's one common theme - it's more about coming together with like-minded people and 'getting amongst it'. Naturally, they're there for the phone, but also the company & memories. I would never entertain the thought of doing it myself, but I respect their motives behind doing it.

    (That is - minus the seemingly-large percentage of resellers in line this year)

    Posted in: Apple core

  • 2

    sighclops

    Something about the launch this year that has not been mentioned - the sheer number of homeless 'spotters' this time around. I work near the Ginza Apple Store and have been present at every launch day (albeit in passing), and this is the first time I've seen the homeless in groups spotting.

    Now get this - it's a little hard to explain but bear with me! In the days leading up to the launch, they had their own place in the line, which was about 20m long, separated about 10m on each end by the beginning and end of the main line. In other words, they were kept at distance for obvious reasons.

    So, I'm walking through Ginza on launch day and upon turning the corner at the Chanel building (about 100m from the Apple Store), there was an Apple Store employee offloading iPhones out the back of a nondescript van - to the homeless spotters! What I got from this was, they didn't want this part of their well-oiled PR machine on launch day, so they shuffled the homeless spotters around the corner & out of sight.

    A small insight into the inner-workings of Apple at play here methinks!

    Posted in: Chinese buyers in Tokyo lead charge in iPhone 6 global debut

  • 2

    sighclops

    A lot of these neighbourhood roads are just accidents waiting to happen. I lived in the shitamachi" part of Tokyo for four years and the number of drivers / motorcyclists that would just speed through crossings without slowing down to check the ridiculously perpendicular corners was feightening. No footpaths of course - and power poles sticking out as much as a 1m from the kerb! Also had a number of minor collisions just minding my own business as the notoriously *wagamama mama-sans sped around corners on their loaded mamacharis.

    Just so dangerous...

    Posted in: Truck driver arrested after hitting group of school children, killing 9-year-old girl

  • 6

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    @Cricky

    It's all about tax payers supporting a dubious industry and paying a series of grey companies staffed by ex beauracrats. It's a scam that is hiding under the cover of culture.

    ... by the greying oyajis who are out for all they can get. Much like every other amakudari-involved industry in Japan. I swear the ageing population is taking the country down with it...

    Posted in: Japan's whaling plans come under scrutiny at IWC meeting

  • 1

    sighclops

    I'd countersue to high heaven. They don't have a legal leg to stand on demanding that sort of cash from fans! Where are the fans' contractual obligations? Nowhere!

    Posted in: Pop idols’ management demands Y8 million in damages after two members caught dating fans

  • 0

    sighclops

    After the Ozawa 'prostration' fiasco in 1990, what credibility does Asahi have left?

    Posted in: Asahi tries to restore prestige after admitting errors, retracting stories

  • -6

    sighclops

    Yeah, and I'm sure it will look just like that when you get it. More like a dehydrated mess!

    Posted in: Black burgers

  • 0

    sighclops

    Just an update ladies & gents - there is a significant line of people outside the Apple Store in Ginza lining up for launch day (19th). The crazy thing is - the guys at the front of the line (about 6 of them) have been there since 9/3... What the...

    One even ordered something off Amazon - and had it delivered to his "camp" out the front of the store aha! Crazy, crazy times we live in...

    Posted in: Apple: Record 4 mil orders of iPhones on 1st day

  • 3

    sighclops

    @sfjp330

    They are mostly repeat customers.

    From a business standpoint, I'd say that's more a testament to Apple delivering on customer satisfaction than anything else!

    Posted in: Apple: Record 4 mil orders of iPhones on 1st day

  • 2

    sighclops

    Considering how much of the joke the kisha press clubs are here, I don't see what difference it makes. The media outlets wouldn't dare make any criticisms for fear of being cut from the circle! Cult of personality at it finest...

    Posted in: Do you think it is OK for media organizations to support candidates in elections or should they remain neutral?

  • 0

    sighclops

    Well it's definitely a wakeup call for the Japanese NFC vendors. Will be interesting to see how long they choose to ignore the burgeoning threat from Apple. Ultimately thhe market will decide!

    Posted in: Will Apple's digital wallet kill the card swipe?

  • 0

    sighclops

    @daito_hak

    Finally - someone who tells it like it is! You hit on all the right points, which come back to the point I was going to highlight. Apart from yourself, no one else has even touched on the real innovation from Apple - which is... drum roll please... SOFTWARE.

    The pure genius of innovation is taking something inherently complex and making it intuitive and almost 'natural'. Apple did this with iOS, along with Multi Touch. I'm not trying to come across as some gung ho fanboy - I'm just telling it like it is. Intuitive UI design is not something Japanese tech companies do well, nor have ever done well. On the other hand, they've always been innovators in hardware design.

    That said, you look at almost every tech segment now and it's dominated by innovations in software - which is not coming out of Japan. This is because software has taken on an entirely new design realm, as opposed to being purely "functional" - ie. put together by a team of engineers who don't have one iota of design flair.

    The uninformed on here can bash Apple all they like but, at the end of the day, there's no denying that there's been a seismic shift away from hardware to software - and Apple has always been at the forefront of this.

    Posted in: Apple a decade behind Japan on mobile payment curve

  • 0

    sighclops

    Wipe them off the face of the earth. They indoctrinate their kids to 'kill the infidels' - which in their interpretation is anyone that doesn't follow their faith. People of their own faith have fallen victim to their unrelenting violence.

    They will stop at absolutely nothing.

    The west needs to stand up for itself and stop being so 'soft'. More importantly, we need to see some actual action from the 'outraged' Muslim community. So far, I've seen very little - if nothing - in the way of action from any Muslim leader.

    Posted in: What do you think is the best way for the global community to deal with the Islamic State?

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    sighclops

    This article is a little one-sided. Where Apple has innovated is in the technology behind Apple Pay, where everything is encrypted on a hardware level on the Secure Element chip. Then each transaction is given a one-time number, so it's discarded upon purchase. This has required many deals to be made with the big banks and credit card vendors.

    With Japanese banking stuck in the 1950s, these types of deals will never happen here. Sure, NFC is used widely here, but only in the transport realm. Japan is still very much a cash society.

    Posted in: Apple a decade behind Japan on mobile payment curve

  • 0

    sighclops

    Every photo of hers is from the right lol...

    (it's part of the clause that journalists / photographers must sign upon meeting her)

    Posted in: Grande hug

  • 0

    sighclops

    and bad news for the young taxpayer...

    Posted in: Japan's centenarian population hits record high

  • 1

    sighclops

    I thought it was the users of 2chan that were able to identify the perpetrators via the videos - and even name & shame the entire family with their addresses & whereabouts...?

    Posted in: Video showing convenience store workers being forced to kowtow to thugs leads to one arrest

  • 0

    sighclops

    Gobsmacked. Let's take a moment to think about how the poor Steenkamp family must feel about the verdict. Truly unbelievable.

    Posted in: Pistorius found not guilty of premeditated murder

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