Month: June 2012

➟ Last photo of Hachiko on display

Most will have heard the story of Hachiko, the loyal dog who showed up at Tokyo’s Shibuya station every day for years, waiting for his master who’d passed away at work. If not through a visit to the statue of him erected near the station — where the exit is named after it — then through the Richard Gere movie set in America that someone greenlit one night after more than a few drinks.I’d never seen a photo of Hachiko before this one, taken after his death. I’m glad to hear he was fed during those years; for some reason I’d always assumed he lived as a mysterious stray, in keeping with the sadness of his story.Link

Ten Days with Android & the Samsung Galaxy S III

  I’ve been an iPhone user since the first day it was possible to be one in Singapore. I love the platform, but I’ve been intrigued for awhile now by the larger-screened Android devices that I see every day on public transport here. Anecdotal evidence suggests that these enjoy greater acceptance and penetration in Asia than elsewhere in the world. The comments thread that begins here on an Asymco post are quite enlightening, for further reading on the Korean market. The short version of those insights, from memory: the Korean market is heavily dominated by Samsung, which predominantly makes Android devices. Koreans (and other metropolitan dwellers in areas of low urban crime must fall into this category — e.g. Singapore, Tokyo) spend a lot of time commuting on public transport. Large screen phones are more suitable for information consumption than tablets in such situations, where one stands in a crowd and holds a handrail; in some cases a single session may last 1-2 hours. An interesting phrase in one of the comments called Koreans “diligent information sponges”. …