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After broadcasting countless hours of the World Cup in Brazil - what do NHK Japan do just before the German team get their medals and lift the Cup?
They stop the coverage and cut to domestic news!
Showing the winning team lifting the Cup is the closing of the World Cup - why broadcast the rest if you are not going to show that?
Terrible, terrible decision by their editors…
I am not Argentinian or German but appalled!
Yesterday I dropped in to the new Apple store in Omotesando.
I had two reasons.
Firstly I tried on the opening day last Friday (I’d have liked to have gotten this free T shirt) but the lines were too long so I gave up.
Secondly this is the state of my Lightning cable.
It still works but it’s fragile and looks bad.
Now I am stingy and I don’t want to buy a new cable, especially as this one does still work (just) and it’s only about 2 years old.
Thinking that I might just be able to get a goodwill replacement I asked one of the young staff (I am a believer in “if you don’t ask, you don’t get”, and “it costs nothing to ask”) and I have read of Apple making discretionary replacements.
Anyway the young but courteous staffer checked my phone and registration and said unfortunately they couldn’t give me a replacement cable, and I could buy one…
I KNOW the warranty is just one year and I am NOT ENTITLED to a replacement but it really wouldn’t have hurt Apple. I think the staffer was just somewhat robotically repeating the standard manual procedure.
Just for reference here is the history of my Apple purchases:
Bondi blue iMac
Airport Express 1st Generation
IPod shuffle 1st generation
iMac 21 inch aluminum
iPod Shuffle 3rd generation
iPod 3rd generation
Cables to connect iPhone/iPod/iPad to TV
iPad 1st generation
I have had trouble twice - the iMac was returned after 3 months as the hard drive died (that was under warranty) and this second trouble with the cable.
I’ve never had a cable go bad before…
For all the other phones the cable has outlasted the phone!
For the record I have had better experiences with Sony and Panasonic here in Japan doing “goodwill” outside warranty minor replacements!
What an incredible day in Tokyo. Wonderful to meet so many of our dedicated customers in our beautiful new store. pic.twitter.com/P42M4rtEK9— Angela Ahrendts (@AngelaAhrendts)June 13, 2014
The thing about living in Japan is that any economy that is emerging inevitably attracts a lot of Japanese investment and it can be seen at the ground level.
For example the father of one of my kid’s elementary school friends was relocated to Brazil with his family (lucky timing for the World Cup). He’s in elevator sales (literally).
Another “hot” country is Vietnam, where there is a huge amount of Japanese investment and also Myanmar.
This is what analyst investor and Ben Graham disciple Jan Pstrokonski of Smart Japanese Stocks has to say about Vietnam:
The valuations of many stocks have run up quickly, and if you are managing hundreds of millions then it is getting harder to find any room below the foreign ownership limits. But, there are still some really great valuations there.
Apple really nailed it - lots for developers and users alike…
A lot of new features and designs in iOS 8 and OS X (and my aging 2007 iMac is still supported!).
Some parts like the health apps were only briefly discussed but I think they couldn’t go into detail without revealing information about forthcoming hardware.
I am really looking forward to a parade of new products over the coming months!
This year’s Apple Developer Conference looks very promising - makes me glad I bought Apple options expiring in October!
Like many commentators, the rumors of this acquisition surprise and, perhaps, frighten me. Apple usually seems to acquire small companies for their technology and strategic expertise, but beats seems more a brand acquisition.
Of course I know the brand is hugely popular and cool (I guess I am a bit to old for it!), but the products seem overpriced and flashy, or blingy.
But perhaps that’s the point.
I also remember reading this rather negative story about Monster inc. and beats:
This Bic Camera store in Yokohama seems to think Apple and beats a good match!
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But you have to wait in line!
Stocktwits should be “Retail Investments” and “Financial Research” too!
More details from Nikkei Asian Review
Still think @stocktwits @howardlindzon should make Japanese version! Maybe with @MonexJP