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26th Jul '17 8:42:23 AM Synthesis
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* Taiwanese people love Samsung phones (though they're hardly unpopular elsewhere, they [[https://scdn.androidcommunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Antutu-2016-Top-10-Popular-1H-Taiwan.jpg consistently dominate sales in Taiwan, ahead of domestic brands]]. In a curious contrast to Japan (which often sets the cultural and consumer trends for the region), the iPhone consistently struggles to even make the top ten, much less the high slots, and Apple's other premiere products that have done so well in Japan have largely flopped in the Taiwan, despite more than a decade of effort from Apple to turn it around. There's a certain shade if irony added in the fact that Taiwan is home of the almost all of the primary component manufacturers for all of Apple's most successful products (iPhone included), including [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxconn Hon Hai Precision]], better known in the west as ''Foxconn'', making the development and release schedule of Apple products very important to Taiwanese--so long as we're not talking about consumers, who won't be buying them, making the iPhone's reputation in Taiwan comparable to the Xbox video game console's reputation in Japan: an unpopular novelty. Though they've fallen far short of Samsung, Apple has made a great deal of effort to try and change the small market ([[https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/07/apple-taipei-101-opens-in-taiwan/ and finally had a popular launch of its first store in the entire country]]), and it remains to be seen if they can succeed. Apple computers, unsurprisingly, are almost unheard of, and Samsung's laptops, not well known in the west, are far more popular than the Macbook line of products.

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* Taiwanese people love Samsung phones (though phones, though they're hardly unpopular elsewhere, they [[https://scdn.androidcommunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Antutu-2016-Top-10-Popular-1H-Taiwan.jpg consistently dominate sales in Taiwan, ahead of domestic brands]]. In a curious contrast to Japan (which often sets the cultural and consumer trends for the region), the iPhone consistently struggles to even make the top ten, much less the high slots, and Apple's other premiere products that have done so well in Japan have largely flopped in the Taiwan, despite more than a decade of effort from Apple to turn it around. There's a certain shade if irony added in the fact that Taiwan is home of the almost all of the primary component manufacturers for all of Apple's most successful products (iPhone included), including [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxconn Hon Hai Precision]], better known in the west as ''Foxconn'', making the development and release schedule of Apple products very important to Taiwanese--so long as we're not talking about consumers, who won't be buying them, making the iPhone's reputation in Taiwan comparable to the Xbox video game console's reputation in Japan: an unpopular novelty. Though they've fallen far short of Samsung, Apple has made a great deal of effort to try and change the small market ([[https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/07/apple-taipei-101-opens-in-taiwan/ and finally had a popular launch of its first store in the entire country]]), and it remains to be seen if they can succeed. Apple computers, unsurprisingly, are almost unheard of, and Samsung's laptops, not well known in the west, are far more popular than the Macbook line of products.
26th Jul '17 8:41:48 AM Synthesis
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* Taiwanese people love Samsung phones (though they're hardly unpopular elsewhere, they [[https://scdn.androidcommunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Antutu-2016-Top-10-Popular-1H-Taiwan.jpg consistently dominate sales in Taiwan, ahead of domestic brands]]. In a curious contrast to Japan (which often sets the cultural and consumer trends for the region), the iPhone consistently struggles to even make the top ten, much less the high slots, and Apple's other premiere products that have done so well in Japan have largely flopped in the Taiwan, despite more than a decade of effort from Apple to turn it around. There's a certain shade if irony added in the fact that Taiwan is home of the almost all of the primary component manufacturers for all of Apple's most successful products (iPhone included), including [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxconn Hon Hai Precision]], better known in the west as ''Foxconn'', making the development and release schedule of Apple products very important to Taiwanese--so long as we're not talking about consumers, who won't be buying them, making the iPhone's reputation in Taiwan comparable to the Xbox video game console's reputation in Japan: an unpopular novelty. Though they've fallen far short of Samsung, Apple has made a great deal of effort to try and change the small market ([[https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/07/apple-taipei-101-opens-in-taiwan/ and finally had a popular launch of its first store in the entire country]]), and it remains to be seen if they can succeed. Apple computers, unsurprisingly, are almost unheard of, and Samsung's laptops, not well known in the west, are far more popular than the Macbook line of products.
23rd Jul '17 2:13:22 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastodon_(software) Mastodon]], a federated[[note]]In more layman terms: think about how email accounts can send messages to one another even if they're on different services; for example, one user uses Gmail but they can email their friend who's using Yahoo Mail and vice versa. Now, apply this concept to social media.[[/note]] alternative to Website/{{Twitter}}, became a rapid hit overnight in Japan, with several of the biggest Mastodon instances (i.e. servers) being of Japanese origin. Japanese art hosting service Website/{{pixiv}} was quick to adopt it, leading to the creation of Pawoo, an instance where artists can link their accounts with their pixiv accounts, and is one of said most popular Mastodon instances.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastodon_(software) Mastodon]], a federated[[note]]In more layman terms: think about how email accounts can send messages to one another even if they're on different services; for example, one user uses Gmail but they can email their friend who's using Yahoo Mail and vice versa. Now, apply this concept to social media.[[/note]] alternative to Website/{{Twitter}}, Website/{{Twitter}} made primarily by Western developers, became a rapid hit overnight in Japan, with several of the biggest Mastodon instances (i.e. servers) being of Japanese origin. Japanese art hosting service Website/{{pixiv}} was quick to adopt it, leading to the creation of Pawoo, an instance where artists can link their accounts with their pixiv accounts, and is one of said most popular Mastodon instances.
23rd Jul '17 2:12:38 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastodon_(software) Mastodon]], a federated[[note]]In more layman terms: think about how email accounts can send messages to one another even if they're on different services; for example, one user uses Gmail but they can email their friend who's using Yahoo Mail and vice versa. Now, apply this concept to social media.[[/note]] alternative to Website/{{Twitter}}, became a rapid hit overnight in Japan, with several of the biggest Mastodon instances (i.e. servers) being of Japanese origin. Japanese art hosting service Website/{{pixiv}} was quick to adapt it, leading to the creation of Pawoo, an instance where artists can link their accounts with their pixiv accounts, and is one of said most popular Mastodon instances.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastodon_(software) Mastodon]], a federated[[note]]In more layman terms: think about how email accounts can send messages to one another even if they're on different services; for example, one user uses Gmail but they can email their friend who's using Yahoo Mail and vice versa. Now, apply this concept to social media.[[/note]] alternative to Website/{{Twitter}}, became a rapid hit overnight in Japan, with several of the biggest Mastodon instances (i.e. servers) being of Japanese origin. Japanese art hosting service Website/{{pixiv}} was quick to adapt adopt it, leading to the creation of Pawoo, an instance where artists can link their accounts with their pixiv accounts, and is one of said most popular Mastodon instances.
23rd Jul '17 2:11:55 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastodon_(software) Mastodon]], a federated[[note]]In more layman terms: think about how email accounts can send messages to one another even if they're on different services; for example, one user uses Gmail but they can email their friend who's using Yahoo Mail and vice versa. Now, apply this concept to social media.[[/note]] alternative to Website/{{Twitter}}, became a rapid hit overnight in Japan, with several of the biggest Mastodon instances (i.e. servers) being of Japanese origin. Japanese art hosting service Website/{{pixiv}} was quick to adapt it, leading to the creation of Pawoo, an instance where artists can link their accounts with their pixiv accounts, and is one of said most popular Mastodon instances.
3rd Jul '17 11:29:59 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* Usernames with numbers tacked on at the end are seen as unoriginal and low-quality in the West, but in Japan, [[GoroawaseNumber number-based puns]] make the practice more acceptable.
18th Jun '17 4:42:25 PM nombretomado
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* According to ThatOtherWiki, Mozilla Firefox, which is developed by the United States-based Mozilla Corporation (itself a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation, based in the same country) is the most popular Web browser in Germany, Poland, and Indonesia.

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* According to ThatOtherWiki, Wiki/ThatOtherWiki, Mozilla Firefox, which is developed by the United States-based Mozilla Corporation (itself a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation, based in the same country) is the most popular Web browser in Germany, Poland, and Indonesia.



* While Bulletin Board Systems ([=BBSes=]) fell out of use in the West with the rise of the Internet in the '90s, they're still very popular in Taiwan, according to TheOtherWiki. The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PTT_Bulletin_Board_System PTT Bulletin Board System]] has over 1.5 million registered users discussing any manner of topics. It has its own slang and memes, similar to Website/FourChan.

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* While Bulletin Board Systems ([=BBSes=]) fell out of use in the West with the rise of the Internet in the '90s, they're still very popular in Taiwan, according to TheOtherWiki.Wiki/TheOtherWiki. The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PTT_Bulletin_Board_System PTT Bulletin Board System]] has over 1.5 million registered users discussing any manner of topics. It has its own slang and memes, similar to Website/FourChan.
12th Jun '17 11:20:59 PM DavidDelony
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* FM radio was a lot quicker to catch on in Europe than the U.S., where it was invented because the postwar airwaves were so crowded. Stations started popping up in the 1940s and 1950s, where FM really only took off in the U.S. with the rise of the counterculture movement in the '60s and '70s and the desire for higher-quality sound for all the new rock stations.
30th Apr '17 6:56:25 PM DavidDelony
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* The Laserdisc optical disc format was developed by Dutch corporation Phillips, and produced by Phillips and American corporation MCA. It never caught on in the US or Europe due to the cost and read-only nature; but became the dominant video format in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the more affluent regions of Southeast Asia. Production of laserdiscs continued until the end of 2001, in Japan; and production of players continued to the beginning of 2009, also in Japan. They are still popular with collectors, due to the number films and other media on laserdisc which have never been released on DVD, and the increasing scarcity of playable VHS releases.

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* The Laserdisc optical disc format was developed by Dutch corporation Phillips, and produced by Phillips and American corporation MCA. It never caught on in the US or Europe due to the cost and read-only nature; but became the dominant video format in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the more affluent regions of Southeast Asia. Production of laserdiscs continued until the end of 2001, in Japan; and production of players continued to the beginning of 2009, also in Japan. They are still popular with collectors, due to the number of films and other media on laserdisc which have never been released on DVD, and the increasing scarcity of playable VHS releases.
9th Dec '16 9:57:39 AM Jhonny
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* Railways were first invented in Great Britain and while it is hard to figure out who first made trains go with electricity, it's safe to say it ''wasn't'' a Swiss person. Which country has the highest per capita rail ridership and the longest electrified network for its land area? Switzerland. To say Swiss people like trains would be a gross misrepresentation of the facts. One in four Swiss people has a half fare card, which means they pay to get reduced fares (which of course only makes sense if you take the train a lot). Several times major (expensive) rail expansion proposals are put to a vote on a regular basis. They almost always pass with flying colors. Compare this to Britain, which had the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Beeching Axe]] in the 1960s that cut the network in half almost overnight and has not fully recovered since in terms of rail travel.

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* Railways were first invented in Great Britain and while it is hard to figure out who first made trains go with electricity, it's safe to say it ''wasn't'' a Swiss person. Which country has the highest per capita rail ridership and the longest electrified network for its land area? Switzerland. To say Swiss people like trains would be a gross misrepresentation of the facts. One in four Swiss people has a half fare card, which means they pay to get reduced fares (which of course only makes sense if you take the train a lot). Several times major Major (expensive) rail expansion proposals are put to a vote on a regular basis. They almost always pass with flying colors. Compare this to Britain, which had the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Beeching Axe]] in the 1960s that cut the network in half almost overnight and has not fully recovered since in terms of rail travel. Switzerland is also seen as the AlwaysSomeoneBetter to UsefulNotes/DeutscheBahn by Germans when they complain about the (real or perceived) ills of their railway, which is itself highly regarded by non-Germans and often mentioned as one of the highlights of their trips by transatlantic visitors.
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