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Early Earthquake Warning System In iOS 5

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the escape-the-quake dept.

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tekgoblin writes "A very important and functional feature has been added to Apple's iOS 5 for Japanese users: an earthquake warning system. This new feature may allow the people of Japan to be warned early enough to get out of harm's way and ultimately save lives. Most phones sold in Japan have some way to warn the user of Earthquakes."

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That won't work (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166224)

Re:That won't work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166240)

Don't expect people in Japan to behave just like you guys do.

Re:That won't work (-1, Offtopic)

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Re:That won't work (-1, Offtopic)

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Re:That won't work (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166320)

You forgot:

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Re:That won't work (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166284)

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Obligatory XKCD (4, Insightful)

itsdapead (734413) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166230)

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Re:Obligatory XKCD (0)

JustOK (667959) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166288)

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Re:Obligatory XKCD (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166360)

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vibration alert? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166236)

The alert causes the phone to vibrate?

In other countries: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166238)

South Korea: North Korean invasion alert option
China: US dollar value alert
United Kingdom: Riot alert
Greece/Portugal/Spain/Italy/Ireland: Financial meltdown alert
United States of America: Obama birth certificate alert

Re:In other countries: (1)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166328)

Then there is also the bonus Donald trump birth certificate alert. Then again if it was Fox News doing this it would be 'breaking news alert' every 5 minutes, followed by commercials.

Re:In other countries: (1)

rossdee (243626) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166406)

Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico: Hurricane alert
Iceland: Volcano alert
North Dakota: Flood alert
California: Wildfire alert

Re:In other countries: (1)

delinear (991444) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166438)

United Kingdom: Riot alert

Wouldn't work. The aftermath of our football matches would set off too many false positives.

Re:In other countries: (1)

Yamioni (2424602) | more than 2 years ago | (#37168252)

Slashdot: Interesting Article Post

Unfortunately it never got out of Beta because the testers couldn't tell if it was working... 'Is this thing on?'

Apple cocksucking (2, Insightful)

bjourne (1034822) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166242)

It is also believed that most phones sold in Japan have some way to warn the user of Earthquakes.

Great, so now when the stupid iphone gets the same feature other phones have had for years it is somehow news?

Re:Apple cocksucking (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166260)

Everyone remembers Chrysler as the first manufacturer with standard electronic ignition even though Fiat actually did it first. Why? Because it was fucking Fiat.

Re:Apple cocksucking (1)

dzfoo (772245) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166342)

Who was fucking Fiat, Chrysler? I thought nobody liked the French. Or are they Italians? Cool then.

            -dZ.

Re:Apple cocksucking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166344)

And then it was fucking Chrysler. What's your point?

Re:Apple cocksucking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166658)

You mean the same "fucking" Fiat that owns Chrysler?? (And Maserati and Ferrari!)

Yes, Fiat is still crap. And so is Chrysler.

Also, your "everyone"... Actually you just mean you, right? And perhaps a few of your peers that you vaguely talked about cars with, 10 years ago. ^^
Certainly, it doesnâ(TM)t include people outside of your country.

Don't worry. That's normal. But don't call it "everyone", unless you're talking to yourself again, OK? ;)

Re:Apple cocksucking (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166778)

Also, your "everyone"... Actually you just mean you, right? And perhaps a few of your peers that you vaguely talked about cars with, 10 years ago. ^^

I studied Automotive Electronics in preparation for the ASE exam which I never took, at Yuba College in Marysville, CA, under Mike Morse. I got an A.

Don't worry. That's normal. But don't call it "everyone", unless you're talking to yourself again, OK? ;)

You're only supposed to wink when you say something clever. When you say something fucking stupid, you're supposed to shut up.

Please log in so I can foe you and not see your ignorant nonsense.

P.S. Chrysler used to be known worldwide as a leader in automotive technology. Obviously, those days are long gone.

Re:Apple cocksucking (1)

Kyusaku Natsume (1098) | more than 2 years ago | (#37167116)

You're only supposed to wink when you say something clever. When you say something fucking stupid, you're supposed to shut up.

Very clever I would say, thanks for my new mail sig.

Re:Apple cocksucking (1)

S.O.B. (136083) | more than 2 years ago | (#37167022)

I remember when Fiat meant Fix It Again Tony.

Re:Apple cocksucking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37167430)

Now that FIAT owns shitty Yank crap manufacturer Chrysler, the joke is on you asshole

Re:Apple cocksucking (1)

Lennie (16154) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166262)

I think if people only see news about iPhone first-smartphone-with-app-x then that is a probably not good, this news might help to balance that view a little.

Re:Apple cocksucking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166286)

It's already had this feature, via 3rd party apps, for years...

Re:Apple cocksucking (2)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166314)

Because people love copying other people's stories but can't be bothered to read them first, that's why. The originator of the story was quite clear that this was correcting a conspicuous omission rather than adding a novel function.

Re:Apple cocksucking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166358)

Yep. A much better version of the story is available on the Register [theregister.co.uk], based on 9to5mac.com [9to5mac.com]'s story, which seems to be identical to TekGoblin's, but was maybe published earlier according to time stamps in an unspecified time zone.

Basically, iOS 5 will support a feature that Japanese phones have universally supported for the past several years. And that third-party apps have added to the iPhone itself since iOS 4 (when Apple finally realized UNIX is multitasking).

Re:Apple cocksucking (1)

scorp1us (235526) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166370)

From what I know, they just used a regular SMS alert. What this probably means is it bypassed the SMS, and uses the apple push notifications API.

Re:Apple cocksucking (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166436)

It is also believed that most phones sold in Japan have some way to warn the user of Earthquakes.

Great, so now when the stupid iphone gets the same feature other phones have had for years it is somehow news?

The news is, the business model is to roll out AFTER the once in a lifetime disaster. I predict California residents will have to wait until a couple months after their "earthquake of the century" to get their warning system.

In a way it makes sense, if you deploy an earthquake sensor network right before the earthquake of the century, you'll only get a couple years use out of it before its destroyed in the earthquake. But if you wait, and deploy after the quake of the century, then you'll get something like a centuries use out of the monitoring system before its destroyed again. Kind of like buying car insurance after the crash, or health insurance after you're dead, sorta.

Re:Apple cocksucking (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166466)

Yes, because Apple marketing are that fucking good.

From the iPhones that have survived falling from skydivers, to the guy who supposedly got a free iPad from Apple saying "Apple said yes" because he had to return it with the reason "Wife said no", all of these sorts of stories are orchestrated attempts to ensure Apple is consistently in the news.

This is why many people sincerely believe Apple has like 90% of the smartphone market, when in reality they only have about 15% - 20%. This is why we have "Well Apple just works" memes when iTunes is the worst PoS method of getting content on your phone going, and when the store leaves a lot to be desired on the iPad. This is why people harp on about Android fragmentation when it's the iPad that has a whole bunch of apps that only take up a quarter of the screen but give you some button to double size the app to manually fix that, horrendously pixelating it like a throwback to the early 90s computing.

Apple marketing are fucking genius, like the Church of Scientology, despite the blatant and obvious bollocks that emanates from them, they're still capable of roping thousands of supporters in, praying on weak minds with psychological trickery.

Re:Apple cocksucking (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166930)

I'm not sure that this feature is even in the release notes of the beta, much less marketing.

Re:Apple cocksucking (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166634)

Well the post informed that it may be part of iOS 5 and that most phones in Japan have this feature. Two things I didn't know so its news to me. Is it earth-shattering? No.

Re:Apple cocksucking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37167012)

Because Slashdot ran out of Anti-Google / anti-android stories for a while. Give it some time and it would be back to normal.

Re:Apple cocksucking (1)

Kyusaku Natsume (1098) | more than 2 years ago | (#37167054)

The system already works in iPhones since it goes as a network SMS IIRC, but the change here I think is that it will override the silence setting that most people here in Japan will be using because the polite thing to do on board of public transportation is to put your cellphone in silent mode and turn it off when you are near the reserved seats for elderly, pregnant women and handicapped. The end result is that most people have their phones in silent mode most of the time.

Now, what I would love the networks to do is to send the damn alarm even for foreign issued phones even without a roaming plan zince it is a emergency service. My wife's iPhone received expensive useless SMS from our original operator but it don't receive calls for lack of roaming an it did't receive any warning in the two quakes that we have felt in our two weeks stay in Tokyo.

Re:Apple cocksucking (1)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 2 years ago | (#37167746)

I know, right? I mean, if the primary audience of /. readers were residents of coastal Japan who were considering iPhone purchases but who wouldn't switch until this feature was available, this would be HUGE. But while it's a cool feature, its appeal is to a fairly limited demographic, and since it's not a major new innovation, it's really just a bullet point in a sales sheet as far as mobile phones in Japan go.

These systems don't work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166268)

I saw a couple of these 'early warning' systems in action during the Christchurch earthquakes. At best the alert came a few seconds before the quake - hardly early enough to save lives.

Re:These systems don't work (2)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166378)

You're forgetting tsunami. If you detect an offshore earthquake and immediately sound the alert, people have valuable minutes to take shelter.

Re:These systems don't work (2)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166464)

I saw a couple of these 'early warning' systems in action during the Christchurch earthquakes. At best the alert came a few seconds before the quake - hardly early enough to save lives.

Their value depends pretty sharply on where you are relative to the epicenter and what the threat is.

Unfortunately, geologists are Not Ready Yet on actual earthquake prediction(they are, to be fair, pretty good at determining that a given fault is starting to look real damn unhappy; but pinning an event within a decade or a century, or even a year is pretty good on a geologic scale, not so useful for humans. So, if you happen to be standing on top of, or very near, the epicenter, sucks to be you, I hope the local building codes are good; because building buildings that don't fall over, crush their occupants, and then catch fire is pretty much all we can do about that..

If, on the other hand, the epicenter is located some distance away, you get more time to take basic measures like moving to the least collapse-prone/most likely to form a survivable pocket areas of a building(or, in lightly settled districts, running outside).

And, of course, if the epicenter is deep underwater, hundreds of miles away, you'll have fairly decent time; but you'd better start moving uphill now...

Re:These systems don't work (1)

Agripa (139780) | more than 2 years ago | (#37168230)

The geometry is significant. For an early warning, the sensor has to be closer to the epicenter than you are and you have to be located some distance from the epicenter. With the southern California network more than 10 years ago, warning times were more than 10 seconds and left plenty of time for me to take action. Of course latency on that system was on the order of milliseconds.

Re:These systems don't work (1)

bakarocket (844390) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166474)

The benefit of the system depends on your distance from the epicentre. I routinely get earthquake warnings up to 15 seconds before the actual shaking starts.

Though I should note that I got no warning from the March 11th quake. My phone battery was dead.

Re:These systems don't work (1)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166780)

A few seconds warning is better than no warning at all, and if this system saves just one life than it works.

real history, truth continue to emerge (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166272)

only to be re-buried, on make-it-up-as-we-go-along monday, & all the daze to follow. you're still calling this 'weather'?

Feature of OS? Or just another app? (1)

sunderland56 (621843) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166274)

How is this a 'feature of the OS', and not just another bundled app?

Apple seems to call it an app if you install it after the OS, from their store; but call it a feature of the OS if it is installed at the same time. Huh?

Re:Feature of OS? Or just another app? (4, Informative)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166310)

They're providing support for an SMS emergency alert standard that all 3G phones in Japan are expected to have. It's built into the OS at a low level. It's not a user-facing app.

Re:Feature of OS? Or just another app? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166332)

Please mod parent up. Why does an OS need a earthquake/tornado/whatever warning system? Why not an app?

Re:Feature of OS? Or just another app? (2)

dzfoo (772245) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166398)

Notice that at no time is Apple calling it anything. In fact, Apple hasn't announced the feature at all, whether app or bundle.

        -dZ.

Why not text? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166302)

Seems completely redundent, why not just send everyone a text? The mobile companies have every number, so technology base is irrelevant. Is there such a thing as a broadcast text they could send just by cell/mast location, that would be cool.

Re:Why not text? (1)

AlecC (512609) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166514)

It is a text, just a special text which sounds a special alarm rather than the usual text arrival alarm.

Re:Why not text? (1)

Spiflicator (64611) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166588)

I'd guess such an emergency notification would have capability to unmute your phone, etc, and give generate a uniquely distinguishable alert.

Re:Why not text? (1)

Yamioni (2424602) | more than 2 years ago | (#37168372)

I for one would love to have it say: "Get to the shelter! GO! GO NOW!"

Bonus points if it's actually Arnie saying (yelling?) it.

Next up (2)

moonbender (547943) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166304)

Next up: Geiger counter.

Re:Next up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166402)

I honestly keep waiting for this feature, while occasionally peeking out my window to glare at human civilization, before withdrawing to count my bottlecap collection.

Re:Next up (2)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166494)

Not that you'd want to be in a situation where this is relevant; but I'd be interested to see if, by shielding the processor and a small amount of RAM in an otherwise unshielded computer device, you could use software that runs within the shielded processor and RAM and monitors the unshielded system RAM for radiation-induced bit-flipping as a crude radiation sensor...

Substantially less sensitive and accurate than a real Geiger counter; but skipping the delicate-glass-tube-and-high-voltage-drive-circuit in a high density embedded device would be nice, and it'd be a cute stunt.

Re:Next up (2)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#37167306)

Right! Good for detection radiation in the range of "OMG, your hair is falling out! or "What's that shiny glow coming from?".

Just a little late for anything useful.

And thank you, no, I'm not interested in beta testing it.

Re:Next up (2)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#37167344)

This is one piece of software where skipping the alpha and beta testing stages is totally reasonable: Neither would make it through the chip packages.

Bring on the gamma-testers!

Call me when... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166322)

They have Godzilla alerts.

Why report this? (1)

QuasiRob (134012) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166334)

If most phones in Japan have this feature anyway, why is this news?

Re:Why report this? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166382)

Because it's Apple. They pay a massive amount to the "press" to release "articles" on Apple products. Factor in the huge zealotry of this cult, and you'll see why the media perception of Apple usage is over 99% of the population.

Re:Why report this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166388)

If most phones in Japan have this feature anyway, why is this news?

Just so that Android guys know whose IP is this idea. You've been warned about OS built-in warning system!

Re:Why report this? (1)

Kyusaku Natsume (1098) | more than 2 years ago | (#37167188)

Because you can't ride a single train with at least 2 iPhone users in the same wagon here in Tokyo. For what I have seen it is by far the most popular cellphone here.

Do not read TFA (1)

cowboy76Spain (815442) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166366)

The summary has almost more info about the system than TFA. Do not waste your time reading it; do not feed click-whores. Even the time.com article linked in the TFA only talks about earthquake detection but nothing about this iOS feature.

Now up to the question: What is the issue with the OS? Does it detect vibrations characteristic of an earthquake or it is just an app that connects to a warning center? In the later issue this is as related to iOS as, say, Notepad is related to Vista.

Re:Do not read TFA (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166396)

Everything you need to know. [wikipedia.org]. It's based on SMS-CB, and is essentially a high-priority all-points SMS broadcast.

Re:Do not read TFA (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166480)

Everything you need to know. [wikipedia.org]. It's based on SMS-CB, and is essentially a high-priority all-points SMS broadcast.

You mean:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_Broadcast [wikipedia.org]

I think I'll wait for the 2600 article explaining how to send my own SMS-CBs. That could be big fun, I look forward to it. I know from reading mass media that SAME broadcasts have been repeatedly hacked; I've read reports of flash freeze alerts in the summer in FL, coastal flood warnings being broadcast in Montana, etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specific_Area_Message_Encoding [wikipedia.org]

Re:Do not read TFA (1)

Relayman (1068986) | more than 2 years ago | (#37168256)

If you check, you will see that this is a blog post and that the blogger submitted it to /. to get page views. Did it work? You bet!

Late to the game (1)

Bushcat (615449) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166386)

Japan-manufactured phones have had to support this feature since 2007. The way each carrier supports it differs slightly. Basically, Japan's EEW/EWS triggers a broadcast cell broadcast (SMS-CB) in the affected areas. Most European carriers also support the SMS-CB feature. Consumer-grade EEW is also broadcast over the air and internet: compatible radios and TVs will retune when the alert is received, and turn on if necessary. As far as I'm aware, somewhat oddly the internet service is not free. Similar warning systems are used to cut power to shinkansen, and to trigger equipment shutdowns in various industries such as semiconductor manufacturing. Apple's late to the game here, but on the other hand Softbank only got the Android app out a month or so ago (Apple's a Softbank exclusive).

Re:Late to the game (1)

JanneM (7445) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166994)

It's worth noting that there's been a free Android app for this on the -a href="https://market.android.com/details?id=jp.twiple.android.quake&feature=search_result">market (including Softbank phones I assume) for a good long while already.

It works quite nicely; I've gotten alerts for every small quake we've had since I installed it, before they happened. You get a graphical display with the epicenter and you can set your minimum strength, distance and shindo (surface effect) to filter out uninteresting warnings. It sits and waits for push notifications and alerts you immediately when it gets a quake that exceeds your filter settings.

You don't need any low-level OS support or anything in other words. Surely there must be a similar app for iOS already?

Re:Late to the game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37167436)

>You don't need any low-level OS support or anything in other words. Surely there must be a similar app for iOS already?
Yes you do. App-based EEWs are too slow and heavy on bandwidth because they are based on IPv4. SMS-CB is a broadcast messaging service, which is faster and more reliable by design.
Sadly this new EEW for iOS seems to be also IP-based though...

Re:Late to the game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37168360)

Recently stayed at somebody's place where somebody had an iPhone, and she obviously had some kind of early earthquake warning functionality, as the thing went off one time. It also said how much longer it would take for the earthquake to arrive in our neighborhood. My phone didn't go off BTW. And the earthquake didn't come either. However, I've also gotten false alarms on my (regular Japanese) phone when nothing happened, and I've experienced countless earthquakes I didn't get a warning for even though the epicenter was far away enough. Didn't even get a warning for the M6.8 earthquake the other day. (Admittedly, it was only about shindo 2 where I was.) And it reduces your battery runtime by around half.

Inertial Sensors (1)

devnullkac (223246) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166424)

Would have been sweet if they'd been able to develop an algorithm to detect an impending earthquake from the slight vibrations in the iPhone itself. Then it could work no matter where you are. Oh well.

Re:Inertial Sensors (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#37167390)

Would have been sweet if they'd been able to develop an algorithm to detect an impending earthquake from the slight vibrations in the iPhone itself. Then it could work no matter where you are. Oh well.

Not so much for the iPhone, but for a MacBook, there is something fun [softonic.com]. Amuse your friend(s), scare your coworkers! Look like you're doing real work!

Kinda a neat, pointless application.

Re:Inertial Sensors (1)

Ksevio (865461) | more than 2 years ago | (#37167964)

The earthquake warning system works because it can warn people before it gets to the point that their phone can detect it. By the time the earthquake gets to that point, there wouldn't be enough time to evacuate the building or whatever people plan to do, not to mention people riding on trains of listening to music where there could be similar vibrations.

So what does this do (1)

DrXym (126579) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166498)

... that can't be achieved by writing an app? In Android (for example) an app can listen to SMS messages and do anything it likes in response, e.g. set off an audible alarm. This app could even be baked into the phone, or available from marketplace or some official site. I assume iOS can do the same right?

Re:So what does this do (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166554)

Nothing. In fact there already is an iOS app that does this. However there's an expectation that this function be integrated into the handset, and I believe it's mandatory for domestic manufacturers to include it.

Re:So what does this do (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37167058)

The app most folks were using was called Yurekuru ("shake coming"). Problem is it frequently delivered notifications too late, and folks took to calling it Yurekita ("shake already came"). It relied on push notification instead of SMS, so I'm guessing the author was picking up the signal and then redistributing it. Apple is just cutting out the middle man here.

Re:So what does this do (1)

DrXym (126579) | more than 2 years ago | (#37167672)

Can't iOS apps read SMS messages then? I know several apps on Android which do it (with the owners consent). e.g. the Prey Project allows you to send an SMS to a stolen phone to activate tracking.

Motion Sensor. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37166688)

For a moment there I thought they were talking about using the motion sensors in iphones for some geolocated monitoring. But no, boarring..... Earthquakes and Destruction, yeah, there's an App for that.

How come they did not have this before !? (1)

demiurg (108464) | more than 2 years ago | (#37166804)

This is truly an illustration of a recent joke where each new iPhone feature raises the same reaction - damn, they did not have it before !?

Earthquake and Tsunami Warning System (ETWS) has been available for years...

So what? (1)

Snotman (767894) | more than 2 years ago | (#37167050)

I am not sure how this is news. Sure, it is fascinating that Japan has a system to alert for earthquakes through phones. But according to the article, most phones in Japan have this feature. So, how is iOS being late to the game news? And the article is very GRAND about how iOS does this for the people of Japan. Bullshit. It does it because of the feature that is supported on iOS finally.

Big whoppee! IS slashdot being used as a marketing spam engine like bitcoin to get any news out on Apple? Gimme a break!

Re:So what? (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#37167520)

Big whoppee! IS slashdot being used as a marketing spam engine like bitcoin to get any news out on Apple? Gimme a break!

All right, you want that Slashdot start covering Michelle Bachman? Sarah Palin? Ponies?

We've already run through the 'beat up Google / Microsoft / RIM and bog help us, HP" this week. What else are we supposed to do here? Besides, tangled amongst the Apple hate and the weak jokes (and I might add, several run on sentences and NO 'IN SOVIET RUSSIA' jokes) is a description of a rather cool alert system and the social reasons why it's important.

Obviously, this is of only intellectual (and I use the term loosely) value. From what I gather, the importance of the system is it forces cell phones to make an audible / tactile alert in the event of an imminent quake. Apparently many Japanese leave their phones on 'silent' so as not to be obnoxious jerks in public. This system would be of limited utility in the US since everyone's cell phone is set to wail some god awful discordant noise at volume 11 at all times.

Awe5oMe fp (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37167122)

haplees *BSD fucking percent of

Windows Phone 7 has this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37167408)

http://www.wpcentral.com/fujitsu-is12t-features-earthquake-early-warning-system

Quote:
Luckily, the Toshiba-Fujitsu IS12T is no different as it features the app/system built into the phone. Tezawaly from NanaPho lets us know that it works too:

"On August 1st, 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Shizuoka Japan. The warning arrived on IS12T a few seconds before the earthquake hit. It has two button "save" and "close". You can save it as a SMS clicking on the save button."

Now that's a smartphone if you ask us and we're glad those in Japan can have this potential life-saving tool built into that Windows Phone, exclusively for KDDI.

The app is called (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37167446)

appropriately, iShake.

In unrelated news the geiger counter app underdevelopment is named iMelt.

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