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  • Sees Used Diapers In More Ways Than One [View article]
    "It can succeed in everything."

    Fire Phone.

    (Drops mic, walks off stage).
    Jan 10, 2015. 04:30 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Bet Is That Microsoft Will Outperform Apple In 2015 [View article]
    If the rumors are correct, you might just get an update to 10 for free. We'll see how that shakes out.
    Jan 8, 2015. 01:55 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon 2015 Outlook: Fire Phone, Take 2 [View article]
    There are a number of problems with your proposal.

    If I understand correctly, once a smartphone manufacturer makes a non-Google android device (like Fire OS in general), they are not permitted to make devices running the Google Play store. Thus Amazon can't be a proper Google Android phone maker, and other phone makers wouldn't want to gamble on making Fire OS phones, since that cuts them off from Google.

    Plus, Fire OS is slightly different. They claim that 75% of ported apps work on Fire OS. That means that 25% minimum of Google Play apps would fail.

    Finally, having Google Play wouldn't help them much with the goals of the Fire Phone. The Fire Phone's goal is to get people invested in Amazon's ecosystem of Prime, Music, Kindle books, and app store. You put a rival, larger and more popular app store on the phone, everyone suddenly goes to that app store first and never even glances at yours. Plus, you've just killed Android developer's interest in making apps for YOUR store, since they can reach your (much smaller, but still valuable) install base without putting anything in your store.
    Jan 6, 2015. 01:13 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft And Sony: Game Console Refreshes Might Come Sooner Than Expected [View article]
    I think that until we start seeing more broadcast TV in 4k, that 1080p is more than sufficient for the consoles.
    Jan 4, 2015. 06:27 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Poll: Only 5.4% of U.S. iPhone owners "very likely" to buy Apple Watch [View news story]
    I wonder how representative this sample size is. I can't think of a group of people in my personal life where I could say half of them regularly wear a watch.
    Jan 3, 2015. 08:40 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Samsung Smart TVs to run Tizen [View news story]
    Might as well use it for something. Probably won't be in very many phones going forward.
    Jan 1, 2015. 07:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Analysis: Apple Christmas Sales [View article]
    I'd say that of the two, Microsoft Mobile's in a better position to monetize its money loser entry phones. Microsoft runs its app store and Cortana helps drive Bing results, whereas Samsung only gets a smallish percentage of Google's revenue derived from Galaxy phones and its own apps are ignored by many users (I saw an estimate that the average Galaxy user is in a Samsung app about 4 minutes a month).
    Dec 30, 2014. 02:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Analysis: Apple Christmas Sales [View article]
    Only correction: you say that the data only shows December 25. However, according to other sources, it shows the week from the 19th to the 26th. Same overall difference, though.

    Definitely interesting for the people who see Apple getting completely drowned out by Android. Makes me wonder what caused this, since this is radically different from most stats, which show iOS devices increasing in total numbers, but decreasing as total market share. Possibilities:

    1) People giving Christmas/holiday gifts are more likely to give out an Apple device due to popularity and perceived value. It's very possible that the more typical 20/80 ratio of iPhone to Android could be restored once people are buying for themselves again.
    2) People activating Android phones during this period were less likely to install the selected apps on them, thus hiding them from the statistics by this organization. For instance, I doubt that the cheapo Android phones I see for sale off contract at Safeway have the necessary hardware to run many apps very well.
    3) Larger iPhones have lured back users who had defected to Android devices.
    4) The statistics come up with by this group are faulty in some way.
    5) Reviews of the Samsung S5 have been somewhat lukewarm. Since the cell phone market operates as an Apple/Samsung duopoly in the United States, a lackluster Samsung phone would make the Apple phone the natural replacement.

    I'd be interested to see what these same statistics would show this time next month.
    Dec 30, 2014. 02:01 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Russia hikes interest rate to 17% in attempt to halt ruble's plunge [View news story]
    Assuming they don't default. And assuming those rubles are worth anything in four years.

    High interest rates exist for a reason.
    Dec 15, 2014. 07:09 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Where Is Oracle's Growth Going To Come From? [View article]
    As an MSFT shareholder, this makes me glad they've ignored the call to abandon Xbox and other consumer focused items to do nothing but enterprise.
    Dec 14, 2014. 11:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google's DoubleClick tops ad quality rankings [View news story]
    Wow, all that despite about half of Google's ads being seen by bots instead of people!
    Dec 11, 2014. 01:10 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • More headaches at Sony Pictures over sophisticated hack [View news story]
    I'm curious what North Korea would want with this data. Unless it's a test run for runs on government systems.
    Dec 2, 2014. 11:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft's Black Friday Win With Xbox One A Piece Of Welcome News [View article]
    Plus Xbox Live Gold. Plus the fact that it gets Microsoft's brand into places where it might not be otherwise.

    (Example: I used to work at a store that sold X-Boxes. I remember the day the iPhone 5S launched, and the people came across the street with said new phones to check out the preview of the X-Box One and seemed legitimately excited).
    Dec 2, 2014. 01:28 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Big Tobacco Launches A 'Safer' Cigarette, It Won't Stem The Decline [View article]
    I've followed him for two years and he's always disclosed those small positions in that portfolio.
    Nov 23, 2014. 07:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • XBox One Sales Boost A Catalyst For AMD [View article]
    So if they sold, say, 3 million, we're looking at less than 50 million GROSS REVENUE? Before paying the foundry?

    Yikes. I hope that's not true, or else that's a terrible deal for AMD.
    Nov 19, 2014. 07:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment