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  • Samsung's New Strategy Is A Worry For Apple [View article]
    you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. 1. apple didn't lose market share in the premium segment and 2. apple never participated in the cheap phone business - the area you're assuming they lost share of. you might as well say that apple has always been a market share loser since their macs have always lost market share, their ipods lost market share, their ipads have always lost market share and their iphones have always lost market share. i guess the company that had $171 billion in revenues last year, that has amassed 150 billion in cash, and 40% margins has always been a loser according to you. sure sure!
    Nov 25, 2013. 01:39 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Samsung's New Strategy Is A Worry For Apple [View article]
    "In the last few quarters, Samsung is gained share in the smartphone market at the cost of Apple but without hurting Apple."

    What exactly does that mean? How can a company gain share at the cost of another company, but not hurt them? It sounds ridiculous. If Apple has no interest in the "cheap phones" market, then they're not losing a thing. When you write your articles, your name appears all over the web and when you make statements like the one above - you're risking losing credibility. Use care and judgment before publishing statements like that. I say this to you constructively.

    One more thing - you state that Samsung's renewed focus into software will supposedly "challenge" Apple. A couple of companies tried that route - how did it work out for them? I like seeing evidence - not cheerleaders.
    Nov 25, 2013. 12:17 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple's iPhone Losing The Smartphone War? [View article]
    I don't really understand what your message is. This is a financial website where people discuss stocks. You can be either long or short a stock or you can stay out of it because you feel like there are better opportunities. But your message makes no sense. Your anger seems to be more of a philosophical one - that people appreciate brands. Whether you like it or not, there are plenty of luxury brand companies that are also extremely good investments. You think you know Buffett? Buffett flies in an expensive Gulfstream jet, Buffett sold his Laguna Beach property for $5.5 million, AND he's got another one as well. And since we're on the topic, Buffett advised Jobs back in the day that he should buy back shares if he thinks his stock is undervalued. Are you sure you prefer his style or do you just not know Buffett that well?
    Nov 23, 2013. 10:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple's iPhone Losing The Smartphone War? [View article]
    Very interesting rant. When did you start hating Apple?
    It's interesting that the first part of your hateful message says that their products are not very special, but the second part says that they had forgotten how to wow consumers with their products. Does that mean you agree that they once "wowed" consumers?
    There is a plethora of things that make Apple a more impressive phone - including its software, the way developers build the apps for it, its impressive hardware. But what makes Apple special is not that its a "fashion accessory", but in the words of Samsung's Chief Strategy Officer, who prefers Apple products for his own use, it's because of Apple's "ecosystem"...
    As an investor, I will urge Apple to do what's necessary to grow their EPS - that is my right as an investor. Just because they buy back shares, doesn't mean they can't also invest into their company as well. Have you noticed how much cash they currently have? Your bitter hate for this company does you no good. I suppose you missed out on its bull run from the double digits to the 600s? That is your loss. People like you can go on hating companies - but you're the one who's going to be left behind - always bitter and hateful. Your loss.
    Nov 23, 2013. 06:43 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple's iPhone Losing The Smartphone War? [View article]
    Incorrect. There is no "trend" towards full featured lower cost handsets since Apple's unit shipments ARE GROWING not DECLINING. Both low cost AND iPhone shipments are growing - iPhone shipments are growing slower than low cost phones - but that is expected. You can't possibly expect premium iPhone shipments to grow at the same pace as AN ENTIRE LOW COST INDUSTRY. The world is not made up of 7 billion people who can afford iPhones.

    Criticize away - but Apple is the company retaining enormous cash piles.
    Nov 22, 2013. 12:21 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple's iPhone Losing The Smartphone War? [View article]
    Well that is incorrect. Why in the world would you assume that? 58% of shipments in 2012 were phones other than Samsung. Not only are you assuming that this enormous amount belongs to Samsung but that companies cheap knockoffs in China are supposedly stealing share from Apple - an assumption that is quite absurd. The correct numbers are the ones I provided above BASED ON THE SURVEY YOU PROVIDED. In 2012, NET, Apple won 12 million more customers from Samsung.
    Nov 22, 2013. 11:49 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple's iPhone Losing The Smartphone War? [View article]
    agreed. thanks for your feedback. I tried to be concise, but I agree that there is a lot more to Apple than my one sentence about their strategy.
    Nov 22, 2013. 11:23 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple's iPhone Losing The Smartphone War? [View article]
    Your math is wrong. This is a 12 month period... so what you're doing is giving Samsung the benefit of 12 month shipments and Apple 1 quarter shipments (and their weakest quarter too!) Apple shipped 137 million iPhones in 2012 and Samsung shipped 216 million. If 7% of Samsung came from iPhone that is 15 million and if 20% of iPhone came from Samsung that is 27 million. Nice try.
    Nov 22, 2013. 11:18 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple's iPhone Losing The Smartphone War? [View article]
    Thanks Michael. I figured a rebuttal argument was due. :)
    I appreciate that we can have a civil debate about Apple. That's the beauty of free markets.
    I urge that others keep it civil as well please!
    Nov 22, 2013. 10:53 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple's iPhone Losing The Smartphone War? [View article]
    I agree. Thanks for your comment.
    Nov 22, 2013. 10:36 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple's iPhone Losing The Smartphone War? [View article]
    Your first link is "More Android users switching to iPhone than vice versa" and your other links don't suggest anything close to what you're saying. I don't really understand where you're getting your numbers.
    Nov 22, 2013. 10:27 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple's iPhone Losing The Smartphone War? [View article]
    Blair is what's known as a "partial public figure" because he's inserted himself into the public light.

    I am no lawyer , but I'm guessing it would be very difficult for him to sue you.
    Nov 22, 2013. 10:13 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple's iPhone Losing The Smartphone War? [View article]
    please provide us with your analysis. i am pretty sure it's impossible to gauge how many iPhone users are converting to Android products unless you have surveys. we know that shipments are growing... and that surveys point to a low level of users leaving the iPhone.
    Nov 22, 2013. 10:06 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Bitcoin For Real? Macroeconomic Considerations For An Alternative Currency [View article]
    Ha you're comparing ETF shares traded on legitimate brokerages to the "money laundering silk road black market" tool using bitcoin. REALLY? You think a FEDERALLY REGISTERED BROKERAGE that is heavily regulated is the same as some underground website that is run by a criminal? You're losing credibility... get real.

    And don't add your own narrative and claim that I said it - I never said the government will shut down bitcoin. They have no authority to shut down a bartering entity in a free market. Nice try. ALL credibility lost.
    Nov 19, 2013. 09:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Bitcoin For Real? Macroeconomic Considerations For An Alternative Currency [View article]
    How would the IRS know the amount of FV received from the sale of your house unless there is actual evidence of the sale? For example if you bought a property for $200,000 a year ago and a year later someone pays you $200,000 and throws in $50,000 in bitcoins as a gift, how would the IRS know that you got paid in bitcoins as capital gains? Houses are sold at fire sale values all the time, below FV. These are not liquid assets. I would guess that taxes on bartering income are almost impossible to control. Bartering real assets for bitcoins is no exception. This is why there is good reason to monitor the bitcoin market for regulators... as it has become an accepted bartering tool among purchasers. They could easily abuse the market.
    Nov 18, 2013. 06:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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