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  • Is Apple Stretched Or Just Stretching? [View article]
    @user427801, you wrote, "I own a nexus 7 tablet and now realize its just as good as an iPad, but cheaper and with TONS of the exact same apps (most free) that Apple gouges you for."

    Further you wrote, "Apple charges you $2.99 for many of the apps that google play gives you free...same exact app." Well post a few examples otherwise it just sounds like you're selecting meaningless apps to make a point. Google's and Apple's fee structure is different, I'm sure, because they have different business models. Nonetheless, without any real world examples you could be talking about some obscure game for all we know.

    My post is merely saying for me that's not true, I'm not being gouged! I personally use a grip of free apps for productivity, media and the occasional game, the same as you - FREE! I'm not paying $2.99, or as you say being gouged by Apple. Here's a small example, and they are all free, no gouging here:

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    Google Maps and now Apple Maps
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    QRReader
    Air Display
    NextBus
    RunKeeper
    Skype
    Passbook
    PCO
    Group Text
    Constant Contact
    Kindle
    Drop Box

    And ... just like you ... I get 5GB of free storage on Apple's iCloud. iTunes currently has 26M songs on the iCloud and iTunes matches your music library, so if you need to restore your library BAM, it's restored. Of course, this is paid for music not pirated. In addition Any other music or photos are backed up to the Cloud in their entirety. Now if I did need more than 5GB that's when I would pay.

    It sounds like you keep mixing the price of Apple products with the cost of apps, and in your last post, cloud storage. Comment?
    Oct 3, 2012. 12:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple Stretched Or Just Stretching? [View article]
    Yes User427801, but you did not rescind your prior post, which calls out the iPhone/Apple for sending jobs overseas, you'd virtually buy no tech products at all including your flat panel TV!
    Oct 2, 2012. 11:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Disappoints, But Adds $7 Billion To Balance Sheet [View article]
    @hulligan, and why are you comparing the iPad to the 920 <phone>?
    Oct 2, 2012. 11:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla - The Next Government Financed Alternative Energy Debacle [View article]
    Interesting read hooper, you know the ice really is melting, however, the north pole especially shipping lanes are open there's no shifting. That doesn't prove or disprove and GW theories but there are some clearly visible with the eyes climate changes.

    I know a few deer hunters who will tell you there's climate change, and they are definitely conservative.
    Oct 2, 2012. 11:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Tesla And The EV Will Win Over Gas [View article]
    @ Phillip, way to go your article brought out at least 10 1-5 post SAers, eh?
    Oct 2, 2012. 11:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Tesla And The EV Will Win Over Gas [View article]
    OldRoss, you missed a few points on the taxi illustration, namely according to Metro Taxi their cars only go 70K miles per year, 200 miles a day, with 10 days off for vacation. The 85kwh Model S has a range of 265-300miles. NP

    Even taxi drivers have to sleep at least 4 hours per day, eh?!
    Oct 2, 2012. 10:57 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Microsoft (MSFT) smartphone rumor refuses to go away. Though a company exec denied the rumor in June and suggested Microsoft won't compete with Windows Phone partners such as Nokia (NOK), BGR reports a "trusted source" indicates Redmond is working on a high-end smartphone, with a launch expected in the coming months. A Chinese site recently claimed Microsoft's phone will be sold under the Surface brand, and be available in 1H13. [View news story]
    validity notwithstanding, what would the underlining purpose be? why drag both iOS and WP8 down, to shine a light on Samsung? that doesn't make sense either.

    it's like someone has a burr up their hiney about non-Android smartphone stocks.
    Oct 2, 2012. 08:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Microsoft (MSFT) smartphone rumor refuses to go away. Though a company exec denied the rumor in June and suggested Microsoft won't compete with Windows Phone partners such as Nokia (NOK), BGR reports a "trusted source" indicates Redmond is working on a high-end smartphone, with a launch expected in the coming months. A Chinese site recently claimed Microsoft's phone will be sold under the Surface brand, and be available in 1H13. [View news story]
    interesting, Nokia is Microsoft's Samsung ...
    Oct 2, 2012. 08:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One Risk To Apple's Business: The 'Cool' Factor [View article]
    right on, and keep in mind the only company wanting to build a reliable iOS/OSX ecosystem is Apple, likewise
    Android, Samsung, Google, Motorola and some EOM's
    WP, MS and Nokia(?), Dell, HP and some EOM's

    It's not in the best interest of consumers to have incompatible devices or devices that don't behave well together. If I had a Lenovo laptop, I'd most likely have a WP phone, but I don't.
    Oct 2, 2012. 04:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Tesla And The EV Will Win Over Gas [View article]
    Anton,

    I'm actually glad you compared the Tesla to a Prius. I define cost as cost of ownership not cost of "vehicle purchase" ... accessories and vehicle clearly one gets more for the dollar in a S than a Prius. Ha!

    I own a 2004 Prius with 200K miles as of 9/30. My average commute for the last 4 years has been 110 miles per day; Actual lifetime-annual average 22K. So to be safe I really need the miles of the 60Kwh battery Model S, but let's use the $357/year for 12,100 miles/year of the 40Kwh per the author of this article. So, a comparably driven Tesla S would have spent $700/year on electricity recharging.

    My average gas cost for 200K miles was $15,196.93 on gas in eight years (7.75 actually), that's $1,958.27 a year at $3.18/gal. BTW, same battery and almost same brakes had to change those at 195K, well that's what Toyota told me at least. So ignoring repairs at the end of 8 years the S would have saved a "maximum" of $9.596.

    So, it would appear that the reason to get one would indeed NOT be cost, assuming the battery needs replacing in 8 years. But wait, let's assume the battery replacement is less, but still a staggering $15,000. My Prius 5,000 mile service checks added up to $3,000 (not including tires, water pumps, and other repairs maintenance). Note: yes this is what the dealer charged, but who in their right mind would take a Tesla to EconoLube for a 17 point inspection and tire rotation???

    So the actual more prudent savings for the Model S given eight years and 200K miles is "actually" $13,000 (gas + oil + tire rotation). Hence, given a $15,000 battery replacement a Tesla with a 40Kwh battery will break even, compared to a Prius.

    But the reality is that a Prius is a bad comparison, the average ICE even at 24MPG makes cost a GOOD reason to buy a Tesla Model S.

    By one pedal driving did you mean because of the regenerative braking?
    Oct 2, 2012. 04:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Tesla And The EV Will Win Over Gas [View article]
    But you miss the point Zelaza, the question was about "spur of the moment trips."

    The answer was there is a solution. You have clarified that this solution is only free for the buyers of the Model S with the greatest capacity.

    1. Most buyers of the lower capacity battery are already personally selecting to drive less.
    2. The superchargers locations have not even been announced yet, but they will not be in the desert they'll be in heavily traveled regions for the demographic of owners.

    Also, keep in mind, the supercharger stations are not the only solutions to "public" charging. The recent cross-country trip pointed out that there is already a network of charging places called trailer and RV parks. I use to be a full-timer and these very abundant, locations in urban, rural, and suburban areas. Not "super"-charging but charging options throughout the nation. If one can get over the ... er ... stigma.
    Oct 2, 2012. 03:29 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Tesla And The EV Will Win Over Gas [View article]
    Just a little note, you wrote "The lowest average US at-the-pump price during the last 8 years was about $1.60 per gallon. At that price the average 12,100 miles only cost $880, ..."

    I have exhaustive records back to 2004 and indeed the "lowest" price for me was only $1.44, but the average for 8 years is $3.18, that would be $1,749 cost for 12,100 miles.
    Oct 2, 2012. 03:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One Risk To Apple's Business: The 'Cool' Factor [View article]
    Your logic doesn't make sense, Android has 68% of the market, Apple only %16, clearly everyone does not have an iPhone.

    By your logic it truly is the Android users who are the coolest because you see the Android phones everywhere.
    Oct 2, 2012. 02:25 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One Risk To Apple's Business: The 'Cool' Factor [View article]
    well not my tech savvy son, he pushed me to upgrade because he'd get the hand me down and still be productive with his music and social media needs.
    Oct 2, 2012. 02:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • One Risk To Apple's Business: The 'Cool' Factor [View article]
    Good point Ed. I wonder too if she's just not the demographic where a strong reliable ecosystem matters?

    What is the demographic for reliance on an ecosystem? My gut tells me consumers that go beyond social media and texting. I have a 24 year old intern who is just now getting her address book together and using iCal. Sure she had family and friends in her address book, but her sphere of contacts was really quite small prior to her internship. And the occasional study partners were either erased or she'd scroll down to the number, "Let's see when did I talk to them last, oh yeah, last class!"

    My point is she is not reliant on the Apple ecosystem, hence, freedom to an S3, but after interning she now gets why her Apple ecosystem is so stellar.
    Oct 2, 2012. 02:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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