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  • Apple (AAPL) has hired Paul Deneve, until now the CEO of French luxury fashion brand Yves St Laurent, to be a VP working on "special projects." No word on what those projects will be, but something design-related is a good bet. Deneve held a sales/marketing position for Apple Europe from 1990-1997. [View news story]
    perfect interface for Apple TV in a crowded room, talk to the watch!
    Jul 3, 2013. 02:28 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Ambitious SuperCharger Infrastructure Build Is SuperExpensive [View article]
    All I have to say is that regenerative braking is awesome! I do drive in a lot of stop and go traffic and high speed braking. I know one needs to scale my experience with the Prius to the Model S, but in a pound for pound comparison with an ICE car and better tech than Toyota, the Model S is definitely easier on the brake wear than the ICE.

    I changed my Prius brakes, front only, still on the original rear, at 195,000 miles!!!

    Check out, this is the normal experience with regenerative braking.
    Jun 27, 2013. 07:46 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL) roundup: 1) Apple TV has received a software update that adds support for HBO GO, WatchESPN, and 3 other sources. iTunes Radio will arrive this fall. 2) Apple patent chief Boris Teksler has left to join France's Technicolor. 3) Apple has won a $30M contract to supply iPads for L.A. schools; iPad education sales have been a priority for Apple. 4) After using iOS 7 for a week, BGR's Zach Epstein offers a critical take that doesn't revolve around icons. "Apple’s mobile platform just isn’t getting any smarter ... What meaningful, innovative functions can iOS 7 perform that iOS 6 could not?" Dan Frommer, another early user, isn't as harsh, but offers a similar take. "The big-picture reality is that iOS 7 really isn’t very different." [View news story]
    There's some fatigue too, those long threads are ... er ... long, and fade into a pissing match, I just don't have any more energy for such. And I'm heavily entrenched in the Apple ecosystem with no plans to change, it was informative for awhile, but when the same dribble gets posted ad nauseum, I can't see how anyone stays engaged, be they any stripe: Android, Windows, Nokia, or Bberry.
    Jun 20, 2013. 01:47 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • "Nokia (NOK) has mostly nailed the design with the Lumia 925, but Windows Phone (MSFT) is holding it back," writes The Verge's Tom Warren while rating the phone 8.1/10. Warren likes the 925's aluminum build, performance, and low-light camera shots, but Windows Phone's app issues (not just in terms of availability, but also quality relative to similar iOS/Android apps) and missing features (reliable notifications, 1080p display support, etc.) remain a problem. Engadget's Mat Smith offers a similar take. Nokia exec Vesa Jutila admitted last month missing apps remains the "biggest complaint" of Lumia users; Microsoft is trying to address the problem by paying some developers $100K+ to build WP8 apps. [View news story]
    Nokia 925 citing? This may be a nerd spoiler ... * spotted on a popular movie about a man in blue with a red cape, Lumia 925.*

    In once scene two people in a bar exchange a file *click* done. I could almost make out tiles on the screen.
    Jun 17, 2013. 01:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Does Apple iOS7 Really Matter To Investors? [View article]
    Totally, for 4 years now we have gone all Mac at work and use iWork as a work around, and the occasional time that we need to send a file to a Windows user we simply save the Page or Numbers file as a DOCX or XLSX. We don't miss Powerpoint at all.

    A 365 subscription doesn't make sense for our small business.
    Jun 17, 2013. 01:35 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: Mr. Musk's Wild Ride At Your Expense [View article]
    @ Steve, I know of one major reason the Tesla culture, "Moreover, it is also consistent with Tesla’s mantra of speed that we would, as Elon announced last week, accelerate the repayment of our loan, a full five years earlier than required under the original loan terms, making our last payment in 2017."’s-atvm-loan

    A key takeaway is that Tesla was already on a fast track to pay off the loan early, 2017, the short queeze just gave an opportunity to more than compensate the interest rate differential through raising capital. Not to mention PR.

    Anywho, the market and market analysts may point to other business reasons, but the number one business reason is Musk's STATED reason, that's the way Tesla rolls!

    The article I quoted is a good read, it dispels some misinformation on SA as well, particularly the distinctions between the Bush era ATVM program (2007) which preceded the 2008 crisis and the TARP loans, and existed a full two years prior to Obama's stimulus 2009 grants/loans. I think the reason why most confuse the issue is because Tesla was not awarded their ATVM loan until 2010. Again a Bush era loan just awarded in 2010.

    But I digress, the reality is that Tesla has a culture and history of moving fast and not in step with "conventional" reasoning.
    Jun 15, 2013. 11:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Ambitious SuperCharger Infrastructure Build Is SuperExpensive [View article]
    If anyone doubts I have empirical data, based on a 4-5 day fill ups, going back to 2004 showing a rise in gasoline costs in CA from $2.01 to $4.10 in 2012, regular!
    Jun 14, 2013. 05:08 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Valuation After A 12.7% Sales Decrease And Uncertain Internet Sales Model [View article]
    @gwashn ... *from the sidelines* ... I believe there is anecdotal evidence from posters on Tesla forums listing there VIN #'s +- a few hundred for showrooms, there's a clear picture of an increase beyond Musk's guidance
    Jun 14, 2013. 01:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Can't Afford To Concede Market Share - I Don't Think It Has To [View article]
    Theres also the Auto feature which is really cool, but I noticed Toyota is not on the list, ouch!
    Jun 10, 2013. 08:58 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Google (GOOG) "buying Waze is all defense but great defense wins championships," tweets Howard Lindzon. Quartz's Gideon Lichfield argues a deal, which would reel in 50M users and the top provider of crowdsourced maps/traffic/POI data, "would deal a death blow" to Apple (AAPL) and Facebook's (FB) efforts to develop rival maps platforms (Google Maps already has 1.3K data sources). In Facebook's case, it would also throw a wrench into efforts to be a go-to source for local content and ads. But regulators could oppose Google, given its mobile maps dominance. Sources claim Waze CEO Noam Bardin will remain following a deal, and that Waze's Israeli R&D ops will stay put for at least 3 years. [View news story]
    good question, however, TomTom vs Waze, TomTom can't match the real time traffic data.
    Jun 9, 2013. 11:32 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Q2 Preview: Huge Upside Potential For Results And Guidance [View article]
    I totally concur Julian, I can't imagine any real world example where the Tesla won't last up to 500K miles. Prius with 10 year old technology on average in the Bay Area easily surpass 200K miles. I know different tech, but old school tech.
    Jun 9, 2013. 05:39 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Q2 Preview: Huge Upside Potential For Results And Guidance [View article]
    @ madav1138,

    First off the Dania Beach Showroom is also a Service center, so most likely you're referring to Roadster's being serviced because the first round of Model S to South Beach were P85, that's the top of the line performance 85 kWh model for your information. Here's a few images to help you out,

    @tombland, nice link!
    Jun 6, 2013. 05:23 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Ambitious SuperCharger Infrastructure Build Is SuperExpensive [View article]
    @ Paul, in general I would say you are correct. The problem with SA and Tesla discussions in general is that articles passing themselves off as fact are so blatantly erroneous that it is increasingly difficult to keep a neutral tone, especially when many many of those articles discard objectivity and result to ridicule and insinuation around Tesla and or Musk's motives.

    It is human nature given such subjective misinformation masquerading as fact to vent an equal amount of ridicule and insinuation.

    Granted two wrongs don't make a right, but in this pseudo-court which is SA, quite frankly in the absence of some fort of editorial oversight, it often takes a dose of in your face banter to keep some of these authors honest!
    Jun 5, 2013. 02:48 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Ambitious SuperCharger Infrastructure Build Is SuperExpensive [View article]
    @hd, what is your reasoning? The Model S can be charged at night in 8 hours are you saying "most drivers" don't sleep more than 8 hours?
    Jun 3, 2013. 11:25 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Ambitious SuperCharger Infrastructure Build Is SuperExpensive [View article]
    I believe Tesla currently sits at 10k sold!?
    Jun 3, 2013. 10:04 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment