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  • My Pair Trade, Long Apple/Short BlackBerry, Is Up 100%, Has The Worm Turned? [View article]
    @corey,

    "Notice how the shorts tend to stay away from such solid, compelling work."

    Haha. Yeah, that's it.
    Jun 17 04:56 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • My Pair Trade, Long Apple/Short BlackBerry, Is Up 100%, Has The Worm Turned? [View article]
    @gstan

    "I know BlackBerry is great, because I rely on it every day."

    Well, hard to argue with rock-solid reasoning like that.
    Jun 17 04:41 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Pair Trade, Long Apple/Short BlackBerry, Is Up 100%, Has The Worm Turned? [View article]
    @farmer

    You are correct. PlayBook ran BlackBerry Tablet OS, based on QNX Neutrino, yet another failed BlackBerry OS.

    You win .. I guess ;-)
    Jun 9 10:51 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Pair Trade, Long Apple/Short BlackBerry, Is Up 100%, Has The Worm Turned? [View article]
    @Crispin,

    "Something not noticed because they are quiet is that the Kindle Fire is a PlayBook and sells well,"

    See, proof positive that it's BB10 that's holding back BlackBerry.
    (Kindle Fire is Android.)
    Jun 9 05:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Just Killed Itself, Apple Wins Again [View article]
    But 'cloud' is more than server storage, it's the services the cloud offers.
    I doubt Google, Facebook and Amazon will be offering Office 365 anytime soon.
    Mar 27 07:28 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Just Killed Itself, Apple Wins Again [View article]
    DanoX,

    Can can use Office 365 for up to 30 days offline http://tek.io/1jytyNh
    Mar 24 08:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Just Killed Itself, Apple Wins Again [View article]
    cytrax,

    the fact that you have only bought music once is indicative of nothing, neither is the fact that you have an xbox music subscription.

    In 2013 Apple announced that they had sold 25 billion songs via iTunes. http://bit.ly/ZnAn8q
    Mar 24 08:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Just Killed Itself, Apple Wins Again [View article]
    Today Microsoft Office runs on most Windows powered desktops around the world.
    Tomorrow Microsoft Office will be running on Apple's iPad, and the day after that Microsoft Office will likely be ported to Android tablets.

    Microsoft is a software company and it's a huge win to be selling software on all these platforms; add to that the fact that it's subscription software and you have the makings of a huge new business for Microsoft.

    Great news!

    long $MSFT
    Mar 23 07:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Just Killed Itself, Apple Wins Again [View article]
    I think Apple and Microsoft are working together to put the collective boot up Google's A$$
    Mar 21 08:24 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Just Killed Itself, Apple Wins Again [View article]
    But shaned, that buicks not looking so bad when all that's on the road are AMC Pacers http://bit.ly/1mlFG8V
    Mar 21 08:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Just Killed Itself, Apple Wins Again [View article]
    cytrax,

    I think you are being a bit harsh.

    An argument can be made that Office was a motivating factor behind massive Windows sales, and those devices powered by Windows (including Surface.)

    Now that Office is on Apple, there is less reason to buy Windows or a Windows powered device.
    Mar 21 07:21 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Actually, Apple Should Buy Nintendo [View article]
    I think it's a great idea for Apple to buy Nintendo.
    Merge the Apple TV with Nintendo's gaming console and you'd really have something.
    Mar 8 08:58 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Samsung And PayPal Declare War On Apple [View article]
    Mike,

    Excellent comments.
    I think the most likely scenario is the last one you outline, but let me re-frame it a bit.

    Many of us buy stuff online while having iPhone in our pocket or plugged in via USB. Apple could supply a widget web to designers that does all the heavy lifting of communicating with the iPhone to conduct the transaction.

    Lets look at a simple and I believe compelling use case:
    I'm shopping on Amazon and I decide to buy some vitamins.
    I click 'one-click' and my preferred payment method is Apple.
    The Amazon webpage evokes the widget supplied by Apple, and the Widget
    contacts my iPhone either by Bluetooth or USB for authentication.

    I am then asked to touch the fingerprint sensor on my phone to confirm (and authenticate) the purchase.

    It's simple, compelling, and beautiful.
    Mar 3 07:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Samsung And PayPal Declare War On Apple [View article]
    Duago,

    Collecting the fingerprint is only 1/3 the issue, another 1/3 is storing it in a very secure way.

    Apple uses a portion of the A7 hardware called Secure Enclave to store the encrypted fingerprint hash. The actual Fingerprint is never stored.
    The key used to encrypt the fingerprint hash is only available to the Secure Enclave, and this is enforced by walling-off the Secure Enclave from the rest of the A7 chip (not to mention the OS and all apps.) http://bit.ly/18GCZJ4

    So the security surrounding the stored fingerprint hash is fairly extreme.
    Is Apple the only one that can do this? No; but they have done it and there have been no reports of anyone getting access to this Secure Enclave and the encrypted hashes stored within.

    The final 1/3 of the equation (eluded to above) is being able to reduce the fingerprint to a mathematical representation that preserves as much uniqueness of the original fingerprint as possible and does it very efficiently and orientation neutral way.
    Mar 3 07:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Samsung And PayPal Declare War On Apple [View article]
    CandleFlight,

    Incorrect.
    Apple's TouchID does not store a fingerprint, but rather a mathematical representation (one-way hash) of your fingerprint. The chance that two people have a fingerprint that resolves to the same mathematical representation is 1 in 50,000 as opposed to the 1 in 10,000 chance for guessing a 4 digit PIN.

    Apple then takes this mathematical representation and stores it in hardware located within the A7 chip know as the Secure Enclave. http://bit.ly/18GCZJ4
    Mar 2 08:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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