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  • Update: Apple Xiaomi Problems Grow [View article]
    Last year China played the same game. China Mobile didn't accept sales until sometime in January. Methinks, there is more behind your negativity than you are revealing, but I don't make wild speculations on no facts. I, also, won't 'sell some of my Apple shares' now when I see a "bump in holiday sales" coming.
    Sep 17, 2014. 06:56 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Doing The Math Again On Apple Pay [View article]
    Why don't the critics of Apple see your point. Apple pay further promotes purchases from Apple store, eventually Apple phone and watch applications for TV, auto, games, and home utilities. Whatever the minds of applications inventors can imagine. Apple is producing a family of interwoven devices and functions that will work seamlessly together. Apple won't have to sell their products, people will just desire them. I will be upgrading my phone next month, and am prepared to buy a watch if the applications there are something I can use to make my life even better.
    Sep 17, 2014. 06:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple And Conspicuous Consumption: So What? [View article]
    Michael Blair made a bad stock market bet. Rather than accept the mistake, he invents all sorts of rationalizations, like calling Apple products "Veblen goods". Weak egos worry excessively how people use props to boost their self esteem, i.e. they even might write numerous articles about it. Almost everyone who has used an inferior phone then upgraded to an Apple phone soon realize the difference is hardly just an ego boost. Hopefully, the Apple watch (a piece of fine hardware) will have applications, useful enough, and numerous enough, that Mr. Blair will find his desire to buy one for it's practical value far exceeds it's 'Veblen good'. I will buy one if it will give me directions to the golf course, pay for my fees and golf balls, monitor my health as I exercise, and notify me of someone trying to contact me, without my ever removing my Apple phone from my pocket or golf bag. If it makes me feel better about myself, that's 'Veblen good'!
    Sep 16, 2014. 05:53 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Demand Explained By Thorstein Veblen [View article]
    Mr. Blair, have you ever seriously thought about comedy as a profession?
    Sep 15, 2014. 03:21 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • China Falls Off iPhone 6 Launch Map [View article]
    I wonder how articles that profess to know nothing, speculate on that which they know nothing, coming to conclusions that are pure speculation. One wonders on how an article like this gets published?
    Sep 15, 2014. 03:16 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tech.pinions Podcast: Apple iPhone 6, Apple Watch And Apple Pay (Podcast) [View article]
    It was mentioned briefly, the Apple Watch is just a computer on the wrist. The Apps that will be invented to utilize this computer, and thus give it functionality, will drive it to be a 'must have' device. Digging for my house key when my arms are loaded with groceries come to mind. I just tell Suri to unlock the door. I think the number of devices controlled by your voice, via the watch, will be exponential. Suri, via the Watch, will now become the assistant that most people don't utilize fully with their IPhone, because the IPhone is just not as immediately available as is your wrist. In an emergency, your wrist has immediate proximity, your phone may not! Example: if you are being assaulted, try reaching for your phone.
    Sep 15, 2014. 03:18 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Pay - Nice But Not A Big Deal [View article]
    Again the author fails to recognize what Apple is about. Apple gets into payments and will succeed as others have failed. The few billions that they add to revenue cost Apple little and boost their overall margins. If you don't have a NFC phone you will be motivated to upgrade. Once you find how great payments work, you will want an Awatch to make payments or answer the phone. Less chance of dropping or even losing the phone when the mind is occupied on purchases or driving a vehicle. Payments will promote the sale of of Apple's other products, as one realizes the future interconnections that will make life more efficient and interesting. Just the electronic leash (find my Iphone or buzzing) will be a great help to many.Come on Michael, your watch can't do that!
    Sep 14, 2014. 05:12 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Reports Q3 EPS - Reiterating Buy Here [View article]
    To the IWatch skeptics:
    Can you get the weather report from your wristwatch?
    Can you get alerts from your WW?
    Can you get notes and appointment times?
    Can you answer your phone without searching for it and taking eyes from road?
    Does your WW monitor your health?
    Does your WW help you with workouts?
    Can you instruct your WW to call someone?
    Can you instruct your WW to help you find an address you are driving toward?
    Can your WW find you the closest gas station or recharging station?
    I won't go on , but if a skeptic doesn't 'get it', I say , "just wait", you will want one sooner than you think. Just say a word and it will open doors when your hands are full, change your thermostat without getting out of bed, etc. etc. etc. It will even find your lost child, dog or car. Just use your imagination!
    Jul 22, 2014. 08:59 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Q3 Risks Are To The Downside [View article]
    "Competition in both smartphones and tablets has not abated with industry leader Samsung reporting a soft June quarter and citing both softer growth and competition as the underlying reasons. It is hard to see how Apple could be immune to the same forces".

    The author again fails to acknowledge that Apple competes with Samsung in only the higher end phones, and Samsung"s new high end phones failed to impress anyone. Samsung's competition in lower end phones killed their sales. Using statistics based on phones in general, rather than the actual competition, has been the reason for the author's recent missed predictions.
    Jul 19, 2014. 05:30 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Drives Vision Of Seamless Multi-Device Computing [View article]
    Allowing multiple device service would open Apple to the responsibility for the poor operation of every device out there. Apple critics, paid, and just haters, would have a field day with abundant ammunition to criticize Apple for the failures of others. Whatever future success Apple has with device connectivity, the author supplies the beginnings of criticism and whining at Apple's exclusivity, and disdain for inclusiveness.
    Jun 26, 2014. 03:19 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • With Google Fit, Google Declares War With Apple In Mobile Healthcare [View article]
    Google purchasing a 'not very good product' like Nest (I have one) is not a good recommendation for future success.
    Fitness Apps will certainly be attractive for some , but the real opportunity will be in the health monitoring arena. If Apps can be developed to monitor, accurately, blood pressure, blood glucose, body temperature, pulse rate, and other signs of body dysfunction and send these to a personal physician, the IWatch will certainly be worthy of it's name. Most health problems if recognized early, people tend to procrastinate, have a much better prognosis for resolution.
    Jun 19, 2014. 08:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Let's Not Get Ahead Of Ourselves [View article]
    One wonders why everyone and their uncles, and cousins too, are writing prognostic articles on the future fate of apple. A year ago the scribes were 90% negative, and today they are an equally positive bunch. What is it that fascinates humans about prognostication? Does the world of literary fortune telling pay that good? I've seen many charts , but the one I'd be really interested in would be a list of bad guessers. Seemingly, no one is ever sued, fired, or publicly chastised for making bad guesses and losing peoples money. I've read that these gurus are like 49 percent accurate. Someone said a chimpanzee throwing darts would be competitive. Why then am I getting 5-10 of these dart thrower's articles in my email every day. Must be lucrative? What am I missing?
    Jun 10, 2014. 02:14 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cytokinetics: A Preview Of Key Upcoming Clinical Trial Results [View article]
    Reverse stock splits allow many funds, which are bylaw restricted from buying a stock, at $2.00, now able to purchase the stock at $10.00. Increased institutional ownership provides more stability.
    Aug 15, 2013. 06:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL) releases Tim Cook's official statement (.pdf) to the Senate ahead of his Tuesday appearance at a hearing on corporate tax payments. Among other things, Apple claims it paid ~$6B in federal taxes in FY12 and a 30.5% effective federal tax rate, and that its foreign units don't engage in the practices the hearing focuses on (the shifting of IP to offshore havens, revolving loans from subsidiaries, etc). The company proposes a tax system that's "revenue neutral, eliminates all tax expenditures, lowers tax rates and implements a reasonable tax on foreign earnings." (previous[View news story]
    Because of Union restrictions and governmental taxes and regulations Apple and other corporations have 'fled' overseas to produce products, if produced in the USA would be so costly they wouldn't sell. Samsung uses cheap Asian labor and products to compete in the USA against Apple after copying their products. What taxes does Samsung pay? Meanwhile 60 thousand USA troops have protected South Korea for over 55 years. You folks are buying Samsung products while complaining about Apple?! Somebody here is not a patriotic American.
    May 20, 2013. 09:52 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment