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  • Why The Microsoft Surface Tablets Should Beat The iPad [View article]
    could you elaborate on this?
    Nov 8 04:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A German site has leaked pricing for the Windows 8 Pro versions of Microsoft Surface (MSFT). The 64GB Surface Pro will reportedly have a local cost of €809 ($1,027) after including VAT, and the 128GB a cost of €909 ($1,160). At those prices (well above Surface RT's), Surface Pro, which uses an Intel Core i5 CPU, is likely to be a niche product. Especially since many OEMs are releasing cheaper and thinner (albeit less powerful) Windows 8 Pro devices based on Intel's Clover Trail Atom CPU. [View news story]
    $1000 for basically a smaller, lighter labtop, that has backwards compatibility to legacy windows applications, exchange server, active directory domains, full skydrive integration across all apps, xbox integration, etc. Sign me up. The enterprise is going to snap these things up!

    Since buying my wife a Surface RT and using it whenever I can get it out of her hands a few things have struck me. The first is that the form factor is excellent. My labtop now seems enormous. Yet I still am using it for spread-sheeting, accessing my access databasing and any real intensive word processing. However, if I could do all that with something a little bit larger then the Surface RT, I'd be in heaven.

    The second thing that has really struck me about the whole Windows 8 transition is that the huge upgrades to the desktop environment have been completely overlooked. Nobody is talking about the addition of the ribbon like interface to windows explorer, the handy "easy access" menu, context sensitive menus, the possibilities opened up with the "Send to device" features, smart glass etc. Everyone wants to talk about the Metro/modern/tile UI but then act like there has been no change from windows 7 underneath. This is far from the truth. Windows 8 is far superior then windows 7. AND it has a fullscreen start menu that is open by default, but this shouldn't really be the main focus like it has.

    The surface pro will bring a different user class to the Surface experience, one that will be able to fully appreciate what windows 8 has to offer. I for one can't wait to get one.
    Nov 7 07:33 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel, Google, And Amazon Win All The Mobile Marbles [View article]
    the surface pro will finish the conversion. I am typing this on a surface RT which is a very good device, but the pro will be a true game changer.
    Nov 6 08:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook (FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg last week sold 353K Facebook shares, netting her $7.44M, while General Counsel Theodore Ullyot and Chief Accounting Officer David Spillane also offloaded millions of dollars worth of stock. The sales were the first by senior management since Facebook's IPO in May, and came after the latest lock-up expiry[View news story]
    the jump before lockup expiration is highly suspect imo.

    The COO's sale for example would have been roughly 6.9mil before the gap.

    Just saying
    Nov 4 06:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel, Google, And Amazon Win All The Mobile Marbles [View article]
    windows RT doesn't run PC apps because it can't. ARM chips are not hyperthreading, they are not powerful enough. Will there be scaled back versions of these services for RT? Probably. Will they be enough for corporate America's needs? Doubtful, especially considering they would need to redo their whole infrastructure to make it work.

    ARM makes toys, Intel makes tools. this is not about to change any time soon. The problem is that we focus so much on the toys, its part of our consumer culture. But in the back ground services that power these toys are being run on Intel framework. The bullish case for Intel is that it is going to be easier for Intel to make less powerful chips for toys then it is for ARM licensees to make more powerful chips for tools.
    Nov 4 01:19 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel, Google, And Amazon Win All The Mobile Marbles [View article]
    Small correction, with huge effects. Win rt does not run your pc apps. You will need windows 8 pro on an Intel surface pro to support active directory, exchange server, not to mention the millions of office licenses out there. I own a surface rt, I bought it for my wife and it is great, but it will be the pro that is going to be the real game changer and it has Intel inside. Further, the chips in intel's pipeline are going to eradicate all the power saving advantages that arm chips currently have.

    People talk about mobile as if the lines have been drawn but the reality is everything we have seen is nothing but the prologue. The release of windows 8 on Intel run tablets specifically the surface pro will be the opening act.
    Nov 3 01:40 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Reportedly Testing Its Own Smartphone [View article]
    I just want a phone with tight office, skydrive, and xbox integration, I don't care who makes it. I have been eagerly awaiting the Lumia 920, but I think after using the Surface that I might feel more comfortable with a MS made phone. Nokia is a company at risk and who knows what could happen if the Lumias don't sell well. With a MS windows phone you would be reasonably assured that the company that supports you phone will be around or still supporting the OS in the future.

    Either way, I am highly anticipating getting a windows phone for work, just the idea of having a device with outlook and onenote on it in my pocket makes me drool.
    Nov 2 08:33 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Investors' Greatest Weakness [View article]
    I see what you did there.
    Nov 2 08:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Windows 8: No Effect On Tablet Market [View article]
    I can't believe this site doesn't have a reporting function. This guy re-publishes this article every other week

    Oct 31 07:39 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: Dialing Up Team Alpha's Dividends [View article]
    is nobody concerned with the current valuation?

    Also, are any readers Canadian and able to explain what significance MLP's or these offshoots have to Canadian income tax?
    Oct 28 04:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The success of Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 8 touch operating system depends as much as anything on components that cost under $10: hinges. Laptops and tablets with folding, sliding or detachable keyboards need to be able to survive much twisting, turning and poking. Toshiba has six engineers working just on hinges, H-P (HPQ) spent three months perfecting a new laptop with a detachable screen, and Lenovo built a machine that opened and closed computers a mere 25,000 times. [View news story]
    The Microsoft kiosk store was packed, the workers explained the differences between Rt and win 8 very well and I am typing this on my surface right now. It is an amazing device, windows 8 and Rt will do very well. Take your FUD elsewhere
    Oct 28 02:36 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Analysts who were worried about mobile's impact on Facebook's (FB +20.9%) ad sales are now touting its potential. Stifel, upgrading shares to Buy, believes Facebook's mobile revenue will go from $153M in Q3 to $247M in Q4, and total $1.6B in 2013. Citi (previous), also upgrading, notes mobile is lifting Facebook's ad prices, making it the opposite of Google in this respect. Give Wedge Partners and JPMorgan some credit for being ahead of the curve here. (more on FB) (transcript[View news story]
    hence the current hype of the company. How else can those insiders get a good price on their stocksa?
    Oct 24 08:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • More on Microsoft: 1) The WSJ notes Microsoft is making unprecedented retail efforts to promote Windows 8, even dictating retailer demo PCs show e-mails and photos belonging to a fictional "Allison Brown" (she's Franziska Fiegler in Germany). 2) CNET provides an in-depth profile of secretive Windows chief Steven Sinofsky: he receives high marks for his intelligence and passion, but his hierarchial management tactics are said to have alienated workers and hurt innovation. (marketing plans[View news story]
    "metro" is really nothing more then the start menu, but full screen. I am not sure why people are having trouble with this. Just think of it as the start button without having to push the button.
    Oct 22 09:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Retirement Reality: Save More, Spend Less And Invest In Dividend Stocks [View article]
    Good job! I quit smoking about 8 years ago. Unfortuneatly I wasn't investing at the time but I did keep track of my savings for a few years. i quit counting at 15k, and that was AT LEAST 5 years ago.
    Oct 21 12:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft (MSFT): FQ1 EPS of $0.53 misses by $0.03. Revenue of $16.01B (-8% Y/Y) misses by $410M. FY13 operating expense guidance of $30.3B-$30.9B re-affirmed. Shares -1% AH. (PR[View news story]
    this is it in a nutshell, those who will switch, have already done so. Those who are still onboard will stay that way, and this includes the majority of business as well as personal home computer usage. They will gain market share in mobile with windows phone 8 and surface.

    Those who have an ax to grind have been predicting the end of MS dominance since it began with windows 3.1. Every update cycle signalled the end of the world for MS,y et they are still here.
    Oct 18 08:11 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment