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  • Apple Officially Breaks Out [View article]
    An iPhone 6 with a big screen could make a big positive difference for sales in China, India and other markets heretofore a bit indifferent to the iPhone. Granted, it will be to the upmarket buyers in those countries looking for a "status" purchase but that still comes out to some big numbers.
    Apr 30, 2014. 01:18 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Loopholes allowed Apple (AAPL) to avoid $44B in U.S. taxes from 2009-2012, claims a Senate report released shortly after Apple's official statement. Though peers have also been accused of using offshore havens, the report argues Apple went further by creating a subsidiary (responsible for ~1/3 of profits from 2009-11) that used differences in U.S. and Irish law to have no residence whatsoever. Sen. Carl Levin calls this "the Holy Grail of tax avoidance." Also, while Apple claims $6B in FY12 federal tax payments, the report claims the real number is $2.4B if one backs out deferred payments on foreign cash (only paid if/when the cash is repatriated). [View news story]
    When will Levin make a grandstanding speech about the carried interest loophole used by Obama buddy Warren Buffet and every hedge fund manager to avoid paying taxes? I'm holding my breath waiting for that one.
    May 20, 2013. 08:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One Risk To Apple's Business: The 'Cool' Factor [View article]
    All of those Apple failures and yet, they are the most valuable tech company in the world. Weird, huh, debauche?
    Oct 3, 2012. 03:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One Risk To Apple's Business: The 'Cool' Factor [View article]
    Hey debauche, what's it like working at Best Buy?
    Oct 3, 2012. 03:13 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • One Risk To Apple's Business: The 'Cool' Factor [View article]
    Yes, the Zune was Microsoft's music player that took off like a North Korean rocket and wrecked Apple's iPod sales. Zune Marketplace made iTunes a non-factor in the music business. In the meantime, Microsoft's Windows CE, Windows Mobile and Windowsphone OS's have pretty much shut down Apple's iPhone sales. Apple iPad sales are practically non-existent because people are waiting to get their hands on a Microsoft Surface tablet. Microsoft scored another mega-hit with the Windows Vista desktop OS and Bing is the most popular search engine in the world.
    Oct 3, 2012. 11:33 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • One Risk To Apple's Business: The 'Cool' Factor [View article]
    Yep, you're right. S3 will probably sell more than the iPhone 5. Ha Ha.
    Oct 3, 2012. 11:12 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One Risk To Apple's Business: The 'Cool' Factor [View article]
    Lumia 920 is probably an ok phone. I would be concerned with Nokia going belly up, though. I don't buy tech products from companies whose continued existence is in question.
    Oct 3, 2012. 11:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One Risk To Apple's Business: The 'Cool' Factor [View article]
    "It's not just Best Buy employee experience, all people who are smartphone veterans will sooner or later switch to Android because it's simply more challenging and you can experience some things that you can not using iPhone. I mean who would want to use the same phone for a lifetime ?! "

    Some brilliant analysis there, but will a cheap Android phone really last for a lifetime? And who wants to be "challenged" by their phone anyway?
    Oct 3, 2012. 11:01 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • What's Happened To Apple's Quality Control? [View article]
    "And for Apple, it is all of the consumer connotations of what a premium device should look like (gorgeous); behave (fast processing); and be treated as an object worthy of respect by your peers (a difficult test, but an important one that designers must engage in)."

    SA went full retard letting drivel like this get posted on their site.
    Sep 28, 2012. 02:57 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tim Cook does a mea culpa over Apple's (AAPL) iOS 6 Maps app. "We strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible ... With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment." While reiterating Apple's commitment to the app, he suggests frustrated users try App Store and Web alternatives. A Google Maps (GOOG) app for the App Store appears to be months away. (more[View news story]
    I think it is a testament to Apple that people expect Apple products to have such an aura of perfection that they can use words like "disaster" and "catastrophe" to describe the overblown flap over changing the maps application on iOS6. Put in the perspective of actual major fails like Microsoft Zune, Microsoft Vista, the cratering of RIM and Nokia, Google+, etc., I'd say that Apple Maps displaying distorted pictures of bridges is pretty minor.
    Sep 28, 2012. 10:10 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google Punkslaps Apple - Cook Makes Strategic Error [View article]
    More than likely, Apple made the decision to remove Google's apps on it's own accord and timeframe in light of upcoming patent litigation with GOOG which may get pretty nasty and then have Google yank these apps from IOS with no advance warning. This strategy probably arose in the Jobs era although Cook would certainly have had the option to counteract it if he so chose.
    Sep 21, 2012. 02:52 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Important iPhone 5 Release Details We're Ignoring [View article]
    I agree. I'm ordering a 4s to replace my 3-year-old 3gs. I can keep using my current chargers and other stuff. The bigger size of the 5 is not a must-have for me at this point.

    Long AAPL at $35.
    Sep 15, 2012. 09:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Things Left Unsaid At The Apple Announcement: More Significant Than What Was Revealed [View article]
    Yeah, you're right...They probably won't sell any of the new iPhones...
    Sep 13, 2012. 03:48 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple To $1,000? 1 Main Catalyst [View article]
    Just like the Zune killed the iPod and Windows Phone completely halted all iPhone sales, right?
    Aug 27, 2012. 07:45 PM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tim Cook's Apple Mistakes Piling Up [View article]
    Tim Cook's long history of "mistakes" would be considered home runs at just about any other tech company. This article is just another version of the "Steve Jobs was Apple and Apple was Steve Jobs" meme. I think I will stay long AAPL until they put out an iPod that flops, say like a Zune, or an iPhone that doesn't sell too well, maybe like any Windows Phone, or a universally-hated OS update, i.e. Vista or make a product with zero margin like Amazon Kindle Fire...
    Aug 23, 2012. 02:15 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment