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  • How The Price Of Oil And Gasoline Could Crash [View article]
    "Regardless, Keystone will lower input costs for Gulf Coast refineries"

    Keystone will raise prices to Mid-west refineries, and raise net backs for oil sands producers. A flood of WCS may have the effect of increasing the Maya/LLS spread, but there are other markets for the heavy oil to go to, so that would probably be negligible. 
    Jun 20 11:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How The Price Of Oil And Gasoline Could Crash [View article]
    Keystone will push out Maya priced crude, not Brent. Brent is being pushed out by onshore US light oil.
    Jun 20 10:31 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The End Of OPEC [View article]
    I think demand destruction also plays a part in keeping oil prices going much over $110.
    Jun 18 02:32 PM | Likes 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]
    Lots of people have niche apps. It just takes one. I'm itching to go to the Nokia WP8, but won't until apps i use almost daily are avail.

    BTW, car2go is not a niche in Seattle, Austin, Boston, etc.
    Jun 17 01:00 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]
    Agree on the 1080P thing on a small screen. 720P is good up to 30" TV, so a 4-5" screen should be just fine.
    Jun 16 10:04 PM | 3 Likes 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]
    kmi, apps missing for me are car2go and localphone, which are big for me... at least WP8 is finally tmobs wifi calling compatible.

    Yes, there are workarounds, but most people aren't willing to do that.
    Jun 16 09:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's Growing Threat To Apple And Samsung [View article]
    The Lumia 521 is very important to market share, as it will be the preferred Lumia in the prepaid market, which grew from 21% of all smartphones Q1 2012 to 32% of all smartphones Q1 2013.

    US phone plans are transforming from subsidized post paid to what most of the rest of the world is on. By Q1 2014 the 520 series will be the largest volume WP8 phone Nokia has.
    Jun 16 01:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • This week, Exxon Mobil (XOM) CEO Rex Tillerson made a public plea, arguing that government delays of natural gas export permits is hurting the U.S.: "It’s a competitive marketplace. It’s not like people are just going to stand at our door like panting dogs just waiting for us to give [LNG] to them." He says he left a meeting with the new energy secretary with no idea when XOM’s $10B Golden Pass LNG project might be approved. [View news story]
    "Yes, shale. A very harsh polluter"

    Compared to what? Shale is generally no more polluting than any other method of extraction, and every claim of ground water pollution has been proven false.
    Jun 15 05:50 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia Finds Itself A Real Contender Once Again [View article]
    Checked with the seller, their response:

    Hello,
    This phone requires a T-Mobile Monthly 4G Plan starting at $50 a month. This phone has WiFi connectivity, though we cannot find or confirm whether it has wifi calling. If you have any questions, please let us know.
    Thank you

    - shopcelldeals
    Jun 13 01:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia Finds Itself A Real Contender Once Again [View article]
    Need a plan with it, not unlocked, etc. Find one for sale outright and get back to me...
    Jun 13 10:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia Finds Itself A Real Contender Once Again [View article]
    The Lumia 521 is very important to market share, as it will be the preferred Lumia in the prepaid market, which grew from 21% of all smartphones Q1 2012 to 32% of all smartphones Q1 2013.

    http://bit.ly/19rTtV3

    US phone plans are transforming from subsidized post paid to what most of the rest of the world is on. By Q1 2014 the 520 series will be the largest volume WP8 phone Nokia has.
    Jun 12 06:37 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia Finds Itself A Real Contender Once Again [View article]
    Nokia and MSFT are better off separate. MSFT provides the OS and Nokia can concentrate resources on what they do best, making quality hardware.
    Jun 12 06:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Maxim joins JPMorgan and Susquehanna in reporting of Galaxy S4 weakness: analyst Ashok Kumar says Samsung (SSNLF.PK) is cutting shipments due to weak sales and rising channel inventory, and that checks indicate consumers are opting for the cheaper Galaxy S III. He thinks touch controller supplier Synaptics (SYNA -2.7%) could be affected; others possibly at risk include ATML, RFMD, BRCM, PANL, TQNT, ANAD, and SWKS. As far as suppliers go, much still depends on how much demand is simply shifting to mid-range phones, or to rival high-end devices such as HTC's One, Sony's Xperia Z, LG's Optimus G, and Lenovo's K900. [View news story]
    It's more likely the shift is to very serviceable mid-lower range smartphones off contract. Y/Y pre-paid smartphone sales up over 50% to almost 1/3rd of all sales.
    Jun 12 12:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's Growing Threat To Apple And Samsung [View article]
    Knowitall,

    This is really a WP8 story, as MSFT funded their development. They didn't have the capital to do it themselves.

    That being said, the Lumia series has features that no one else has (best camera, fully functioning GPS that doesn't use a data stream) that allow people to save money w/o sacrificing features.

    This partnership allows Nokia to concentrate resources on the hardware and leave the software to someone else. As long as they keep on the cutting edge of the hardware, it could be a long run for them.
    Jun 9 10:21 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's Growing Threat To Apple And Samsung [View article]
    As noted in comments above, the Lumia series replaces 2 items, the PHD camera and a GPS.

    For travelers, this is huge. Using a GPS that requires data can get really pricey while roaming, up to $15 per m/b. When you have your roaming enabled, other apps will also use the data connection, such as email, messaging, social media. Not uncommon to see $200-500 roaming bills.
    Jun 9 01:26 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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