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  • John Chen's First Mistake [View article]
    I think BBRY should really consider the windows phone market. In the developing countries, the low cost windows phones are doing pretty well in terms of sales. Windows phone is slowly growing in the North America as well.

    While it is not at the market share of Android and iOS, it is a growing OS. Windows Phone 8 achieved the 100K app milestone much quicker than Android did. I believe WP8 also achieved it faster than iOS as well.

    Now does this mean that BBRY should prioritize the port of BBM to WP8? I don't think it should be #1 on their priority list. However, that does not mean that WP8 is not a market that they should just ignore. The activities of what Microsoft does with WP8 should play a big factor in support of BBM on WP8.
    Jan 23 01:51 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Screwed Up Big Time [View article]
    A couple things that should be brought up.

    The total quantity of tablets and smartphones sold is increasing year to year. While there is a drop in percentage of the market owned by Apple, the overall sales are increasing.

    I believe that one of the key things that Apple has is the ecosystem. Android devices (high end, iphone competitors) have generally always been better in terms of hardware. However, developers flock to iOS due to the ease of development. As a result, this builds a very solid ecosystem. The lack of magnitude in the amount of devices actually helps maintain the iOS ecosystem.

    The lack of a "low-end" product placement, serves to maintain the "quality" of the product. There are several low-end android devices that freeze, lock up, etc. To the un-informed, this could cause them to see Android as a poor quality product and deter them from another Android device. With Apple, there are only a couple of devices possible. These are generally always designed as "high-end" devices. If the consumer wants a lower cost device, they purchase the last year model as the "low-end" device.

    Third party accessories are much easier to create when a company can make a case for the newest iPhone and not worry about having to worry about which phone manufacturer's Android phone is going to be the most popular. Due to the lack of device options, it is easy to make accessories that will work for all the devices.
    Jan 20 09:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Top 10 Technology Trends And Developments To Watch In 2014 [View article]
    While the physical keyboard is a good selling point, Windows Phone has taken off VERY well in India. The keyboard is probably not going to be around for much longer. Blackberry is even slowly moving away from a physical keyboard.

    The key thing is again... while the other countries you mentioned have different messaging rates and so forth, the users are still buying into an ecosystem. They may weigh the balance of the cost of the device and how established each ecosystem is. They may use their phones LESS... but not differently. They text. We text. They call people. We call people. They may not send AS MANY texts, but they still send texts. They may not send as many videos, but they still do. If they did not... then they would have bought either a "feature phone" or a traditional flip/slider cell phone (which some do in the countries you mentioned).

    Now it is possible to go back and forth about who does what without any data. While these are all opinions and speculations in terms of what each of us think... there is no arguing about hard facts. As this is a site for investing... The section below showcases why I would not invest in Blackberry given just the data available.


    The global market share that is Blackberry is declining.

    There are tons of reasons. Tons of opinions about what Blackberry should have done. Regardless of all this... the data shows a decline in Blackberry marketshare. If you look back into other reports and such that date farther back, you will find that Blackberry has been declining regardless of what products they launch (again... data. Not opinions).
    Dec 30 09:37 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Top 10 Technology Trends And Developments To Watch In 2014 [View article]
    I think Blackberry will be an interesting company to watch. While they did bring in a new CEO and they are going to get lower cost devices made, the issue at hand with Blackberry is still the weakness in the ecosystem.

    With Android and iOS, the ecosystem is established. The App Store for both Android and iOS are developed and contain an abundant amount of apps. There are utility tools, the various social media apps (Snapchat, Vine, etc.), games, etc.

    One of the reasons that the ecosystem is so important is that it is due to the the people under 30 years of age. This age group (middle school, high school, and college students) are the ones that creates a HUGE stir in what is considered a "popular" must-have app. Snapchat on my own campus absolutely blew up. It went from barely anyone having it to pretty much everyone on my contacts list having it within a week.

    This is one of the reasons why Windows Phone 8 has overtaken Blackberry in terms of market share. Microsoft pushed extremely hard to get developers to develop apps for WP8. They pushed extremely hard to get the popular apps like Vine and so forth. Upon seeing that the same apps are available on another operating system, a person is more likely to switch.

    With that established, let's discuss the impact that cheaper Blackberry devices will have. Before we can really take a look into everything, it is necessary to understand the different ways to obtain a NEW phone (excluding winning a contest and things of that nature).

    Purchase a subsizided phone from the Carrier (2 year upgrade plan) - Mainly in North America
    Purchase the phone outright - More oversea than North America.
    Cheaper devices will definitely help drive people to potentially switch over. For instance, if I am in the market for a new phone and the Blackberry has all the apps that I use on my iPhone (it doesn't but we're using a hypothetical scenario), then I may consider the blackberry if it was significantly cheaper.

    If the Blackberry did not have all the apps that I use, there would be little chance of me ever switching over. Now this case might be different outside North America where the majority of people use the 2-year upgrade plans to get subsidized phones from the carriers. As a result the lack of apps may at some point be something that can be tolerated if the price difference between a device and Blackberry (not the subsidized price) was significant enough.

    However, even in the case of the difference of the un-subsidized prices being significant, Android has a pretty good grasp on the lower price devices along with the Nokia Lumia 521. For instance, the Motorola Moto G is $179 off contract and has the latest Android OS. The Nokia Lumia 521 is under $100 off contract. For Blackberry to compete against this, they not only need to market a cheap device but they also need to have the ecosystem to compete against Android and even WP8.

    Developers of apps are generally in the business of making money. They chose a specific platform due to the user base. Given that, why develop for Blackberry when there are three other choices that have a much higher user base? They attempted to achieve this through the ability to run Android applications on Blackberry OS, however, due to it not having the Google Play store integrated, it just simply is not as appealing.

    Blackberry will really need to do some work to get more applications and establish a ecosystem if they want to become competitive against the other three.
    Dec 24 09:56 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wal-Mart Vs. Target: Where The Real Difference Lies [View article]
    While you are right that Walmart has made life affordable to all income ranges, I believe that the what the author attempted to do was to put things in a very passive manner in attempts to not upset a lot of people.

    The reason that I prefer Target over Walmart is that from my OWN personal experiences (note that I said my own personal experiences), the people that are at the Target stores are more society-minded. What I mean by this is that they (for the most part) do not simply throw shopping carts around and let them bash other people's cars.

    I have rarely seen anyone with their pant waist band at their knees in a Target.

    Children that are with their families in Target are generally more well behaved. I do not see children trying to play a 5 man pick up game or sword fighting in the middle of the Target aisles.

    The key point that I got from the author is NOT the income difference between people causes him to prefer a specific store. The key point that I understood from his article is that there is a difference in the way SOME (note that it does not say ALL) people behave in the stores and the frequency that it occurs at.

    However, this could all be due to location as well. For instance, in Houston, TX; the Walmart there is a super Walmart that also provides groceries. The amount of "Scruffies" is as noticeable as say the Walmart in Cleveland, OH.

    Target from what I noticed also seems to be more organized. There's not as many misplaced items and what not.

    I understand that Walmart provides people with cost efficient goods. I get it. It's not like I have never shopped there. Regardless a business's goal is to make money. Whether that is Target or Walmart. And honestly... with some items... there really is not that big a difference in price and when there is a difference, the difference is by cents.
    Dec 24 08:49 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft's Google Bash Backfires [View article]
    I don't think I would get either of the two. Here is my own reasoning.

    Microsoft is in the process of unifying their Windows 8 Phone OS with Windows RT. The whole point of this is to compete with iOS and with Android. The benefits to Windows RT in my mind would be the same benefits that Windows Phone 8 has against iOS and Android.

    In terms of the Chromebook, for me, there is no benefit that I would get out of it that I couldn't get with a Nexus 7 tablet.

    In the end, I will get neither simply due to the ecosystem. Android and iOS have a mature ecosystem. Apps are constantly being updated and people in a general sense know what the App Store and what Google Play is. At least in the U.S., Windows Phone has a very low market share (it is slowly improving).
    Dec 16 07:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Black Swan On The Horizon? [View article]
    I think you may have missed the point I was trying to make. While the majority is for monetary purposes/jewlery/denti... the metal gold itself is still a precious metal hence rare.

    If gold were to be as widely available as say salt (in someone else's example) then it would not be considered a precious metal and thus not rare. This would cause a drop in value of gold itself.

    It is the properties of Gold along with the relative scarcity that attributes to the fact that it is valuable. If someone were to develop a way (financially feasible method) of changing a common element into gold, then you'll see the value of gold drop significantly due to the much higher availability.
    Dec 6 06:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel - Analysts Are Confused [View article]
    I agree. While mobile devices using the ARM architecture is slowly taking over... there are still many things that depend heavily upon a PC or Mac. First thing that comes to mind is heavy developmental work and media work.

    People who are going to be doing extensive video editing and such are still going to be purchasing a computer. While day to day activities such as checking emails and surfing the web has definitely been impacted with smartphones and tablets, when it comes to tasks that require extensive power and software, computers are still the go to product.

    In this scenario, Intel is dominating the market for the x86 processors. They are slowly making the jump into ARM but they are beginning to make that jump nonetheless.

    From this and this alone... I think Intel is not a terrible purchase. Students in universities for the most part have not ditched the traditional laptop/desktop setup yet. I think once you start seeing tablets completely replacing the traditional laptop/desktop, then it may be time to worry a little bit.
    Dec 6 06:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Black Swan On The Horizon? [View article]
    Gold is not limited to just work in dentistry and jewelry. There are properties of gold that are much different than that of other metals.

    Not to mention that these precious metals are "precious" for a reason. They are rare. Rare items are generally held to a higher value. By investing in precious metals, you are mitigating risk.

    For instance, if I keep a $100 bill, inflation, decrease in the valuation of a dollar, exchange rates, etc. can have a drastic in the global value of my $100 dollar bill. However, if I were to buy a pound of gold for $100 (just an example). Then I am able to mitigate the risk of exchange rates and such causing me to lose value.
    Nov 11 01:39 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment