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  • Oracle (ORCL +0.2%) and Microsoft (MSFT +1.5%) make their partnership official. Oracle's database software will not only "receive full support from Oracle" when running on Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud app/infrastructure platform, but also when used with its Hyper-V virtualization platform. Java apps and Oracle's (Java-based) WebLogic app server will also be supported for use with Azure and Hyper-V. The deal could intensify the competitive pressure placed by Hyper-V on VMware's (VMW -2.5%) vSphere virtualization platform, and (to a lesser extent) by Oracle's database software and WebLogic on IBM's DB2 database and WebSphere app server. (PR[View news story]
    Hmm. Running an Oracle RDBMS on a virtualised server running on Windows on Azure. What could possibly go wrong?

    That has to be pretty close to the very definition I.T. masochism.
    Jun 24, 2013. 05:33 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stocks cut a big chunk of their losses and Treasurys turn green as a number of Fed speakers downplay talk of any imminent tightening of monetary policy. Such talk from Dudley and Kocherlakota was to have been expected, but the hawkish Richard Fisher warning the "feral hogs" of the market not to mess with the Fed caught traders' attention. The Dow (DIA -0.4%) now off 55 points, and the 10-year Treasury yield - up as high as 2.66% earlier - falls to 2.52%. TLT +0.8%, TBT -1.7%[View news story]
    Yeah don't mess with the Fed or we'll print some more.
    Jun 24, 2013. 03:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Though high-end Lumia models such as the 920, 925, and (expected) EOS get most of the ink, the low-end 520 could be the biggest seller in Nokia's (NOK -0.3%) Windows Phone lineup. Google Trends data points to surging interest in the 520, which features a 4" display, lacks 4G support, and is dirt cheap - Wal-Mart sells the 521, a variant working on T-Mobile's network, for an unsubsidized $130 .... if it's in stock. Also, the 520 is now #2 in GSM Arena's daily interest rankings, behind only the Galaxy S4; no other Nokia phone is in the top-10. [View news story]
    Quite old in... 9 months? It only seems that way because they've brought out an entire range in the time period... Which is quite impressive in itself.

    92X models are damned near identical, tweaks on aesthetics and slightly improved camera.

    Much as the 925 "catwalk" is pretty, If you want proper Lumia 92X though you have to get a 920 and for the full experience it has to be bright red, yellow or cyan. None of this silver/black/white insipidity.

    Watch this and then tell me you don't want one.
    http://bit.ly/TZvuVD

    In terms of specs rumours on the blogs are they're limited by WP8 at the moment. With the updates that are coming, there may be range refreshes next year.
    Jun 19, 2013. 03:59 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The anti-QE rhetoric is building just in time for next week's FOMC meeting, as Guggenheim's Scott Minerd channels his inner Bill Gross, calling the Treasury market (TLT, TBT) a "ponzi scheme." "The only reason investors would buy Treasurys today is that they expect the Federal Reserve will buy them at higher prices in the future," Minerd tells clients. The longer the Fed's bond buying continues, "the more volatility-inducing pressure will build." [View news story]
    Nominally.

    And yes, the stock market is a Ponzi scheme or rather, a pyramid scam. Only dividend/income investors are not.
    Jun 15, 2013. 05:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: iOS7 Might Be Another Shot In The Foot [View article]
    I remember it from an old Nokia E61 I had.

    Not me BTW.
    http://bit.ly/12qadsS

    It has a screen resolution of about 640x480 or something like that so looks comparatively blocky. Beef it up to the iPhone resolution and tada... Apple's new iPhone theme. They must have saved a fortune on designers.
    Jun 13, 2013. 12:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: iOS7 Might Be Another Shot In The Foot [View article]
    Hmm. Y'know... the new design looked familiar to me and for the life of me I couldn't remember from where...

    Then I found it... Symbian! It's an old Nokia theme on S60 devices.

    http://bit.ly/11XKQIN
    Jun 13, 2013. 05:40 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • End of an era: Nokia (NOK -2.4%) will ship its last Symbian phone this summer as it fully focuses its smartphone resources on Lumia hardware, and pushes its Asha line to consumers wanting sub-$100 touchscreen phones. Nokia's Symbian shipments plunged to 500K in Q1, leading total smartphone units to fall 49% Y/Y in spite of 5.6M Lumia shipments. The news comes shortly after HSBC predicted a mix shift towards Lumia phones will allow Nokia's phone ASP to fall only 1% in 2013 in spite of feature phone ASP declines, and rise 6.5% in 2014. [View news story]
    Hmm, I may pick up an 808 if the prices drop. It's going to remain one of the best camera phones on the planet for years yet.
    Jun 11, 2013. 06:44 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google (GOOG) is on the verge of closing a $1.3B acquisition of Waze, according to Globes. Talks with Facebook (FB) fell apart in late May over location issues. Apple (AAPL) was also thought to be a suitor of the mobile navigation app provider until Tim Cook said otherwise. [View news story]
    You mean they (and apparently the NSA) will know everything you've ever searched for, everything you've ever watched on youtube, everything you've ever emailed, who all your contacts are, and exactly
    where you are at any point in time?

    Nothing to worry about. Tinfoil hat stuff.

    (p.s. I'm biased on the mobile stuff, long NOK)
    Jun 10, 2013. 10:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google (GOOG) is on the verge of closing a $1.3B acquisition of Waze, according to Globes. Talks with Facebook (FB) fell apart in late May over location issues. Apple (AAPL) was also thought to be a suitor of the mobile navigation app provider until Tim Cook said otherwise. [View news story]
    Google already does everything Waze does anyway. They might as well burn the money if they really are buying the company. Seems unlikely to me.
    Jun 9, 2013. 02:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's Lumia Appears From The Symbian Rubble [View article]
    And how difficult was it for you to switch platforms? Can you still do all the main things you did before on your HTC?
    Jun 7, 2013. 05:50 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's Lumia Appears From The Symbian Rubble [View article]
    Eh? Symbian users already went elsewhere. They're gone.

    Seriously, the OS doesn't matter so much in a mobile phone, you get a new one every couple of years. Switch to whatever's hot at the time. This is how you can have an entire platform completely vanish in 3 years. Same is true for iOS, Android and WP.
    Jun 7, 2013. 05:44 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Pictures of Nokia's (NOK +1.4%) rumored EOS phone - a Lumia device said to feature a 41MP image sensor similar to that of the Symbian-based 808 PureView - have leaked. Like the 808, the EOS has a giant, protruding, camera module on its back, replete with a large flash. In-line with a May report, it also appears to have a polycarbonate body and a ~4.5" display. Sources tell The Verge the pictures are of "genuine engineering samples," that Nokia is expected to launch the device in July, and that AT&T (T) will exclusively sell it in the U.S. [View news story]
    Long Nokia
    Short Canon :)
    Jun 6, 2013. 12:05 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dr. Doom Has Gold Going Below $1,000: Why His Thesis Is Spot On [View article]
    Then the DOW at 9000 and S&P at 950 are also on the cards. You should be buying Treasuries because yields are going negative.
    Jun 5, 2013. 05:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • IBM paid ~$2B to acquire SoftLayer, Bloomberg and the NYT report. GigaOm notes the startup "could help bring order" to the "extremely messy legacy code" behind IBM's Smart Cloud offerings. An IBM exec claims SoftLayer provides needed expertise for supporting private and hybrid clouds, as IBM offers value-added software/services on top of basic infrastructure offerings. Will IBM/SoftLayer pose a challenge to Amazon Web Services (AMZN)? Like AWS, SoftLayer claims many Web/cloud firms as clients, and its support for hybrid server environments is a selling point. But it remains to be seen if IBM will match AWS' aggressive pricing. The purchase comes as IBM protests a $600M deal Amazon scored with the CIA[View news story]
    Whoops. The top has been announced.
    Jun 4, 2013. 03:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dr. Doom Has Gold Going Below $1,000: Why His Thesis Is Spot On [View article]
    Often people simply acquire other currencies when their own becomes valueless. Usually the dollar though. If the dollar goes then there's euros, pounds and so on as well as gold.
    Jun 4, 2013. 03:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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