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  • Will Nokia Revolutionize Text Messaging? [View article]
    Not quite, pulse is more "location aware".

    It's continuing with the concept of taking the map out of mapping and putting it everywhere.
    Mar 27, 2013. 04:00 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia Lumia 920 Limited Supply - Resolved By January? [View article]
    And yet Expansys one of the biggest online retailers in the UK have them in stock.

    Top selling this week; Lumia 920 at positions 3 & 4:

    Top pre-orders at 1 & 4 are red & yellow:

    Available on phones4u:

    Looks like positions 3 & 5 of their top sellers.

    Seems to suggest otherwise. Care to comment? Common components to all colours would mean that all colours would be out of stock. My take is that they miscalculated on the desire for colour, which is why black & white tend to be in stock but yellow & red tend not to be.

    Then on Amazon UK the Lumia 800 is the most gifted piece of electronics:
    it's also the best seller:

    ok that confuses me who gives a mobile phone as a gift?

    Simple fact is the demand is there. They're selling everything they can make.
    Dec 10, 2012. 03:29 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Telegraph reports German and French officials working on a multitrillion-dollar "firebreak." Among the steps is a bank recapitalization going well beyond the laughable €2.5B tagged by the EU stress tests (the IMF puts the figure at €200B, others say €1T). A bump in EFSF firepower to €2T and a "controlled" Greek default giving a 50% haircut to lenders are also in the mix.  [View news story]
    "but refortifying the engines of future growth, the banks."

    You are a banker aren't you.

    The banks should be wiped out and replaced by competent organisations. Instead they are being rewarded.

    It's only when we have some competent as opposed to incompetent financial organisations that future growth will be possible. The history of the current muppets is that of decades of malinvestment... Why would that change in the future? It is this continuing malinvestment by the banks which is pushing the economy into a double dip recession. They have trillions in reserves... What do they do with them? Fund the government.
    Sep 24, 2011. 05:54 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One Chart That Explains the Entire Financial Crisis [View article]
    August 15th 1971.

    The monetary system now requires infinite exponential growth to function.

    i.e. a bubble economy.

    Whether it is tech sector, financial sector, housing, oil, gold it doesn't really matter, anything which allows the level of lending to increase exponentially.

    The problem with infinite exponential growth is that you eventually hit a limit. i.e. people able to pay back the loans. It then collapses.

    It is called a Ponzi scheme.
    Jul 31, 2011. 09:42 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's Fighting Hard To Get Back Into Positive EPS [View article]
    Mobile Phones division need to accelerate the switch their range to the new Asha OS and design.

    I can see the point of the ultra low cost 105, as the base phone, and one low cost Asha qwerty keyboard phone but I don't see the point of for example the non Asha, 20[678] or 301. These should be dropped in favour of one redesigned low end touch screen Asha; a 3G big brother of the Asha 501 with the new OS.

    2G Candy bar ~$20 price range (e.g. Nokia 105)
    2.5G Asha qwerty (e.g. Asha 210)
    2.5G Asha touch - (e.g. Asha 501)
    3G Asha touch - max price $150

    Then you're covered, $20 -> $900, you've made the transition to smartphones all the way down to ~$50 and you have a consistent design language, colour usage and reasonably consistent platform experience. You can focus on a higher quality user experience instead of 100 different models.
    Jul 18, 2013. 04:02 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's Turnaround Will Continue [View article]
    "There are several reports stating that the demand for *Samsung* windows based smartphones have decreased by a huge margin."

    Fixed that for you.
    Mar 20, 2013. 06:17 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia Fights The Attack Of The Android Drones [View article]
    I have a Lumia 900 and couldn't disagree more. I browse the web, read books, listen to mix radio, make and watch videos, access Nokia maps & transit, play games with my daughter. It's more than capable & fast enough. Pretty reliable with the caveat of a smartphone battery. The 800 is still selling well also, it's a nice size.

    Can't upgrade it to WP8? I honestly don't care. I really can't see a huge difference between WP7 & 8 functionally, though I know there are architecturally. People have different requirements from phones.
    Feb 20, 2013. 05:49 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia: Positive News Followed By What? [View article]
    "What will Nokia be able to do to keep market share outside of cutting its prices? "

    Well, they can produce phones which are sexy, while Apple produce phones which cater to urban dweller's status angst.

    Let me give you an example using Nokia and Apple's introduction videos from YouTube. You only have to watch a couple of minutes of the videos to see the contrast.

    Exhibit 1: The Nokia video introducing the Lumia 920...

    What are Nokia selling? Sex. That's a phone which'll get you laid. Plain and simple. (Note: 2 million views)

    Exhibit 2: The Apple video introducing the iPhone 5.

    So. What are Apple selling? condescension and pomposity. Ain't going to get you laid. (Note: only 1.2 million views and the control of the comments "Comments are disabled for this video.")

    On top of that the 920 is simply the better looking, easier to use, more fun, more advanced phone. Boils down to a better product, better able to meet people's needs.

    Does that answer your question?

    (Long NOK)
    Jan 15, 2013. 02:59 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Analysts Start Attacking Nokia Again [View article]
    Y'know, come to think of it you might just be right. It's almost as if they want to buy the stock cheap then sell it expensive. But that would be unethical, these guys are Bankers and Financial advisors.

    Surely we can trust them!

    What scares me and why I now manage my own money is that there are fund managers out there who do trust these lot, or are so lazy that they just follow the recommendations blindly. Funnily enough now I've woken up, my investments are now doing better than ever.
    Dec 12, 2012. 05:56 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Beware Of Research In Motion And Nokia Near Year-End [View article]
    I'm expecting a pull back, but I bought the dip a while back & am planning to hold on for the longer term anyway. Nokia have historically provided a nice dividend, which I'm expecting to come back when they become profitable again; YOC should be interesting.

    FYI, the Jolla bunch of ex Nokia engineers have demo'd their new OS and Sailfish user interface a couple of days ago, it's quite impressive from a startup. It's pretty clear to me that both Windows Phone 8 and Jolla UIs are superior on touch screens than Apple and Android, already both look dated.

    The problem Apple, Google have now is the large investment in the existing user interfaces is about to become "legacy" and it's going to be apparent to anyone brought into contact with WP 8, Sailfish or even RIM's new BB10. So, do they abandon it or do they attempt as Microsoft have done on the desktop to improve it incrementally over years... If they do this they will simply be carrying the dead weight of past development. WP7 & WP 8 for example almost entirely abandon previous Microsoft user interface designs.

    Simply put, the icon is dead. Long live live tiles.
    Nov 23, 2012. 06:35 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia Lumia 920: Great Phone, Wrong Marketing [View article]
    Apple claim 500,000 applications (edit, now 650,000) in their app store ... 2/3 of which have never been downloaded. Not once.

    Now, if you think about how many different word processors you use. Hundreds surely ... or ... just one? Same for web browsers, or any particular app you care to mention. You really only want the best app in any category, maybe a couple for competition. Then maybe a few thousand highly niche interest apps ... all the rest then would be worthless.

    Lets imagine there are a couple of hundred different categories of apps with say 3 major competitors per category ... plus niche apps thats still only about 4000 worthwhile apps in *total*, from half a million.

    i.e. 99% of apps in the app store are almost certainly ... garbage. What I call fart apps. We're being overrun by garbage farts.
    Sep 6, 2012. 04:05 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • End Of An Era For Gold Investors [View article]
    Personally I think gold is just about to take off like a scalded cat.

    Europe is going through it's equivalent of 2008 and the chart reflects this. The ECB are just about to promise to save the PIGS.

    The alternative is debt deflation, negative bond yields for decades, Japanification, austerity and falling stocks as the credit bubble bursts.
    Aug 5, 2012. 07:00 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Facebook (FB) phone will arrive next year, multiple sources tell the NYT's Nick Bilton - a prior report suggested a Q3 launch. It's added Facebook has hired Apple engineers with iPhone experience, and is exploring multiple smartphone projects. The news comes as Facebook comes under pressure to improve mobile monetization, and rolls out a PC/mobile app store and an HTML5 app development platform. Facebook is also rumored to be interested in browser maker Opera.  [View news story]
    Ooh. This has fail written all over it.
    May 27, 2012. 05:06 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Did China Just End the Dollar's Reign? [View article]
    "Why is it important that the dollar be a reserve currency?"

    Not "a". "The".

    With the Dollar as the reserve currency, America gets to export it's inflation to the rest of the planet.

    The military budget? Bigger than all the other countries combined? Deficit spending financed by dollar reserve status pays for it.

    The low taxes? Deficit spending financed by the dollar reserve status pays for it.

    The low interest rates? Dollar reserve status pays for it. This finances American business to a competitive advantage over the rest of the world.

    And those are just some of the benefits which American business and citizens enjoy at the expense of those who have to buy US dollars before they can buy what they really wanted to in the first place.

    Should dollar reserve status be lost. Not only will interest rates rise, taxes will also rise and trillions of dollars which are currently out of the country will come home to roost.

    The key is oil. When the Saudis switch, the US is in big trouble.
    Mar 6, 2011. 04:31 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Financial History of the World [View article]
    "the underlying problem in the financial crisis is too much outstanding debt."

    Well DOH!

    Fixing that means reforming the monetary system. All over the world.

    Good luck with that.
    Feb 14, 2009. 05:41 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment