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  • Nokia's Prospects Even More Luminous After iPhone 5 Launch [View article]

    The windows phone 7.5 user interface (never mind 8) is better than the Apple user interface. It's easier to use and lets you do the things you want to do most often, most easily. iOS is old, dated technology, the UI hasn't really improved in the 5 iPhone releases since 2007. It really shows that Apple have a small R&D organisation but then that's how you make 50% margin.

    Try it. It's better. Much better.

    Ecosystems... Windows 8 developers are going to be building WP8 apps. Direct integration between the phone and enterprise systems. Almost as easy as hitting the build button. This has nothing directly to do with Nokia of course.
    Sep 15, 2012. 02:51 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Mercedes Ben [View article]
    If Ben knows exactly what he's doing... Why would he ever have needed more that *1* quantitative easing programme?

    With QE2, he admitted he really doesn't know what's going on because the economy wasn't responding as expected, and with QE3, he just hit the Big Red PANIC! Button.
    Sep 14, 2012. 11:01 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Be It Resolved: The Days of $500k Economists Are Over [View article]
    "Almost no academic economists [ed., Roubini and a few others aside] predicted the world-wide downturn."


    "The wavelike movement affecting the economic system, the recurrence of periods of boom which are followed by periods of depression, is the unavoidable outcome of the attempts, repeated again and again, to lower the gross market rate of interest by means of credit expansion. There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved."

    Ludwig von Mises. (Human action. p. 572

    First published in 1949.
    Feb 17, 2009. 03:27 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Davos '09 and the Failure of Leadership [View article]
    Why would anyone trust a banking system built on a pyramid scheme? Or the politicians who are throwing trillions of citizens money at the people behind the scheme, begging for more?

    Jan 28, 2009. 02:47 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia Lumia 1020 Edges The Company Back Into Conversation [View article]
    Focus on the quality of the most important apps.

    I was looking for an FM radio tuner. There are loads of them, dozens in fact... Unfortunately they are all garbage and the more of them there are, the more difficult it is to find a good one.

    What Nokia and WP could do is develop novel ways to rank and grade the reputation of applications, so that when you do look for something, the best immediately comes out at the top of the list instead of having to wade through mind numbing numbers of total garbage which characterises most mobile applications.
    Jul 13, 2013. 07:19 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 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
  • 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
  • The EU is preparing to take the apparent non-template that is the Cyprus bailout and incorporate some elements of it into a new law that would force haircuts on large deposits in banks that fail, economic affairs chief Olli Rehn has said. Bundesbank Jens Weidmann says that the Cyprus crisis shows that banks can be wound up. Along with Rehn's comments, it also shows that depositors' money is no longer safe in Europe. [View news story]
    Nothing has changed.

    This is not new.
    This has been the case for over 200 years. (Carr vs Carr 1811)
    This is also the case in America as well as the UK and Europe.

    The money you have in a bank account is *not your money*, it is the bank's money, you have invested in the bank and like any investment you can lose all or part of it. You are simply a creditor.
    Apr 7, 2013. 06:14 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gold Takes Out Major Support: Next Stop $1,350 [View article]
    GBP (my native currency)
    JPY (Korean Won will follow the Yen down)

    Which pretty much describes the USD index. Gold's been relatively stable vs those; marginally down or actually up. Which is about what you'd hope to see from a currency.

    For gold, the last year has been about US dollar strength, not particularly about gold weakness and that relative strength comes from a recessionary Euro Zone, inflation targeting in Japan and vast debts in the UK.

    Apr 4, 2013. 06:24 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Smartphone Wars: Why Nokia Has Been Left Behind [View article]
    The author totally missed out the sex factor, which is probably the single most important factor when comparing phones.

    Lumias are sexy looking phones which are driving contemporary design. iPhones and Samsungs (and all their clones) look like 1990s warmups.
    Apr 2, 2013. 11:17 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Samsung Copies Nokia's Winning Strategy [View article]
    I do believe we're seeing the Samsung top. They're not only copying others designs, they are copying others business strategies and even more importantly, their mistakes.

    If you count the number of handsets Samsung has on sale today. Each device requires R&D, design, QA, testing, production lines, parts, marketing. Each additional device reduces margin and ultimately leaves customers wondering which device they should buy. It's how Nokia screwed up originally and why Apple have fabulous margins relative to all their competition.

    From their US web site: "See all Featured (145)". I imagine that includes multiple carrier specific models. From their UK web site: "47 Matching Products" for dumb phones and "35 Matching Products" on 3 platforms; Android, Windows and Bada. Now add Rex. The point being they have high double digit devices and are close to having triple digits of models on increasing numbers of platforms.

    The economic landscape has also changed. We're hitting a bumpy patch. Japan is crucifying the JPY in order to take back business from South Korea. If the Won doesn't follow the Yen down Samsung have a real problem. Not tomorrow mind you, but in a year it'll start becoming evident.
    Feb 26, 2013. 02:19 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's Earning May Finally Go Up Thanks To These New Gadgets [View article]
    He doesn't really believe it any more & is just going through the motions.
    Feb 6, 2013. 05:00 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia (NOK -1.7%) is getting on board the 3D printing bandwagon: the company is releasing a development kit (Nokia calls it a 3DK) that allows users to create custom shells for the Lumia 820. One could see the concept eventually extended to a variety of other hardware accessories. [View news story]
    I was just thinking about how much Nokia rocks as an engine for innovation in the mobile space.

    With Nokia you get:
    Wireless charging,
    Pureview in both it's forms,
    Augmented reality,
    and now 3D printing support.

    with Apple you get...

    an extra row of icons.
    Jan 18, 2013. 05:27 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Nokia Back? [View article]
    Could it be his clients have positioned themselves?
    Jan 15, 2013. 02:33 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL) is working on a cheaper iPhone that could launch later this year, the WSJ reports. One source says the device could resemble the regular iPhone, but "with a different, less-expensive body." The cheapest iPhone currently sold (the 8GB iPhone 4) goes for $450 unlocked, putting it out of the reach of many emerging markets buyers, as well as some prepaid buyers in developed markets. The fact low-end Android phones sell for much less (sometimes less than $150 unlocked) has done wonders for Android's international share. [View news story]
    You did indeed. Jobs is dead and they really are dumping his legacy overboard just as fast as they can.
    Jan 8, 2013. 05:54 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment