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  • How To Play A Recovery In Apple? The Same Way One Profited Off The Boom [View article]
    I had similar problems with a Samsung Blackjack, along with keyboard issues, and switched to a Blackberry Bold. That brought me three separate crashes which required reloads at a day a piece. Three years now with four iPhones and never a freeze, crash or reload. Amazingly high quality product! I firmly believe the electronics market can't be beat, in other words, you get exactly what you pay for. Low prices=low quality.
    Jul 21, 2013. 08:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Play A Recovery In Apple? The Same Way One Profited Off The Boom [View article]
    " To top it all off, none of my chargers and iphone adapters, speaker/clock radio will be usable on iphone5. Alas, I will follow the sheep and move to S4 later this year."

    Will your S4 work with any of them? Apple store sells an adapter that does exactly what you say can't be done. Think it was around $30. The wife and I moved to the 5 from a 4 and 4S. All our chargers work great. In fact they are all rated to the same power specs. It is only the cable that is different between the two and only the phone end. Battery life is much improved on the 5 vs. 4s. Noticed it immediately along with great reception, both data and phone. Perfect even from areas with one bar.

    We went through multiple Samsung phones. Besides quality issues, each one was worthless at the end of contract and the next model always required another cable, charger and automobile charger. On the other hand, we Ebayed the 4 for $210 and the 4S for $310. Good luck on Samsung. We went through six and would never buy another.
    Jul 21, 2013. 08:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Even With Negative FCF, Apple Still Undervalued [View article]
    If one were to look at the analyst ratings on Yahoo Finance or Fidelity, the majority still rate AAPL as a Buy or Strong Buy. Most investors don't bother however. They hear, "Samsung, Nokia, Microsoft, Blackberry, Boooooooooo!", and bail. As an individual who made a career in high-tech, I have always been amazed at the ignorance of the market regarding high-tech firms, especially business types. Witness the internet bubble to verify.

    We just recently began our Apple journey with Pods, Pads and Phones. Based on the friends and family, both young and old, that have also moved and are loving Apple and their products, I am convinced Apple is the one high tech company that understands what consumers want, can deliver the experience and even excel while doing it.

    Even after a career in high tech, it is the only high tech firm in my portfolio. I have owned the products of all the other vendors named above. Apple is so far above them in quality, support and experience, they are the ones who should be hearing, "Booooooo!!"
    Jul 9, 2013. 11:07 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • I'm Taking A Bite Out Of Apple With Its Juicy Dividend, Growth And Value [View article]
    Aaple? Not once but three times?
    Jul 9, 2013. 10:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry 10 Fail: Now, What? [View article]

    I have confidence that BlackBerry is on track to beat the Street's estimates next week. I cannot envision a short squeeze occurring as the September earnings call will also be valuable. A new floor in the $16 to $18 range would be a healthy start, and most probably will trade in this range until September."

    From your June 21 article.

    Jul 5, 2013. 09:59 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple To Stop Buying Processors From Samsung, But TSMC Might Not Deliver [View article]
    You'll need to read just about twenty years of technology industry engineering and manufacturing articles for the complete answer. SA is not the place for such a broad question.
    Jul 3, 2013. 05:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Why We Are Not Selling Our Shares [View article]
    I purchased a an iphone 4 for my non-tech wife and after comparing it to my Blackberry Bold, and it's three complete reload crashes at a day a piece, dumped it as soon as possible for a 4S. We have since both upgraded to the 5's and have never had a crash yet in three years.

    I love the title for this article. Could have written the same for every bank or tech stock that somebody fell in love with and then, dadgummit, held on to the bitter, desperate, bankrupt ending. The list is amazingly long!!
    Jul 1, 2013. 12:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "Sentiment is bad. Make that horrible," says Raymond James, upping Apple (AAPL) to Strong Buy from Buy. The team says the company stands to benefit from the new battle in smartphones - putting smartphone chipsets into things like cars, TVs, and appliances. Shares +1.3% premarket. [View news story]
    Couldn't agree more. I am a long time MSFT bigot with hardware experience and 30 years of desktop experience that witnessed my 89 year old mother go from being unable to use her cordless phone to spending the entire day on the iPad. My registered nurse wife never could get Windows but idles the day glued to her iphone 5 apps with nary a question or hiccup. Similarly, my two preteen granddaughters, and their nontech parents, spend the entire day glued to iPhones and they just don't go down.

    My experience with Samsung and BBRY did not go as well. My Samsung Blackjack had keyboard issues and crashed several times. My sister's smart Samsung had to be rebooted several times attempting to upload a photo on Facebook, ending with frustration and no upload. My BBRY Bold had to be completely reloaded three times at a day per reload along with several crashes.

    AAPL all the way for me baby!!
    Jul 1, 2013. 11:52 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: It's Panic Time [View article]
    Thanks to Mourningstar (SIC), and other analysts including Ben Stein, I took a big hit on CITI and WAMU in 2008 and 2009 even though my intuition was to bail.

    The bloom is off the rose with BBY and Samsung. Time to buy AAPL low then sell high.
    Jul 1, 2013. 11:19 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Precious metals see a bout of major buying, with gold (GLD +1.5%) jumping about $25/ounce in the past few minutes, and silver (SLV +4.8%) soaring nearly a $1. Bearish for some time, Mark Dow reminds gold has been going down for 2 years, but the decline has only recently made the headlines. Gold's post-QE run was built on a number of misconceptions which have all cracked. The longs (silver too) are trapped and the bear market isn't close to over.
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    Could it be that the "premium" charged is based on the brokers cost structure rather than market demand? Would make sense that when price and/or volume decline, broker needs to charge more per unit than during "high volume/rising price" markets in order to cover fixed costs.
    Jun 28, 2013. 12:01 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • More on BlackBerry (BBRY) FQ1 earnings: The stock's off 16% premarket after the big miss on both lines. Smartphone shipments of 6.8M were up 13% sequentially, but fell far short of consensus of 7.5M. "The smartphone market remains highly competitive, making it difficult to estimate units, revenue, and levels of profitability." (PR[View news story]
    Like the handle.

    Jun 28, 2013. 11:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Apple Can Help You Retire When You Want [View article]
    aardvark3, probably as well as Palm, DG or DEC.

    The irony here is the lesson on hot tech becoming dead tech has been shown but not well understood. If a company has been consistently and successfully leading their technology market, which I believe Apple has, they can weather the inevitable soft release cycles. However, the one trick ponies rarely make a comeback after the competition introduces superior products since they are only going to recapture smaller margins of a shared pie. Innovate or die.

    Plenty of companies, some like AAPL, have flourished while others, perhaps even a BBY, have died. My insight is that AAPL is being unfairly dumped while others are being optimistically pumped. Seems, based on the last several years performance, one would give a probability of greater than 50% for AAPL and significantly less then 50% for BBY.
    Jun 28, 2013. 10:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Apple's Stock Be Saved? [View article]
    Read disclosure at the top. Long QCOM.
    Jun 28, 2013. 10:00 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Apple's Stock Be Saved? [View article]
    Ok Ashraf but HPQ is in the DJIA.
    Jun 28, 2013. 09:55 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Health Insurance Innovations: Reform Sets Stage For A 2014 Home Run [View article]
    Thanks for the clear response. Much appreciated.
    Jun 26, 2013. 08:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment