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  • For Nomura, the most troubling part of today's NFP report is the 34K decline seen in retail jobs, which follows February's 29K decline. The firm doesn't think the losses, which contrast sharply with March's healthy same-store sales data, can be explained by weather, and thinks they make April 16's retail sales report especially important. Could high gas prices be responsible?  [View news story]
    Gas prices won't affect the economy very much. The farmer who fuels his tractor will just assume the increased operating costs and not pass them on. The trucker who takes the food to market, delivers fertilizer, etc., likewise. The power consumption at food processing plants will be happy to eat their profits, too. And the workers getting to work, they will not demand a raise or offsetting compensation. The grocery store won't think of charging you more for its increased energy and operating costs. Oh, no.

    And the consumer will be eating out, making discretionary purchases at various shopping outlets at the same level and frequency. And the stores will not fire people due to decreased income, margins, due to lack of customers.

    Yeah, let's get those energy prices, gas prices, way up there, in order to usher in a New Age of Green on the outside and Red on the inside Utopia. As in all Socialist/Progressive/... systems, it works well as long as people are afraid, ignorant, equally miserable, and don't think and behave as a Borg Collective Unit, a member of the Hive.
    Apr 6, 2012. 07:24 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One reason Research In Motion (RIMM -0.2%) is likely to stick around: In Washington, D.C., where "time stands still," BlackBerry remains the official smartphone. According to a Washington Post report, either confidence in RIM's e-mail security or slow bureaucracy contribute to the government requiring 500K federal workers to stick with their BlackBerrys.  [View news story]
    Hey guys. Keep pumping, and I'll be dumping!!! Thanks for your cooperation. And....I wonder if you guys are putting YOUR money where your words go. If so, you've been loosing some serious dough!
    Apr 6, 2012. 06:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One reason Research In Motion (RIMM -0.2%) is likely to stick around: In Washington, D.C., where "time stands still," BlackBerry remains the official smartphone. According to a Washington Post report, either confidence in RIM's e-mail security or slow bureaucracy contribute to the government requiring 500K federal workers to stick with their BlackBerrys.  [View news story]
    Apple To 'Steamroll' RIM, Grab Enterprise Market, Analyst Says


    In the 1988 crime comedy ‘A Fish Called Wanda,’ a stuttering nerd named Ken finally gets another character, a ridiculous narcissist named Otto, exactly where he wants him: stuck in wet concrete.

    Ken starts up a steamroller and heads towards Otto.

    At first, Otto isn’t afaid. “K- K- Ken’s c-c-coming to k-k-kill me,” he laughs. Ken keeps coming.

    Otto empties his pistol. Ken’s still coming.

    It takes a while, but Ken squishes him.

    Well it’s been more than four years since Apple co-founder Steve Jobs launched the iPhone, but it looks like Apple’s smartphone could be about to start rolling through once mighty Research In Motion’s enterprise market.

    “In our view, the fall of RIMM with its “too-little-too-late” BlackBerry refresh will continue to add to Apple’s momentum that we believe could be off the charts with the iPhone 5 launch,” Ticonderoga Securities Analyst Brian White wrote in a note to investors Friday (see “Bury The Berry? RIMM Shares Crushed On Weak Demand” for a complete look at all the reactions to RIM’s latest quarter).

    Research In Motion’s new BlackBerry 7 software came too late to save the company from a devastating second quarter that saw RIM’s net income drop nearly 60% from the year ago quarter. The company’s next software upgrade, QNX, won’t arrive on handsets until next year, but it’s already struggling on RIM’s PlayBook tablet.

    Meanwhile, Apple’s next iPhone will likely arrive in October. “ We expect the new BlackBerry 7 devices will be steamrolled by Apple’s iPhone 5 in October,” White wrote. “We believe it is only a matter of time before the iPhone and iPad challenge RIMM’s enterprise dominance.”

    Squish.

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    Apr 6, 2012. 06:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One reason Research In Motion (RIMM -0.2%) is likely to stick around: In Washington, D.C., where "time stands still," BlackBerry remains the official smartphone. According to a Washington Post report, either confidence in RIM's e-mail security or slow bureaucracy contribute to the government requiring 500K federal workers to stick with their BlackBerrys.  [View news story]
    http://bit.ly/HkDGWd

    iPhone rated the top mobile phone for enterprise at a score of 8.8.
    Blackbooty rated at 7.1.

    Security rating iPhone @ 8, Blaabooey @ 9. In every other category iPhone blew away the entire competition..

    RIM Loses it’s Crown: The iPhone Now King of the Enterprise

    Posted by Nicholas Greene on November 18, 2011 in Mobile, Security · 0 Comments

    At one point, I took a medieval history class. We studied Charlemagne, one of the greatest kings history has ever seen; a man who single-handedly created the Frankish empire. Then his son came along, and everything pretty much collapsed- You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this, right? What could an ancient, long-dead king possibly have to do with enterprise?

    More than you’d think.

    Many still remember the old days- when there wasn’t even any question as to what smartphone one should use. Research In Motion and their Blackberry OS was the go-to. That’s no longer the case, apparently. RIM has been dethroned.

    This has been a long time coming, in all honesty. No one’s really all that surprised- RIM’s nowhere near the titanic force that it used to be, and long-standing image problems along with mediocre offerings to the market have seen RIM’s stranglehold on the marketplace- and on enterprise- steadily slipping. What’s moderately surprising is who dethroned them.

    The iPass survey, released this week, shows that the new king of enterprise…is the iPhone.

    iPass, an Enterprise mobility provider, polled over 2,300 enterprise workers for its quarterly Mobile Workforce Report, reports InformationWeek. The iPhone, the survey found, now makes up around 45% of phones used by mobile workers- up a whopping 14% from 2010’s 31%. Blackberry, on the other hand, has fallen down to second place, down a mild 2.3% from 34.5 to 32.2. Not as much of a decline as one might expect, but it’s a telling sign of what RIM’s eventual fate might be.

    Android, for its part, is lagging light-years behind Apple, with a market share of 21.3%, up from 11% in 2010- an obvious contrast from the global consumer market, where Android’s steamrolling over all its competitors.

    Given that popularity, a few people might be somewhat confused that the iPhone is making such waves in the business world. Looking a little closer, it’s not all that shocking- the word of the day is security. Android, being an open-source platform and an open ecosystem, has gotten a (perhaps deserved) reputation for being less secure than iOS. You can bet Apple’s capitalized on this.

    In any case, none of the analysts are all that surprised.

    Although both Google and Apple have been working tirelessly to provide offerings that make their phones more attractive to enterprise users, a lot of people seem to be going for Apple’s more closed, secure ecosystem. Apple’s been working pretty hard to make sure businesses know who’s offering the better deal when it comes to business use.

    InformationWeek is careful to note that this survey doesn’t necessarily spell doom for BlackBerry- though the warning bells are certainly ringing, particularly given the increasing prevalence of smartphones in the business sector- nearly 95% of mobile workers currently carry smartphones, with 91% of those workers using their smartphone to get work done- up 10% and 22% from 2010’s figures, respectively.

    In keeping with the increasing prevalence of the BYOD trend, only 58% of companies now provision smartphones for their employees- down from 75% last year.

    Digesting all this information, one thing is clear, above all else- the ball’s in RIM’s court. Will they be able to take back their throne, or will they fumble and fade away as more capable competitors take their place?

    Sadly, my bet’s on the latter.

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    Well, that's enough for now. I don't want to kick you guys while you're down and out for the count. Canadian women are really outstanding.
    Apr 6, 2012. 05:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One reason Research In Motion (RIMM -0.2%) is likely to stick around: In Washington, D.C., where "time stands still," BlackBerry remains the official smartphone. According to a Washington Post report, either confidence in RIM's e-mail security or slow bureaucracy contribute to the government requiring 500K federal workers to stick with their BlackBerrys.  [View news story]
    RIM’s Woes Deepen As iPhones Outsell BlackBerries In Canada


    iPhone becomes the top selling smartphone in Canada

    Lately, RIM has been losing major enterprise customers to Apple on a regular basis. U.S. federal agencies (including NOAA and ATF) have been some of the biggest enterprise switchers from BlackBerry devices to iPhones.

    Today’s bad news must have a particularly nasty sting for the BlackBerry manufacturer. For the first time, iPhone sales in RIM’s native Canada have surpassed sales of BlackBerry devices – and by a pretty wide margin. Given the sense of loyalty that many Canadian businesses and consumers have shown to RIM, which is based in Waterloo, Ontario, the new numbers highlight the extent of RIM’s challenges and shortcomings.

    The sales figures, compiled by IDC and Bloomberg weren’t even particularly close for 2011, show that Apple outsold RIM by about 770,000 devices (2.85 million iPhones to 2.08 million BlackBerries).

    That’s a significant sales gap between the two companies but the simple difference in sales doesn’t show the whole story. If you look at iPhone and BlackBerry sales from just four years ago (the iPhone launched in Canada in 2008 with the iPhone 3G), Canadian sales of BlackBerries beat iPhone sales by a margin of five to one. That’s a lot of marketshare to lose in a few years and it happened in RIM’s home country where there is intense brand loyalty.

    The numbers also show an impact on RIM’s bottom line. Canadian sales account for about 7% of RIM’s and those fell 23% during the third fiscal quarter from a year earlier. That isn’t as bad as RIM’s U.S. sales, which dropped 45% over the same period, but it is significant.

    Paul Taylor, a fund manager at BMO Harris Private Banking in Toronto called the loss of Canadian smartphone dominance as “strategically important.”

    Some enterprise organizations in Canada are sticking with RIM, however, including several government agencies and major financial firms: Royal Bank of Canada (the country’s largest bank), Bank of Nova Scotia, and Bank of Montreal. Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), which is based in Canada but which also operates in the U.S., is currently assessing its policy the BlackBerry and other smartphones.

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    Apr 6, 2012. 05:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One reason Research In Motion (RIMM -0.2%) is likely to stick around: In Washington, D.C., where "time stands still," BlackBerry remains the official smartphone. According to a Washington Post report, either confidence in RIM's e-mail security or slow bureaucracy contribute to the government requiring 500K federal workers to stick with their BlackBerrys.  [View news story]
    You guys make me laugh. Did not RIMM have negative earnings or not this quarter? Products are top notch? ROFLMAO!! The keys are shot after a year, and the cheap patina is faded. The Playbook was really top notch, eh? Cut the Canadian Bacon, you Cheese Heads. Canada makes a lot of good stuff, Blackedburies are not one of them. The US Army is deploying iPhones and iPads on the battlefield. Tell me there are security issues there, Canuckistans.

    * Research in Motion (RIMM) reported earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter, with a net loss of $125 million and 19% decline in revenue to $4.2 billion. Former co-CEO Jim Balsillie, chief technology officer David Yach, and chief operating officer Jim Rowan, are all leaving the company. Meanwhile new CEO Thorsten Heins said the company is reviewing strategic opportunities and partnerships and would consider a sale "if there was an element detected during the strategic review that would lead us into [the] direction." (Boy Genius Report)

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    Listen, you guys. Keep up with the delusional sunshine and lollypops palaver on RIMM. I've been short the past week and having to transfer all the money I made on options keeps my keyboard's 0 key busy. Pump it up!! The higher it goes, the longer it falls, and the more money I make.
    Apr 6, 2012. 05:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One reason Research In Motion (RIMM -0.2%) is likely to stick around: In Washington, D.C., where "time stands still," BlackBerry remains the official smartphone. According to a Washington Post report, either confidence in RIM's e-mail security or slow bureaucracy contribute to the government requiring 500K federal workers to stick with their BlackBerrys.  [View news story]
    The value of a stock price (isn't that what really matters) is based on what buyers are willing to pay, nothing else. You can go on and on about esoteric features, and hypotheticals. The fact is RIMM is bleeding money, and will be doing so for the foreseeable future. Eventually, it will not have enough money for adequate R&D, and volume purchasing power, which will necessitate cutting quality, margins, or price. All of which will hasten the end of this tragedy. Another Palm.
    Apr 6, 2012. 02:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One reason Research In Motion (RIMM -0.2%) is likely to stick around: In Washington, D.C., where "time stands still," BlackBerry remains the official smartphone. According to a Washington Post report, either confidence in RIM's e-mail security or slow bureaucracy contribute to the government requiring 500K federal workers to stick with their BlackBerrys.  [View news story]
    What a half-#ssed recommendation for a technology company: the most slothful, redundant, wasteful, fraudulent, and plain stupid affrontative action bureaucracy recommends staying with RIMM. After all, the Fed. Govmt. is so astute, so progressive, and innovative.

    Look, cut the BS. The vast majority of the world's major companies, the US Air Force, American airline pilots, mission critical technologies in real time are using Apple products on scene and to connect with the office or HQ. Further, execs have iPhones and want the inertia of the IT Dept to set up full service with Apple products.

    And lastly, for an executive or important worker to go home and endure the ridicule of his kids for using a kludge like Blackbury is too much.
    Apr 6, 2012. 02:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Research In Motion Over The Long Run [View article]
    Look at the lows for RIMM over the past year. It has been lower twice, the lowest about 12.50. Now things are worse, more market share lost, and nobody's writing apps for Rimm Dim. The units are crap, users report they fall apart after a year of use, and the veneer paint wipes off, making them look cheap and tawdry.\

    Wake up. All Apple has to do for the "Indian Market and other poor countries, is come out with a much cheaper iPhone right at the price point for the Blackbury, blitz the advertising in those countries, subsidize and undercut RIMM Dim with their enormous cash hoard (Jobs was no fool), and RIMM goes the way of Palm.

    They've got a gun to their head; Apple can finish them off anytime it wants.

    I'm short this pig, and I am sure there is no upside to this pathetic company
    Apr 1, 2012. 10:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Research In Motion May Be Attractive With The Right Approach [View article]
    Why bother at all?? There are so many good stocks that have infinitely more possibility to appreciate. This is the ugliest girl at the party and she can't dance. And smells bad.

    This is all nonsense or implanted comments with ulterior motives. I'm short this pig.
    Mar 30, 2012. 03:50 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL) says it will hold a conference call tomorrow at 9AM ET to discuss its plans for its massive cash balance, which is likely above $100B at this point. Remarks from Tim Cook about how Apple is discussing uses for its cash, as well as other hints, has led to fervent speculation that a dividend and/or buyback will soon be announced.  [View news story]
    My prediction will be a "performance" dividend. Future dividends will be stated as related to performance, ratio of cash to stock price, cash flow, valuations, etc. Throw the dogs a bone and keep them scratching at the door. But never, never cave into pressure form analcysts and fund managers.
    Mar 19, 2012. 12:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • TGIF - Stop The Rally, We Want To Get Off! [View article]
    I think you have a brain chemical imbalance or those hormones you are taking after your sex change operation need to be calibrated
    Mar 17, 2012. 06:18 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • At least 26 companies have pulled their ads from Rush Limbaugh's radio show since he called a law student a “slut” on the air last week, including publicly-traded companies ALL, AOL, CARB, CTXS, JCP, PLCM, SHLD and VITC.  [View news story]
    How is the gay scene in San Fransicko, Varan? If I had my way, I would offer it to Cuba.
    Mar 9, 2012. 11:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • At least 26 companies have pulled their ads from Rush Limbaugh's radio show since he called a law student a “slut” on the air last week, including publicly-traded companies ALL, AOL, CARB, CTXS, JCP, PLCM, SHLD and VITC.  [View news story]
    She is not slut, but a woman of easy virtue, and as Andrew Dice Clay would say, "A punchbag". I bet she is into bestiality and lesbian dwarfs. She probably has the mouthpower of a Force 10 cyclone funneled through a 1 inch pipe
    Mar 8, 2012. 02:15 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why History Should Worry Apple [View article]
    The only way for Apple to fall far would be to appoint Barack Hussein Obama as CEO.
    Feb 22, 2012. 11:31 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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