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  • Look Out Below, Activision Blizzard: Finally A True WOW Killer  [View article]
    New 52 week high for ATVI today
    Feb 15, 2013. 10:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Look Out Below, Activision Blizzard: Finally A True WOW Killer  [View article]
    New 52 week high today
    Feb 14, 2013. 02:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Look Out Below, Activision Blizzard: Finally A True WOW Killer  [View article]
    New 52 week highs
    Feb 11, 2013. 12:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford Motor (F): Q4 EPS of $0.31 beats by $0.05. Revenue of $36.5B beats by $3.33B. (PR[View news story]
    $F went from +2.0% pre-market, to now -2.0%
    Jan 29, 2013. 07:56 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia For The Long Term  [View article]
    Keep in mind, Nokia did not release the new Lumia line in China until a week before Q4 ended. The release, including worldwide releases overall, was coupled with supply/shipping issues that Elop admitted as an initial challenge. Q4 has played out as expected if you have been paying attention to what Nokia has been communicating over the last several months. I am more interested in Nokia's sales numbers for Q1/Q2 2013.
    Jan 24, 2013. 07:18 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's Stephen Elop Says Android Is A Possibility  [View article]
    My Windows Phone Central app on my Nokia Lumia 920 posted an article yesterday, with an updated comment from Nokia on this matter. Here is what Nokia stated about this quote from Elop:

    "Nokia categorically denies that what Elop said implies anything different from what he has stated over and over for months now. In other words, there is once again nothing to see here except some Android fantasies, bad reporting and perhaps some translation issues. Below is the verbatim transcript of the interview regarding the Android question:

    Do you rule out 100% launching a smartphone based on Android in 2013?

    Elop: 'So the way I think about it is, in the current war on ecosystems, we are fighting with Windows Phone. That's what we're doing. Now, what we're always doing is asking, how does that evolve? What's next? What role does HTML5 play? What role does Android or other things play in the future? We're looking further into the future, but i[n] terms of what we're bringing to market, and what we're immediately focused on, we're focused on Windows Phone.'"

    Due to the hasty response from Nokia on this statement, I think its safe to say that the original reporting was rubbish. NOK and MSFT are in it to win it.
    Jan 8, 2013. 10:42 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia: So, How Are Lumia 920 Sales Going?  [View article]
    No, but she did raise me to properly research something before voicing my opinion. I get the impression that you just walked by one of these phones and formulated a superficial impression on whatever tiles setting one of these WP8 phones were set on. Had you actually delved in and played around, you may have seen some of the things I wrote here. I've seen the same sort of comment flavors out there by Apple/Android fanboys, and they all seem to have a purist-like view on their own products and not objective, intelligible thought-out ones.

    But just so you don't think I can't be objective about the Nokia 920, the WP8 ecosystem is not quite there yet. Some basic apps have little glitches that are kind of annoying. You can also get hung up on a browser page and have trouble closing/going backwards to the previous page. Regardless, a week into this phone, I still find this phone quality above and beyond all others.
    Nov 18, 2012. 01:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia: So, How Are Lumia 920 Sales Going?  [View article]
    Seriously? What a moronic assessment. The tiles can be edited for size/color, some tiles flip and show pertinent information depending on the app and a user can also download an app to do more customization to the tiles.

    The standard Photos and Flickr app tile will randomly update to a picture in your folder. Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn are in their own branding colors, My Stock Watch's tile will show your stocks and prices either in realtime or a slightly delayed price (haven't figured out which yet) and it will also flip over and show you your total Holdings value on the other side.

    I also own a Blackberry, wife has a Motorola Android, and previously owned three generations of iPhones. My new Lumia 920 blows everything away in function and design. Basically the iPhone and other aforementioned brands are Toyota Camrys and maybe I'll tag a low-end Lexus to the iPhone 4 series. This 920 is a BMW/Audi.

    No contest, and in a whole other stratosphere when the WP ecosystem explodes.
    Nov 16, 2012. 06:00 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Nokia's New Smartphones Hold Water?  [View article]
    I purchased a Lumia 920 via pre-order on AT&T and received my new white polycarbonate beauty this past Friday. After a few days, I can comfortably say that this phone blows away anything else I've previously owned or tinkered with which includes an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, HTC, etc..

    I'll address some of the things that have been reviewed about this phone:

    - Weight - Are you kidding me? Some tech sites are stating that this phone is heavier than a brick and people will be discouraged by this. Let me state, my previous phone, an iPhone 3GS, weighs about the same amount. My friend's current HTC also weighs about the same as this 920. This easily slides in and out of my front pants pocket, and if women are concerned that this would be too large to carry around, my 5'1" wife carries a Motorola Android that is larger than this phone. Besides, I don't know any women who EVER carry a phone in their front pants pocket. They either carry it in their handbags or in their hands.

    - Interface - Simply gorgeous. This is best in class, and becomes intuitive extremely fast. The definition is razor sharp, scrolling glides effortlessly, customization of tiles is easy and apps load quickly on LTE and/or Wi-fi.

    - Apps - Small ecosystem as of right now, but it has mostly everything I would use. I'm not particularly an application fiend, so this was never an issue. Twitter, FaceBook, MS Office, Netflix, ESPN, Youtube all work great. The Nokia apps are fantastic. Panorama, Cinemagraphic and Smart Shoot are great photo apps. Nokia Maps, Drive are fantastic navigation tools, particularly the turn-by-turn feature on Drive. We used it over the weekend driving all around the southeast including the mountains where there was no connectivity. You can download the maps prior to going into areas where you won't have connectivity and the phone's location finder via satellite will take over. This worked amazingly.

    - Camera - This is one of the phone's best feature. Images are sharp, colors are vibrant and OIS and low light capabilities are as good as the reviews say they are.

    - Misc: Importing contacts from iPhone/IOS. This is easily accomplished via each phone's Bluetooth feature. Turn both phone's Bluetooth on and they find each other. You can then tell the Lumia to transfer your contacts from your iPhone into your Windows phone. This took 10-15 seconds to transfer around 120 contacts.

    In conclusion, unless Android and/or Apple drastically improve their boring smartphone interface, I'm going to be a Nokia and Windows Phone user for a long time.
    Nov 12, 2012. 08:12 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's (Hidden) Value - Part 2: Potential  [View article]
    Well, I jumped the gun. It appears the phone is a 32G storage device compared to the HTC 8G one.
    Oct 21, 2012. 08:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's (Hidden) Value - Part 2: Potential  [View article]
    Well, the 920 is now officially available for pre-order on Best Buy's website. The similar HTC that Nokia would purportedly sue HTC for releasing is also available on that same page.;qp=q57696e646f77735f3...

    Again, to the average Joe/Jane, all I see is the same phone available for $50 less (with contract).
    Oct 21, 2012. 03:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's (Hidden) Value - Part 2: Potential  [View article]
    What concerns me is competitor WP8 devices that may aggressively price out the Nokia Lumia line. Early pre-order reports are encouraging, but so far I have seen absolutely no marketing blitzes surrounding the phone. I KNOW it's a great phone and probably best in class. But no one else does in my country (USA). If they stall marketing, then all of a sudden circa November 1-4 there are a plethora of WP8 options, and no one understands true differentiation. They just understand that one WP8 phone costs less than the yellow one sitting next to it.
    Oct 17, 2012. 09:36 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Look Out Below, Activision Blizzard: Finally A True WOW Killer  [View article]
    And 2.7 mill reportedly sold (pre China), subscribers climbing back up over 10mill.. That comes to about $108 million in revenue on MoP.
    So much for the WoW killer..
    Oct 4, 2012. 04:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Look Out Below, Activision Blizzard: Finally A True WOW Killer  [View article]
    2.7 million sold, subscriber base increased to 10mill - pre China sales. I guess there's your WoW killer.. Incidentally, that's about $104,860,035 million dollars in revenue.
    Oct 4, 2012. 03:13 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Look Out Below, Activision Blizzard: Finally A True WOW Killer  [View article]
    The comments/opinions of the MOP expansion release should be muted until 1) the 600-700k sales estimates are actually confirmed, 2) the digital download sales are also included in the count, of which they purportedly are not, and 3) the final sales (retail and downloads) in mainland China (releasing 10/2), which this MOP expansion is actually targeted towards, actually has taken place.

    There is a reason why this expansion was so panda-centric. Act-Blizzard know WoW is a dying franchise in North America and with its core audience. Note: Cataclysm (Yang) - mayhem, violence and marketed with heavy metal music -- things that appeal to a Western audience. MOP (Yin) - softer graphics, kung fu, sage messages and PANDAS. Your links to recent negative "reviews" have all been written by Western critics who are not representative of a larger Asian market. So just because you ordered the Dynamite Roll doesn't mean you ate sushi my friend.

    Why don't you wait and see how it performs in its intended market, before knocking it around? If sales peters, I suspect Activision-Blizzard will phase out WoW once and for all. If returns in China prove promising, heck they may even squeeze out another expansion pack or two and milk the China market as much as they can.

    Incidentally - 1.344 billion people in China, 311 million in the US.
    Sep 28, 2012. 05:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment