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  • Would You Quit Your Job For $5K? Why Amazon Offers Pay To Quit [View article]
    If I was working at minimum wage $5K to quit my job is a no brainer.

    It's hard enough to find people who even like their job. I've never heard of a minimum wage worker "Lovin' It"
    Apr 15 02:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Office For iPad Is A Boon For Apple [View article]
    Ballmer took over as CEO in Jan 2000. His specialty was finance and daily operations. Leave it to Ballmer to know when to dump AAPL.

    This is what drives me crazy about private sector. It seems the vast majority of CEOs determine success as whether their own compensation is increasing. Heck with the company succeeding.

    Bob Nardelli was a disaster the moment he left GE and was rewarded handsomely with bonuses from dragging down every company he touched.
    Apr 4 10:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Office For iPad Is A Boon For Apple [View article]
    Look at the reviews at the app story. People are surprised that you have to pay $100/year. What you're seeing in "big sellers" is downloads of the free app that only allows you to view Office documents.

    If I'm a home user and I want Office on more than one computing device, I would be stupid to pay the $99/year for the single app through the app store. If you buy through Microsoft you pay $99/year and you can install it on any 5 devices you want. PC, Mac, iPad or Windows tablet. That is purchased through MSFT and Apple doesn't get their 30% cut.

    http://bit.ly/1fFXQhQ
    Apr 4 09:41 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Office For iPad Is A Boon For Apple [View article]
    It can be difficult to predict the consumer. but I'm expecting that most home users will be buying Office 365 from Microsoft to get the package deals. Apple will certainly get some revenue, but by itself, Office 365 revenue won't be big.

    I wonder how many consumers are going to be willing to plop down $100/year for the rest of their lives for Office 365.
    Apr 3 07:25 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Struggles In China, But New Product Could Bring Added Growth Domestically [View article]
    There are only two strategies that are producing profits.

    Samsung's and Apple.

    Samsung is capturing their share with extensive marketing, payola, and paying students to trash other manufacturer's products

    Apple is capturing their share with quality.

    The moment Apple introduces a low cost phone the pundits will rise out of their holes and proclaim, .... "There goes Apple's margins, they're giving up profits for market share. The end is near."
    Mar 7 12:45 PM | 22 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cook: Apple TV did more than $1B in FY13 sales [View news story]
    I agree with that. Though I here Buffet puts out a nice spread for the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meetings.
    Mar 2 10:23 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cook: Apple TV did more than $1B in FY13 sales [View news story]
    Apple shareholder meetings are always boring.
    Feb 28 01:56 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Samsung Galaxy S5: Here's What You Need To Know Before The Big Conference [View article]
    Which explains why Samsung has code in their smartphones to detect performance testing apps so they can pump up the clock.

    Moto X Tops iPhone 5s In Durability Test, Galaxy S4 Comes In Last

    Read more at http://bit.ly/1kg2naW
    Feb 26 08:24 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Samsung Galaxy S5: Here's What You Need To Know Before The Big Conference [View article]
    Samsung didn't avoid the fatal mistake of Tizen. The wearables are Tizen based. I believe that Samsung's long view is to kill Android by mission creep.
    Feb 25 08:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Battle For The Wrist: Galaxy Gear Vs. iWatch [View article]
    Google Glass doesn't have cellular. It only has wi-fi and bluetooth. I suppose theoretically, you can use Google Glass without a smartphone, you've seriously degraded it's capabilities.
    Feb 24 08:34 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Battle For The Wrist: Galaxy Gear Vs. iWatch [View article]
    If any of us were brilliant inventors/innovators who knew what kind of smart watch/band was needed to spur 100s of millions of people to buy it .... we wouldn't be here.

    Does anyone believe that Apple is oblivious to what is already on the market in smart watches/bands?

    Apple is a successful company because they bring to the market products and an ecosystem that the average consumer wants to have. They add to that a level of "quality" to their smartphones and tablets that consumers are willing to pay for.

    Samsung is a successful company because they decided to be a tech conglomerate that produces a monster family of products, with a minimal ecosystem [courtesy of Google]. They are willing to sacrifice a bit on quality to make a profit.

    Android smartphones are for geeks and/or consumers who are tight with their disposable income.

    Apple smartphones are for consumers that just want it to work and like the ephemeral feelings of a high quality product. They expand their line by a better thought out ecosystem.

    A Samsung Galaxy user once pointed out the benefit that his desktop was infinitely customizable. I told him that was a great benefit if I wanted to spend an infinite amount of my time customizing my desktop. Sadly, that's not a high priority to me.
    Feb 24 08:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Samsung Galaxy S5: Here's What You Need To Know Before The Big Conference [View article]
    My fingerprint sensor works perfectly on my left hand, but not on my right. Once I figured out why that was the case it made perfect sense and I don't fight it.
    Feb 23 11:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Battle For The Wrist: Galaxy Gear Vs. iWatch [View article]
    When Google bought Motorola the belief was all Google was only really interested in was the IP. Now that Google is selling Motorola that confirms it beyond a reasonable doubt.
    Feb 20 06:56 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2014 Overview: No Apple iPad Killer [View article]
    Either you misread Gary J. or you didn't say what you intended to say to his post.
    Feb 17 02:33 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Ejects Bitcoin App [View article]
    I have a question or three you might want to tackle. On the Lexus dealership that accepted bitcoin. ....

    1. You may know that any "cash" transactions of $5,000 and above is required by law to be reported to the Feds. The intent of that law is to bring to the attention of the government likely [or possible, if you prefer] money laundering. If the Lexus dealership accepts bitcoin transactions, even electronically, does that constitute, or should constitute a cash transaction that needs to be reported?

    2. Suppose the dealership accepts as payment $60,000 equivalent in bitcoins for a Lexus. How does that get accounted for on the Lexus books? Does he record a USD transaction of $60,000 or does he record the bitcoin amount? Since bitcoin fluctuates in value so much, when he files his taxes and reports this bitcoin transaction as income [I would hope] what value does he assign to it. The value of the bitcoin at the moment of the transaction, the day of the filing or Dec 31 of the tax year? What's the tax code on this?

    3. When he sells his bitcoins for USD, does the tax code allow him to claim a short or long term capital loss/gain, or is this just an underground monetary system where the Lexus tax payer decides at his convenience when to claim it or not?
    Feb 14 08:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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