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  • Apple Could Go Down In The Class Struggle [View article]

    The rich buy what they want, price is no objective. What they want is status, to be seen and to have those peers envy them. These are the same people who rent hotel rooms as $2-10,000 a night. I don't hold that against the hotel, that keeps my rate at a modest $150/night. Nor the airlines, who I walk through first class to get to my measly cramped seat, but I saved 5-10 times less than that dope in 1st class who is on some expense account or the like. Nor do I even care when a 7 series BMW, a Mercedes Maybach, or Ferrari rolls by, if they have the money, good for them. As far as resenting them that they get to go to a special room or desk, or ahead in line, do we really care? No, same thing happens in hotels, airlines, car dealerships, the like. I don't make my purchase decisions based upon what some other schmuck is doing, I buy what I want, which is usually what I can afford. If some goofball pays a ton for a watch that keeps my watch reasonably priced, good for him. No sweat off my back.
    Mar 30, 2015. 02:45 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple investing $2B in GT Advanced's former plant [View news story]
    2 bil. spending by Apple creates more than 150 Jobs. The sales of equipment to monitor all the other data centers, the furnishings, the upgrades to the building, all of this creates work, which in turn creates jobs. Don't believe this then examine the cities who have recently lost a major center or plant somewhere. Typically where 1 job is created in the destination location, 5-10 jobs are created elsewhere.
    Feb 2, 2015. 04:15 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple On Privacy, Security And Identity [View article]
    People today don't value their privacy until they have an identity theft. Then all of a sudden a light bulb goes off and they guard all means of privacy and identity. So next time you drop info in Facebook, think who could use this and for what purpose? Next time you search with Google, ask your self would I want everyone to know that I am visiting this site? So anytime I hear some company is offering to make my Identity and Privacy a concern, that gets my attention big time. As an Apple Shareholder it also makes me be thankful for a wise investment as well. Haven't had you identity stolen? Haven't lost your job as a result of a Tweet? Bank Accounts secure? You will learn!
    Feb 2, 2015. 03:55 PM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Winning The Profit Battle, Losing The Smartphone War [View article]
    Really? So Apple concentrates on being profitable versus selling a cheap phone that lasts a few months or year? It's easy to see you are not a stockholder at all. In this world of trying to gain marketshare at all cost, you are typical of non-investors who don't understand the supply chain economics, nor the sales processes of Apple. Samsung is taking it in the shorts as is Microsoft and others. Sales are down, market share is declining and profits are no where to be found. I really don't respect your article as it makes no sense.
    Jan 28, 2015. 10:02 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Dear iPhone 6, Meet Desay Mirror X5 [View article]
    Its like comparing cars. Sure anyone can come up with a car with and engine, four wheels, four doors, etc. and sell it CHEAP. But wait, it takes forever to pass someone cause the tranny is only 3 speed, plus little tork (get up and go). It may take cheap gas, and operate cheaply, but try and buy parts for it when it breaks, let alone get some to fix it. And the fabric falls apart after 2 years. Sound familiar? Yea, Japanese cars of the 60's. Cell phones are looked upon similarly. You get what you pay for. So be careful what you buy.
    Jan 15, 2015. 11:34 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Bet Is That Microsoft Will Outperform Apple In 2015 [View article]
    So, if I understand correctly, MS will out perform Apple soley on the results of this new Tablet? Tablet sales amount to a small percentage of Apple and that share is shrinking over time. My guess is that Tablet has shown itself as a pretty good instrument, worthy of consideration. Though hardly in line to propel MS to outperform Apple at any market segment, let alone the full company. MS is hoping that Windows 10 is widely accepted, whereas most of the customer base could care less. If its good and reasonably priced, OK, I will use it, but not worth it to me for me to abandon my entire ecostructure with Apple to switch to a different architecture and operating system. Certainly, NOT to cause me to abandon my Apple products, the software I have come to love, the interconnectivity of devices, the Phone, my iPads, etc. etc.
    Jan 7, 2015. 05:16 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Pay Hoopla Shows We Have Hit Peak Apple [View article]
    This article shows a lack of understanding of Apple and their various ecosystems. ApplePay won't be anything other than to drive more people to buy its product. Millions of people have had their credit cards hacked this year alone. The card is ancient piece of garbage that Apple has found a way to make secure. Once the public realizes this, bar the door, Apple will be the only phone to buy. What's more important is that this is a win-win for the banks, the merchants and the customers and a big lose-lose for the hackers and con artist. I for one have had 4 cards hacked this year, most of which haven't cost me money but have causes a lot of aggravation to fix. So Apple Pay is for me.
    Oct 21, 2014. 03:45 PM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Demand Explained By Thorstein Veblen [View article]
    This article is really too stupid to reply to, but I could not help my self.
    Sep 15, 2014. 03:12 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Pay More Significant Than Apple Watch [View article]
    Excellent work! The press and other commentators are poo-pooing the new iPhone 6 and Watch as no big deal. They really missed the whole event when they forgot its not about the phone itself anymore, its about what you can do with it! Apple Pay is a step in the right direction and will bring about lots of new innovation on the retail and as well Apple side. Watch is different in what you can and can't do with it, just like the iPhone was when it first came out. There were few apps then, now look at it! I commend Apple's innovation and am excited to see what happens next.
    Sep 10, 2014. 03:49 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Reasons The Apple Launch Disappointed [View article]
    People like you poo-poo'ed the iPod, iPhone, and iPad when they came out as well. Yet none of you step up and say "Oh, yes, I am the one who poo-poo'd this when it came out. Apple is probably the most watched company in the world. They can't sneeze without people taking note of which brand of tissue they pull out. No surprise then that there wasn't anything that wasn't already leaked to the press. However, no one came up with the Watch screens, functionality, crown function, interoperability with the iPhone, etc. The iPhone 6 is amazing and I for one plan to upgrade my 5 to a 6. The NFC feature is amazing and oversteps the PayPal and Amazon similar approaches. I will also buy a watch when it comes out. Its phenomenal and beyond anything else on the market today. I hope the market proves you wrong on all counts.
    Sep 10, 2014. 09:35 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple Won't Build A Cheap iPhone... And Why It Should [View article]
    If you are just comparing hardware, so be it. But for those who go beyond the physical phone, Apple is way ahead with their ecosystem. We have friends who live in China and for the most part, they are tired of the crummy cheap phones that offer little other than making calls and internet connection. They and most of their friends want the Apple iPhone even if it means an older model. As they remind me, its not about the name on the phone, its about what can this phone do for me. Apple more than Android, Windows or others can do what these people want. Granted as missionaries the can't afford much, but their expectations are that a iPhone 4 or 5 is still better than what Samsung or Google offer.
    Aug 12, 2014. 02:34 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple Won't Build A Cheap iPhone... And Why It Should [View article]
    I think Apple is on the right path. Once the iPhone 6 comes to market, that will free up an enormous supply of used phones to recycle into new phones for BRIC markets. Apple is way ahead on this and I believe we will see a great deal of marketing by them and others for trade-in values when the 6 surfaces. I know that our company has plans to by all new 6's for our staff to replace our 5's. My family which mainly have 4's and 4S's also plan to upgrade at that time. So you could see as much as 50mil of these phones available next year for those markets.
    Aug 12, 2014. 02:29 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Genius Of The Apple iPhone 6 [View article]
    jj1937-Google closing the Motorolla plant here in Ft. Worth, which made the MotoX. Not enough demand was the reason. Likely though there were cost implications. Americans want good quality cheap stuff. The Chinese have come around on the quality and with 1 billion people there, cheap labor will always be available. Hence the American companies are all flocking there to not only manufacture, but now with a new Chinese middle class, there are huge sales gains as well. So before you criticize Americans not buying American, look around for the facts.
    Jun 26, 2014. 11:37 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's iWatch May Have A 37% Net Profit Margin [View article]
    Don't discount that the Apple infrastructure will drive sales to the iWatch. Already in iOS 8 we are seeing a number of options that will benefit an iWatch. Fashion will also drive this vehicle as will peer pressure. This is all dependent upon Apple delivering a watch that is so typical of Apple, loaded with features that consumers never realized that they wanted, but flock to anyway. The Apple ecosystem wasn't around when the iPod and iPhone came into existence, in the degree it is today, so look for this phone to be an extension that fully takes advantage. Something Samsung and others can only envy. If the watch is as promised, I will be a buyer and am long on APPL and getting longer.
    Jun 25, 2014. 09:21 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Buying A House Is A Terrible Investment [View article]
    The writer makes good points, at least for the casual, young, single, upwardly mobile young of this country. But a few things to consider, most people buy homes as a place to live, NOT as investment. Doubtful that money will be made on real estate, but leasing a home you will fully loose all the money you pay. Factor in the tax advantages and potential write offs, and a small profit can be expected. But unless you are buying a house on one of the coasts, in highly desirable areas, I can't image anyone investing $100K in a starter home. Lastly, why does the writer assume that buying a house and investing in stocks are mutually exclusive? What he should have pointed out is that smart money invests as small as possible in their down payment for the house and then invest all new money in the stock market. Doing so as i have done, yields great profits and keeps overall living expenses fixed, allowing future investments to increase. Do this and you will be wealthy.
    Jun 16, 2014. 11:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment