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  • Amazon: Fire Phone Is A Flop [View article]
    Steve, me too. That's why you should get one that works with no contract and keep your fees down.
    Cheapo plans are out there.
    e.g. Virginmobileusa, $45/month, unlimited text, data 1200 minutes of talk
    e.g. Republic wireless, $25/month, unimited text, data, talk. (uses Motorola moto x and moto g phones)
    Boost, Cricket, and Metropcs also come to mind.
    Jun 25 12:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Supreme Court rules against Aereo [View news story]
    Too bad, I think Aereo should be legal. Scalia, Alito, Thomas agreed.

    Aereo only streamed what was broadcast over the air anyway. It was just an internet antenna service.

    Oh well. I have an antenna to pick up over the air stuff. I'm simply amazed that people pay $75/month to watch "17 and pregnant" "extreme hoarders" "animal cops" etc.
    Jun 25 12:52 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's 50% Upside Driven By Growth, Free Cash Flow And Dividend Increases [View article]
    Of course Apple shares will be worth holding and the price will go up.

    Whenever I read a comment that doubts Apple's future growth, I wonder "what stock would he prefer to own?"

    Tesla? Amazon? Netflix? IBM? GM? Microsoft?

    Apple simply dominates and is succeeding and growing all areas of its business. The money it makes will increase. The headwind today is the weak worldwide economy. I wonder are you all aware that USA GDP has been just 2% for 5 years and counting? Europe is worse.

    Yet Apple keeps raking in the dough.
    Jun 25 12:41 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: iPhone's Growth And Market Share Declining? Not Really [View article]
    Of course the author is correct.

    My friend who has iPhone 4s would never own another kind of phone. There is a robust market for the iPhone 4s today although there are now lots of iPhone 5 being sold. Check out Craigslist, eBay or similar for unlocked iPhone 4s, they're $225+ used. She will take one back and sell it in Mexico for a profit.

    Eventually of course she'll upgrade her phone and it's surely going to be an Apple product.

    Now Microsoft is so desperate they're still trying to bribe people to switch from Apple products to their misconceived copycat stuff. It's not gonna work.
    Jun 24 09:36 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Market Share: Slip, Slipping Away [View article]
    The iPhone still reins supreme. What the author may not know is that overseas the iPhone 4s is still selling as it's still a superior phone compared to most or all android phones.

    My visitor from Mexico will sell her Telcel iPhone 4s when she returns to Mexico, she bought an unblocked GSM iPhone here and stuck a movistar (prepaid or pay as you go) sim into it and it works.

    On the Telcel website, they still sell the iPhone 4s and it's about $700 USD or so.

    How many they sell I don't know, but the other guys are still playing catch up to iPhone. The iPhone is still about the coolest piece of hardware you can put into your hand.

    Apple has people buying their phones or aspiring to buy them from the 4s up. There is a huge market for used iPhones. These things are just in a class by themselves.
    Jun 23 01:06 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Report: Price hikes on tap at Starbucks [View news story]
    McDonalds "senior coffee": 69 cents plus tax.

    Ask for it :)
    Jun 20 12:45 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple For The Alpha Hunter [View article]
    Apple is like no other company today. This is hard sometimes for people to appreciate fully.
    For some hints, wander over to an Apple store. What do you see? Who is in there? The place is a better gold mine than Tiffany but you knew that.
    But, unlike other products, Apple products tend to make the customer seek other Apple products. I know many people who liked their iPhone and bought Mac computers.
    In a way, buying your first Apple product is a bit like being bitten by a vampire, you now tend to stay loyal to Apple and want more products. As you own more Apple products, Apple can then sell you various services.
    Apple will grow profits in many ways, the process is really just beginning.
    Jun 18 10:11 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Growth Potential Of Apple's Mac [View article]
    The reason Mac and Apple are superior is that they are not copycats, and have done their "homework" to test ideas like a touchscreen computer OS before wasting time and effort on a trainwreck like Windows 8.

    Windows has always been a copycat OS, XP=Mac OS 9 for example. Windows 7 is essentially the same.

    A touchscreen OS to input for a computer instead of a mouse/trackpad is absurd. Only clueless nerds in Redmond would come up with something so dumb.

    I used Windows and very quickly loaded Linux onto the machine so it would stop being so vulnerable to spyware and viruses. CHEAP equipment is a pain but luckily Linux saves it.

    Mac OS is UNIX and there is nothing you can do to Windows to make it as robust.

    The consumer has rejected Windows Vista/8, Surface, Zune and other microsoft imitations of Apple.

    Microsoft is becoming as irrelevant as the latest utterances of Gates.
    Jun 18 12:52 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple launches cheaper iMac [View news story]
    They'll sell a lot of iMacs and it's OK to have different specs on them.

    re: Windows. Anyone who has not put Linux on old windows machines is in the dinosaur age and deserves the viruses and spyware that will inevitably infect the windows boxes.

    Mac=UNIX. Windows=windows.
    Jun 18 11:12 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Buying A House Is A Terrible Investment [View article]
    The author makes an excellent point. How people view houses also depends on their own historical experience.
    After WWII, home ownership was encouraged by special loans for veterans. Since the late 50's then, house values have risen along with wages.
    As more government interference in housing lending created a bubble peaking in 2007, people have believed that houses are an excellent investment.
    Of course, the opposite can be true in many cases. Ask someone who bought a house in 2007 how well his "investment" has done lately.
    My grandmother was a businesswoman who rented nice houses. She eventually moved to a gorgeous apartment in an historic building and left all of her descendants some cash.
    Many older people bought houses and have not invested in the stock market for many reasons, but now they have the ability to reverse mortgage their houses to increase their incomes.
    My view is that buying a house is fine if you don't spend too much and can also buy stock investments.
    The house can eventually be reverse mortgaged so you can get some of your money back.
    As far as the transaction costs for "house investing", they're outrageously high. I can trade stocks on Vanguard for $2, while a house transaction will have $10,000 fees.
    Jun 15 05:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should You Be 100% Invested In Stocks? [View article]
    Sure, people have cash as a cushion or to have ready to buy some good deal as it may appear.

    Do you think Buffet or others have a cash war chest to be able to buy more cash?

    No, the cash is to be able to buy something else.

    The notion of investment in cash is also a big odd since cash is not an investment.

    I'm 94% stocks, 6% high yield corporate bond (vanguard high yield corporate fund).
    Jun 15 01:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple Is In My Retirement Portfolio [View article]
    You're gonna sell Apple to buy Amazon, Zillow and Tesla?
    Wow, talk about "hope and change", you're hoping for profits from the last 3 while selling the best profit machine out there.
    Jun 12 12:24 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Overlooked Upside Potential In Apple's Acquisition Of Beats Electronics [View article]
    You may not know the history of the Apple stores concept.
    Jobs liked the Gap store setup and wanted to imitate/improve upon it. The Gap store in my town looks rather similar to the Apple store in Los Gatos, CA which was intentional by Jobs.
    Apple products were 1. top specs 2. top performance 3. top user experience 4. top value 5. top resale value.
    Whether customers thought this was "cool" or not is meaningless, the attraction of Apple products was quality of the product and the user experience.
    Beats radio may be a better setup than iTunes radio, if so, this will be worthwhile for Apple.
    Apple by no means needs to appeal to "youth" or "cool" seekers, this has never been the way Apple sold products and it should not be.
    I doubt the hundreds of millions of Asian Apple customers care about who Dr. Dre is.
    Jun 11 03:57 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Time Warren Buffett Got It Wrong [View article]
    The Warren Buffet allocation assumes you have invested HUGE capital.

    Therefore, it doesn't matter if the portfolio has a variable net value from time to time.
    Jun 11 12:54 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple Is In My Retirement Portfolio [View article]
    The author is correct.
    Apple will continue to make money and grow until the last Yanomami in the Amazon has an iPad.
    I remember jumping up and down in Jan 2009 to buy more Apple shares (and other great companies on sale). Apple was a huge buy then and it still is a great buy today.
    Apple is to electronics like Deere is to farming, their dominance won't fade soon.
    Jun 11 12:39 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment