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  • Taylor Swift > Apple [View article]
    And polkas and waltzes and Gregorian chants.....
    Jun 23, 2015. 07:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Taylor Swift > Apple [View article]
    Here come the Patriots haters.

    Get over it - Coach Belichik and Tom Brady are the most successful drivers of winning football in history and that really bothers some people.
    Jun 23, 2015. 07:39 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Taylor Swift > Apple [View article]
    "Tim Cook rode Jobs' product development coatails. Him and Ive and the rest have to fill his shoes."

    Excellent and well reasoned points in Steven Aniston's comments here. This and earlier Cook-era gaffes are pointing to the inevitable demise in American corporations in this era of any principle other than the most neanderthal expression of self-interest and above all, leaving no money on the table for anyone else wherever possible. This always happens, post-founder, and whoever follows Tim Cook will demonstrate even more adherence to the rapaciousness of a grabby BOD while staging only the most inauthentic charades of deference to Steve Jobs.
    Jun 22, 2015. 01:16 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It's True, Apple Is About To Crush Microsoft With Business Customers [View article]
    Microsoft has gone on far longer than even BBRY had when the iPhone debuted, without a hit product or update or genuinely profitably foray into a new area. Apple continues to encircle Microsoft's remaining cash cow bastion of legacy enterprise incumbency with a proliferating evolution and even revolution of real solutions and upgrades to customer needs and wants.

    Apple is reducing Microsoft into a value trap just as surely as it obliterated RIM.
    Oct 23, 2014. 09:12 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple Pay Is Likely To Succeed, And Lessons From PayPal [View article]
    "Apple has already beaten Paypal. Their spin off is a move of desperation and also allows someone (Apple?) to please buy the company without the headache of Ebay itself attached."

    Like Steve Ballmer who never seemed to recognize that the world was changing while he was running Microsoft into the ground relative to it's fast-rising competitors, CEO John Donahoe has caused the Ebay marketplace to stagnate in relation to it's competition which has far surpassed this once-dominant e-commerce company.

    Both pushed uninspired and somewhat second-rate technology while charging premium prices, leaving it to competitors to take the lead at the cutting edge with innovative ways of serving customer needs. If Ebay's John Donahoe really didn't recognize the threat of Apple Pay to the only remaining strong growth segment of his company until now, it confirms that his apparently unseemingly hurried decision to spin off Paypal reflects what small Ebay sellers have known for years, that as Carl Icann publicly stated earlier this year, Donahoe and Ebay's BOD are "dysfunctional."
    Oct 1, 2014. 03:25 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Apple Ditch Google For Yahoo Search? Never Say Never [View article]
    Right you are, MChen.

    Google's weak spot is clearly the growing dysfunction of their lauded search engine since they are expending more effort monetizing it than they are improving it. Hence, what comes up is so far from rational results when a search is typed in due to paid promotions and advertisements, somebody besides MChen and I has to be noticing that online search has become an ordeal that is worsening.

    GM made crappy cars for decades before the lights went out for them, and the excesses and misdirection on simple search entries will have a similar effect on Google if it keeps worsening except it won't take as long since the online world is much faster. They are handing Yahoo a clear opportunity via this abuse of the preponderance of search they have attained if there is any way to bridge enough of the wide technological lead Google still manages to hold.
    Apr 17, 2014. 08:18 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple Really Doomed? [View article]
    A very convincing differentiation between Apple and Sony. Furthermore, there were many very large bumps and potholes along the way before Apple was led by Steve Jobs, on his second try as CEO, to it's present state of success.

    There is an apparent lull in the "wow factor" presently at Apple it seems, but there is quite possibly far more going on to lay groundwork for potentially groundbreaking products, services and integration between them the likes of which Apple excels at bringing to consumers, academia and businesses like no other company, and that this time is more of a gestation period than it is a lack of innovation.
    Mar 24, 2014. 09:04 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Outguns Intel [View article]
    Having read the biography, "Steve Jobs," by Walter Isaacson, it appears the Apple Way is about ALWAYS maintaining a scrupulously high standard esthetically and functionally and in solving problems and fulfilling needs the consumer may not even be aware of. This has apparently fueled their admirable product evolution despite missteps and fallibility, all the way.

    Since corporate cultures seem to revert to a marketing oriented badge-engineered tolerance for excessive compromise that is ultimately self-destructive, great opportunity can be found in unexpected places such as competing against yesterday's most successful giants. For Apple, it apparently needed to do just that with it's chips since it's iPhone needs were not going to be met by a slow-moving Intel that has been so tone deaf in smartphone chips that it may yet fail in an area it mostly ignored for too long.
    Feb 28, 2014. 11:52 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon Kindle Is No Apple iPad Killer [View article]
    "We don't understand fully how large-scale asset purchase programs work to ease financial market conditions."
    "Certainly, Amazon stock has benefited as one receptacle for speculative capital."

    Yes, it's been party time on Wall Street, and this has reached a crescendo in the last year or so courtesy of Federal Reserve hot money creation directed specifically at asset inflation. Hence, the likes of Amazon, Facebook, Netflix and many other minimally profitable, head-scratchingly overvalued names are priced to hype and momo for as long as this version of the financialists' game lasts.
    Jan 15, 2014. 10:13 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Screwed Up Big Time [View article]
    "Tim Cook and Company have become blind, slow to recognize the changing, aging demographic market's desires and the accelerating, hungry competition. Give the market what it wants, not what you think it should get."

    Anyone who reads the biography "Steve Jobs," by Walter Isaacson, will be inundated with Mr. Jobs' endless obsession over details and overall user experience and how they were the core of Apple; the "Apple Way." This article rightly points out a yet another disturbing compromise by Apple by Tim Cook that Steve Jobs would not likely have countenanced.

    Steve Jobs did not make excuses for slipshod products, and if there was a problem a la "antennagate," he had the track record to be credible. He would not have released the embarrassing Maps before their time just to meet a deadline and he would almost certainly have delayed any new product if a better screen could be made available as a result.

    A short-term corporate corner-cutting for quarterly bonuses mentality is almost impossible to avoid running any publicly traded company replete with overcompensated hacks at the top, and Apple may well be falling into this familiar trap that almost all inspiring out-performers eventually succumb to.
    Jan 1, 2014. 07:04 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Further Signs Of Demand Weakness Now Hit The iPad Mini [View article]
    "This is a win win situation for both and should have been done years ago."

    No need when Apple products couldn't be kept in stock even at full price. Besides, the most successful products sold at say, Tiffany's, would never consider going downmarket all the way to Walmart unless they were having trouble moving their merchandise.
    Apr 9, 2013. 09:05 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Further Signs Of Demand Weakness Now Hit The iPad Mini [View article]
    The commentators above who appear so convinced that the latest Apple products appearing in Walmart discounted is a plus for Apple should consider working for the government and pumping the Bernanke "recovery."

    And hopefully for them all of their investments aren't just just about hope and "close enough for government work."
    Apr 9, 2013. 06:57 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Without Steve Jobs, Apple Is Without A Map [View article]
    This all smells of GM which was for decades the most valuable and profitable company on the planet and considered synonymous with the peak of manufacturing expertise and "American knowhow."

    The demonstrable end started in 1955 when an accountant rather than an engineer headed the corporation for the first time, followed within several years by non-engineers in all top positions. Cheapness, fake innovations, goofs, missteps and inability and unwillingness to confront competitive threats were the result of the resulting focus on short-term results with nobody willing or able to take the heat for tough, principled decisions to maintain long-term viability.

    IT is a faster world, and decades will morph into mere years of great decline if Apple continues to lapse into the usual mold that human organizations devolve into of short-sighted and short-term decisions over the far more difficult maintenance of true quality and innovation that were achieved under Steve Jobs.
    Sep 23, 2012. 02:14 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Steve Jobs Era Officially Over, But Should You Sell Apple Stock? [View article]
    "Tim has surely read Ayn Rands Atlas Shrugged one of Steve's favorite books and considered to be one of his 'guides'....."

    And Alan Greenspan was a disciple of Ayn Rand; what did that do to temper his career of servitude to the banker cartel and it's fiat paper currency? Maybe the biggest sellouts can be those who are have kept the subjects of their treasonous acts closer than their friends, a la the advice of Machiavelli.

    Microsoft was once widely considered the very essence of cutting edge innovation. So was GM, for that matter. Who cares now? Settling for the conventional status quo is the norm for managers at the top, and because they happen to be in business does not make them entrepreneurs. At present these are the types who are presiding over the demise of the unique free market attributes that once propelled the US to unparalleled leadership in most categories, from Jeffrey Immelt of GE presiding over the President's laughable "jobs panel" to all the political, business and academic hacks who have given us the grotesque contortions and lies that are preserving the incumbent haves at the cost of mounting $trillions of debt without any prospect of taxpayer value in exchange.

    Steve Jobs was an entrepreneur nonpareil regardless that he made mistakes. Obscenely overpaid, glorified managers are the stuff of which the present disastrous state of the US was built on. Sadly this is whose ranks Tim Cook now seems to be inclined to join.
    Mar 21, 2012. 09:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Has Already Won The Tablet Market [View article]
    "I think I first heard "Triptronic" from some Porsche literature."

    "Tiptronic" is the name of the semi-automatic shifter, registered by Porsche.
    Mar 16, 2012. 06:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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