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  • "Office is friendlier and more economical than at any point in its history," writes Gizmodo's Sam Biddle, taking a positive view of Office 2013's (MSFT) feature-rich subscription options. Reviews of the productivity suite (I, II, III) are generally more positive than negative - its cloud services, touch support, and collaboration tools receive praise - but not everyone is convinced consumers should opt for a $100/year subscription instead of a $140 license, in spite of the extra features that come with the former. [View news story]
    redmond... we have a problem
    the same sort of delusional thinking that brought you Surface

    ("...Sales are now estimated to be around 400,000 units")
    Jan 30 01:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Caterpillar (CAT) says it’s considering “all options” to recover losses from the $580M false accounting fiasco at Siwei. In its conference call earlier today, Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman said CAT's aggressively looking into how it can hold those responsible to account for the “multiyear, coordinated accounting misconduct.” “We are not done,” Oberhelman says. CFO Brad Halverson adds: “When we put our own team in place, the way we operate, we get to the bottom of it.” Review the rest of the call here: CAT Earnings Call Transcript[View news story]
    Misconduct is when you're dumb enough to be conned. Fire him.
    Jan 28 08:40 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • "Apple's (AAPL) glory days are now behind it," said FBN's Shebly Seyrafi on Thursday morning with the stock at $450. On Sept. 13 - the day after the iPhone 5 launch and the shares at $680 - Seyrafi reiterated a Buy rating and boosted his price target to $1,000. (FBN now maintains an Outperform on Apple with a lowered target of $650.) [View news story]
    because of the launch of the iphone5 OBVIOUSLY. wake up
    Jan 26 07:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Changewave's December North American smartphone survey is a little less favorable to Apple (AAPL) than usual. 50% of respondents planning on buying a smartphone over the next 90 days say they'll get an iPhone, down from 71% in September (the time of the iPhone 5 launch). A year ago, that number fell to 54% from 65%. 21% say they'll get a Samsung (SSNLF.PK) phone, up from 13% in September. Also, 27% want a phone with a 5" or larger screen. The iPhone's U.S. share is easily  higher than its share in most international markets. (previous[View news story]
    why does anybody buy that silly small outdated thing?
    Jan 15 09:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL) has cut iPhone 5 component orders for calendar Q1 due to weaker-than-expected demand, sources tell the WSJ; display orders are said to be cut by ~50%. The Nikkei also claims display orders have been halved, albeit from an elevated level of 65M. The articles back up analyst reports of iPhone production and component order cuts, and raise the question of whether Apple needs a cheaper iPhone and/or one with a larger display to bolster its international share. Suppliers on watch: LPL, CRUS, OVTI, QCOM, BRCM, SWKS, TQNT, AVGO[View news story]
    iphone5 = too little too late too boring too expensive

    OF COURSE they need a bigger phone but they're too
    busy with idiotic lawsuits over bogus patents to deal with it.
    Jan 13 10:33 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The future of Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows RT is starting to look a little shaky. Not only have Surface RT sales underwhelmed, Samsung has decided not to sell its RT tablets in the U.S. The electronics giant says educating U.S. consumers on RT would require "heavy lifting," and that retail partners have indicated RT demand is modest. One could also point out RT systems, which sport ARM-based (ARMH) CPUs from the likes of QCOM and NVDA, don't support older Windows apps, and that Intel and AMD have been busy developing tablet-friendly CPUs for Windows 8 Pro gear. [View news story]
    who the hell came up with the name RT?
    Jan 11 04:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "Our checks have confirmed that Facebook has a phone team in-house but it is unclear of the ultimate goal of this unit," writes Topeka's Victor Anthony in a note discussing Facebook's (FB +5.1%) Jan. 15 event. Though Mark Zuckerberg has insisted a Facebook phone doesn't make sense, reports of a device being made with HTC's help have repeatedly surfaced. Anthony speculates the event could involve anything from new carrier partnerships to a video ad product to a social search engine. (earlier[View news story]
    Jan 9 07:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "Today we are committed and satisfied with Microsoft, but anything is possible," says Nokia's (NOK +0.8%) Stephen Elop in an interview with Spain's El Pais, apparently leaving the door open to using Android down the line. Past remarks from chairman Risto Siilasmaa have already fueled speculation Nokia is open to adopting Android if Windows Phone sales underwhelm. Elop also argues Nokia's cameras, displays, and proprietary apps will allow its WP hardware to stand out from that of rivals such as HTC. [View news story]
    nokia would get their butts kicked by samsung in the android market because their leadership is grossly incompetent.
    Jan 7 04:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gold investors are making a "major mistake" if they think the latest Fed minutes indicate the end of QE is likely by mid-year or even year’s end, Peter Schiff writes, seeing the recent decline in gold prices as a buying opportunity. The Fed's hands are tied, as any end to buying Treasurys or MBS would result in higher rates that might tip the economy back into recession. Gold finishes the day at $1,648.90, -1.5%[View news story]
    well if you held gold instead of stocks this week you just lost a healthy chunk of current purchasing power
    Jan 4 04:47 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft (MSFT -0.9%) ticks lower following a downgrade to Hold from Argus; like plenty of other firms, it's worried about slow Windows 8 adoption and poor Surface sales. Yesterday, Davenport cut its forecast for Dec. quarter Surface sales to a mere 700K. [View news story]
    what took you so long?
    Jan 4 11:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft (MSFT) is taking shots at Google over the search giant's lack of support for Windows Phone. In a blog post, a legal exec accuses Google of preventing Microsoft's WP YouTube app from supporting features found on Android/iOS YouTube apps. Separately, Microsoft says it's"surprised and disappointed" by Google's decision to end support for the Exchange ActiveSync protocol, used to provide push e-mail support  for Gmail on WP devices, for new hardware. Is Google trying to thwart the adoption of a rival OS that uses Bing as its default search engine? (previous[View news story]
    that's hilarious and disgusting at the same time.
    they stage a 'funeral march' for android on their campus and then cry like little babies when google won't help them?
    grow up
    Jan 2 10:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Android Is Dead - Part 4: New Contender Windows Phone 8 [View article]
    stagnant would be when 'innovation' means bringing out a 4" phone two years after they became mainstream
    Dec 29 07:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Android Is Dead - Part 4: New Contender Windows Phone 8 [View article]
    metro is hideous.
    you'd have to pay me to pretend to like it.
    Dec 29 07:35 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Short Microsoft? No, Just Buy The Dips Of This Solid Dividend Stock [View article]
    maybe at 22... and only then to sell it when it probably once again reaches recent highs... before once again dipping to the lower end of the range.
    Dec 29 01:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Windows 8 (MSFT) is being adopted at a slower rate than the much-maligned Vista, and a much slower rate than Windows 7, according to usage data from Net Applications. As of Dec. 22, Win. 8 was used on an estimated 1.6% of all Windows PCs. This compares with 2.2% for Vista at a similar point in its release history, and 6%+ for Win. 7. Consumer PC demand remains tepid, and many enterprises have made it clear they have no interest in upgrading to Win. 8, at least for now. [View news story]
    metro, the 'tiles' front end microsoft wants to force you to adopt,
    is obnoxious and annoying.
    why would anybody pay for that?
    Dec 27 02:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment