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  • BlackBerry: Security And Services Are Not Enough [View article]
    I agree with Frank. Picked up the Passport at the beginning of the year and have been very happy with it. My girlfriend ended up getting one too. I text with my kids and I BBM with her. Love the large screen for viewing websites and photos and yeah, I really have used it to read Word docs, PDFs and the odd spreadsheet when I'm on the move. And the Blackberry Hub and the intelligent Priority Hub with all the traffic from emails, text messages, BBM's, voicemails, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram (via IGrann), etc, all going to one place and easy to control? LOVE it!!!!
    May 21, 2015. 09:10 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry's Chen: Guidance Increasingly At Odds With Reality [View article]
    Well, the two adults in our family bought Blackberry Passports as soon as they became available and could not be happier. Love the keyboard: did it take a little getting used to with it's three rows? Absolutely, but nothing compared to trying to get used to trying to type fast/accurate on my three years I ventured into with an iPhone. The apps available now through the Amazon Apps store? Love it. The Hub? Super-useful! The ability to move the cursor or screen scrolling by passing your thumb across the keyboard instead of having to move up to the touchscreen? Yeah, faster than i ever could with my iPhone.

    We were flying on business yesterday and both of us were typing away (quickly/accurately) on our BB's before takeoff and there was another guy with a BB Classic typing away on his keyboard just two rows up from us. Good to be back.

    When I walk into a meeting and put my BB Passport on the table, it always sparks interest and conversation. Often I get into "comparing features". I always smile when I hear the "But mine supports iTunes". My answer to that? "Whoopie-poo, mine has music too. Wanna compare powerpoint presentations, word documents or spreadsheets? Let's start the meeting..."

    I don't even own any BB stock right now. I just thought a little feedback from an actual current BB user would give some reality instead of people giving opinions from afar on devices they don't even use.
    Mar 27, 2015. 03:11 PM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Q2: Can John Chen Defy Gravity Again? [View article]
    I'll be buying one soon. I'm so tired of typing the iPhone touch screen and miss the ability to type accurately and fast as I used to on my old Blackberry. Autocorrect mistakes may be funny to watch on "Ellen". They are less funny in business. I also cannot wait to use the internet on the larger screen and see more info at once. So yeah, I'll give it a try. Everyone and their kid and their dog have an iPhone, it's not even cool anymore. I'll be different.
    Sep 24, 2014. 02:25 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Neostem (NBS -15.3%) trades sharply lower on the session. Perhaps weighing on the shares is a paper by Stanford's Dr. Irving Weissman and others which questions the existence of pluripotent VSELs in mice. [View news story]
    Never heard of the guy but he's lowering the value of my portfolio and pissing me off....
    Jul 24, 2013. 01:43 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Does This Reverse Split Mean For NeoStem Shareholders? [View article]
    In more at .53, late in the day. PPS may drop a little more on Monday but being a longer term investor, it's an opportunity to buy in to a company that's the same company with the same future potential it was yesterday but today, it's a better because people panic in emotional ways sometimes. I guess we'll see.......
    Jul 12, 2013. 04:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More on BlackBerry (BBRY) FQ1 earnings: The stock's off 16% premarket after the big miss on both lines. Smartphone shipments of 6.8M were up 13% sequentially, but fell far short of consensus of 7.5M. "The smartphone market remains highly competitive, making it difficult to estimate units, revenue, and levels of profitability." (PR[View news story]
    I've put this on another BB article but this one is more exciting to follow: Here's my comments:

    Well, they've also announced no BB10 OS upgrade for Playbook after all. Since Christmas I have shown off my Playbook, shown how fast it is, how cool it is and how well it works. If only it had Skype support. But those crafty Skype guys? They knew where to spend their money and it's not on the false promises of BlackBerry and Thorsten Heins.

    I've been a Blackberry fan for years and years. I used it at work, I used it at home and my teams in the office used them. Then, switching jobs, and watching BB stumble badly, I succumbed to the peer pressure and got an iPhone. And you know what? I really, really, really do NOT like it. I so miss the tactile keyboard of my beloved Blackberry. As the news came out of the Z10 and Q10, I started telling everyone I know and work with I was going to get the Q10 as soon as my 2/3 point of my current contract for the iPhone was hit (so I could get some kind of rebate). Then I bought Blackberry tablets for everyone in my family for Christmas. They were firesale cheap and I liked them. As I used mine, I quickly loved it. I did miss that it was not super-flush with available apps and I really wished it had Skype for work but I dreamed that if BlackBerry kept their word to me, then I'd eventually get the OS 10 version upgrade and surely Skype would soon be available. I would then get my Q10 and all would be right with the world again. I told everyone. I spread the word, I kept the faith.

    And now what? SLAP! Right in the face. Blackberry says to me thanks for being loyal (mostly), thanks for helping us, thanks for buying a bunch of our playbooks and trying to get them into the office/business world while we work on getting Skype for you and make that Playbook super-useful to our business clients: the bread and butter of our company. NOT.

    Bye bye BlackBerry. I don't consider that to be much of a business practice or a level of trust I'd expect. You've pissed me off to the point I cannot come back now, and I was one of the legions of the business folks you once prospered with. I suspect, I strongly suspect, I am not alone today.

    Good-bye and just in case you missed it somehow, this is NOT an amicable breakup. This is an ugly breakup.
    Jun 28, 2013. 02:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry's CEO Discusses F1Q14 Results - Earnings Call Transcript [View article]
    Well, they've also announced no BB10 OS upgrade for Playbook after all. Since Christmas I have shown off my Playbook, shown how fast it is, how cool it is and how well it works. If only it had Skype support. But those crafty Skype guys? They knew where to spend their money and it's not on the false promises of BlackBerry and Thorsten Heins.

    I've been a Blackberry fan for years and years. I used it at work, I used it at home and my teams in the office used them. Then, switching jobs, and watching BB stumble badly, I succumbed to the peer pressure and got an iPhone. And you know what? I really, really, really do NOT like it. I so miss the tactile keyboard of my beloved Blackberry. As the news came out of the Z10 and Q10, I started telling everyone I know and work with I was going to get the Q10 as soon as my 2/3 point of my current contract for the iPhone was hit (so I could get some kind of rebate). Then I bought Blackberry tablets for everyone in my family for Christmas. They were firesale cheap and I liked them. As I used mine, I quickly loved it. I did miss that it was not super-flush with available apps and I really wished it had Skype for work but I dreamed that if BlackBerry kept their word to me, then I'd eventually get the OS 10 version upgrade and surely Skype would soon be available. I would then get my Q10 and all would be right with the world again. I told everyone. I spread the word, I kept the faith.

    And now what? SLAP! Right in the face. Blackberry says to me thanks for being loyal (mostly), thanks for helping us, thanks for buying a bunch of our playbooks and trying to get them into the office/business world while we work on getting Skype for you and make that Playbook super-useful to our business clients: the bread and butter of our company. NOT.

    Bye bye BlackBerry. I don't consider that to be much of a business practice or a level of trust I'd expect. You've pissed me off to the point I cannot come back now, and I was one of the legions of the business folks you once prospered with. I suspect, I strongly suspect, I am not alone today.

    Good-bye and just in case you missed it somehow, this is NOT an amicable breakup. This is an ugly breakup.
    Jun 28, 2013. 01:45 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Q4 Earnings Highlights: What You Need To Know [View article]
    I don't believe we will really be able to see the direction of the company (going up or down) ultimately until the Q10 comes out. In my opinion, the strength that Blackberry still holds is yes, their security infrastructure but also that venerable little keyboard. I gave up my Blackberry around a year and a half ago and got an iPhone. Lots of people had them, my kids had them, everyone seemed to love them. They were cool, apparently. But I type a lot. Not just instant messages but emails while on the road, in a plane, standing in lines, wherever.
    Nothing has been more frustrating in my life in the past 18 months than dealing with a non-tactile keyboard. Ellen makes fun of auto-correct on her show. It's hilarious. But in business when you are trying to get information out quickly and often lengthy, it's not hilarious at all. It's just simply........frustrat... How my iPhone has not hit a wall at terminal velocity yet is nothing short of a miracle some days.
    So, when the Q10 comes out. I'm getting one. My nasty affair with that little iPhone flirt will be over. I cannot wait.
    And? I'll be willing to bet with stock purchases that there are a lot of people just like me out there.
    Mar 28, 2013. 09:14 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Tesla Disrupt? [View article]
    Really? Motor Trend's car of the year is not good enough for you? A car with technology that is leading edge and potentially another piece of the game-changing arrival of electric-vehicles. What exactly were you looking for when you put down your deposit?

    I would think anyone on a board like this would know how to do DD and figure out what they are buying before they put their money down.....and before they decided it was too expensive. The cost of this car is not meant to match the luxury and maybe even "quality" (depending on what you decide determines "quality") of Mercedes. Surely you realize a lot of the value is in the new technology under the hood/body and was not meant to be a one-for-one match for the luxury of a Mercedes.
    Nov 22, 2012. 11:51 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Biggest Threat To Apple's Sales Estimates [View article]
    The ipad mini has no wifi???? Um...........where do you get your information from??? Of course it does. How the heck do you think it surfs at home, starbucks, etc? Sheesh.
    Nov 13, 2012. 05:42 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Principal write-downs on mortgages could be coming as the President's reelection likely means Ed DeMarco's days as FHFA chief are numbered. Applying the quaint notion the housing agencies are to be stewards of taxpayer money, DeMarco has blocked administration plans for write-downs, arguing they would not just be costly, but ineffective as well. Nice to know you, Mr. DeMarco. [View news story]
    And how exactly has that bailed out auto industry done since? I believe they have paid back their loans and thousands and thousands of American workers still have jobs and still pay their mortgages, taxes and inject money into the economy. How exactly would have letting them fail without bailout money would that have been better? And yes, I have read that even though the money was paid back, the Chrysler deal cost the government something like $1.2B (I could be off on that), which is the approx cost in today's dollars to a B2 stealth bomber. I like those bombers but this kinda puts it into perspective. Why you guys use Seeking Alpha to air your political statements is beyond me.
    Nov 8, 2012. 12:02 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Electric Vehicles Are Still Not Ready For Prime Time [View article]
    Hi Neil.

    Unlike my Leaf friends in Arizona where the batteries are losing life due to extreme heat day and night and during charging and discharging and I'd say Nissan is facing a bit of a PR nightmare if they do not soon do the right thing, I have not yet experienced any measurable or noticeable loss of range at all. There are two meters in the Leaf: One is what we all call the GOM (Guess-o-meter) that tries to estimate your distance available based on the last short while of driving pattern vs how much charge available and one is the Battery Health (that's my name for it). It's the Battery Health that loses segments on it's bar display as the batteries' capacity starts to drop over time. Once you lose one of those segments go, they are gone forever (or until you buy a new battery). Some guys in Arizona after only 1 - 2 years have now lost 1 - 3 bars out of 12. I have lost none (yet).
    As far as fuel savings paying for the extra up-front cost of the vehicle which I have to remind people: I don't have to make up for the entire cost of the car. I just have to make up for the difference in cost for this car to the cost of a comparable ICE car. I've owned a lot of cars in my life. Some crap. Some nice. Some sports. Some Jeeps. One mini-van. The Leaf is a pretty nice car. It's well built and stylish inside (the outside.......well, I guess it's just what it is) and heated steering wheel, heated seats, near-instant air conditioning (which, by the way, takes 1/4 the power of the heater), lots of off-the-line acceleration, it talks to my iPhone, it turns on the heat for me before I get in each morning (fall/winter, of course) and charges overnight whenever it's schedule tells it too. It tracks crazy-lots of statistics that I can view online at any time about it's usages, consumption, compares to thousands of other drivers, etc, etc. So yeah..........um......... lost my train of thought. Oh yeah, the point is, it's a pretty nice car and fits me and my two daughters and all their hockey gear (and one is a goalie) no problem at all. So could I make a financial case for buying a smaller ICE car and probably at the end of a couple of years be financially slightly ahead? Probably yes. Especially as one day, well down the road I figure (Pun intended), I'll have to buy a new battery pack but I'm counting on that pack being slightly cheaper than it is today and at the very least, I expect it will be a generation-better with even more capacity than my current battery pack is today.
    What is value? I just gotta say there are two situations that make me smile many times every single day and it's like a zen moment for me: Every time I drive by a gas station and every time I take my foot off the accelerator pedal (cannot call it a gas pedal anymore) and watch my power meters swing over to producing power from the regenerating motor rather than using power. Every time I take my foot off the pedal. Is it enough to really create a ton of battery charge? Of course not. But it's still producing free energy for me then and an ICE car is still burning money even when coasting. And I won't even get into maintenance........
    I don't think I answered your question though. Will I really pay for the extra up-front cost of the vehicle? Compared to my Subaru WRX I had two years ago that sells today for approx $26,000, the Leaf is around $10,000 more. Yes, I believe it will make up that $10,000 difference in under 3 years possibly as little as a little over 2 years. But yes, you have to try and compare a zillion differences. For example my last two vehicles were a Jeep YJ Unlimited and the turbo-charged Subaru: two vehicles that suck fuel like......well, like it's going out of style. But I'm happy and everyone who stops and talks to me out on the street (and lots do), I tell them how happy I am and how I'd do it again. Those $300-$400 monthly gas bills on my Visa card are gone.
    Oct 15, 2012. 11:55 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • RadioShack (RSH) announces that CEO James Gooch will step down from his position, effective immediately. [View news story]
    I guess he finally ran out of ideas on how he could damage the business. Talk about a retail store that has continually modified it's business and offerings in it's stores to react to what customers are looking for.....only to get it wrong over and over. They have completely lost who they used to be. It makes me sad.
    Sep 26, 2012. 09:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook (FB) gets the Barron's treatment, making the cover along with an assertion it's worth $15/share. "Success in mobile is no sure thing," writes Andrew Bary, not surprisingly focusing on the rapid shift in the company's user base away from desktops. Mostly ignored by the sell-side, the firm has a whopping stock-based compensation expense. Toss this in, and even at $15, the shares would trade at 35X 2013 estimates. [View news story]
    However, if the users of facebook are getting complacent or possibly even bored with it's application (look up MySpace as a great textbook example). Facebook's value is only as good as it's ability to keep a fairly fickle user base happy and entertained. The next best thing that comes along that causes it's users to start moving across. Just watch that # unique visitors per month start to degrade and what happens to that stock then. It's a house of cards. Why people thought a site like this would be a great investment, I just don't get it. Most of those guys probably don't even use it or understand why it's such a draw right now.
    Sep 24, 2012. 05:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Electric Vehicles Are Still Not Ready For Prime Time [View article]
    I guess the question is, what if you compare the amount of pollution is created by a modern coal burning power generating station to create the electricity to charge 10,000 cars vs 10,000 cars burning gasoline every day........ And I always smile every time people pull the "coal-burning" card when talking about supplying electricity to cars. There are other methods of generating power. Natural gas-powered and even renewable (solar/wind/etc) are the ones that are increasing capacity the fastest and forecasts show they are expected to do so. So lets say electric cars become so prevalent that we have to start building extra power-generating infrastructure to support them.......do you think that means more coal-powered power plants or natural gas plants?

    And lets not forget that most EV cars are charged at home at night.......when electrical companies usually have more capacity than needed to the point that in many parts of the country, electrical costs per kwh to the consumer drop.

    Anyways, the point is, please don't just broad-brush EV's as burning coal. It's not accurate and you lose credibility for what you write.
    Sep 24, 2012. 09:29 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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