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  • Amazon nearly giving away Fire phone [View news story]
    There is just no reason to buy the Fire phone. There are so many superior phones already on the market. Bezos said he wanted to wait until he had a product that was far better than the others. Aside from pseudo 3d, the fire phones hyped feature was FireFly which recognizes objects then takes one to Amazon to buy it. Bezos inferred that this was revolutionary technology. The reality is that Bezos copied one again what is already available.

    Among many others, CamFind is one of the best recognition apps available. Its far better than FireFly and sometimes even better than Siri. When its used to identify products, it lists many places to make a purchase, unlike the firephone which locks one into an amazon only world where you'll surely overpay.
    Sep 9 05:00 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Take Note - Samsung Has Not Gone Away [View article]
    I thought the IBGStar was used with the iPhone to test blood glucose levels
    Sep 4 12:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Take Note - Samsung Has Not Gone Away [View article]
    Support on aapl is around $78.30. Short term aapl could make another new high if 9/9 proves stellar. Longer term, there is so much money in the stock which wants to come out.

    At this level, I am a trader in the stock but I would not be an investor in aapl until all the fast, smart money has left.
    Sep 4 12:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Bigger iPad To Reverse The Declining Sales Trend [View article]
    Regardless of the apps you mention, an iPad will never match the power of a computer.
    I know many large corporations in enterprise who are abandoning their iPads for surface pro3.
    For some, a USB is an indispensable necessity. Unless a larger iPad is a full blown computer, it will meet with marginal success as most think the iPad Air has an optimal screen size.
    Time will tell who is correct.
    Sep 1 06:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Bigger iPad To Reverse The Declining Sales Trend [View article]
    Surface pro 3 is smooth and glitch free- far from clunky. Its a perfect choice for people who want the power of a full blown laptop in a sleek, sexy tablet format.

    My pro3 will last the entire day and then sum while I use Word, Access, Excel, youtube, and have a trading program open simultaneously.

    Its a unique, high end device and many of the enterprise it people I deal with have made the switch to the pro3
    Aug 30 08:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Bigger iPad To Reverse The Declining Sales Trend [View article]
    I adore my iPad Air, but it does not come close to my surface pro 3. It's hard to believe that you spent time with the pro 3 and found it clunky.

    I find the pro 3 to be beautifully made with an extraordinary fit and finish. It feels as light as my Air, yet its a full power computer. The pro 3 is as fast as my desktop and operates smoothly, boots instantly and runs with precision with no "glitches". Its a pleasure to have the USB 3 port on it as well. It can do serious computing tasks that an iPad simply cannot.

    The pro 3 is the best of its breed and the bigger iPad will need to have more than a larger screen to compete. I don't believe screen size is the iPads problem. It will need to be a full blown computer to compete.
    Aug 29 08:30 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon Wins The Race To Live Streaming TV, Expect Big Things [View article]
    Several hard core gamers i spoke to say that twitch has quite a few problems including severe buffering and resolution issues.

    They liked the independence of twitch and many have already moved over to what they say will be the dominating platform, hitbox. Search youtube for twitch vs. hitbox - why I'm leaving twitch and you'll hear interesting comments from gamers.

    Makes little sense that twitch would solicit amzn and accept less $$$ if their future was so bright.
    Aug 27 08:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon's AWS Vs.Microsoft's Azure: A Reversal Of Roles Coming Soon? [View article]
    AWS has let us down quite a bit from hackers to many brown outs.

    We switched to Azure and what an amazing difference. Reliable powerful and a pleasure to deal with professionals unlike the "used car" salesman attitude at amazon.

    The web opens up a universe of vendors who offer better service better pricing and no fee free shipping. By limiting yourself to amazon your missing out on quite a bit, not to mention saving $$
    Aug 26 08:29 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon Wins The Race To Live Streaming TV, Expect Big Things [View article]
    Where does amzn get the money for these acquisitions? The cash on hand has been furnished by amzn taking on debt. With amzn spending all they make and taking on debt, is insolvency far behind?

    Amzn is not goog, aapl or msft with billions and billions of debt free cash on the balance sheet.

    I'd be interested in you take.
    Aug 25 03:53 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: Surface Pro 4 May Be Due In Early 2015 [View article]
    I have found the Pro 3 to be an extraordinary device. I am a fan of the thin tablet form factor and not of the laptop so the Pro 3 is a perfect fit. Additionally, the Pro is superbly built with an extraordinary fit and finish.

    It is extremely fast ( much faster than the ipad air and even my office workstation) and unbelievably reliable with never a crash.

    The battery will last my entire workday and into a bit of the evening before it needs to be charged-typically about 9-11 hours for me.

    I'll take the Pro 3 over the macbook any day of the week. There is a 14 day return policy- try one. I did and I'd never return it unless the next generation Surface Pro is superior
    Aug 20 03:07 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Double Top For Apple? [View article]
    Have to disagree with you. While aapl is slightlly over bought on a fast stochastics chart, it is going to move higher based on money flow and macd.

    There are quite a few powerful traders waiting for a break out to the upside in aapl.

    if it breaks 100, it will quickly move to 106.38. Pending any bad news, aapl is a buy on any pullback prior to the iPH 6 release.
    Aug 18 04:10 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ultra Cheap Mobile Phones Will Upset The Industry Apple Cart [View article]
    Omega & Tag Heuer are not high end watches if your a horologic aficionado.

    Apple would be equivalent to a Patek Philippe ( ) or a A.Lange & Sohne ( )

    Some Patek's have sold for many millions of dollars at auctions
    Aug 15 08:32 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ultra Cheap Mobile Phones Will Upset The Industry Apple Cart [View article]
    While there is a market for inexpensive products, that is not what aapl is targeting.

    There are enough customers who are willing to pay for higher end products to keep aapl around for a long time.

    In a world of Kia's and Hyundai's, Ferrari manages to sell every car they make. The limited production LaFerrari ( ) , sold all 499 cars before they even left Italy. Each costs 1.2 million dollars.

    The last thing Tim and Comany lose sleep over is the cheaper phones hitting the market. I believe they need to worry about releasing new, innovative products that change the way people do things.

    Proving they can still innovate without Steve at the wheel is theirs and Wall Streets #1 concern.

    Technically speaking, on a short term basis, a lot of smart money has come out of aapl stock since the $99.44 level. Money flow is short term oversold and any positive news would send the stock initially to the $100.90 level.

    That said, on a long term chart, aapl is nearing extremely overbought levels so if I were an investor for the long term and not a trader, aapl would have to have a significant pullback for me to make a long term investment in it.
    Aug 15 12:15 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon unveils mobile credit card reader [View news story]
    Amazon rarely offers the cheapest pricing. There isn't a product they sell that can't be found for MUCH cheaper elsewhere.

    This morning I bought a Whirlpool dryer rack part # w10121663. Amazon sells it for $30.01. Amazon's "more buying choices" has it for $24.80 to $68.00 !

    With a simple search on Bing, I found it at for $13.31. Even with shipping, that's a tremendous price difference on just one part.

    The CamFind app for iPhone and android already does more than Amazon's "new" Firefly. Download it, then go to an ATT store and compare it to Firefly. You'll discover that Firefly is inferior.

    Amazon is a glorified 3rd party retailer and now specializes in simply copying others ideas.

    However, wall street is in love with Bezos and his delusions. This is what keeps the stock price afloat and they don't seem to be jumping ship anytime soon.

    I am a consumer who believes in not paying more for the exact same item and therefore I am not an amazon fan or customer. From a traders standpoint, however, amzn should revisit the 364 range as more fluff news hits the newswires.
    Aug 13 12:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Nearly $2 Billion In The Hole, Microsoft Continues To Dive Deeper Into Tablets [View article]
    The Surface Pro 3 is a truly amazing device unlike anything else on the market and will be a great product for Msft going forward.
    Aug 8 02:32 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment