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  • Why Apple TV Is Fighting For Survival [View article]
    @ericlodewijk. While my tv's all have a built in Netflix app, I much prefer the interface for Netflix on my apple tv. Thus, I have four apple tv's hooked up.
    There is also some great free programming that comes on apple tv such as crackle.

    I experience no streaming issues you mention and find apple tv works flawlessly- far superior to Amazon. And unlike amazon, apple isn't constantly sending me ads and forcing merchandise down my throat through hard sell tactics.

    I'm looking forward to the new apple tv.
    Mar 24, 2015. 12:32 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • FAA gives go-ahead for Amazon drone tests [View news story]
    Bezos is a headline master. Fedex did a massive study on drone delivery years ago, long before Bezos.
    If amzn ever delivers with drones, it will be for very small items and wont move the needle for lower shipping costs. If it becomes viable, every vendor will be employing them.
    One can only imagine the problems associated with drone delivery. I sure many will be reported missing in action. I certianly would not want these flying around my home.
    Mar 20, 2015. 11:13 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Microsoft Really In Trouble? [View article]
    @hitmisp Yes, I have tried it. For my needs, a very powerful computer that doesn't need to constantly rely on the internet is mandatory.
    I also do not like storing my documents, files and ideas in the cloud. I like to back up to a usb and take to another computer.

    I dont find the performance of my pc gets worse. Windows 8 and touch screen have been wonderful to use. It boots in seconds, is very powerful and is rock steady reliable. Not one issue with my pc's or my Pro 3. I've had more glitches with my iPad Air 2 and my iPhone 6 plus than I have had with my new Microsoft devices.

    I also abhor google docs and gmail. Microsoft programs are so much better for me and much more powerful. Word, excel, access and outlook are fantastic. I'll go out on a limb here and say that the new Bing search engine with its new bells and whistles is amazing. I now use it exclusively.

    With the price of a full blown pc so low these days, I just can't see buying a chromebook as it offers far less for about the same money. Google is just not for me. As an aside, I received one of the first batches of google glass and the product is beyond subpar. It was hard to use and when it did work, there was basically nothing one could do with it - a truly disappointing product which now sits collecting dust in my closet. Even my kids don't want to use it but they love they Surface 3
    Mar 20, 2015. 10:24 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Insane Apple Advantage Revisited [View article]
    I have noticed that the resale value of iPhones and iPads have come down as well. Sometimes I give my iphone to my kids when I get a new one and sometimes I sell them on eBay. I was going to sell a 4s on eBay, but its worth so little that I keep it and use it as a "guest" device for my kids friends to use when they come to play. I have done this with our iPads as the resale drops.

    However, this doesn't affect my decision to buy a new iPhone of iPad when they are released and I think it wont matter to the majority of "i users".

    I recently bought a 6 plus, a 6 and several iPad air 2's. They are well built and operate smoothly on the whole, although I have noticed more glitches and freezes as opposed to past devices.

    I have been really enjoying my Surface Pro 3 and it operates day in and day out perfectly. Windows has come a long way and the software on the Surface is very powerful and integrates very well.

    As such, I been wanting to switch to a Windows phone, but my kids love their iPads and iPods so I keep perpetuating the apple cycle within our house as Siri, apple apps, airplay, apple tv, iMessage and Facetime have become invaluable. Apple seems to have the total package more than anyone else. I believe there are a lot of consumers who share my thought.

    With respect to the stock, at one point apple will need to develop the next best thing beyond a larger phone or a thinner lighter ipad for the stock to continue to move higher.

    Only time will tell if the Apple watch is that thing. It doesn't turn me on as I'll stick with my Rolex Submariner for everyday wearing and the ol' Patek Philippe for dress.

    Apple pay has great potential and I'd use it much more, but I find that very few vendors accept it. I do enjoy my apple tv and look forward to its new reiteration, but I think the public and Wall Street are looking for that next product on the level of the iPhone and iPad, both of which have defined their categories.
    Mar 18, 2015. 11:35 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • WSJ: Apple talking Web TV service for fall launch [View news story]
    My Cable bill with internet, no phone, through Cablevision is $172 per month and thats without suscribing to HBO. I really just get cable for the kids to watch their shows. Between Netflix and the free stuff thats on my apple tv, I dont need to pay all the cable fees.

    I'd be very interested to see what apple has to offer. I'd certainly be receptive to eliminating cable as een with all the channles they offer, its hard to find something to watch which is why I use Netflix.
    Mar 17, 2015. 02:28 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Microsoft Really In Trouble? [View article]
    I dont know about everyone else, but i cannot use my tablet ( unless its the surface pro 3) or smartphone for productivity.
    Aside from mindlessly surfing the interent, everything else for me requires a computer.
    For computers, we still have basically two choices : apple and microsoft. Please dont tell me about chromebook as its not on the same level as a full blown computer.
    Msft has over 90% of the market and I dont think businesses and consumers who are already loaded with msft programs are going to make the switch to Macs.
    While the stock has been a bit overbought, the future potential for msft could be a boon.
    Mar 16, 2015. 02:30 PM | 22 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why We Think Amazon's Stock Is Fairly Valued At $295 [View article]
    @TB- When I made the purchase, it was still the current model and amazon's price was $209 higher.
    Please dont respond to my response as the pricing speaks for itself
    Feb 26, 2015. 10:56 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why We Think Amazon's Stock Is Fairly Valued At $295 [View article]

    Dynamic Pricing Models ? I guess it works in reverse for amazon. When I bought the video camera above, amazon wanted $1198 for it. Now, amazon wants $1392 for it. Good thing for consumers who blindly trust amazon !

    It still costs $998 at B & H and $989 at digital pros.

    A $403 savings by not buying on amazon is a bit more than pennies
    Feb 25, 2015. 04:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why We Think Amazon's Stock Is Fairly Valued At $295 [View article]
    Read my past posts. I've given countless examples with links.

    Here is one on my latest purchases:

    I just bought a Sony HDR PJ790V Camera.

    Its $1198 at amazon Here is the link so you can verify :

    Its $998 at B & H Photo Here is the link so you can verify :

    Its $989 at the digital Here is the link so you can verify :

    Paste the links into your browser What intelligent consumer would pay $209 MORE at amazon.

    Both B & H and The Digital Pros offer free shipping without having to pay a fee for it.

    If there is somone out there that would buy this camera for $209 more at amazon, I'd enjoy hearing why a few hundred bucks is meaningless to him/her.
    Feb 25, 2015. 04:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Pay Vs. Google Wallet: The Rematch [View article]
    I use PayPal extensivley for online purchases and in my eBay account. Apple Pay is the first mobile payment system I have used through my phone and its very easy and pleasant to use. Apple did this right.

    The problem for me is that very few places accept apple pay. It will interesting to see how well it does when its accepted by more and more local vendors.
    Feb 25, 2015. 11:12 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why We Think Amazon's Stock Is Fairly Valued At $295 [View article]
    I'm not an amzn customer as I find all my items elsewhere at far better pricing and I dont have to pay an annual fee to get free shipping.

    Amzn beat earnings because they were lowered so much. The street previously said that they were willing to pay up for amzn due to their ability to grow revenue at greater than 20% per year. Amzn is struggling to keep up a 15% growth rate, so now the street makes up another excuse to keep from valuing them as a company growing approx 15% per year while making very little profit to do so.

    Amzn must keep spending to achieve their growth rate. One of the companies that I own, just revceived a 1.2 million dollar order. Thats a huge revenue increase for this particular company. The problem is that there are $860K of expenses tied to this order.

    If my company put out a press release saying we just received a record lump sum order, it sounds wonderful. But the reality is we are making very, very little profit on it. Thats the problem with amzn. Luckily, however, we have no debt and do not need to borrow.

    That said, nothing matters right now when it comes to amzn as the important traders who keep its stock price up are in love with Bezos. Even more so now, as through creative accounting, he has shown a slight profit.

    Until the next earnings report proves otherwise, amzn will continue its upward trend on hope and dreams, but as a trader who cares why its going up. I just want to make money and amzn is an easy stock to cash in on daily.
    Feb 25, 2015. 11:04 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Joy Global worse off than Caterpillar, Axiom analyst says [View news story]
    From its Jan low, Joy is short term over bought. However, unlike Cat, Joy is a take over play its upside potential is far superior to its downside.
    Feb 24, 2015. 03:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can RadioShack Save Amazon Fire? [View article]
    The Surface Pro 3 is one of the best laptop replacements available. Extraordinary build quality on par with the iPad, boots in seconds, extremely fast and powerful, silky smooth and rock solid stability. Many corporations I visit, have traded their iPads for the Pro 3.
    Feb 4, 2015. 11:08 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon soars to $359 as Street bets on improving profits [View news story]
    Balloning debt, slowing revenue growth even in a holiday quarter, media slow down, failed harware etc, doesnt make for a solid investment thesis.

    Amazon's a wonderful trading vehicle as the street's love of Bezos continually sets a floor under the stock.

    With not enough money to cover their debt and with the money amzn must continually spend to attract new and retain existing customers, I'm in and out of amzn quickly booking profits. I'd hate to be the guy standing when the musical chair game stops. Just my opinion.
    Jan 30, 2015. 02:45 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Take On's Q4 2014 Earnings [View article]
    So, the above links are bogus as well. You must be one of the consumers who would pay amazon $209 more for the same item.
    Bezos was once overheard at a golf outing saying " thank God for stupid people". He is completely right.
    Jan 30, 2015. 11:43 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment