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270 Million Android Users In China

getNewNickName Re: Not that supprising (44 comments)

The link you provided doesn't give exact sales numbers, but it is a fairly common tactic to limit the supply of expensive items artificially to keep them expensive and exclusive. iPhones are aspirational purchases, if they were cheap and plentiful it would take the shine off.

Sure, many companies play the "limit the supply" game, but given that the WSJ says that they've increased production of the iPhone 5s, I don't think that Apple is playing this game.

about 10 months ago

Apple Announces iPad Air

getNewNickName Re:Why is iPad so much better than iPhone? (471 comments)

If you're comparing size and weight you need to take into account the important pieces that contribute to those stats: the display and the battery. The iPad Air has a 2048x1536 display vs 1920x1200 on the Xperia. According to the product page, the iPad Air has approx 10 hour battery life, while the Xperia doesn't specify battery life on its product page (some reviews are quoting 8 hours). I don't see Xperia as having "about the same" specs at all.

about a year ago

Apple Now the World's Most Valuable Brand, Knocks Off Coca-Cola

getNewNickName Re:Obligatory Steve Jobs quote (208 comments)

Giving [idolized company] credit for things they didn't do is pretty much the point of an [idolized company] fan. FTFY.

about a year ago

Sharp Warns That It Might Collapse

getNewNickName Re:Time for Apple to go for the jugular (284 comments)

You are speaking rationally... perception is what matters in stock valuations, especially a stock as widely held by "enthusiast investors" as AAPL. Part of the valuation perception in AAPL is the unusually high profit margin, merge them with a nice profitable entity like Archer Daniels Midland and it will muck up that crystal clear picture of what makes AAPL such a desirable stock to hold.

So AAPL, being 68% held by institutions, is considered "widely held by 'enthusiast investors'"? How about MSFT which is 65.3%? I guess that's also an enthusiast stock, and let's see MCD which is 66.3%. I guess enthusiasts love their Big Macs...

about 2 years ago

Apple Is Now the Most Valuable Company In History

getNewNickName Re:This is just too funny (398 comments)

Given a choice of govt bonds or savings account at roughly 0% or APPL at a PE around 15, eh, I'd chose APPL.

I dunno about you, but I would choose AAPL instead of these guys APPL.

about 2 years ago

DoJ Files Suit Against Apple, Ebook Publishers

getNewNickName Re:I just bought a test prep book at Amazon (235 comments)

The paperback was $38 shipped and the downloadable version was $97. Excuse me but that's insane.

This is probably an extreme example of the difference between the wholesale vs the agency model pricing. The retailer sets the price under the wholesale model, while the publisher set the price for the agency model. In this case the publisher wanted to sell at $97 while the retailer, with its deep wholesale discount, chose to sell it at $38.

more than 2 years ago

DoJ Files Suit Against Apple, Ebook Publishers

getNewNickName Re:I hope they get raked over the coals for this (235 comments)

One of the things that might bury Apple is the "you cant have your ebook priced cheaper anywhere else" requirement - with the price including Apples cut.

The above clause doesn't seem to hurt consumers, we all get cheaper prices so why would the DoJ have an issue with it? The issue is whether the agency model of selling books is causing prices to be artificially inflated over the wholesale model.

more than 2 years ago

DoJ Files Suit Against Apple, Ebook Publishers

getNewNickName Re:Really? (235 comments)

It's the difference between wholesale and agency models that brings about the curious discrepancy in prices. Print books fall under the wholesale model: they are bought at a discount from the publisher and the retailer gets to set the price they sell at. Whereas for eBooks, sold under the agency model, publishers set the price on the book and the retailer gets a percentage of the sale. Under the wholesale model the retailer can choose to make a particular book a loss-leader or negotiate a deeper volume discount so that they can offer lower prices. The retailer has no control over the pricing for the agency model.

more than 2 years ago

Google 'Wasting' $16 Billion On Projects Headed Nowhere

getNewNickName Re:Shareholders want to buy... (408 comments)

As a shareholder, of course I want Google to innovate. I'm willing to wait a few years to see some of that innovation turn into profit, but look at the trend, GOOG stock has barely moved for the past 5 years. Whereas a company like Apple has grown five-fold. Google neither pays a dividend nor is there much share price appreciation, which makes it a bad investment. As a shareholder I would much rather hold Microsoft, which at least pays a 2.6% dividend each year.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Unveils New iPad

getNewNickName Re:Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs... (989 comments)

Take a look at the website, it doesn't have a specific name for the new iteration. With all the trademark issues, it's probably best to just keep the name simple and refer to each iteration by the year they were released much like the way it's done with Macs.

more than 2 years ago

FBI File Notes Steve Jobs' Reality Distortion Field

getNewNickName Re:"twist the truth and distort reality" (337 comments)

Given the amount of media exposure Jobs had, anyone else under the same spotlight would appear sociopathic. Media loves to focus on faults and sensationalize even the smallest issues. It's doubtful that any typical slashdotter would look saintly under that amount of scrutiny.

Silly statements that get blown out of proportion like bankrupting his company to avenge a theft, that's buying into the idiocy of mass media... right, because Jobs "bankrupted" Apple all the way to becoming the largest company in the world. Jobs was a fabulous marketer who stretched the truth where it benefited the company. He wasn't a saint nor the devil-incarnate, he was just a guy who sold you shiny toys, just like the rest.

more than 2 years ago

The Rise and Fall of Kodak

getNewNickName Re:There's nothing new here (352 comments)

And that is why the altruistic Kodak sued RIM and Apple over patent infringement?

more than 2 years ago

Samsung Takes the Lead In the Smartphone Market

getNewNickName Re:Welcome to today's oblig. apple/android throwdo (406 comments)

Why the jab against the fanboys? Fanboys will also look at such information with a more critical eye and help dispel the sensationalism in these articles.

more than 2 years ago

RIM Unveils New OS Based On QNX

getNewNickName Re:Why Not Android Already? (262 comments)

Probably because they didn't want to be viewed as just another Android handset; they wanted to have some differentiating factor. Unfortunately they don't have the talent pool to pull-off such an ambitious undertaking.

more than 2 years ago

Pricing: Apple Defies Australian Government

getNewNickName Re:Amazing what a threat can do (440 comments)

A politician using a gimmick and the media to get himself more attention? Are you also on the PR department for this guy?

more than 2 years ago

Will Apple's Lion Roar For Business?

getNewNickName Re:Not gonna happen (340 comments)

You miss the point. Enterprise isn't interested in coolness factor, they want legacy support. Stunts like discontinuing production of Xservers and shafting existing users of Final Cut Pro are examples why enterprise would be reluctant to make use of Apple's products. If Apple truly wants to see their iOS devices used in enterprise they'll have to start supporting older versions of iOS, and soon they'll be saddled with the same legacy support issues that plague Microsoft.

more than 3 years ago

Where China's Weibo Beats Facebook and Twitter

getNewNickName Re:Trust a Chinese web site with my personal data? (68 comments)

What's to say that your current favorite site will not be sold to a foreign company in the future along with all your personal data? The only way to ensure your privacy is to never put the information on the internet.

more than 3 years ago

NYT Update Breaks iPad App, Annoys Subscribers

getNewNickName Re:Why the walled garden is so great (140 comments)

All I expect from Apple during its vetting process is to determine if the app contains a trojan or virus, is legitimate and is not selling out my privacy without my consent. And even then I don't expect Apple to catch all the "bad" apps immediately. Why would you expect Apple to find specific bugs within an app? It's not reasonable to expect more than a cursory validation from any app marketplace.

more than 3 years ago

Chinese iPad Factory Staff Forced To Sign 'No Suicide' Pledge

getNewNickName Re:Apple also likes to sell their stuff as special (537 comments)

I was under the impression that the Pentium M CPU, which the latest Intel Core machines are based on, was designed in Israel.

more than 3 years ago


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