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Better for a lot of people to just skip the live streams and follow the announcements on twitter or a blog. Invectives are very distracting. If people hear a slam on another company or competitor's product, they are more inclined to wonder why the person is slamming the other company and seem like the other product may have something compelling. It's a total distraction. Steve Jobs seemed to throw a few body slams, but they were quick and he seemed to quickly move on to...
yes, $399 is too expensive for a mini. We picked up a regular mini this summer at Best Buy for $199. That' was the magic price point. $299 for a retina mini seems pretty decent. Of course, it doesn't matter if the retina is a fabulous tablet. $399 for 16 GB is a joke. Apple loves its $_99.00 price points for everything with $100 increments. All their products have to have the pricing paradigm and have a gross margin of about 50%. Back in the day (20-30 years ago), gross...
Oh, yeah. We were at a dinner the other night and the hosts had iPhone 6+s. Wow. Those things are huge. Certainly no need for an iPad mini or regular iPad for a lot of people if they have that huge phone. Looks great for reading. Unfortunately, the 6+ not well suited for runners, although someone is bound to come up with an iPhone 6+ runner's carrier/backpack/thigh hugger holster deal-ee-bob.
Large corporations really put the screws to suppliers. If people do a little reading around, they will see the oppressive contracts. It's not different from employers taking advantage of employees because of a scarcity of jobs. It seems when corporations get really big, they seem set out to screw others. Comcast and Chase are an example.
Why not, it's been way too long. Why would they say something like that? It's been way too long. Admitting fault? I recall a time when the company used to revamp it's announcement styles (images/graphs, etc). But it seems like nothing has changed for years. Starting to look a little stale.
One rich band got richer at the expense of everyone else.   As someone on some podcast said, "People don't value free." People will usually value what they pay for.   For instance, a friend's uncle put a fridge out on the street and put a sign that said, "Free". It sat there for days. Then one day he put a sign that said, "$50", and that night the fridge disappeared.
I downloaded it.   I found the music "good", but it was dull.    It was like the easy listening version of U2 of the past. Nothing to write home about, but ok.   It was an odd choice for Apple to do that. But it was odd for them to buy Beats  - the entire business.
  True, for a lot of stocks you could have destroyed the market. And you could have lost your shorts, too, on a lot of stocks. Index funds are not just for beginner.I would say that individual stocks are for real gamblers. In fact, some "gamblers" have much of their money in index funds and have some money set aside for individual stocks. It's easy to look in the rear view mirror and say, "Yeah, that was a smart/dumb move". Again, only 20% of stock fund managers beat index...
Wow, well there you go.
That's the problem with buying individual stock. It's not really a good idea. I almost broke down and bought GTAT. How could you lose? Anyway, it doesn't matter how much Apple is worth. Every company is affected by forces greater than itself (like the stock market, in general). Warren Buffet recently said it himself: best to be diversified in no-load (low cost) index funds,  like Vanguard (as he specifically pointed out). Anyway, index funds beat fund managers 80% of the...
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