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 The logic goes like this:  If Apple does incredibly well, sell because it won't do that well again next quarter.  On the other hand, if Apple doesn't do incredibly well, sell because its big growth is over.  So regardless of how Apple does, the conclusion is sell.  Do you see the problem with this logic?
I doubt the headphone DAC is better than the one in the iPhone, but maybe there's some advantage to having it closer to the speakers. Apple also limits the analog audio output to frequencies humans can hear, so this would have advantages for experiments with dog hearing.
 There will always be some percentage of crazy sociopathic people in society hiding their proclivities, but it seems like a bad idea to create armies of angry desperate people for them to lead.  Isn't that how we got WWII? It also seems like a bad strategy to deliberately create extremists in a world with loose nukes and the increasing ease of genetically engineering a disease that could kill everyone.  The more radicals there are, the harder it is to keep track of them.
I read that these guys joined Al Qaeda after seeing what happened at Abu Ghraib.  It would make the job of stopping terrorism a lot easier if we did less stuff to help create new radicals.  Being more extreme ourselves only makes them more extreme.  It's like fighting fire with gasoline.
Current Market Cap is lower than two years ago. Apparently no progress since then! Enormously higher profits are just a future drop in profits waiting to happen. The stock market has lost touch with reality. Cook tried to tie the stock to how well they're doing, with a big dividend and big stock buybacks, to no avail. At least so far.
theverge.com says the planned price for iDevices Switch is $50 each.  An X10 appliance module (switch) costs about $15, and an X10 controlled outlet is only about $20.  Of course X10 is flaky, and early adopters usually pay a premium.
Looking at cheap SSD's and hard disks on Amazon, the cheapest 1TB SSD's are around $0.36 per GB, while the cheapest 5TB hard disk is around $0.0315 per GB, which is a factor of 12...
It seems like a great thing that tech companies can cooperate to try to defend themselves from uncertainty and risk from patents without waiting for government action. But Apple would probably benefit more than any other big tech company from simply getting rid of patents altogether, since they're already pretty good at using secrecy to get a big first mover advantage. You'd have to legislate "no new patents" after some date, though, and just live with the old ones until...
 From the article, Apple struggling in iAd sales due to strict privacy policies: "Apple is struggling to attract advertisers to its iAd network due to its more restrictive privacy policies that limit the amount of customer information shared with advertisers, says a report in AdAge. Apple trails competitors like Google and Facebook, which are more permissive with they data they share.  One person familiar with the matter describes Apple as “the best-looking girl at the...
What happened is that, around 9:50am, $767 million of AAPL stock was sold in 30 seconds, the stock plunged by 5%, and the limit-down rules of the exchange kicked in, preventing trading below $111.27. If there hadn't been trades at this level, trading would have paused completely for 15 minutes. But there were trades, and the stock recovered somewhat. My cynical interpretation is that someone started this deliberately, selling a bunch of stock and setting off a chain...
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