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  • Protestors gather at San Francisco Apple Store to support fight against government backdoors

    jkinsdca said:
    I do not support Apple and these dumba@@ protestors. What if there was info on that phone that could prevent another attack.. one say at an apple store in san fran... do you think their tune would change? so stupid these idiots that have no concept of real life.. only the one that was spoon fed them by their parents who set no boundaries…
    Unfortunately freedom isn't free…if it costs the lives of a few (or mine) it is well worth it.  Your comment is exact proof why terror is effective.  Bring down a country of 300M+ because 20 people died of gunshot wounds.  Why not go after tobacco, alcohol, driving, McDonald's french fries…I'll take the (non-existent) risk of terror any day if it means my iPhone is kept secure.
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  • Apple's competition is going to have a tough year in 2016: part 2

    What is with the double standard against apple?  Can you imagine if any one major product sucked as bad as Microsoft or Google's endless betas?  Like if Apple had self-driving cars humming along Palo Alto for however many years with no actual product we would be seeing the stock delisted and trading at $1.25.  Seriously doomed. Google gets what % of its revenue from advertising?  Talk about a revenue concentration.  Apple actually makes stuff, that works and works together, and it's never good enough. People, just look at the cash flow this machine generates. You can't dispute hard sales. All else is vapor.
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  • Apple board member Al Gore sells $29.5M of company stock

    As a long time shareholder I'm sure glad to see my shares being diluted by this guy. What has he done for the company?  You'd a thought he would have used his valuable political pull to open up repatriation or something...looks like Trump might be giving us that free of charge.  And who made this jetsetter the environmental expert?  I'm sure his 2¢ on the matter don't add up to half of one. 
  • Protestors gather at San Francisco Apple Store to support fight against government backdoors

    jonagold said:
    Who needs the 4th when we have the 2nd!
    It was not part of their blood,
      It came to them very late,
    With long arrears to make good,
      When the Saxon began to hate.

    They were not easily moved,
      They were icy–willing to wait
    Till every count should be proved,
      Ere the Saxon began to hate.

    Their voices were even and low.
      Their eyes were level and straight.
    There was neither sign nor show
      When the Saxon began to hate.

    It was not preached to the crowd.
      It was not taught by the state.
    No man spoke it aloud
      When the Saxon began to hate.

    It was not suddently bred.
      It will not swiftly abate.
    Through the chilled years ahead,
      When Time shall count from the date
    That the Saxon began to hate.

    – Rudyard Kipling

    It’s always important to remember that, while the Constitution does not grant us these rights, we are equally held in our own responsibility to maintain civility, order, and law until such time as they cannot be maintained.
    I don't disagree, but government's fear of the people was by design.  Of course, a last resort, but an effective one.  Tim is a true defender of our liberty and privacy.  It takes a big pair of guts to do what he's doing.  These are historic moments we will look back at and be thankful that history didn't fork the other direction.
  • Protestors gather at San Francisco Apple Store to support fight against government backdoors

    Why don't these kids use Maps to meander over to Pac Heights and protest in front of Diane Feinstein's house…the real piece who is about to fu¢k us all over with legislation if Apple doesn't comply?
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  • Apple hires two Google satellite execs for 'new hardware team'

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    lkrupp said:
    Trouble is we hear abut these hires and special projects and nothing ever comes of them. 
    Not with that attitude.
    If you’ve been around here for a while you would know that I’m usually defending Apple against trolls and naysayers. But it’s becoming clear that Apple has nothing ‘in the pipeline’ that’s coming anytime soon. Everything appears to be years away, if ever. Sure, we’ll get new macOS, iOS, watchOS, tvOS announcements at WWDC but nothing significant in the hardware department. And my patience is wearing thin. Where are all those supposed $billions on R&D going anyway?
    We all need to step back and realize all our gadgets would still be weighing 3lbs. if it weren't for all this R&D. The iDevices and Apple Watch would be impossible. Jobs saw this long ago when he pushed for lean power use, leaner coding, etc. The small stuff adds up bigly down the road, and, yes, it's a slow and expensive process.  We all want it yesterday and reality isn't so.  We all can see the benefit of future technology but engineering it for mass production is a different animal. The scale is enormous. We don't yet have automation mastered, but, again, Apple is taking steps to get there. Calculated steps, not Google leaps.  Steadfast patience.
  • Notes of interest from Apple's Q2 2018 conference call

    Same doom and gloom we’ve seen the last 15 years.  I was on the sideline hoping a for a huge selloff so that I could swoop in and buy more shares. Oh well.

    I think one must to have had followed Apple during the SJ years closely to understand the product rollout and philosophy. The iPhone X was not meant to be In the hands of everyone. It was priced high for a reason as every newly-featured device has been so the early adopters can pay for the R&D while economies of scale allow the features to trickle down to later devices. This has happened since the beginning of time with Apple, they’ve always tempered the features.  Of course they could sell the X at a 5% margin on day one, but they have never sold anything for a margin less than 30-40%.  Everyone (analysts) should know this by now.  Apple has never raced to the bottom...ever.  They are more mature than that and it is why they sit on a hoard of cash they don’t know what to do with.  Of course Apple could sell out their customers like FB and GOOG for a quick buck, but they’re more far-sighted and innovative than that. It takes a lot of restraint on behalf of the team to continue what made Apple a different company from the beginning.  I commend them, as does my portfolio. 
  • Architect of Apple's successful renewable energy program lands at electric motor firm

    Damn, poor guy worked himself out of a job. Thanks for helping save our planet. 
  • The free U2 album 'Songs of Innocence' was a debacle for Apple fans on September 9, 2014

    matrix077 said:
    It’s a bit tone deaf. Should send notification, with download button if they’re so eager, telling users they got a chance to have this album for free and let them act instead. 
    Exactly. The only ‘debacle’ was that some folks had automatic downloading on and didn’t get the memo that something was going to pop up and dump onto their devices. Had they gotten an email or a pop up warning with an option to not download no one would have been freaking out.
    And I believe also the album downloaded automatically over cellular and ate into the much less generous data plans back then.  But seriously whoever was offended about their iTunes library being “infiltrated” has a serious issue.  How many times did these same people get a spam email in their inbox...the horror!  I wasn’t a big fan of U2 at the time but actually listened to the album and appreciated the gesture. Some of these artists pour their soul into their work and U2 decided to “give it away” (ok, for $100M) for the masses to own.  
  • Apple announces colorful new 6.1-inch iPhone XR with full-screen Liquid Retina Display and...

    The R sets the baseline for the iPhone going forward. This is actually the first device in a few years Apple has released that offers value in terms of the high end of the lineup. I would have expected the R to have one-sim, A11 Bionic, and a smaller screen for $699...a very neutered Xs that would have easily upsold to the Xs/Max. Instead we got the latest features packed into a phone with only the compromise of the screen and camera. Even the storage upgrade is $50!  Not a $100 like in the old days.

    Reading between the specs here I wonder if Apple isn’t entirely gang busters for OLED (cost and manufacturing yield).  I have a feeling they are tempering demand for it with the high price, as was the case last year. The R is the flagship they can print out enough yield to meet demand with the quality standard Apple is known for.