Alexa Google Home

March 8th, 2018

Big trend for 18-19 will continue to be the apps that will take center stage in the home assistant market.

NYT piece Still on Facebook, but Finding Less to Like

November 18th, 2013

looks like decline of youth on FB trend being noticed by NYT.

Steve Jobs

October 17th, 2011

Great video re Steve Jobs commencement speech.

iPad 2 New Ad – Apple

June 19th, 2011

Apple’s new iPad 2 ad, which debuted yesterday, is an excellent example of how and why the company knows more about people than all of its competitors put together.

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Motorola MOT leads the way

December 18th, 2010


NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–As Motorola Inc. (MOT) preps for a formal split early next year, the “when-issued” shares of its spinoff companies opened for trading Friday.

Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI), the company’s smartphone division, opened at $27.50, then fell 9.1% to $25. Motorola Solutions Inc. (MSI), the business that makes public safety radios, handheld scanners and telecommunications network gear, opened at $39.25 and rose 3.2% to $40.51 in recent trading.

The market capitalization for Motorola Mobility is about $7.4 billion, while the market capitalization for Motorola Solutions is about $13.7 billion at current market prices.

On Jan. 4, Motorola shares will cease trading under the MOT ticker. Until then, Motorola Mobility will trade under the ticker MMI.WI, and Motorola Solutions will trade under the ticker MSI.WI. “When-issued” trading allows market participants to seek out the market value for spinoff stocks ahead of the official split.

Motorola shares traded down two cents at $8.87 after the stock climbed to its highest level in over a year, $8.95, during Thursday’s session.

Shareholders of record as of Dec. 21 will receive one share of Motorola Mobility for every eight shares owned. The company will then carry out a reverse split, where one share Motorola Solutions stock will be issued for every seven shares of old Motorola stock.

A spokesman for Motorola did not immediately comment.

Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. analyst Jeffrey Fidacaro said the current price for Motorola Solutions is roughly in line with his expectations. Fidacaro published a report earlier this week that estimated the fair value for the stock, or the expected trading level a year from now, at about $38 per share.

Shares of the smartphone arm are trading at the conservative side of his estimates, however. Fidacaro forecasted Motorola Mobility shares would be fairly valued around $35 per share in the report.

But Fidacaro said it is still too early to gauge what investor demand will be for Motorola Mobility shares, noting that trading activity seemed to perk up once the stock fell to $25 per share.

The telecom-equipment maker has been preparing for the split since early 2008, when the company agreed to spin off its handset business after pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn.

–By Chris Dieterich, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2611;

And people say technology makes us lazy…hmmm

December 18th, 2010

No iPad in Mid East

April 17th, 2010

Interesting postings this evening about Israeli officials stopping iPads from coming into the country.  I can’t understand how the same wifi signals that numerous other Apple products use as well as most laptops and netbook devices in the US are ok by officials but the iPad strikes a different cord.

Much more in the WSJ.

G-7 Officials Promise Continued Stimulus

February 8th, 2010

WSJ piece:

Group of Seven financial leaders Saturday tried to tamp down continued anxiety about the global economic recovery, with officials promising continued stimulus efforts and European leaders pledging to address public debt problems.

The debt crisis in Europe, triggered by ongoing problems in Greece and other euro-zone countries, placed a brighter spotlight on the G-7 meeting here, prompting European leaders to say they are aggressively monitoring and addressing the debt situation.

Google phone

December 14th, 2009

Here are some of the supposed leaked specs regarding the Nexus

  • Google Android 2.1 OS
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • 320MB RAM and 512MB ROM
  • 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi (with router capabilities)
  • 3G with HSDPA and EDGE/GPRS
  • Bluetooth, USB
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • 5 Mega-pixel camera
  • MicroSD card support
  • 3.5mm headphone jack


December 14th, 2009

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