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Apple’s Intriguing Hints

May 29, 2014

Apple Intriguing Hints Ahead of WWDC

Seen Apple’s WWDC 2014 App?

You should.

Apple’s events are teasingly, secretly, playfully intriguing:

 

Apple WWDC Secret Hints

“This is Our Little Secret”

 

“Shhhh, Can’t Tell You Yet”:

 

Apple WWDC Secrets Confidential

“This One is Sealed.” And: “It’s Confidential.”

 

“You’ll Find Out in a Few Days”:

 

Apple WWDC Secrets Hints

“No Comment Yet.” And: “Our Lips Are Sealed on This One.”

 

Plus, Star Wars:

 

Apple WWDC Star Wars

“Star Wars Past, Present and Future.” And: “You’ll Never Guess.”

 

I don’t know what’s coming.

Can’t recall Apple being so open about its secretiveness.

Like it.

Apple will stream WWDC’s Keynote presentation “live” at 1 p.m. EST, June 2.

At that time, much more will be revealed.

Got a hunch.

This could be next-era good.

Update – Here’s what I do know. Apple’s stock is ripping:

 

Apple stock pops ahead of WWDC.

$APPL above 8, 21, 50MAs. Very bullish.

 

Apple is up $21 this week. Some 3.46 percent.

Riding above key technical moving averages.

Ahead of WWDC, investors like what they see.

 

 


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The Microsoft “User” Experience

May 15, 2014

Do You Enjoy The Microsoft User Experience?

I don’t.

Today, I turn on my computer to see this:

Microsoft User Experience Updates

Fifteen “important” updates, 94.7MB’s worth.

Really?

My reaction: something’s terribly wrong.

But what? How bad is it? Was my computer already hurt?

It’s just not a comforting “welcome-to-a-new-day” moment.

Part two of the experience is hardly warm and fuzzy, either.

You have to restart your computer.

Not knowing what, if any, impact, these “important” updates may have on other software.

Only after you restarting will you learn.

But, please, restart your computer. Trust us:

Microsoft User Experience Important Updates

On this day, after restarting, I “experienced” trouble connecting to the internet.

Due to one of Microsoft’s 15 important updates?

I don’t know.

But it happened.

Nothing about the experience is enjoyable.

The text, process, multiple steps, time required, the operational uncertainty.

All uncomfortable, at best.

Why does Microsoft continue this experience?

Is this the best the U.S.-based business can do?

Does anyone enjoy it?

Do you?

It’s almost as if we have to put up with Microsoft.

Because that’s the way, “It’s always been.”

 

 


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Chipotle Needs Beano

May 6, 2014

What’s Wrong With Chipotle?

James Covert writing for The New York Post:

“Proxy advisory firm ISS … blasted lavish pay packages for the Mexican-food chain’s two CEOs, who together earned $58 million last year, capping a a three-year run in which they’ve pocketed a combined $300 million.”

Two CEOs.

$58 million in a year.

On top of that, Chipotle is raising your prices.

Per CNBC:

“Getting a steak burrito bowl? That’ll be 8.3 percent more in New York City. While you’re at it, be prepared to fork over 11.1 percent more for guacamole.”

So, the bosses get more.

And get to charge you more.

What do investors think?

 

Chipotle Stock Pain

That “blue box”? Pain. Investors waiting to break even.

 

Unless you sold Chipotle in February, you’re in pain.

Its stock is broken technically.

Bearish below its 50MA on a daily chart.

Any “long” investor in that “blue box” holds Chipotle stock at a loss.

CEO pay, aside.

Price hikes, aside.

I’m talking business.

And reputation management.

Chipotle’s chart is broken.

$110 off its high.

Chipotle, a Colorado business, needs Beano.

Eat that.

But want to invest?

Consult your advisor.

 

 


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#AmazonCart – Listening Wall Street?

May 6, 2014

Twitter, Amazon team to boost ‘now commerce’

Teaming up: Amazon and Twitter.

Benny Evangelista writing for The Chronicle:

“The two tech giants said … Amazon members can automatically save items to their online shopping carts by replying to any tweet containing an Amazon product link and writing the hashtag #AmazonCart.”

And if you use that hashtag?

The ultimate word-of-mouth. Why?

Because the world can see:

“…on its website, Amazon also notes that ‘most content is public on Twitter,’ so any replies with #AmazonCart ‘will be visible to whomever you replied, to those viewing the conversation, and on your own Timeline (unless your Twitter account is set to private).'”

So, using the #AmazonCart hashtag is public.

Intended or not, becomes a public endorsement.

Not bad, if you’re a celebrity.

Perhaps one paid to tweet your purchases?

Me? If buying something, I want to do so quickly.

Two clicks, maximum.

Privately.

Because an order of Omaha Steaks for clients is not viral.

Same with California wine or Oregon fruit for family.

Or Legal Sea Foods crab cakes for myself.

Investors?

They reacted “meh” to the Amazon-Twitter partnership:

Amazon Twitter #AmazonCart

Amazon daily chart bearish technically: below 50, 200MAs

Twitter?

Twitter Amazon Partnership #AmazonCart

Twitter stock remains below its IPO low

 

One thought.

Amazon, behind Jeff Bezos, has sweet CIA business.

In short, people in the know, trust Amazon to be in the know.

Secure, too.

What happens when one can buy stocks with a hashtag?

Who needs TD Ameritrade, Fidelity, E-Trade?

Ten shares of Apple, please, hashtag #AmazonCart.

Just musing aloud.

 

 


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How is Google Fiber Doing?

May 1, 2014

Cities Meet Google Fiber Deadline, but ‘Loose Ends’ Remain

Thirty-four cities meet a key Google Fiber deadline.

That according to Alistair Barr writing for The WSJ.D:

 

Google Fiber Status Alistair Barr WSJ

Credit: Google and The WSJ.D

 

Barr says Fiber is complicated:

“Among other things, Google needs to buy or lease land for its Fiber huts, which are larger than 1,000 square feet, and finalize those license agreements with several cities. It’s seeking to streamline permitting processes for thousands of permit applications. And it needs video-franchise agreements with the city or state, giving it permission to build a local network.”

Investors watch closely:

“The complicated process has sparked concern on Wall Street that Google may spend too much on Fiber and generate small returns on the investment.”

 

GOOGL Class A stock

GOOGL Class A shares bounce after fall to $511

 

Google’s stock has drifted lower since an unusual stock split in April.

Proof that Google Fiber is not a good investment?

The market will weigh in over time.

Google’s got time … and capital.
 


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If I Ran Your Newsroom Right Now

December 7, 2011
One Tip to News Leadership

Any weather impacting travel

… is big news between now and January 2012.

Experts agree weather may make plenty of news.

The long-range forecasting team at AccuWeather expects a stormy U.S. winter ahead. Major airplane and highway systems linked to moving people and commerce nationwide are in the forecast storm-zone.

Winter Travel News

Source: AccuWeather

The National Weather Service’s current precipitation forecast speaks loudly of potential travel troubles, too:

Winter Travel News

Source: NWS

News is what interests, informs and impacts “us” … and our businesses.

Any hint of clogged airports or snow-slick highways already has my attention, and should have yours.

After all, holiday travel involves moving a tremendous amount of people and things.

It’s big news.

Math … Understands Your Business

October 27, 2011
Fibonacci Communications

The S&P 500 Index is a “basket” of companies. Five-hundred of them. Hence, the name. Every week the stocks of these firms are traded. The stocks go up and down, depending on the day or week. Sometimes they seem to need a pause; and taken together, they move sideways for a while.

Their performance up, down or sideways leaves a footprint, tells a story. Stock charts capture this story. In early 2009, the story plot told of an ugly crash.

Since? Well, the story changed. The S&P 500 moved up, with some sideways pauses, and topped this summer. And then, during a time of world economic concerns, they fell. The stocks were sold. They went down. “Click” for large pic:

Business Communications, Fibonacci Communications, Math Understanding

Math Communicating

For those who enjoyed math, and learning about Fibonacci, the chart appears to tell an interesting story.

After “topping” mid2011, the S&P 500 fell to a Fibonacci number – one of the horizontal blue lines.

The Index retraced (went down) 38.2 percent, found comfort at that level, moved sideways for a bit, then bounced up.

Many factors influence the performance of your company, its stock. There are a lot of ways to analyze stocks, too. Sometimes, stepping back to look at the big picture, with the help of some math, can provide clarity.

For some reason, during its most recent fall, the S&P 500 respected a Fibonacci number, and stopped falling. It has since marched higher.

Mixing Fibonacci numbers with stock analysis can provide greater business understanding. It’s not a be-all end-all “golden rule.”

Still, the math seems to be communicating. Perhaps this approach should be in your toolkit…and in that of your consulting firms.


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