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Nvidia: A Company on the Move

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Nvidia: A Company on the Move

Filed under: Stocks to Buy Investors are always searching the landscape for new and upcoming companies. This year and last the tech sector has had the greatest stars. One small tech company on the move is Nvidia ( NVDA ). The company specializes in visual computing technologies. Why give this company a second look? Apple’s ( AAPL ) iPhone and iPad have changed the way we view the Internet. Now the iPhone and iTablet are using an increasingly large amount of graphic design. Nvidia is on the cutting edge of this new technology. Continue reading Nvidia: A Company on the Move Nvidia: A Company on the Move originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Sun, 13 Feb 2011 11:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Microsoft and Nokia Join to Build a New Smartphone

Filed in Apple, Google, ipad, Microsoft, New Gold, Nokia, o, South African Gold, Spot Gold by on February 13, 2011 0 Comments
Microsoft and Nokia Join to Build a New Smartphone

Filed under: Competitive Strategy , Microsoft (MSFT) , Nokia Corp. (NOK) , Smartphones This is probably one of the most interesting stories of the Internet revolution. Microsoft ( MSFT ) jumped out the starting gate with its Windows operating system and took the world by storm. Then for some unknown reason, Microsoft missed the entire search engine revolution and Google ( GOOG ) raced to first place. Now Microsoft has again missed the next leg — the iPhone and iPad revolution, and Apple ( AAPL ) holds first place in this segment. Nokia ( NOK ) was a pioneer in the smartphone revolution, but with Apple’s drive to the top, Nokia lost its momentum. Once Nokia had 50% of the handset market . Now that share has fallen to just 29%. It’s hard to believe but Microsoft has only 2% of the global phone software market. Continue reading Microsoft and Nokia Join to Build a New Smartphone Microsoft and Nokia Join to Build a New Smartphone originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Sun, 13 Feb 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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ASML Holding NV (ASML): ‘Quiet Star’ in Mobile Devices

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ASML Holding NV (ASML): ‘Quiet Star’ in Mobile Devices

Filed under: Newsletters , Stocks to Buy “Don’t worry about whether the iphone will beat the Android, or the Galaxy the ipad; rather, you should buy the maker of chip machines for mobile devices,” says Frida Ghitis . The contributing editor to Global Investing explains, “Spun off from Phillips, ASML Holdings NV ( ASML ) — a quiet high tech star — is the world leader making lithography system machines for chipmaking by the semiconductor industry. Continue reading ASML Holding NV (ASML): ‘Quiet Star’ in Mobile Devices ASML Holding NV (ASML): ‘Quiet Star’ in Mobile Devices originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Thu, 27 Jan 2011 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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iPhone Accessory From XWave Channels Your Brain Waves to the iPhone

Filed in Bank Gold, gld, Gold Spot Market, o by on January 8, 2011 0 Comments

Singularity Hub | Do your friends complain that you can’t pull your eyes away from your iPhone? Well, if you get the new XWave by PLX Devices, then you might have trouble pulling your brain away, too.

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Microsoft to Feature New Chips With Next Windows

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Microsoft to Feature New Chips With Next Windows

Filed under: Google (GOOG) , Microsoft (MSFT) , Apple Inc (AAPL) , Intel (INTC) , Advanced Micro Dev (AMD) , QUALCOMM Inc (QCOM) , Texas Instruments (TXN) , Technology For years Microsoft ( MSFT ) was the tech leader. Then, Google ( GOOG ) came along and Microsoft missed the entire search engine revolution. But Microsoft still dominated in software. Then came Apple ( AAPL ) with its iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Again, Microsoft missed the small device revolution. The Wall Street Journal reports that now Microsoft is playing catch-up again. With its next operating system it will use low-powered chips similar to those Apple uses. Continue reading Microsoft to Feature New Chips With Next Windows Microsoft to Feature New Chips With Next Windows originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Thu, 06 Jan 2011 11:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments

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On the Hunt for Unclaimed Money

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I was always skeptical of those stories one hears involving a forgotten relative and a pile of cash waiting to be claimed. For some reason, it reeks of a con. But a few weeks ago, a relative found an old life insurance policy from the 1940s. A few weeks later, she received a check for $4,100. The policy was purchased for her husband at birth. Somehow it was forgotten over the years. The principal paid on the policy was around $750, but there was five times that much in interest. It was a whole life insurance policy — which can grow in value, unlike term life policies. Life insurance policies are just one type of asset that can be found. The easiest way to search is using sites like missingmoney.com . The site tracks unclaimed assets, and makes them easily searchable. Recent technological advances, along with improved cooperation between state governments, have vastly improved access to these important records. In most of the U.S., unclaimed assets are transferred to state treasuries after three years. Some are also held by financial institutions, like banks and insurers. To learn more about lost money, I contacted David Milby, who runs the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) . He was nice enough to answer a few

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Google’s Endless Ambition

Google’s Endless Ambition

It’s an exciting time for Google investors. Over the last few years, the company has positioned itself brilliantly. And it’s starting to pay off. Not only did they maintain their massive lead in search, they managed to grow it. And management made shrewd investments in other key areas. For example, in 2005 Google bought a little startup named Android. In 2005, most of us didn’t realize how quickly the smartphone market would take off. Google did, apparently. They moved into the space at just the right time. Google’s latest branded phone, the Nexus S Here we are five years later, and Google’s early investments are paying off in spades. Every day, 200,000 new Android devices are activated worldwide. Units sold rose 1373% in Q3, compared with the same period a year ago. That’s 20 million units sold last quarter, versus 1.4 million in Q3 of 2009. That is simply explosive growth. Dozens more Google-powered gadgets are in the pipeline at big manufacturers like Motorla, HTC, and LG; smart phones, e-readers, and tablets. They also just announced the Nexus S — their second Google-branded smart phone — a follow-up to the mediocre Nexus One . The new phone is the product of a partnership with Samsung. It does some unique tricks, like 3d graphics and some Nintendo Wii-like sensor functions. It’s slick-looking too, vastly more polished than its predecessor. Having a slick product is critical, as Apple has taught us. Tech retail isn’t easy, but Google is learning fast. PC World has a nice writeup on how the Nexus S stacks up against the iPhone 4 here . The S will be sold directly by Google, as opposed to most Android-powered phones, which are marketed independently. Best Buy secured the exclusive deal to sell the phone. I expect it to do well, especially with all the recent attention Android’s been getting. Google stands to make money from each Android-powered device sold by partners, as well. What’s that you ask? If Android is open source (free), how will they make money off it? Good question. Mobile ads, for one. Smartphone ad revenue will top $1 billion this year, and is growing at an incredible pace. With their dominant Adwords search platform, and their recent acquisition Admob, a leader in mobiles ads, Google was already set to dominate this market. Android’s success expands their reach in the space even further. Their apps marketplace will be another revenue driver. Apple has been making a killing selling apps and games for years, and Google is finally catching up. Android will drive revenue in other ways, too. But Google isn’t getting greedy, they’re focused on grabbing the most market share possible. Smartphones are still a young market, hard as that is to believe. Android could be a significant growth driver for decades to come. Getting the lead early, and keeping it, will be critical. Don’t think they forgot…

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Market Wrap-Up for Sept.21 (AAPL, QCOM, CAG, more)

Market Wrap-Up for Sept.21 (AAPL, QCOM, CAG, more)

All eyes were on the Federal Reserve interest rate decision that wa due at 2:15pm Est. this afternoon. Although we didn’t expect a change in interest rates, it was interesting to see the D-word being whispered by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. The markets rallied off the notion the printing press would continue to run, but we did see the quick pop fade by the close. The market has been driven by an overload of momentum this month. One of the big winners is not a dividend play, but rather Apple ( AAPL ). I keep hearing the argument that Apple ( AAPL ) is still a cheap stock and Jim Cramer mentioned yesterday that you can use a “rule of 10″ – basically dividing Apple’s stock price by 10 and seeing how cheap the stock is at $28 and change. The point he is trying to make is to ignore the 3-digit handle on the stock price ($283 a share). The last time I heard someone use this argument was back when tech stocks were about to tank at the end of the 90s, specifically shares of Qualcomm ( QCOM ) . Once everyone bought into the “rule of 10″ thesis, the shares of Qualcomm preceded to add on several hundred points in a matter of a month and that was the top of the market. Apple shares certainly feel like Qualcomm back then. Everyone though the sky was the limit for Qualcomm and the company would be profiting from every cell phone sold, similarly to how many feel Apple will do these days with their runaway hit, the iPhone. This kind of action makes me nervous, so let’s hope we don’t see that sort of manic buying come in. That wouldn’

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Defiant Jobs stands by iPhone 4

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California (Reuters) – A defiant Steve Jobs on Friday rejected any suggestion the iPhone 4’s design was flawed, but offered consumers free phone cases to address reception complaints that have hurt Apple Inc’s image and shares.

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AT&T Kills Unlimited Data Plans – Analyst Blog

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In a major move, AT&T ( T ) has introduced new data plans for its smartphone and iPad users, thereby bringing its existing unlimited data plans to an end. The new price plans, which replace AT&T’s current $30 monthly unlimited wireless data plan, however, do not affect the carrier’s existing subscribers who can continue with the benefits of unlimited usage. Nevertheless, existing smartphone users have the option to switch to the new plans without extending their service contracts. AT&T’s announcement comes ahead of the introduction (likely June 7) of the next-generation iPhone by Apple ( AAPL ). Ma Bell’s new strategy indicates a paradigm shift in wireless tariff structure as the industry is again becoming more and more inclined towards a tiered (or metered) pricing system, replacing the existing flat-monthly unlimited plans. Carriers abandoned tiered plans years ago when they launched unlimited plans to encourage customers to spend more on data services. Under the new structure (effective June 7, 2010), AT&T’s customers have the option to choose from two data plans, namely, DataPlus and DataPro, according to their needs. The $15 per month DataPlus plans offer 200 megabytes (MB) of data and are tailor- made for subscribers, who use their handhelds for web surfing, email and social networking. If a customer exceeds the monthly usage quota, he/she will be allocated another 200 MB for an extra $15. DataPro has been designed for heavy data users and offers 2 gigabytes (GB) of data for a monthly charge of $25. Customers who exceed the usage limit will be provided 1 GB of data for another $10. Users of this plan can tether their smartphones to laptops to access the Internet for an additional $20 a month. Tethering for iPhone will be available on the forthcoming model. AT&T’s move comes as a consequence to the data overload on its networks, especailly due to heavy usage by iPhone and iPad users. The carrier remains challenged by serious mobile data traffic congestion as a result of high-bandwidth demand on its network due to excessive data usage. AT&T has stated that roughly 3% of its smartphone customers (essentially the iPhone and iPad users) account for 40% of overall smartphone data usage. AT&T is making significant investment on network infrastructure improvements across highly congested areas to offload traffic from its overcrowded network. The carrier expects the new price plans to curb heavy data usage. The sunny side of AT&T’s new policy is that customers who use less volume of data have to pay much less than those using their smartphones to access high-bandwidth applications (such as HD video streaming, Internet music or downloading huge data files). AT&T claims that 65% of its smatphone customers use less than 200 MB of data and will thus benefit from the DataPlus plan. On the other hand, customers using more data may experience a bill shock, especially if they exceed the allocated monthly data limit, given the overage charges. So “tiered-pricing” has reappeared to affect heavy data users. It will be now interesting to see whether AT&T’s Tier-1 rivals follow suit with similar strategies. Archrival Verizon ( VZ ) recently revealed its plans to shift to a tiered pricing policy for its 4G data plans, which are based on data usage. However, Sprint Nextel ( S ) seems to be stuck with the unlimited approach while Deutsche Telekom’s ( DT ) US unit T-Mobile USA appears indifferent. Nevertheless, AT&T&#…

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AT&T’s Time Square Hotzone – Analyst Blog

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AT&T ( T ) has reportedly launched a pilot Wi-Fi (wireless broadband) project in Times Square, New York City, which will enable the residents and vistors to stay connected in one of the busiest places on the planet. Ma Bell has installed a massive Wi-Fi hotspot (“hotzone”) in the north-central part of Times Square to reduce the mobile data traffic congestion. The carrier continues to be challenged by serious traffic congestion as a result of high-bandwidth demand on its network due to excessive data usage by the iPhone customers. AT&T is making significant investments on 3G network infrastructure improvements across highly congested areas to offload traffic from its overcrowded network. The new hotzone will enable 32 million eligible AT&T customers Wi-Fi access using any compatible smartphone, 3G LaptopConnect card or high-speed Internet plan. The carrier plans to expand hotzones in other parts of the country that are affected by network congestion. AT&T boosted its Wi-Fi coverage with the acquisition of Texas-based Wayport Inc., a leading Wi-Fi service provider, in December 2008 for $275 million. Besides providing support for the carrier’s Wi-Fi enabled handsets (such as iPhone and BlackBerry), the acquisition increased its Wi-Fi hotspot counts in the U.S. AT&T is the undisputed leader in Wi-Fi in the US with more than 20,000 hotspots. The carrier currently has 125,000 hotspots globally. AT&T remains focused on expanding the number of Wi-Fi hotspots available to its customers and enhancing connectivity for its high-end smartphone users. AT&T is expanding its nationwide Wi-Fi coverage across venues such as hospitals, retail locations, restaurants, coffee shops, sport arenas and airports. Wi-Fi represents an important strategic opportunity for the operator, as the number of Wi-Fi enabled wireless handsets is expected to increase by 175% through 2011. Wi-Fi access for AT&T’s smartphone and integrated devices customers has dramatically increased in recent times. The carrier had 53 million Wi-Fi connections on its US network in the first-quarter 2010, representing a five-fold increase compared to 10.7 million a year ago. Roughly 69% of these connections were made from smartphone and integrated devices, up from 35% a year ago. AT&T’s aggressive Wi-Fi expansion strategy will further solidify its competitive position against its archrival Verizon ( VZ ) which has so far demonstrated a blasé attitude in this area.  Read the full analyst report on “T” Read the full analyst report on “VZ” Zacks Investment Research

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Rogers Communications Beats – Analyst Blog

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Rogers Communications Inc. ( RCI ) declared solid financial results for the first quarter 2010. Quarterly net income was $380 million or 64 cents per share compared to a net income of $309 million or 49 cents per share in the year-ago quarter. However, first quarter adjusted (excluding special items) EPS of 66 cents was significantly above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 54 cents. This reflects the aggressive cost cutting measures taken by management during 2009.  Quarterly total revenue was $2,887 million, up 5% year over year. This is also better than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,773 million. This was primarily due to an increase in sales for all the three segments, particularly massive growth of the Wireless Data revenue.  Management has streamlined the operating cost structure to improve efficiency. Quarterly operating profit was $1,122 million, up 4% year over year. During the reported quarter, the company repurchased 9 million Class B Non-Voting shares for total consideration of $302 million and paid dividends on its common shares totaling $175 million.  During the first quarter 2010, Rogers generated $853 million of cash from operations compared to $688 million in the year-ago quarter. Free cash flow during the same quarter was $487 million, compared to $329 million during the year-ago quarter.  At the end of the first quarter 2010, Rogers had $771 million of cash and marketable securities on its balances sheet, compared to $930 million at the end of fiscal 2009. Total outstanding debt, at the end of the first quarter 2010 was $8,267 million, compared to $8,464 million at the end of fiscal 2009.  Wireless Segment   Quarterly revenue was $1,662 million, up 8% year over year. Postpaid revenue was $1,515 million, up 8% year-over-year and Prepaid revenue was $66 million, down 1% year-over-year. Equipment sales were $81 million, up 14% year over year.   Quarterly operating profit for the whole segment was $816 million, up 13% year over year. Operating margin was 49.1% in the reported quarter compared to 46.6% in the year-ago quarter. In the first quarter, wireless Data revenue was $415 million, up 40% year over year. Wireless Data revenue represented around 26% of total wireless network revenue compared to 20% in the prior-year quarter.  During the first quarter, wireless segment activated approximately 348,000 smartphones. Most of those are either iPhone 3G, BlackBerry or Andriod-based handsets. At the end of the reported quarter, Postpaid retail subscribers’ base was around 7.026 million, up 7.2% year-over-year. Smartphone customers now constituted 33% of overall Postpaid subscribers compared to 23% in the year-ago quarter. Prepaid subscribers’ base was around 1.481 million, up 1.4% year-over-year.  Cable Segment  Quarterly revenue of $997 million was up 3% year over year. Basic cable operations revenue was $789 million, up 6% year-over-year. RBS revenue was $133 million, up 4% year over year. Rogers Retail revenue was $89 million, down 13% year over year. Quarterly operating profit for the whole segment was $335 million, down 3% year over year. Operating margin was 33.6% in the reported quarter compared to 35.6% in the year-ago quarter.  At the end of the reported quarter, Cable TV subscribers’ base was around 2.296 million, down 0.7% year-over-year. Internet subscribers’ base was 1.636 million, up 3.4% year over year. …

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