20 Jan 2013 Machine translation - Conquering Babel
IN “STAR TREK”, a television series of the 1960s, no matter how far across the universe the Starship Enterprise travelled, any aliens it encountered would converse in fluent Californian English.
19 Jan 2013 Pitching a Fit(ch)
The US can (and has before) prioritized spending to put debt obligations first. And tax revenues are more than sufficient to cover debt payments plus some.
19 Jan 2013 Buffett’s Railroad Boosts Capital Plan to $4.1 Billion
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. plans to increase capital spending at its railroad to about $4.1 billion this year, as the company prepares to handle rising oil shipments and expands intermodal terminal capacity.
18 Jan 2013 Apple's Basic Strategic Problem: Market Share Or Profit Margin?
...that’s the strategic problem that Apple’s got to work its way through. Keep the high prices, high cachet, high margins and high profits but sacrifice potential future market share? Or go for the market share at the price of some amount of current profits?
The problem is that even at the high end of the market, they will not be able to maintain the high margins. Other manufacturers are making high-end devices too.
15 Jan 2013 The Ravenous Emerging Consumer
Investors in America’s leading fast-food companies have benefited from excellent price appreciation, as well as dividend growth over the past 10 years, as consumers in emerging markets have provided a vast source of steady, profitable expansion.
14 Jan 2013 Asus launches Memo Pad 7-inch Android tablet for $149
Asus has announced the launch of a new tablet running the Android operating system that promises to be one of the cheapest offerings on the market.
The commoditization of tablets and smartphones has begun.
14 Jan 2013 Apple Cuts Orders for iPhone Parts
The move indicates that sales of the new iPhone haven't been as strong as previously anticipated and demand may be waning. It comes as the company has been facing greater challenges from Samsung Electronics Co. and other makers of smartphones powered by Google Inc.'s Android operating system.
08 Jan 2013 Have We Lost the War on Drugs?
After more than four decades of a failed experiment, the human cost has become too high. It is time to consider the decriminalization of drug use and the drug market.