Panasonic -152-inch 3D plasma TV CES 2010

January 12, 2010

Courtesy of -Pocket-lint

-By Duncan Geere

Now this is just showing off. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Panasonic is demonstrating one of the biggest plasma displays that we’ve ever clapped eyes on – it’s a massive 152-inches across.

For a sense of scale, that’s the same as 22 average pencils, more than two average Irish men, or four times the height of Verne Troyer in 6-inch platform heels. Now there’s an image. Speaking of image, it’s capable of displaying full 3D content in 4K x 2K resolution.

The screen doesn’t need to be illuminated – the plasma itself illuminates the display four times faster than a conventional full HD panel would. It also contains a crosstalk reduction feature, which helps produce clearer 3D images by minimizing the double-image that can occur with dodgy 3D displays.

As you can imagine, you can’t buy the thing – it’s just been created to allow Panasonic to boast. In 2008, the company built a 103-inch display, so at the rate it’s going, it’ll be able to build a display the size of an average African elephant next year. And of course we will be looking forward to it.

Is this what Apple has in mind for Jan 27th..

January 9, 2010

Think of this as, a nice list of what they think they know so far….

Courtesy of -

alleyinsider

Highlights:

  • Apple wants to “reshape businesses like textb ook s, newspapers and television much the way his iPod revamped the music industry—and expand Apple’s influence and revenue as a content middleman .”
  • Apple has had talks with NYT, WSJ, Conde Nast, Harper Collins, et al
  • Tablet designed to be used by multiple family members to read news and check email
  • Tablet will have a virtual keyboard
  • Apple is working with Electronic Arts to show off the tabl et’s game capabilities
  • Apple has apparently discussed how people might pay for the NYT through iTunes.
  • Tablet is designed to be shared.  May come with facial recognition camera.  Users may be able to leave virtual sticky notes for other users.
  • Apple sent reps to the Frankfurt Book Fair
  • Apple pitched a “Best Of TV” service to networks, in which consumers would buy a bundle of programming across multiple networks.  One exec says the company was looking to bundle 4-5 shows per channel
  • Apple wants to launch a web-based version of iTunes by June.  This would allow people to use the store without special iTunes software.  The service would also have distributed “Buy” buttons all over the web.
  • In November, Apple hired a former textbook publishing executive who is responsible for “driving global strategy and revenue for the education online store for students.”

Exciting stuff.

Does Boycotting Big Banks Make Sense?

January 8, 2010

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By Martha C. White

Posted Monday, January 4, 2010 – 10:16pm

Arianna Huffington is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore—or doesn’t think you should. Last week she exhorted Americans to yank their money out of big banks and open accounts at community banks instead. She called out the Big Four—Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), and Wells Fargo (WFC)—by name for their “slap in the face to taxpayers.” The crusade includes a link to a new Web site, moveyourmoney.info, which includes some video clips of It’s a Wonderful Life and a tool for finding a new bank courtesy of Institutional Risk Analytics.

This is a great example of populist indignation made practical (HuffPo says it does its banking with a smaller bank that specializes in startups). It’s also a great example of why populist indignation shouldn’t drive policy. We get the outrage: The banks did something bad, so let’s spank the banks. But let’s also look at the math. Would it even be possible for the roughly 72 million American families who hold checking or savings accounts to appreciably diminish banks’ holdings just by closing their accounts?

Banks make their money in a lot of ways, such as by collecting fees. For instance, banks are projected to collect $38.5 billion in overdraft fees this year, some 90 percent of which is paid by only 10 percent of the customer base. While the new opt-in requirement for overdraft protection will probably lower this number in the coming years, it’s safe to assume that banks will come up with other ways to extract their pound of flesh. A recent Bankrate study showed that fees for everything from out-of-network ATM usage to account maintenance rose in 2009.
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New Year Resolution for 2010.. -Have More Fun..

January 2, 2010

Oh yeah, and buy a BMW 2011 M5 this year with my stock money earnings.

I think it’s always good to set a goal on your investing ideas. Helps you to put into perspective how well or bad that investing is going. For me personally I’m a car fanatic and if all goes well as it is expected to, then this will be some nice icing on the cake. -as they would say..

Some people say the car looks like a baby 7-series, and I like that, since I have driven in the 7-Series I can tell you if it’s anything like that car it should be pretty nice.

-here’s hoping whatever your goal is that you hit the mark.. :)

So I have decided to just start all over with $50,000 thousand.. so that way we can all hit the million together. (hopefully)

Now if you don’t have 50 but more like 5 thou, that’s fine, make your plays with what you feel comfortable with, this is not rocket science, or carved in stone, this is HIGH RISK investing. Let me just say that again, this is High Risk and there are no guarantees.

So let me just say be-careful, play with what you can afford to lose.

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2009

Here’s hoping this is your best trading year ever…  All the best everyone for 2010

Decisions, decisions… I’m trying to decide if I should just start the new year off with a fresh start and start over at $50,000 or just contiue with all my money on the quest to the million.

I mean since it’s a new year maybe just to make it fair.. I should just start at fifty again and see if we can hit the million this time.

Decisions, decisions..

Why Apple may just outperform in 2010?

December 27, 2009

-Now we all know Apple has been selling iPods for years, and they continue to perform well… -but what about the iPhone, it’s doing really well but it could be doing a lot better.. how so? -well what if it came to Verizon & Sprint.

Because that’s exactly what the rumors are that are floating around. It’s expected it will be coming to Verizon in the summer of 2010.

-by enoughisenough

According to Digitimes, OmniVision, the supplier of the 3.2 megapixel camera for the current iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS has secured 5-megapixel camera orders for the iPhone 4G . The iPhone 4th generation  will launch in the second half of 2010.  It will also contain a CDMA chip that allows it to be used on the Verizon Wireless network, if the rumors are true.

Apple launches new iPhones during the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). This year the WWDC conference is expected to be held during June, so that’s when we will find out whether or not there really is an iPhone 4G coming to Verizon. I’m hoping there will be one because I know a lot of people that would buy the iPhone if it came to Verizon.

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QuickPWN

Fund Boss Made $7 Billion in the Panic

December 22, 2009
by Gregory Zuckerman
Monday, December 21, 2009

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In this comeback year for investors, David Tepper may have scored one of the biggest paydays of all.

Mr. Tepper’s hedge-fund firm has racked up about $7 billion of profit so far this year—with Mr. Tepper on track to earn more than $2.5 billion for himself, according to people familiar with the matter. That is among the largest one-year takes in recent years.

Behind the wins: a bet worth billions of dollars that America would avoid a repeat of the Great Depression.

Through February and March, Mr. Tepper scooped up beaten-down bank shares as many investors were running for the exits. Day after day, Mr. Tepper bought Bank of America Corp. shares, then trading below $3, and Citigroup Inc. preferred shares, when that stock was under $1. One of his investors insisted more carnage loomed. Friends who shared his bullish beliefs were wary of aping his moves amid speculation that the government was about to nationalize the big banks.

“I felt like I was alone,” Mr. Tepper recalls. On some days, he says, “no one was even bidding.”

The bets paid off. A resurgent market has helped Mr. Tepper’s firm, Appaloosa Management, gain about 120% after the firm’s fees, through early December. Thanks to those gains, Mr. Tepper, who specializes in the stocks and bonds of troubled companies, manages about $12 billion, a sum that makes Appaloosa one of the largest hedge funds in the world.

Mr. Tepper, whose office overlooks the parking lot of a Hilton hotel in Short Hills, N.J., across from an upscale mall, now is taking aim at a new target. He’s purchased about $2 billion of beaten-down commercial mortgage-backed securities. Among his purchases are bonds backed by chunks of the debt of Peter Cooper Village & Stuyvesant Town and 666 Fifth Ave. in New York, two high-profile real-estate deals that have fallen in value over the past two years.

Some experts predict more bad news for commercial real estate—and say that if Mr. Tepper’s move doesn’t pan out, it could jeopardize a chunk of his recent gains. Mr. Tepper says he remains optimistic.

courtesy ofYahoo Finance

This Friday will be all about Avatar -Dec 18th

December 16, 2009

Citigroup gets the greenlight to repay $20bn bailout money

December 14, 2009

Citigroup’s chief executive Vikram Pandit said the bank owes American taxpayers ‘a debt of gratitude

-But will you see them doing anything to say thanks to those tax payers… Don’t hold your breathe waiting for that one.

-by EnoughisEnough

Citigroup has been given the go-ahead by the US treasury to repay its $20bn (£12.3bn) of government bailout money, a day after President Barack Obama accused Wall Street institutions of handing back funds simply in order to escape curbs on multimillion dollar bonus payouts.

The US bank, which teetered on the brink of collapse at the height of the financial crisis last year, is one of the few major US banks still supported by taxpayers’ funds. Its repayment plan follows a similar move earlier this month by Bank of America, leaving Wells Fargo as the last nationwide bank yet to institute repayment.

To raise the money, Citigroup intends to issue $20.5bn of stock and debt. In total, the treasury pumped $45bn into Citigroup to prevent the bank from collapsing, although $25bn of this was converted into a 34% stake. The government, which has benefited from a 20% appreciation in Citigroup’s share price, said it will sell its shares in an “orderly fashion” over the next 12 months.

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Greenpeace ages World Leaders in some amazing head turning ads..

December 8, 2009

These ads are breathe taking, and truly amazing marketing genius… if you were not thinking about climate control before I bet you were thinking about it for a second when you saw these ads.. -talk about hitting the nail on the coffin.

The environmental activism group Greenpeace, no stranger to controversy, is at it again. In conjunction with the start of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Denmark, the group has teamed up with TckTckTck to plaster the Copenhagen airport with advertisements featuring drastically altered images of famous world leaders participating in the summit. Though some industry observers have labeled the campaign “lame” and “dour,” the group says the reaction to the ads thus far has been “phenomenal.”

The aforementioned posters feature the faces of U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, just to name a few, as they would possibly look in 2020. Next to each leader’s image is an apology from the future that reads, “I’m sorry. We could have stopped catastrophic climate change… We didn’t.” Toby Cotton, the writer of the ads, said his intention was to make “world leaders think twice about the consequences of their action or inaction now.”

-courtesy of Yahoo News!

I would love to buy the Obama poster for my office, they need to sell these and also make stamps of these ads… :)


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