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  • Social Tech: Is Google+ Making Waves or Just Splashing?

    By Jason Johnson - May 13, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG

    “Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.”-Wilma Rudolph 

    Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) has been learning how to lose at the ‘Social Network’ game for sometime, is more »

  • Meet the Piranhas and Crocodiles Protecting Google and Apple

    By Jason Johnson - May 10, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BKS, GOOG

    Investor extraordinaire Warren Buffett often suggests that businesses worth your investment dollar have their own defenses against competition built right-in. He refers to these strengths as “a moat with crocodiles and piranhas.”

    Without these defenses, a business can fall easy prey to the wiles of competition, and lose investor confidence to boot. These days in the tech sector, it seems that piranhas and crocodiles come in all shapes and sizes more »

  • 1 Reason to Run from Apple & 2 to Run towards Google

    By Jason Johnson - May 10, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG

    “There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.” -Oscar Wilde 

    This statement may very well summarize the thought process of every investor who has ever had to toil with the idea of letting a position go, if even for a short time. Yet there are times when it could be in your portfolio’s best interest to “cut more »

  • Bad Luck for Apple, Good Luck for Research in Motion or is it Vice Versa?

    By Jason Johnson - January 22, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY

    I know what you're thinking. "Did Apple just fire off one hundred dollars from its share price in the last six months? Is Research in Motion poised to return from where it fell over five years ago?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But be that as it may, the tech sector is one of the most volatile in more »

  • Google Wallet, Apple Passbook, and Cyber-Attacks Oh My!

    By Jason Johnson - January 10, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG

    With the possible threat of online cyber-attacks should investors steer clear of mobile currency?

    Who provides Mobile Currency & What is it?

    The two main stars in the mobile currency show right now are none other than: Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL); what each provides is briefly explained below:

    Google's version (described here by techopedia)
    "Google Wallet is smartphone software developed for Google Android phones and designed to more »

  • One OS to Rule Them All…

    By Jason Johnson - January 10, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    One Ring to rule them all,

    One Ring to find them,

    One Ring to bring them all

    and in the darkness bind them.

    -J. R. R. Tolkien

    If you replaced the word ‘Ring’ with “Google App” you would have a good sense of what it seems Google’s latest business strategy is in regards to Apple.

    Just take a look: Time Magazine’s Harry McCracken recently published a list from more »

  • Google to Microsoft: "Can't Touch This!"

    By Jason Johnson - January 8, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, MSFT

    Score one for the litt- - I mean BIG guy.

    Google has recently ducked charges in an anti-trust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. CNN Money’s David Goldman reports: “Google was quick to claim victory. "The conclusion is clear: Google's services are good for users and good for competition," said David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer, in a prepared statement.”

    But as I am sure you know, not more »

  • iPhone 6? I Thought This Was Blackberry 10 Month?

    By Jason Johnson - January 4, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY

    Is Cupertino at it again?

    Rumor has it that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is working on an iPhone 6. Reuters has claimed by way of The Next Web that we will indeed have a new iPhone scramble on our hands:

    “Application developers have found in their app usage logs references to a new iPhone identifier, iPhone 6.1, running iOS 7 operating system, the website reported.


    Apple's iPhone 5 bears more »

  • Apple’s $3.4 Million Weapon

    By Jason Johnson - January 3, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG, MSFT

    Last year I informed you of Apple’s $600,000 Weapon.

    Well, it just got an upgrade:

    Across the tech world from Google's Android Devices, Microsoft’s Windows 8 toys, to Research in Motion’s BlackBerry 10 there is a common theme. Each has yet to utilize a “Weapon” like Cupertino. 

    Over the past few months this weapon has been on display in prime locations around the globe: everywhere more »

  • Forget Microsoft and Google, Apple is still #1

    By Jason Johnson - December 19, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GS, GOOG, MSFT

    That’s the word folks, at least from Goldman Sachs anyway. The company recently released a 75 page report that heavily suggests that  Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is the main squirrel in the tech world, and others like Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) are just trying to get at its nuts.

     CNN Money’s Brooke Crothers shared a synopsis of the report by Goldman Sachs:

    What they had to more »

  • Sure, They’ll Buy an Android Phone, but That’s About It…

    By Jason Johnson - December 14, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG

    The August issue of CNN Money reported that Android-based phones held as much as 68% of the consumer market share, while rival iOS phones clung to as little as 17% (nearly four times less). While these statistics may be surprising, you very well may be taken aback to learn that despite this, the profit funneled through Apple phones significantly exceeds that of Google phones. Investors may want to take a more »

  • Will the Blackberry 10 put the iPhone on "ICE?"

    By Jason Johnson - December 14, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY

    It seems that a giant may be about to arise from a long slumber, and if so it will be just in time to defend its turf.

    Blackberry maker Research in Motion (NASDAQ: BBRY) is due to release its Blackberry 10 in January, and its arrival has caught the attention of a very “cool” client. Attention that seems to have been taken away from the iPhone. Not bad for a more »

  • Google & Apple Together; Picture That With a Kodak

    By Jason Johnson - December 12, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, EK, GOOG

    According to a report by Serena Saitto, Beth Jinks, and Brian Womack of Bloomberg.com, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) have decided to join forces to purchase the photography patents of Kodak for a sum of more than $500 million. Seeing how these two duke it out on the market, this team-up may seem hard for you to picture, but it should be taken into consideration if you more »

  • Has Google Learned How to Slice Apple Pie?

    By Jason Johnson - December 10, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG

    As many investors know, the bond between Google and Apple is strong, even though it is strained. But what some investors may not realize is that Apple’s success does not always mean Google’s failure.

    Sure it may be hard over the last three months to pinpoint a good run for Apple (as they have been down over 15% in this time), but sales are still rolling. In September more »

  • Since When Is the Guy With the iPhone Not Cool?

    By Jason Johnson - November 29, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG | Editor's Choice

    Has Apple gone “Granny-Smith”? If not, some say it has at least lost its appeal, as a flurry of (dare we say it before the Apple faithful…) “better” devices have made their way into the market, and in most cases, into consumer’s hands. There is a technological superpower battle being waged, and just as in the comic books, the combatants used to work together.    

    “Frienemies”:

    Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and more »

  • Will Layaway Ring in the Profits This Holiday?

    By Jason Johnson - November 26, 2012 | Tickers: SHLD, TGT, WMT

    Tis’ the season, children and investors alike are looking for glad tidings and news of great joy. However, some investors have seen that shares of retailers like Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), Target (NYSE: TGT) and Sears (NASDAQ: SHLD) have not been so joyous over the last three months. Their shares have seen a mix of downward and sideways motion, with all but one out pacing the S&P 500.  

    Taking a more »

  • Google Maps: Give Me an App for That!

    By Jason Johnson - October 1, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG

    Apple's move forward to the iOS6 software component may mean more money for Google, again.

    Some reports claim that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) may be starting work on a “Map app” for the iOS6 software made popular by the iPhone 5 release from Apple. If produced, the app could be a point to play on the market for the two tech giants.

    Not What They Were Looking For

    Some iO6 more »

  • Apple’s $600,000 Weapon

    By Jason Johnson - September 26, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, MSFT

     

    "Luminas, Galaxies and Droids, Oh My!"  

    With so many phones offering comparable, if not legally indistinguishable (see Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) vs Samsung) features to the iPhone, one might argue that the market should or could level out among phone makers.

    But it won’t…

    That’s because right now Apple has something no other phone maker has, and due to recent events I am able to simply call this the more »

  • Judge to Mobile Company: No Soup For You!

    By Jason Johnson - September 25, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, SSNLF

    A Northern California District Judge has recently denied Samsung's request to lift the ban on the sale, shipment, offering (bartering, haggling) and appearance of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on store shelves (upholding a prior request by Apple). 

    That gives Cupertino a total of six hits, in its legal battle against “business partner-gone-rival” Samsung.

    (As of this moment anyway…)

    The Cupertino, California based Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) recently won more »

  • Google is Glad Apple is Releasing the iPhone 5

    By Jason Johnson - September 17, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG

    No matter how much they probably don't want to admit it - Google is glad Apple is releasing the iPhone 5. 

    The iPhone 5 release in combination with Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) strained relations, (and now dissolved agreement for iOS intergration for YouTube) has opened the door for Google to make some changes to how YouTube is presented to the moblie world.

    Starting with the iPhone more »